The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: ☺️😊😘😍🤩
The heroine(s): Audrey – she grew up after D-Day in her uncle’s bunker with him and her brother. When living there got dangerous for her, she and her brother Charlie took off for the coast which was 200 miles away. The journey was perilous, water is scarce and when a gang of ruffians kills her brother and nearly take her hostage, she is rescued by the security squadron from South Central Texas.
The Hero: Nix (a.k.a. Phoenix) – dominant and demanding. He is a huge guy with a scarred face and he is head of the security squadron for the town.
Clark – Handsome and worldly, he is a smart aleck.
Danny – a sweet young guy who knows nothing about women.
Matteo – wants to serve and protect Audrey. He was shy and quiet.
Graham – studious and awkward.
The Story: The apocalypse began with a disease that killed off 90% of the women on earth and ended in nuclear war and EMP attacks. What is left are areas that were not affected by the bombs and nuclear fallout. The fact that there are twelve men to every woman on earth makes it a dangerous place for women.
After growing up in her uncles bunker, Audrey with her brother take off for a place near on the coast reported to be called No-mans land. It is said to be a colony of only women, where women and girls are safe. However, after being attacked, Audrey ends up in South Central Texas. A place that has recovered and is safe though Audrey doesn’t look at it that way when she gets there.
The republic survives and keeps law based on the fact that every woman of at least 19 years of age is entered in a marriage raffle where five men are chosen to be husbands to each of the women. The fact that any man can enter the raffle and has an equal chance helps to keep the peace.
The book was told in multiple POV’s but narration was done by Shea Hart. I wished there were male narrators for all the guys, but I have to admit Shea does a great job and her voice is pleasant to listen to and was perfect for Audrey. I enjoyed listening to this one.
I also liked the story. I assumed that this would be a bit of a smut fest since it was a reverse harem with one girl and five guys, and there was a bit of that. But I was pleasantly surprised by a thorough storyline that wasn’t all dystopian depressing. The world building was terrific and very interesting, and the characterizations were great.
I liked that the five guys were different and not just a group of similarly tall, handsome, hot alpha males with not much to distinguish one from the other. They were individuals with quirks and histories of their own. There was a lot of action and romance and the story was terrific.
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