The bestselling author of the Killer Instincts novels “knows
how to write scorching sexual tension” (USA Today). Now she really sets it on fire in a new series about men and women living on the edge of violence, sex, and life and death.
After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.
As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.
Anybody who knows me, knows how much I love Elle Kennedy; she is hands-down one of my fave ever authors. I've basically read every book of hers. Just the other month I went on a Killer Instinct's streak, reading them all within a week or so. Therefore it's no surprise how much I love her new series: Outlaws.
Outlaws a futuristic dystopian novel, set a few decades in the future. Due to over-population and wars, the world has been split into colonies. The few remaining people left live in the colonies as either citizens or Enforcers: those who enforce the new council's rules and protects the citizens. However, beyond the wall's of the colonies people who wished to be free and not a part of the colonies live: they're called Outlaws.
Claimed, the first novel in the series, tells the story of Hudson and Connor. Hudson has just recently escaped her colony due to new tyrannical and violent rule. She no longer recognises her own twin brother, the Head Enforcer. So she takes off.
Connor has spent his whole life as an Outlaw. The reluctant leader of a small group of Outlaws in the mountains, he does everything he can to keep his few people safe; due to his feeling of past failures.
These two meet in a bandit robbery of booze in a underground pub/morgue. Knowing that Connor and his group can keep her safe, Hudson pleas to Connor to take her with them. But she's keeping a big secret - that Dominik is her twin brother, knowing that if they knew they wouldn't take her in.
I loved these two together. I loved how Hudson stood up for herself and didn't back down from Connor, but I also loved how she was able to coax his soft side out as well. I loved how Connor helped Hudson embrace her sexuality and freedom. These two together were amazing.
I loved all the extra characters as well. I adored Rylan, this smooth-talking charmer was simply delicious. I loved Pike. Xander. Kade. I loved them all.
And I'm heading off to start the second book in this series, Addicted, about Lennox and Jamie.