Review: A BARGAIN IN SILVER by Josie Jaffrey

If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?

A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey's Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.

A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It's not a deal that Emmy's willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.

After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.

But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.

As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Imagine the end of the world as we know it. A world being taken over by a plague, a deadly infection, and your choice is either to become a Weeper (a zombie-like existence), to die, or to give yourself in servitude to the Silver (a vampire-like race), who are the only thing standing between some sort of life and certain death. Those are the choices given to Emelia and she has a hard time accepting anything less than her total rebellion. Will she allow the Silver to help her survive?

In this opening salvo of the Solis Invicti series, which is set in a sort of post-apocalyptic London, Josie Jaffrey has created a world that has been destroyed. A world none of us would recognize and probably wouldn’t want any part of. Emelia’s only hope is help from the two Silvers vying for attention and affection. I’m still not sure what their true motives are, however, it’s much clearer to me that Drew has genuine feelings for her. As for Sol, he’s the best kind of mystery.

If I’m being completely honest, what I admired most about this book was how the author got me to love the story all while I absolutely disliked the narrator. I couldn’t stand Emmy. She was rude, unappreciative, disrespectful, inconsiderate of people’s feelings, and just plain annoying. As a grown woman, she came off as a petulant child who lacked the cognitive function to make logical or rational decisions. It really irked me. There were many times I wanted to reach in and shake her but I’m just picky when it comes to heroines. Then again, I’m not sure how I’d react when faced with the inevitable sorrow she was. I do know that I wouldn’t try to face zombies on my own. That’s for damn sure.

This series continues with The Price of Silver and I wonder if the battle for Emmy has only just begun. What perils will she face in the books to come? And who can she trust as she navigates her way through this new world order? I’m excited to find out!!

Release Date: January 3, 2015
Genre: Dystopian/Paranormal Romance
POV: Heroine - 1st person
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Type: Book #1 of the Solis Invicti series

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