Series: The Belonging ‘Verse, 3
Author: Kim Fielding
Cover Artist: Tami Santarossa
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/18/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, BDSM, Gay Romance
Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.
Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.
A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:
Staged, although the 3rd book in the series, is the 1st book I’ve read in the Belonging ‘Verse. I don’t think it matters, as far as storyline; each book can be read as a standalone. However, it is a very bleak world for many of its citizens. The world is well developed, though I had a few questions still at the end of the book.
This world parallels ours except, some people (in most developed countries), have what they call the slave gene. All black people are slaves as well as those with the gene. Slaves cannot be freed, and you can become a slave if you commit certain crimes or become indebted. Slaves have no rights and are seen as less than human, which gives many the notion they can treat them poorly.
In this story, we have Sky Blue, a singer slave, who is sold from his not so bad life as a singer in a club. It’s not a great life, but it could be worse. His new home is both better and worse.
It was hard to see the abuse Sky is put through, but it was counterbalanced by the distress it seemed to cause his master.
This is a romance, but it is also a look at what humans can become when they dismiss their fellow man’s humanity. It also shows that not all people are bad.
I enjoyed the story and think I will put book 1, Anchored, further up my to-read pile. I am intrigued at what else will come of this society.
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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