The Rebellious Pet (Alien Slave Masters #2) by Samantha Cayto ~ Book Review by Teresa

The-Rebellious-PetTitle: The Rebellious Pet (Alien Slave Masters #2)

Author: Samantha Cayto

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/22/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, Taboo

Blurb:

Sometimes surrender turns into victory…

Forced to be the sex slave of an alien warrior, perpetual bad-boy, Joel, finds himself tossed into the bed of a space station commander who tests even Joel’s cultivated bravado. While he learned to survive an abusive father, the Travian proves to be a greater challenge. Joel soon finds himself caught between the desperate need to fight his captivity and the unnerving tug of attraction he feels for his new master.

Born to one of the lower castes of his people, Arath has worked his way up to a coveted command. His drive for success has left him isolated from his crew. He has no time or interest in caring for the pesky human pet thrust upon him by his superior. His duty allows him no other choice, so he reluctantly takes what has been given to him. He is surprised by how easily he is seduced by his pet’s allure.

Joel and Arath dance around each other and their growing attraction, until politics intrudes and tests their tentative feelings. The stakes are suddenly raised, and the choices they make may change the course of history for both of their species.

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

Pre-Order Date: 8th March 2016
Available Exclusively to Pride Publishing: 22nd March 2016
General Release Date: 19th April 2016

My View:

The Rebellious Pet is book two of the Alien Slave Masters series but it doesn’t continue Wid and Kell’s story as I had hoped. Instead we are introduced to Joel and Arath. I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it had a lot of the elements I look for in the genre – interesting aliens, conflict, a different society, and a battle. On the other, I again struggled with the relationship. Once again the majority of the sex was non-con or dubious-con and it isn’t until the very last scene where I really feel Joel welcomed the attention. Even then, it felt more that if he couldn’t avoid the sex, he might as well enjoy it than true affection and desire.

Joel professes to be straight, a stance he never really gives up, making his ability to form a romantic relationship with Arath that much less plausible. Arath truly seems to care for Joel in the end, but at first treats him callously sexually – he never beats him. As a character, I did like Arath despite his treatment of Joel. We are told time and again that it is necessary to have sex with the pets to mark them and that the Travians don’t see it as rape (which they consider only able to be done to females and the worst crime). I liked Joel as well, though he really only performs one rebellious act despite the title.

The plot outside of the sex was decent and engaging. I liked seeing the society the Travians had and there is a nice twist near the end. However, the set up to a big plot point was very similar to the first book.

So, if you have qualms about non-con – don’t read this; if you can overlook that aspect, you may enjoy the book.

Links

The Rebellious Pet (Alien Slave Masters #2) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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