Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/23/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, BDSM, Gay Romance, Paranormal
Three hundred years ago, natural disaster reformed the face of North America, and the people who lived in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains would never be the same.
Now, the master/slave bond in New Colorado has become a sacred rite of service, protection, and, sometimes, for the lucky, love. Nick and his intended Master, Todd Ruger, a sentry of the territories, have grown up knowing that they were pledged to this bond. They’re looking forward to the ritual with both excitement and trepidation—it’s something they’ve prepared for their entire lives. But New Colorado’s institution of slavery has made dangerous enemies on a frontier fraught with trouble, and they are unprepared for the trials their new relationship will face. Their bond needs to grow very strong, very fast if it’s going to survive the collision of old superstition, new beliefs, and the ever-present danger of the natural and supernatural frontier.
I’m not sure what it is about the master/slave relationship that I like, but when done well, it does something for me. Marked Yours does it well. We have a caring and strong master and a devoted slave with a bit of a backbone that results in a love filled relationship.
I enjoyed the relationship between Todd and Nick. I liked how Todd took charge but wasn’t sadistic. I was happy that Nick was submissive but not weak. Even though he was treated poorly before, he was still capable of love and caring.
I liked the supporting characters and the overall plot. The action was good and the prey they hunted surprising. Though I’m not quite sure why the paranormal things were occurring – there wasn’t much explanation on that – I was willing to just go with the flow.
My problem with the book was in world building. I very much doubt that a post apocalyptical society, which exists in North American communities isolated from each other, would have coffee in such abundance that it could be drunk every day. There were other little details like that, that sometimes drew me out of the story. They are supposed to be recovering from a volcanic ash induced Ice Age that took out all communications and devastated the world. They don’t even communicate and trade with the neighbouring Protectorate. I didn’t get a good sense of time or place in this world. I didn’t quite understand why the slavery came about in this Protectorate, and as I mentioned above, there was no explanation for the paranormal.
If you can overlook the flaws, the rest of the story was enjoyable. So, I plan on letting my peeves go, accept the world as it is told to me, and continue on in the journey of Todd and Nick’s life with book two.
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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