Being Amber
The New Atlanta, Book #1
By Sylvia Ryan
ISBN#  9781616504540
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Jaci Harmon was born a Sapphire, but after she’s summoned to receive her final designation, the testing reveals she carries a gene slated for eradication. Within a day, she’s sterilized and dumped in the Amber Zone, where the damaged are corralled away from the rest of New Atlanta. Scared and alone, Jaci would rather die than face her future as an Amber.

Born in the Amber Zone, Xander Dimos is a product of a lifetime spent under the oppression of the Repopulation Laws. Decades of suffering have taught the Ambers to make the zone a place where touch, sex, and unconditional acceptance ease the pain of their fate. Jaci has a lot to learn about her new home, and it’s Xander’s responsibility to guide her through the differences and the dangers safely.

With the simmering undercurrents of sexual chemistry growing between them, and in the midst of discovering the Gov’s true motives,Jaci and Xander must overcome his secret and accept their love as undeniable…even if the time allotted to share it is short. (Goodreads)


What an awesome story, fresh, fresh, fresh! I’m ecstatic that this is only the beginning of a series. The world the author created was amazing and, I would like to learn more about the other designations and how the government controls those societies and what happens in the future with the Amber culture and how Jaci and Xander fare.

This book is well written with an excellent story line. It’s a very poignant story with so many twists and turns you don’t see coming. The sex scenes are written in an erotic, sensual way even when the sex is used just as a relief or escape it isn’t (difficult to find the correct word here) “dirty” maybe demeaning is a better word. It’s a shared experience that doesn’t have the same connotations as it would in other societies. There is BDSM written in an excellent way, the author lets us see into the world of how subspace can be an important release for someone, she also, adds the aftercare that is required. I found it to be very positive.

No only is this a fantastic sci-fi erotica romance, it also, has a wonderful mystery, suspense aspect. This book is an adult story, that is well written, with a world that will astound you in how it’s different, than others you might have read. Sci-fi erotica is one of my favorite genres so I have read many books in this genre. I will be picking up the other books available by this author and add her to my auto buy. I highly recommended this  book for adults.