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DnD meets sci fi meets dystopian society. In this slow burn, coworkers-to-lovers romance.

Dungeons and Dragons meets sci fi meets dystopian society.

Alison Saul's Debut Novel "A shot at Desire"
Alison Saul's Debut Novel "A shot at Desire"

This is what you get when you read Alison Saul’s debut novel “A Shot at Desire”.

So this book seems to be heavily influenced by fantasy games and modern day capitalism. You’ve got the humans as the bad guys who run Corporations at the top of the food chain, while the “Variants” or other races are scaled based on how close to human they appear. Elves seem to have the least tough sense other than their ears and magic; they look mostly humanoid. Whereas Trolls, Orcs, ect. Are seen as less than and looked down upon.

Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it?

The novel’s main story focuses around Selene, an elf from a high class family who was disowned when she showed a lack of elven appearance and magic as a child. Zuko who was traded off from his family in order to pay off his father’s debts and protect his mother and sister from the dangerous people they were owed to. And lastly Nyx, the daughter of a drug lord who had the misfortune of being an Orc in a family of humans, she too has trauma. These three work together for the “Union” an underground group of mercs for hire.

Personally I suggest you grab a cold beer, or two or three while you're reading this book. I wanted to scream at our loveable, stubborn dumbasses soo many times while reading this book. The romance between Selene and Zuko is very much a slow burn romance and is wrought with miscommunication. Zuko is by far my least favorite character. He’s just a big misogynistic guy, wanting to coddle, protect, and stake a claim on “his girl”. He does have a soft side. I just couldn’t love him. Nyx on the other hand…I want a hot Orc lady. She’s basically a big old softy parading around like a tough guy.

Seriously though, this book is jam- packed with action since our characters are racing against time to take down a corporation that is experimenting on missing people, and trying to take away the rights of variant humans. Our heroes have their work cut out for them.

I rated this book a 3.5/5 stars. It’s worth the read if you're into the idea of taking down the Corporation. Oh and the spice is mild 1/5 on the spice scale.

Anyway go check out Alison’s Saul’s debut novel for yourself and let me know what you think!


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