A King's Ransom

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gaele on 11-28-14

dances on the edge of propriety,

A touch of the otherworldly with initially bizarre influences of ancient Roman attitudes, this sci-fi erotic romance is fast-paced, dramatic and well-developed keeping readers wanting more. The historical influence is felt in some of the constraints on the citizens of the worlds: Panucia had advanced technology, but the leaders of the variant territories banned their use, as well as intergalactic travel.

Slavery, gladiator games and other bloodsports are common and popular, prostitution is rife in the lower classes, and much like today some territories and people are more cruel and harsh in their punishments than others.

Surinia is well-heeled and raised to be independent and thoughtful. When she takes up for the cruel punishment of a slave, her life changes and she sees the cruelty and despicable acts that heretofore had been beyond her notice.

Kritan, a Kartarian half man-half beast is on a mission to find his estranged brother. Caught in a trap, he is enslaved and rescued by the lovely Surinia. As she questions and learns more about this intriguing man, she agrees to help him escape: yet he uses her as a captive.

The story winds through backstory, intrigue, political machinations and some seriously hot and steamy moments, with scenes of ménage and some dance about the lines of dubious consent. A bit more ‘take charge and push the boundaries than many may be comfortable with, this sci-fi romp does bring plot and purpose to the story and gives solid reasoning to the choices.

Narration is provided by David Benjamin Bliss and he manages to navigate all of the changes in characters, emotion, personality and threat with aplomb: creating distinct voices for each character with changes in pitch, tone and delivery. Small inflection changes add tension or emotion as required by the text, and the narration never overwhelms or directs the story that is being told.

A wonderfully fun sci-fi romp that dances on the edge of propriety, but keeps readers and listeners wanting more of the world and the beings that live there.

I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Candateshia Pafford on 05-18-14

So need more Reagan Hawk on Audible!

This was great... Love the whole Alien-shifter race in this one... The main characters where very well done.. from the princess to her guard...to the king! Nice... Didn't really like the 3-some in this one... b/c I really wanted the Princess to only be with the King...but I get why it was done.. made sense for the story... Nice smexing all in this... from the beginning to the end... However... very well thought out storyline, so it wasn't just smex with a small plot thrown in... is was more storyline with great smexing thrown in so it worked...

Narration was pretty darn good!

Great sale or credit...

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie on 12-28-13

Strange Erotic Bazaar Story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

In a bazaar future on a planet where there is no technology, there is magic and shape shifters. They are at odds with each other and there are those. There is sex and magic in a strange tale that makes you wonder what's really going on

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Needed more information about how the world became they way they were. It seems there had been space travel and then it was abandoned along with all technology. Should have explained why that was.

Have you listened to any of David Benjamin Bliss’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this was the first time and did a very good job.

Was A King's Ransom worth the listening time?

It was a good story, I got it on sale and it was worth what I paid for it. Maybe the author will write a squeal that will explain more about the time and what brought about the changes in the population

Any additional comments?

At least it had a happy ending.

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4 out of 5 stars
By cheri on 05-02-18

A King's Ransom

A futuristic world, not unlike the hedonistic times of the Roman Empire. When King Kritan journeys to find his long-lost brother he renews the reasons he hates this enemy land. More than seeing the fall of these people, he is captured, beaten and made a slave destined for the arena.

Surina, the sheltered daughter of a political leader rescues him from the hands of a cruel soldier of her father's. Their immediate connection belies her innocence and their circumstances. Their future depends on magic, even d
magic and the help of another who loves Surina.

This is fast-paced, with some clear villains and some surprises. There are plenty of erotic scenes-- enough to heat up the winter nights.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 07-30-15

enjoyed it

I enjoyed this book but not as much i have done previously for me i think it was the narrator that let the story down, as the story line was good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pam louis on 05-15-15

Oh wow great book

If you could sum up A King's Ransom in three words, what would they be?

King, slave, family

Which scene was your favorite?

Oh that would give away the story!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't mess with this king!

Any additional comments?

Very interesting it has fantasy, paranormal, action, mystery plus romance. Set in a time were technology has been outlawed But magic and shifters are common a king goes to find is brother and ends up with his future. I enjoyed it and made for a great evening. Once I stared it I couldn't stop.

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