Book: Slave for Two
Series: Soul Match #1
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Length: 182 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
What is destined cannot be changed.
Chris has had a monumentally bad month. First, an aggressive band of aliens invaded the Earth, conquered the world, and now he’s fighting for survival in the mountains with his family and the neighborhood bigot. Just because he’s barely out of his teens and a bit on the scrawny side doesn’t mean he can’t watch out for his mom, sisters and younger cousin. Chris keeps searching for the brighter side of things, but his humor is wearing thin. Fear can do that to a guy.
Lasar and Nary are a soul matched pair of warriors from Alashar. Lasar is Nary’s Ahna, the one who dominates him, and Nary is the Nasha, or submissive, to Lasar. Every Alasharian, regardless of orientation, needs the balance of the power exchange to exist peacefully within their lifelong soul match bond. When Lasar is awarded a war prize, he sends Nary to look over the recent arrivals.
Chris and his cousin Morgan are captured and sent to the slave cages where they discover from the other imprisoned young men that they are destined to be sex toys for alien pairs. When one of those aliens saves Chris and his cousin from being abused by the slave master, Chris hopes that the seemingly kind alien won’t be too horrible an owner.
Lasar and Nary are finally alone together with their new sex slave, ready to enjoy their reward. However, in the middle of their playtime a shocking event occurs that not only disrupts Chris’ world even more than it already has been, but also challenges everything that Lasar and Nary have always held dear. As Lasar searches for answers, he begins to question the reasons behind the Earth invasion and where his loyalties should really lie. As their Ahna, he must be the one who decides whether they will all be safer together, or apart.
I am such a junky for sci-fi books, add in the apocalyptic trope, and I jump on it as fast as I can! I have recently found this author, so she is still fairly new to me but so far I love the work of hers I’ve read and this one was no different.
First, what I loved most about this book was the writing, especially in the beginning of the book, and how she went into detail (But not too much) about the why and how things were happening; especially the emotionally gripping the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it thoughts and feelings that she brought into it. I love apocalyptic stories for all the questions that come up “Will we survive?”, “Where do we get food?”, and all the living it off the grid to avoid detection.
Chris is a 20 year old guy who is truly out of his element in some ways. The aliens have taken over and his family are now hidden in the woods, trying to avoid being seen. No one knows much but what is known is that some are taken and some are killed. Chris and his cousin Morgan end up being some of the taken when they go to try and find supplies for themselves and their family; but plans don’t always work out as we want.
What happens next was a story of soul bonds no one saw coming but they soon find out it is imperative for more than just Lasar, Nary, and Chris. The author was able to create not just the physical differences, from humans and aliens like their hair being done that shows their accomplishes and rank, their eyes being bigger, and obviously they are huge since they fairly easily kick some human buttocks but some major cultural differences. The Alasharians live in a society where the pairs need to be made up of one Ahna, Dominate, and one Nashar, submissive, because it helps balance their power. They also have soul bonds, Shar, which are basically fated mates. The author is able to give clear information, without the dreaded info-dump, on their hierarchy and “religion”, although I am not sure that is the right word.
In the second half of the story the dialogue or something felt off, like it was overly sweet, which seemed like a departure from the rest of the story. It wasn’t bad and maybe it’s just what these characters are like during the falling for their soul match part, but for at least Lasar it seemed to take him a little too far from who we originally thought him to be.
Although the ending was a HFN for these guys it wasn’t for the overarching story line since there is still so much more going on than the lovey stuff. I cannot wait to read the next in the series!
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