on March 16th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
In Book 2, we continue on the turbulent ride known as Ian and Amelia.┬á When we last left them in book 1, our tortured characters parted ways for the sake of physical, emotional and mental safety.┬á Amelia, a replica who has recognized her own free will and sense of self, still struggles with the fate she was dealt and her endless emotions securely tied to one Ian.┬á Her mixture of innocence, sensuality, and depth of feeling has an intoxicating lure.┬á Even though she is just now truly beginning to live, it is almost as though she is getting a fresh start.┬á Can you imagine the frustrating paradox of her life?┬á She is a newborn adult?
Ian fears the darkness within.┬á The deranged paces he was put through by his father has left an indelible mark, one he wishes to suppress to be a better version of himself.┬á Despite it all, Ian is a good man.┬á You experience his anguish, denial, and desire.┬á┬á How can you not be drawn to such a complex man?┬á The beauty in all of this damage is that Ian makes Amelia feel alive and Amelia makes Ian feel like a better man.┬á They canÔÇÖt deny each other, and they are only miserable, empty beings when they try.┬á So, why fight the inevitable?┬á IsnÔÇÖt it better to take it one day at a time (Brilliant suggestion, Ian!).┬á
Unfortunately, life is never that easy.┬á Especially in an overly-indulged, hedonistic society which has widened the gap between the ÔÇ£havesÔÇØ and the ÔÇ£have-notsÔÇØ.┬á The not too distant future carries exaggerated themes of present-day society and possibilities of technology and artificial intelligence.┬á So much can go wrong ÔÇô intelligence in the wrong hands, fanatics who fear the unknown, the repressed fed up with the decrees of the eliteÔÇªyou name it.┬á As Ian and Amelia grapple with their emotions and the perils of society and foes, they still find time to connect in the most basic and carnal ways.┬á Goodness, Josie Litton sets fires to the sheets with these two!
What ┬áI truly appreciate about the style of this book is that there are not just gratuitous sex scenes; they are essential (and sometimes pivotal) plot twists and turns of the story.┬á The caricature of depicted society is quite fascinating, though frightening.┬á Litton has painted such a clear picture that you can actually envision what it would look like.┬á No detail is superfluous, and each character is interesting enough to merit their own novel/novella.
There will be a third installment of the Anew Series.┬á If you havenÔÇÖt read the first one, please go pick it up so you can absorb every detail in preparation for the third book.
~Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)