Product Review (submitted on March 14, 2016):
Sar has lived in Penal Station 05 all his life. His mother was a guard who survived a riot and almost complete breakdown of the prison. She was used as a toy for several of the prisoners that survived but they weren’t able to survive Sar’s mother!
Jared worked as a guard in another prison when he was accused and convicted of facilitating a riot. From what Jared remembers there was absolutely no evidence against him but he was still sent to Penal Station 05 for his “crimes”.
Once a month the inmates of Penal Station 05 get a crate delivered and in this crate is enough food, medical supplies and whatever else is needed to survive in a prison that has no guards. There is never enough of anything to thrive just to survive so the moment the crate is lowered into the station it’s very much survival of the fittest, first in, first served. Sar was gathering what he needed when he heard a scream from one of the new inmates. What he heard made him decide to save him but it was when he got a look at him that he decided to keep him. Jared has never been so scared in his life, when he screamed at the prisoners that he was a guard it sent them ballistic and a huge guy came to “rescue” him.
It takes Sar a few days to get Jared used to him and his ways. Sar has never really been interested in having a pet. From everything he’s observed they tend to be more trouble than they’re worth. But, the more he learns about Jared the more he becomes attached to him, something he vowed he would never do! Jared can’t help but feel calm and centred whenever Sar talks to him, which admittedly isn’t that often! The more attached they both become the more everyone around them notices. Sar is falling in love for the first time ever and he really doesn’t know if he likes the feeling or not.
The tension starts to mount between the prisoners on the station as there is something that just feels off. When there is a group of new “prisoners” delivered to the prison things begin to simmer out of control. This is when both Jared and Sar learn the reason behind Jared’s imprisonment and that is when the fight to survive really begins.
Penal Station 05 ended up being an incredibly sweet love story that has exactly the right amount of angst, darkness and pure sweet love between two men who have never known love. I can’t wait for the second instalment in the, With This Mark series!
* I received an ARC through Love Bytes Reviews for a fair and honest review.