Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.
He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.
But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.
Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.
901 is the champion of the blood pit and a real pain in Master's backside! Yet Master is determined to find a weakness in 901 and exploit it because after all slaves are meant to be subservient. Master throws 152 and 901 together under impossible circumstances but it's not all smooth sailing. 901 knows full well what Master's game is and pushes away 152; but beneath his cold exterior is a man with heart and soul and perhaps he understands 152 more than he thinks?
Wow, a worthy final story that ties up so many loose ends. It's impossible to imagine how 152 survives the appalling life she's been subjected to but as the drugs wear off, she slowly claws back more of her sense of self and worth. The romance felt a little bit like two survivors finding each other but doesn't suffer for it, just kind of feels like kindred spirits needing each other. I loved seeing characters from previous stories appear but best of all the ending just felt right.
I won't lie, these books are heavy on physical interactions and yet strangely I didn't find this book sexy. Compelling and thought provoking, harsh and even cruel, but not at least for me, erotic. Ms Cole gives us damaged, tortured characters that frequently have me holding my breath at the sheer degree of degradation they go through. Yet as they somehow hold on to hope and save themselves, it's knowing they not only survive but go on to flourish with love in their lives that has kept me gripped from the start. Not fluffy, happy stories but dark, twisted ones that bring enemies together to form allies they never could have imagined.
This voluntary review is of an advance reader copy that was provided for me and these comments are my honest opinion.