Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Release Day Review: The Captive Pet by Samantha Cayto #Review #Giveaway

Author: Samantha Cayto
Book: The Captive Slave
Series: Alien Slave Master #4
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: October 25, 2016
Length: 149 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


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

Frey Bjorkson is an orphan from New World Colony Five. While making a supply run, he’s been captured by a Travian privateer and kept as a pet. Brutalized, he fights to hold on to his sanity and hope of escaping. His hopes are all but dashed when his master loses him to another, scarier male.

Having lost his mate, Rone has given up his old military ambitions. Instead, he’s volunteered to pose as a privateer to root out the arms suppliers of the traitorous males trying to overthrow female rule. When he becomes the reluctant master to a human pet, he has little patience for caring for the scared, battered creature. That doesn’t stop him from wanting the boy, and, as he sets about claiming the human as his property, he finds himself getting in deeper than he’d intended.

Not only does Rone prove to be kinder, he also gives Frey his first experience with sexual pleasure. The way Rone makes him feel, physically and emotionally, confuses Frey. He fights against his growing attraction even while he struggles to learn just what his master’s true agenda is.

As Rone infiltrates the dangerous world of privateers, he reluctantly drags Frey in with him. He tells himself that he needs the cover of being a brutal slave owner, but there is no denying his growing need for the boy. As Rone’s mission heats up, the stakes are high, and the alien master and his captive pet will have to work together to survive.

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

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I’ve been hooked on this series since I first stumbled on it right after book one’s release. It’s obviously sci-fi, which is one of my many loved sub genres, and it features dub-con and non-con so it is definitely not for everyone.

I really like Samantha Cayto’s writing style and how she creates this story where the human’s, even though they are slaves, are altering the Travians view of them as a species and helping them with their own internal societal problems. I can’t wait to see where she takes the overarching storyline.

This story is about Rone, who we met in the previous book The Untamed Pet. I was wondering how she was going to give us something to redeem him from his actions in that story but she did a phenomenal job of that once we got into his head in this story. Through the pain of losing his mate and unborn child, through nefarious ways where the females do not want to admit it was actually murder, Rone finds something to occupy his time along with his companion, Preen, the monkey type species that once belonged to his mating sister. He’s on a mission now to infiltrate arms dealers in hopes of catching the boss and shutting down the operations. This is where he unexpectedly wins a slave in a card game, one he doesn’t really need but ends up wanting him more than he thought he could.

Frey just wants to try and survive the cruelty of is current master and get home to Five. The replaying memories of his mother help him through the worst of what the mean Travian does to him. Once he finds himself in the hands of a new master he thinks he knows what to expect but Rone isn’t like the last master he had but that doesn’t mean much when he is still a slave.

This story had a different feel to it than the last three did. The story still had the same basic elements since the storyline is connected to the previous ones but there was definitely less of the political machinations than there was previously and with each book we gain a greater understanding of the Travian males. But also I felt there was less of a “falling in love” path with Frey and Rone than with the other couples. Frey really struggled and denied any emotional connection he thought he felt towards Rone, believing it was a Stockholm syndrome type thing not real affection. Rone was the one realizing before Frey that his feelings towards his pet was more than simple connection. I liked the switch up!

The author’s world building is great in its description, not the best I have read, but still up there compared to others. Where her strong suit really lies with this series is in the characters and societal end of the new world we are journeying on. She creates well developed ones each time that helps connect me as a reader to the story itself and keeps me hooked. I love the female lead idea with the hierarchies, caste, houses, and strife that follows the slow change in their society.

Can’t wait for the next in the series!


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