Death Row: The Trilogy is a Romantica Novel by Jaid Black from Ellora's Cave Aeon.
The United Americas of Earth: 2249 A.D.
On the eve of his execution, Death Row inmate Kerick Riley overpowers the guard and escapes the violent penal colony that has been his prison for over fifteen years. On the run to find the answers he seeks, the grim-faced, gray-eyed Kerick has two things on his mind: revenge and woman.
Scientist Nellie Kan has spent the last several years researching a frightening disease that has manifested itself in certain populations of humans. On the verge of developing a serum, Dr. Kan is kidnapped by an escaped Death Row inmate and claimed as his personal sexual property. Is her captor the key to the answer she seeks...or a lunatic who will destroy them both?
Well now...this is the first book I have read from Ms. Black - or Ellora's Cave - and I am torn.
I enjoyed the part of the story that dealt with the disease and trying to find a cure. I also liked that Nellie is obviously and intelligent woman.
But I ran into difficulty with the whole concept of women being nothing more than chattel to be owned by a man - literally bought and paid for - to do his bidding.
That was a huge turn off for me.
Women had to go around dressed in little more than a pair of heels and a smile - and any man could walk up and fondle her - or back her up against a wall and take her, right there - in public, and there was nothing she could do about it. And this was the unmarried, scientist.
For women who were owned - they had their own set of rules. When their man was eating supper - she had to be under the table on her knees servicing him while he ate - no matter who was at the table with him.
I was honestly flabbergasted to think that this portrayal of women could, in any way - be considered erotic, romantic or sensual.
Maybe it's just me and I'm a prude. I can live with that. :)
I give Death Row: The Trilogy 1 out of 5 stars.