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As I've said before, Ravenna Tate is another "must buy" author for me. She writes under two other pen names and in several different genres. I love all her books regardless of the name used or genre. Fallon's Capture is the second in the Voyeur Moon series. As with the first book, I flew through this book in one sitting and absolutely adored it!
This is the story of Fallon Myers, an Earth woman who had been shopping in a bodega in New York City. She went outside when a stranger stepped in front of her and jabbed her with a needle. The next thing she knew, she was trapped in a prison with a real warden. She had no memory of how she got there, where she was, and is terrified of the intentions of her jailors. All she's told is that the Section Warden "will explain everything." The prison, an apartment of sorts, appears to be well-stocked and quite a bit larger than her apartment. But none of that matters. She only wants to know where she is, how she got there, and what the hell they're going to do with her!
She soon finds out that her nightmare is about to become pure terror as two men are brought into the "cell" and left alone with her. Granted, they're GORGEOUS men, but still, who are they and why are they there? What do they want with her? Soon Section Warden Walton shows up, separates Fallon from the two men, and takes her to a separate room to "explain the rules." He tells her she's had a great honor bestowed upon her. She's been selected by the Voyeur Moon Zoo Retrieval Team. Voyeur Moon? The invaders who had taken over Earth more than 18 months ago? A zoo? What kind of zoo? And why is this an honor? As Walton explains, much to Fallon's dismay, the Zoo is a high-priced attraction for the Tyrann men of Voyeur Moon. She and her two new roommates are to be performers for visitors paying a very steep price to view their performances. But what talents does Fallon have that could draw high-paying viewers to any zoo? To her utter horror, Walton blandly explains she's expected to perform sexually, with BOTH men, total strangers. She's given 48 hours to become acquainted with the men before their first performance. There's even a written list of rules the three must follow for their performances behind a one-way window. The spectators can see and hear their performances but they, as the performers, can't see or hear anything outside their room. This is beyond horrible. This is true depravity and evil, and Fallon can't believe this is real. She has to be having a nightmare. Surely she'll wake up any minute and be back in New York City, all this a bad dream.
Unfortunately, it's all too real. Returning her to her original "cell," she finally meets the two men, Arlo and Cord. They're also prisoners, but not from Earth. They're from Sera and Addo (the other two habitable planets in the Alpha Centauri system), and they've been convicted of crimes complete with a death sentence. It doesn't matter that they're innocent. They don't have the money or connections for lawyers or bribes. Their only alternative to the death sentence is to serve as members of the Zoo, having sex in front of paying customers with an Earth woman they've never met before. The nightmare just keeps getting worse. Just how are three strangers supposed to put on an act, convincing paying customers who are watching what they believe to be the men raping, beating, abusing the woman without actually doing just that? The thought is totally repugnant to Arlo and Cord. Not only are they innocent of the crimes of which they've been convicted but they are decent men, disgusted by the very idea of forcing any woman to have sex with them. And both of them at once? But both men are struck not only by Fallon's physical beauty but her bravery and tenacity. They have just 48 hours to figure it out. Because if they don't figure it out and put on one hell of a performance, they will be separated. Fallon will be sent to the holding cells to wait with other Earth females for selection by Tyrann men, being passed among them for indiscriminate sexual use. As for Arlo and Cord? They'll be paired with female after female until they find one who will satisfy the sick and twisted desires of the paying customers. It's a no-win situation for all three. What are they going to do? They're behind locked doors, surrounded everywhere by armed guards, with Walton and his goons only too willing to take advantage of Fallon or any female who doesn't follow the rules.
The next 48 hours hold emotions of every kind for all three...fear, distrust, anger, hatred, sheer and utter terror, the beginnings of trust and friendship, perhaps even more. But the ever present specter of their "performance" overshadows everything. What are they going to do? How are they supposed to have sex when they barely know each other? Every second, every minute, every hour brings them closer to the very real possibility that Fallon with be sent to the holding cells with the men in for a seemingly eternal life of torture. They're decent men. They're innocent of the crimes they've been convicted of. What are they going to do? How will they ever survive this?
Ravenna Tate once again proves her excellence at weaving a story that is terrifyingly realistic yet filled with genuine characters, true emotions, and a totally believable environment. As with the first book in this series, Fallon's Capture is a fast-paced sci-fi/thriller/romance that will keep you glued to the pages of the book from the first to the last page. It's rare for an author to excel at more than one genre but Ravenna Tate does that with such apparent effortlessness that you know she's a true master of her craft. I was extremely impressed by the details of the emotions, characters, environment, and the intertwining stories of the characters in Fallon's Capture.
One final comment. This is a very ADULT book. Its content is extremely dark in places. It contains strong language, explicit sexual scenes, and suggestions of nonconsensual sex. If you don't enjoy erotic romance with these elements, think hard before buying any book you know you won't enjoy. There's always a synopsis on any bookseller's website, as well as reviews on Goodreads and the websites of all booksellers who sell the book. PLEASE use these resources so you're sure the book you're buying is what you want to read. DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY THE BOOK. IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE AUTHOR! She works extremely hard to provide her readers with quality work. If you know before you buy any book that you'll object to its subject matter, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice. But if you enjoy an exciting mix of paranormal, sci-fi, romance, and thriller elements with amazing characters and storylines, I highly recommend Fallon's Capture. It's an amazing book and I give it my highest recommendation without reservation!
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!