Beaten to a pulp, drugged into a daze, and brainwashed into oblivion, human experiment Lukian Valentin gambles his life to evade another eviscerating afternoon with his trigger-happy superiors. Fifty stories of a maximum-security building and hundreds of trained special operatives can’t hold a candle to his will to escape. Beyond the laser bars of his holding cell, Lukian must surmount the even greater challenges of repairing the fragments of his broken mind, forgiving himself for his unwilling involvement with the Empire, and learning what it means to live on his own.

The sassy and commanding Naoko Nai wonders just what to do with the soft-spoken, socially awkward, and totally ripped guy she was assigned to train for employment. She knows nothing else about him, other than the fact he was granted asylum, is great with a knife, and his little white apron gives her distinctly unprofessional thoughts.

When the Empire comes to collect, Naoko unwittingly provides the perfect bait to reel Lukian back to headquarters for a fresh series of brain implants and repair.

To save the woman he loves, Lukian must summon the deadly powers implanted in him by the Empire—powers he fears he can’t control, powers he struggled to forgive himself for using, powers that may drive Naoko away forever—because no ordinary man has struck a blow against the Empire and lived to tell the tale. To save Naoko, Lukian must emerge victorious from the battle against himself.


Lukain Valentin is not happy living and controlled by the Glorious Empire Daitya.  The Empire pushes conformity and obedience to the point of everyone acting and doing what they are told without question.  Lukain’s biggest issue is what is going on in his mind is increasingly different from what he has been told to behave.  He tries very hard but his superior’s target him and beating are a regular thing.  Things get so bad for Lukain that he escapes. 

Naoko Nai is tasked with helping train Lukain for employment on Jambu.  Jambu is a typical paradise.  Naoko knows nothing about Lukain other than he is easy on the eyes.  The more they get to know each other the more they connect in ways neither expected. 

The chemistry between Naoko and Lukain is blistering.   The sex scenes were scorching.  Lukain connected to Naoko in a way he did not expect and really began to live.  She was his soft place to fall and what is better is he did not even expect it.     

Kain is the first book in the Sex, Drugs, and Cyberpunk series by Brie McGill.  This book is very slow to start but if you hang in there it turns into a great book.  I found this book to be well written with the main and secondary characters interesting and realistic.  This book is a combination of big brother and the book 1984.  It definitely makes you think about technology and how it’s a part of our lives.  Overall, this was a great book. 






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Doctors suspect Brie developed an overactive imagination during childhood to cope with the expansive corn maze known as rural Pennsylvania. Unable to afford an operation to have the stories surgically removed from her brain, she opted instead to write them down.

Brie currently lives in British Columbia with her boyfriend and naughty black cat, somewhere not too far from the sea. She enjoys trips to the local farm, chatting with her long-distance friends on a rotary phone, and roflstomping video games from the nineties.

Brie’s favorite storytellers include Anne Rice, George Orwell, and Hunter S. Thompson.



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