Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Anew by Josie Litton


In this erotic retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” set in the near future, a beautiful young woman awakens in the garden of a secluded palazzo with no knowledge of who she is or how she came to be there. For the man who walks out of the darkness to claim her, she is at once the ultimate challenge and the greatest temptation.

Haunted by terrifying memories of another existence, Amelia is caught between passionate desire for Ian and longing to discover her true self. Even as he is determined to possess her body and soul, Ian’s need to protect Amelia leads him into a confrontation with his tormented past. 

Together, they face the challenges that lie beyond the sanctuary of the palazzo in the glittering world city on the edge of cataclysmic change. In the midst of sensual excess that conceals seething rebellion, Amelia and Ian will discover that love has become the ultimate threat to survival.

Anew is definitely an original story. I was really excited to read this book after reading the synopsis. It is different than what I thought it would be. I was expecting a paranormal story or a retelling of a classic fairy tale, I didn't get either of those things. This story is more of a Sci-Fi/Contemporary Romance, if I had to put it in a genre. However, I can't say I was disappointed.

Amelia awakes in a new existence. She finds herself in a strange new world, but she somehow knows about the world around her. She was encoded with information about almost how the world works, current events, etc. See, Amelia is a clone. She was "made" to be the perfect woman for her new "owner" Ian. He is the first person she meets and immediately has an intense stirring for him.

Ian was unaware of Amelia's existence until he acquires her. She was left in his care by his recently deceased girlfriend. It is up to him to protect her and care for her. What he wasn't expecting was his reaction to her. He wants her, wants to care and cherish her, and to keep her safe. Not only does he need to keep her safe from a group that is bent on ridding the world of clones, but he needs to keep her away from his own demons.

This book does not disappoint on the hotness scale, either. I mean, HOLY MOLY! Ian and Amelia sure do know how to steam it up. He is so dominate, but he shows her care. A part of her wants to submit to him, but it is her own stubbornness that makes it interesting. If you like steam, you will LOVE this book.

This book has an original setting in the near future. The author created a world where the social classes are not equal. The wealthy is definitely privileged and takes enjoyment to the extremes. It's in this world of privilege that Amelia tries to find her true self. This books has a something for everyone. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and continue the journey with Amelia and Ian.

Josie Litton is the author of several NY Times and USA Today bestselling romances.

After taking time off to raise a family and get a master’s degree, she is delighted to be writing again. Inspired by the story of “Sleeping Beauty”, her new erotic romance, ANEW: Book One: Awakened will be published on January 12, 2015.

Married and living in Connecticut, she is the parent of two grown children. Becoming an empty nester has left her plenty of time to write, think about writing, plan what to write next, and read. When she isn’t doing that, she’s cooking, gardening, and traveling.

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