Monday, June 4, 2012

Kidnapped by Maria Hammarblad

Title: Kidnapped
Author: Maria Hammarblad
My Rating: A

Genre: Sci Fi Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Patricia and Travis
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: mild

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

by Maria Hammarblad
Story Overview:
It's a late winter night when Patricia Risden heads home in her car, on a road she's driven many times before. She doesn't have a care in the world, that is, until a man appears from nowhere, right in front of her.
The next thing she knows is being a prisoner of the unscrupulous Alliance Commander Travis 152; an intimidating man who demands information and complete cooperation. Travis soon realizes his mistake; Tricia doesn't know anything, and she is incapable of even getting a glass of water from the ship's computer. 
Infamous for being a ruthless executioner, conditioned since childhood to feel nothing besides fear and pain, he still deems her harmless, and finds enough pity for the lost young woman to let her out of the cell; a decision that will change both their lives forever. 

My Review:
I love a good sci fi adventure romance and this was definitely a good one. It started out a bit like the headlines from one of the checkout rags in the grocery store. A woman driving down a dark deserted road and almost hits a man. The next thing she knows, she's waking up imprisoned aboard a space ship. It seems the man that Patricia almost hit was part of a Rebel group trying to outrun Travis, an Alliance Commander. Travis thinks that because he saw Patricia with William (the Rebel) that she was aiding him in some way. Patricia, of course, is completely clueless. The last thing she remembers is wrecking her car.

I loved this book. Travis is a very unlikely hero. The Alliance raises their soldiers from toddlers and every human aspect of them is programmed, brainwashed, and tortured out of them. They feel no fear, no compassion, very little pain, no real human emotion at all. They kill at will and pretty much indiscriminately. Their entire mission is to do the dirty work for the Alliance and Travis is known throughout the galaxy as one of the most brutal.

For some reason, when he captures Patricia, something about her raises some kernel of human emotion within him. He sees her as harmless so he lets her out of her cell and she quickly starts affecting him. His character is one that had a very slow evolution throughout the book and I love how the author worked that transformation very slowly. It really worked and made him such a wonderfully lovable character even though he has this horrible violent past.

Patricia is just one of those people that everyone loves. She makes friends wherever she goes, even though she's completely out of her element. Because Travis is completely devoted to her (eventually) he is also making connections....something he's NEVER had his entire life...ties to people.

This book covers a long period of time and I loved every moment of it. It's an adventure the entire way and I never knew which way the story was going to go next. I just know that I loved riding along with Patricia and Travis. They were great characters and had a fabulous story. Their journey across the galaxy is filled with brushes with many friends and enemies.

I definitely recommend this story if you love a good sci-fi adventure tied into a fabulous romance!

Biography Maria Hammarblad 
Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her. 
As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. 
It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs. 
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri. 
Twitter: @mariahammarblad 
Maria_Hammarblad Publisher's website: 
Brief "about the book" from author Lynette Endicott 
Kidnapped is a well-written Science Fiction story of a woman kidnapped from earth and taken on a whirlwind tour of the universe with a captor whose heart is thawed by her innocence. This does not please his commander, who pursues, captures and loses both characters. In the process there is fun, adventure, sizzle, and an introduction to different worlds and their impact, one day, on our own. Be sure to pick up Kidnapped by Maria Hammarblad available from Desert Breeze Publishing.
Books by Maria Hammarblad: 
The Goddess's Saga, a series of novels consisting of Touch of the Goddess, Wrath of the Goddess, and Return of the Goddess. 
Embarkment 2577, a series of novellas consisting of Brand New World, High Gravity, and Adam and Eve. 
Invasion and other short stories 
Kidnapped Upcoming releases: Undercover, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing September 11, 2012. 
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