ARC Review: Taken (Many Lives) by Laxmi Hariharan

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Will you walk away from everything you know to save the love of your life?
Aria West: I was meant to kill him but just one look from him felled me instead.
Jai Iyeroy: I cannot lose her again. This time I will do anything to keep her safe.
Three years ago Jai let the only woman he ever loved walk out of his life, but Aria is back now. And she’s in danger. This time, Jai will do anything, even break his vow to protect his city, to keep her safe.
A second chance paranormal romance featuring shifters, set in a near-future where successive economic downturns in the West have resulted in refugees seeking shelter in the East.
A standalone story in the Many Lives series.

Background:
In what was once India, Bombay is the capital of the newly formed Indostan. It is also one of the most prosperous cities in the world. On the other hand, successive economic downturns have stripped most Western cities including London of its wealth. A plutocratic government in Britain has pushed many to seek a new life in the East. Refugees from London now pour into Bombay, into the camp nicknamed the Jungle. And no one is safe from the growing menace of the merciless human-wolf hybrids.

My Review (1)
eARC provided in exchange for an honest review

Taken by Laxmi Hariharan is a standalone novel in the Many Lives Universe and while it would be easier to understand this world if you have read Feral before, but it is still a novel that sucks you right in from the start.

This world is a bit different (and you have no idea how much I adored that! For the first time, I was reading a dystopian romance in a world that is most familiar to me and not in the western countries (ala US of A!).

Jai Iyeroy is the son of the mayor of Bombay – and the city’s most feared soldier. He has taken a vow to protect the ccity against hybrids and he will die to keep his vow!

Aria West has lost everything when London fell; and now her only aim is to confound Jai and get the one thing that will protect her and hers.

Neither of them ever imagined the consequence of their meeting!

            This romance literally just sucks you in – the plot is not only intricate but brilliant in its imagery, an imagery that will stay with you long after you are done with the book and you’ll definitely end up with buying all the books in this universe just like I did.

The chemistry between Jai and Aria is not only off the charts, but their emotions, their struggles are so poignantly put across that I ended with a heavy warm ache in my heart for the most part of the book, and being the voracious reader that I am, it has become very difficult for any author to make me feel that way and Ms. Hariharan does it brilliantly.

If any of you are a lover of dystopian genre, and are somewhat disenchanted with the genre now, you should definitely pick up this one – Taken will make you feel not only refreshed, but also make you fall in love with dystopia again ❤

 

Cheers, Pavi

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