Basic Premise and Fair Warning: Voltage really needs a trigger warning on Kissed by the Baddest Bidder. In all the routes, the main character is a victim of human trafficking and falls for her “keeper.” In this particular route she’s also sent to a cult’s compound. The entire premise creeped me out so much that I waited for both a recommendation from a trusted source AND a half-price sale. I did enjoy the story, but I would not recommend it to anyone who has been in a remotely similar situation.
- The MC, Kishi, and all the other characters have distinct personalities and voices. I even liked the brief interactions with the maids.
- I adore this MC. She’s funny, focused, respects herself, and takes initiative. She also feels young without being a brat.
- I like Kishi too. His distinct voice and the writing’s pacing make what could have been tired character tropes and motivations engaging and funny.
- The pacing of the relationship development makes me believe it. The MC is genuinely miserable and angry at her situation and Kishi for a good portion of the story, and Kishi is annoyed at being saddled with her. I feared it would be Stockholm Syndrome: The Game, but between her attitude and back-talk in the first half and their equal initiative and respect in the second half it works. Quite a feat.
- The main plot zips along, has no major plot holes, and resolves well. Be sure to play the “good ending” too if you get the “happy ending” first. It contains one of the funniest relationship conversations I’ve read. 🙂
- When the main plot’s culprit is revealed, they’re just let go. They’re responsible for at least one murder and enabling another criminal to keep operating (who has threatened the MC), and we’re just going to make them promise to stop. This ain’t Team Umizoomi; I need a little more reassurance, please.
Bottom line: Recommended to those who can handle the basic premise. It made my personal replay list.