Author: Alicia Cameron
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance
Novel (78,000 words)
Genre(s): AU Contemporary Gay Romance Slavefic
In a world where intellect and achievement are valued above all else, a young man risks everything to save his brother from a life of slavery. Thrown into a harsh, unyielding world where slaves are treated as less than animals, Sascha struggles to come to terms with everything he knows being ripped away from him, but a life of success could never prepare him for his life as one of the Demoted. Sinking lower and lower, Sascha begins to lose hope, but the whim of a mysterious, wealthy man has the potential to change all that.
Cashiel has a dark history that he guards carefully. Between family and business and politics, he rarely has time for a slave, much less a lover. But when he sees a young man who reminds him of the very history he is trying to escape, he makes an impulse decision that he’s not sure whether to regret or not. The slave could expose everything, or he could be the most valuable asset that Cashiel has ever acquired.
Cashiel and Sascha share desires, hopes, and a home. Each man is limited by status, hindered by history, and desperate to succeed. The question is, will that be enough? (M/M – For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher’s site.)
Alicia Cameron is a new author to me and one I will certainly be following.
Demoted is dark, brutal and harsh and leaves you both wanting more and scared of what may come next.
Society is becoming over populated and the government have come up with a pretty harsh way of solving the problem. A simple test of IQ. If you pass you may live as a normal citizen. If you fail you become demoted, you lose all your rights, you are taken away from your family and re-educated, you are sterilised and once retrained you become a slave and hope for the best.
Sascha was always bright at school excelling in everything he tried but with a cocky attitude that often found him in trouble. His twin was the complete opposite being calm and friendly in nature but always struggling academically. Always his brother’s protector and strongest supporter Sascha rigs the test and becomes part of the demoted society leaving his brother to live his life safely.
Two years are spent being re-educated and the place and its policies are brutal. The slaves are systematically broken down, demoralised and abused until they no longer think for themselves and just follow orders. The one thing that saves Sascha is his intelligence but it is also the thing that gets him into most trouble. The trouble and the insolent attitude means the poorest of jobs when his training is finished and Sascha finds himself as a sex slave in a dirty brothel where daily beatings are the norm.
His rescuer comes in the form of a Cashiel a wealthy businessman who buys him almost accidentally, plans to use him for one event and then sell him on again. That plan goes out the window as the two men learn to tolerate each other.
Cashiel has many secrets and has no desire to send Sascha back to the life he was living but he fails to show Sascha that he is safe with his brusque manner and seemingly constant looks of derision. He shows as much emotion as a stone which is slightly more than his mother shows! So many secrets and so much danger, never knowing who you can trust, it is very difficult to imagine these two men finding happiness.
If dark stories that push boundaries and make you squirm are your thing then this will be perfect.
The ending came far too soon for me and I suppose you could call it a HFN kind of conclusion. I certainly can’t wait for the next book!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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