DisArmed by Fiona Jayde
GrimJustin series, book 2
Changeling Press
Futuristic, Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi, BDSM
ISBN: 978-1-59596-698-8
Reviewed by Sharon

   

 

Years before, Kara Dillon was brutally tortured and betrayed her lover, Halloway Duke.  Duke has never forgiven Kara and now, when he is contracted to find her, arrest her and deliver her to Alan Verkov, he shows her no mercy.

But everything is turned on its head once Duke finds her and he realizes that to keep the injured Kara alive, he must inject her with his DNA, whether it is blood or semen.  While his anger over Kara’s betrayal hasn’t lessened over time, neither has Duke’s attraction for her and he is filled with mixed emotions as he keeps her alive.  Kara’s emotions are also on a rollercoaster and she’s unsure of how she can get off this turbulent ride alive and emotionally intact.

DisArmed is a gritty story, filled with raw emotions between the main characters.  Kara and Duke are so strong; they don’t give much quarter to others, much less themselves.  I read this story about the same time Don Imus and his “nappy-headed ho” comment were making the rounds.  I mention this because maybe it would explain my initial bias against Duke.  I’ve never been a fan of any man calling a woman a bitch, especially when the hero calls the heroine this derogatory term, but Duke calls her this because of his mixed feelings towards Kara, who puts up with it because she feels guilty about the betrayal. But in spite of, or maybe even because of this, the complex emotions that surrounded Kara and Duke ensnared me and I couldn’t stop reading DisArmed.  Although the road to love and redemption is bumpy in DisArmed, it is definitely not boring.

     

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