Sara's Review: Torn (Life Tree - Master Trooper #1) by Alexa Kim
TORN Life Tree - Master Trooper #1
By: Alexa Kim
Released January 13th, 2016 Self Published
Anno 2354. Earth’s government had a breakthrough in their top secret research project Life Tree. They’ve created perfect soldiers whose abilities exceed scientists’ expectations, thanks to the predator sequence in their DNA. Now project Life Tree is entering phase two, genetic reproduction of the Master Trooper.
Betrayed by her boyfriend and sentenced to penal servitude for drug possession, Larona finds herself among several other women en route to the convict colony on Mars. Turns out it’s not Mars they land on, but planet Terra Alpha, where the women are to be part of a research project.
There, Larona is chosen for program INBREED – she’s to bear the child of a Master Trooper. Her body is no longer hers, but a possession of Life Tree. Upon meeting Torn, who seems to have no qualms about carrying out Life Tree’s orders, Larona is absolutely desperate…
Torn has proven himself as above-average in combat and every test. That’s why he was chosen for program INBREED – to pass on his genes – a task others envy him for because it means luxury in between tours: vacation time, good food, and clean women.
Torn never had any reason to doubt Life Tree, and especially INBREED is a duty he enjoys. To him, women just serve to satisfy a bodily need… but it’s different with Larona. When she tries to kill herself, Torn starts to question Life Tree. Because he’s developing feelings for Larona that he, as a Master Trooper, isn’t even supposed to have…
Four Boundless Stars
I was provided a copy of Torn (Life Tree – Master Trooper #1) in exchange for an honest review for a blog tour. In Torn, we meet Larona who has been sentenced to serve a life sentence of hard labor, on Mars. In the new regime on Earth under the UG - United Governments; once you are convicted of a crime, you lose your civil rights, and become property of the UG to do with as they please. Pretty good deterrent not to commit crime if you ask me! Instead of being taken to Mars, she winds up on planet Terra Alpha, in the Hands of Life Tree, put in their INBREED program. What does that mean for her? Well, she is to become the broodmare for the genetically modified super soldiers, or Master Troopers, as they are called.
The Master Troopers have been modified with predator DNA, which means when mating or defending territory, they act more aggressive and animal like. They have a super charged sex drive, and seem to use sex to help regulate their moods. Like most men; when they don’t get laid, they tend to get a bit tense and grumpy, multiply that by 1,000 for these soldiers. Torn is the Master Trooper that Larona is assigned to; during his two-month vacation, his sole purpose is to knock her up.
As you can imagine, Larona is utterly terrified! She has been paired with a huge beast of a man/part predator! Oh holly hell! Larona isn’t strong or aggressively independent, like my preferred female leads. She’s pretty meek and submissive; however, this is merited for her survival. Torn’s super alpha personality and predator tendencies, would have dangerously clashed with a dominate woman. Torn was crazily possessive and protective of Larona right from the start; I really liked that about him. Eventually, his feelings grow for her, causing him to question himself, everything he has been taught, and everything he knows in his life as a Master Trooper.
Torn was a quick read, and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series. I really enjoy this type of novel; I get teased about it, but I don’t care!
My heart stops in my chest. He’s standing at the edge of the pool, watching me. There’s a dark glint in his eyes, an ungoverned blazing, while he’s simply staring at me. In that moment, I know he’s in a dangerous mood. I’m suddenly aware of the skimpy bathing suit… and realize with terror that it’s practically see-through now that it’s wet. That’s almost worse than being naked… because I can see how it’s actively inspiring Torn’s fantasies.
For a few seconds, we only stare at each other…
Alexa Kim is a German author of hot sci-fi and fantasy romance books, usually with a dark touch. She used to be a regular with trade publishers for over ten years before she decided to try and make her own way as an indie author under the pen name Alexa Kim. In 2014, she hit it off with her MASTER TROOPER series, and she’s since been in Germany’s Amazon bestselling list on a regular basis.
When she’s not writing, she’s either indulging her hobby—singing—or spending time with a book and her two cats.