The Captain’s Pet by Samantha Cayto ~ Book Review by Teresa

The-Captains-PetTitle: The Captain’s Pet

Author: Samantha Cayto

Publisher: *Not Listed

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/02/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction

Blurb:

When a distant planet’s ownership is in dispute, conquering aliens turn defiant human males into pampered sex slaves.

In a not-too-distant future, a lopsided war has led to aliens invading and occupying an Earth settlement. Wid is a young colonist who has been caught harassing the aliens. He and his friends are rounded up and sent to an alien warship patrolling the disputed space. His fate is to serve as a sex slave for the ship’s imposing captain. Wid, at first, fights against his enslavement, but soon learns that not only does he stand no chance against the much larger and stronger captain, he isn’t sure he even wants to.

Like all Travian males, Kell is bound by duty to defend his people. Having risen to the rank of captain, he nevertheless chafes against the boring and endless patrol of the space invaded by the humans. His misses his family and constantly guards against his scheming first officer. He sees his reward of a human sex slave as more of a nuisance. Yet the pretty, fair-haired human’s exotic allure is hard to resist. He finds far more pleasure in the use of his pet than he would like.

Kept naked and leashed, Wid’s days are filled with boredom, while his nights wrapped in Kell’s arms turn from fear into pleasure. Even as the humans plot their escape, Wid and Kell form a bond and their growing affection cannot be ignored. When tensions boil over among the aliens, Wid and his friends may be Kell and his crew’s only chance for survival.

Reader Advisory: This book contains sex scenes of both non-consensual and dubious consent, as well as scenes of violence, abuse and torture.

My View:

The Captain’s Pet had some good world building around the main plot that kept things interesting, but heed the reader advisory: much, if not all the sex in the book would be considered non-con or dub-con. Let’s be honest – the humans are raped for most of the book. However, the on page stuff is not graphic or cruel (I wince as I type that, because what is rape, if not cruel) but it is plain from the start that Kell bares Wid no malice.

It is the fact that it is plain Kell is conflicted over his new pet that allows for the romance of the book to exist. However, Travian society is much different than Human society. Females rule and Kell has a mate that he adores and loves. They think humans are weak and not as intelligent. As such, I don’t really know that Kell can care for Wid as anything more than a pet, and that left me feeling conflicted in the end. As this is a series, I hope some of the misgivings I have are addressed in the next book and their relationship can develop more.

That aside, I really enjoyed Wid’s personality and his strength that shown through in his difficult situation. I liked that the humans had backbones and stood up to their captors. I also liked Kell and his honour. I liked that he insisted the humans were to be treated well.

I think I will read the next book when it comes out, just to see how the relationship progresses as it ends on a very positive development that intrigues me.

Links

The Captain’s Pet on Goodreads
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Amazon US
Amazon UK
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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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