Author: Jamie Schulz
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
An imprisoned cowboy. An empowered woman. When true love is forbidden, opening their hearts could destroy them both…
Chained and enslaved, Jake Nichols is convinced he’ll die alone. In this new order where men are stripped of all power, he endures brutal torture at the hands of his female captor. But when he’s hired out to build a ranch home for an outspoken beauty, his dreams of escape transform into visions of passion.
Monica Avery struggles to fill her heart in a loveless society. With marriage outlawed and romantic partners reduced to pawns, she’s given up hope of finding her soul mate. But the rugged rancher building her shelter awakens her deeply buried desires.
As the project comes together, Monica discovers a kindred spirit in the tenderhearted Jake. But despite their growing attraction, he still belongs to a cruel woman who’d rather see him dead than free.
Can Monica save Jake, or will their love lead to a tragic tomorrow?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I have mixed feelings about Jake’s Redemption by Jamie Schulz. I’ll be honest, when I first picked up the book, for the first chapter or two, I hated it. I found it hard to accept the world that was built for this series – because I simply can’t make myself believe that given the advantage of strength, womankind would overtake men and start treating them like slaves. The way the men in this story were treated was depraved, and I’d like to think that having been oppressed and mistreated for thousands of years, surely women would do better.
The feminist in me loathed the way the women’s strength was named “Hysterical Strength”. It brought up bad images in my head of women being confined to insane asylums because they were “hysterical” which just meant they were women that were too outspoken, or simply too inconvenient for the men in their lives, and needed to be discarded. I cannot describe how much this simple phrase bothered me. I understand why it was chosen, but I didn’t like it.
Then, the book moved on. The book morphed into a story about trauma and love, and two people trying to overcome their personal and societal issues – and it was sweet. I liked the characters. I liked their romance. The writing was easy to sink into. All of these things made me forget how much I hated the beginning of the book. I very nearly gave this a 4-star rating because of it.
…and then the end came. Chapter after chapter of time jumps, hinting that soon everything would be relieved, relationships would move forward, and things would be resolved… but they weren’t. The book ended still unfinished. The last few chapters broke this book for me. I don’t know what happened to the structure – but it just didn’t work for me.
Overall, the book was okay. Thought he cover at no way hinted at this being dystopian, the story structure was a bit off, and the world-building at times was problematic, I still enjoyed the story for the most part. It’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from here.