Amelia and Ian’s story continues in Book Two of this erotic retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” set in the near future. Torn apart by the revelation of Ian’s tormented past, the lovers are caught in a web of deadly danger they can only survive by confronting together.
As the collective madness of Carnival descends on the glittering world city, Ian’s fight to redeem himself takes him into the depths of the nightmare that has haunted him for so long. At the center of it is Amelia, at once a pawn in a monstrous game of evil and the only hope of ultimately defeating it.
In a world ruled by sensual excess, the passion of these lovers holds the power to transform despair into hope and betrayal into justice. But a fateful decision will change the course of their lives forever.
Review: Amelia is trying to face life without Ian in Hunted, Book 2 in Josie Litton’s Anew series.
To fully appreciate the story, I would recommend reading the books in sequence. As I have moved through the series, I continue to be amazed at the freshness of the storyline. It is definitely not a rehash of the same old fairy tale. Instead, it is a dystopian sort of romance featuring a woman named Amelia who is technically a replica with the knowledge and abilities passed on to herby Ian’s former lover. This enables her to form her own memories, but everything is new to her.
The series picks up with Amelia safe in the arms of Susannah’s family. All is not well because of growing hostility regarding replica technology. As Ian rushes to keep Amelia safe, a dark force intervenes, bringing chaos and confusion. Because this is a dark romance, readers should be aware that there is a BDSM sex club featured that doesn’t exactly follow the “safe, sane and consensual” format. This portion of the book is especially well developed to draw attention to the contrast between good and evil.
Although there is a cliffhanger, it accomplishes the goal of making the reader want to continue with the series. The sci-fi elements blend well with the story, which makes for a smooth reading experience. As for the heat element, the author uses her trademark style to ensure that it is perfectly steamy.