Audiobook Review: Theirs to Ransom (The Marriage Raffle, #5). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Theirs to Ransom by Stasia Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She was always Daddy’s little princess. They’re vicious outlaws. Now she’s theirs, and they’re not going to let her go without a fight. 

Sophia Wolford’s always looked at the world as if the glass is half full. Even after the Apocalypse. What’s the point of focusing on the negative, after all, when you need to get busy rebuilding the world? 

Finn Knight sees things differently, however. His motto is: Trust no one and always suspect the worst. 

Not surprisingly, Sophia and Finn get along like oil and water. 

When Sophia sees an opportunity to save not only Jacob’s Well, but the entire country which is on the brink of war, however, Finn is the only person who can help her. 

Sophia gets a lot more than she bargained for, though, when she heads into the wilds of New Mexico and offers herself as a Raffle Bride. 

She discovers too late that her new husbands might not have the most honorable intentions. Will she and Finn be able to find a way to save themselves in time, much less the Republic?

Theirs to Ransom

Stupid Girl!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🙂😀🤩😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The heroine: Sophia – she is Eric’s pampered daughter from Theirs to Defy. Eric is the man that created the settlement in Jacobs Well after the apocalypse and his friend Travis created a militia which has since taken over the town and is running the republic with a cruel hand. Sophia has no clue how truly bad the world outside he little community is even after they had to leave their homes and hide out in the caves below the cities in Texas. So when her father is away she takes off to New Mexico along with Finn.

The Heroes: Finn – He grew up with Sophie and they fought like cats and dogs. Finn has feelings for Sophia and wants to protect her. He had a bad childhood and even fought in the war before he ended up in Jacobs Well.
Jagger – The Governor of Carlsbad New Mexico. He fixed the marriage raffle. He had plans for Sophia. He controls the water in his town and runs it with an iron fist.
Mario – Brother of Leo and a big mountain of a man. The two of them were chosen because they could easily be manipulated by Jagger. His parents were murdered in front of him when he was eleven years old and he has barely spoken since and only to Leo.
Leo – Mario’s brother, both of them worked for Jagger. Leo was at a friends house playing video games the day their parents died and he takes care of Mario to make up for it.

The Story: Sophia got a call from the governor of New Mexico who heard of her father’s settlement in Jacobs Well. Apparently New Mexico had been fighting a war with Colorado and after Colorado had won, they got to take all the women from New Mexico, except women that were hidden well. The Governor had set up a new colony in Santa Fe, but they needed women who could be brides and they wanted to set up a bride lottery like they had in Jacob’s Well. So Sophia went to see if the Governor’s claims were true. Finn went along to protect Sophia along the way.

Sophia had dreamed of her wedding for years and she turns nineteen in a week and can’t wait for her marriage raffle. She dreams of how nice and sweet and handsome her me will be. So she charges headlong into Santa Fe with that on her mind. She and Finn were near the border of New Mexico in a 90 year old truck when about 6 men on motorcycles come up on them and shoot at them with a machine gun. They end up having to hoof it the rest of the way to Santa Fe on the other side of the state.

The story in this book was good, Sophia was utterly naïve, she wasn’t someone who complained when things didn’t go the way she wanted. She bucked up and did what she needed to do. I liked her grit and determination. That is one thing that was good about this entire series, the heroines were all fierce in their own ways. Though Sophia ends up being too stupid to live at one point and I just couldn’t get over her idiocy.

This audiobook was told in multiple points of view though was narrated in Dual narration by Brian Meslar and Kelsey-Ann O’Dowd. I like Kelsey’s soft and feminine voice. It is perfect for Sophia, the spoiled young woman who is trying to make her own way in the world. Brian Mesler is ok, but I like a male narrator with a deep sexy voice and he didn’t have that. Neither of these narrators did a very good job at narrating the opposite sex, they were a bit annoying to say the least.


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