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Review: Ivar’s Prize by Amy Pennza

35655059Title: Ivar’s Prize

Author: Amy Pennza

Published by: Loose ID

Page Count: 188 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

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Nadia Green has everything–power, prestige, and a fiancé. That all ends when she’s sentenced to life on the prison planet Tolbos. Within hours of landing, Nadia finds herself captured, stripped, and placed on an auction block, where she’s purchased by Ivar Holok, a brutal warlord with golden eyes and an ability to wield kaptum with a mastery unlike anyone she’s ever seen.

Ivar is instantly attracted to the beautiful slave, but he suspects her presence on Tolbos has sinister implications. The Council wants him dead, and what better way to achieve its goal than by planting an irresistible assassin in his bed? No matter how much he wants to trust her, Ivar has to protect his people–even if it means denying Nadia her freedom. He vows to keep her enslaved and at his mercy until she confesses her involvement in the Council’s schemes, but he didn’t count on the slave enthralling her master.


A pleasant surprise that turned into a one-sitting read!

Ooooh, did I love this one! I like a good auction plot line, and this one had an additional science fiction twist to it that interested me. I’m so glad I picked this one up because it was such a great, un-put-downable read. Amy Pennza knocks it out of the park with her debut book, Ivar’s Prize.

The world building here is phenomenal. The time period happens in a futuristic world where Earth is basically uninhabitable after massive flooding and from the environmental waste of its people. Nadia’s trained on a starship and has a secure life when she makes the mistake of trusting the wrong person. It causes Nadia to be shipped off to the prison planet, Tolbos. But nothing is as she expects. It’s not long before she’s taken captive, put on the auction block, and sold to a golden warlord in the crowd.

The hard-working people, the barren lands, the dog-eat-dog world. My breath was lodged in my throat for Nadia from the first. But the Warlord who buys her isn’t like the other harsh inhabitants she meets, and she’s kind of hopeful for her future. She doesn’t have too many options, however, and Nadia’s scared and intrigued, but she’s also kind of a badass. I just loved her quick wit and the way her brain works. A heroine to root for, for certain!

But can Ivar trust that her presence on his homeland isn’t a detriment to his people and their safety? What’s his story anyway? So much suspense, so much action, so much lust. It’s a rough-edged story with some raw sex appeal. Some parts absolutely blazed smoking hot!

My biggest complaint is that I wanted more. Anyone who wants a little something different with danger and humor and mystery will find it here.

4.5 stars!

*I purchased an ebook version for review purposes and because it looked as fabulous as it was!*

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