cover image Addicted


Elle Kennedy. Signet Eclipse, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-0-451-47445-2

Kennedy's second Outlaws erotic dystopian tale (after Claimed) is a tightly plotted, sizzling, enjoyable roller coaster ride with a pleasurable finish. The titular outlaws struggle to survive in a postapocalyptic land where most resources are concentrated in four cities run by the vicious Global Council. After nearby town leader Reese calls on the Outlaws for help, lifelong best friends Jamie and Lennox leave the relative safety of their compound to train Reese's troops. Gruff, protective Lennox wants more than just friendship with Jamie, and Jamie's had her own lustful moments regarding Lennox. After a hot scene, Jamie and Lennox are on uncertain ground%E2%80%94if they follow their hearts, they might destroy their most cherished friendship. But the dreaded Enforcers appear, ready to rape and pillage, and Jamie and Lennox realize that there's nothing they wouldn't do for each other. The red-hot sex scenes mostly show female/male couples but also include male/male and m%C3%A9nage encounters. Uniting them Kennedy's obvious affection for the characters of her world, a fondness that her readers will undoubtedly share. Agent: Don Fehr, Trident Media Group. (June)