Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

Author: Samantha Cayto
Book: The Inconvenient Pet
Series: Alien Slave Masters #5
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Length: 150 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


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

Wen, a Travian cadet on his first mission, stumbles upon a secret settlement of humans and Travians on New World Colony Seven. Affable by nature, he’s still recovering emotionally from his traitorous lover’s near-fatal beating. When faced with the terrible decision to put himself back in the control of a powerful male, he chooses the imposing human male who raises both his fear and his interest.

Jonathan Dax is a first generation space child from New World Colony One. Against his better judgment, he has become the liaison for the settlement. He doesn’t trust Travians, including the fetching youth who kneels before him, begging to become his ‘boy’. The idea of becoming anyone’s master is repugnant. He hates the way Travians have claimed human boys as ‘pets’ and is loath to mimic their ways. Yet, he cannot deny that Wen appeals to him.

At first both Dax and Wen consider what they do in the privacy of Dax’s quarters a form of duty and no more. But the intensity of the pleasure and the emotions they share is impossible to ignore. They each must overcome their pasts and prejudices to form a real bond. Within the bucolic settlement, however, sinister forces are at work, and they threaten to destroy Wen and Dax’s budding relationship.

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 read this series right from the start and each time I pick it up wondering how the author will make me fall in love with the characters and the harsh brutal environment they live in once again and each time she does it tenfold.

The Travians are a species that hold customs the humans find brutal and cruel, which they are. They take human boys as sex slaves, claiming them through sex, and owning them through brute force. Sometimes the Travian is cruel and abusive, even for Travian standards, and sometimes a bond grows so strong the human and alien do not want to part. The Travian’s have no need for the planet that the humans are occupying but they are determined to get rid of them all the same. Now with a Travian rebellion on the rise they now have their own internal issues to deal with, and fast.
Most of the stories have taken place nearly completely on the Travian ships. The last book gave us a look deeper into the rebellion that has taken root and this one brings us even deeper. I was pleasantly surprised and overjoyed to see this one was not. The setting, on a dust bowl of a planet, was completely different from the previous stories as well as the dynamic between the humans and aliens being subverted. Because this time it was the Travian cadet, who is considered a runt, Wen was the captive of the human Commander Jonathan Dax. A man of imposing size and strength, nothing compared to one of the aliens but strong enough that Wen feels safer with him once he is caught then someone of his own kind.
This one also takes a different route from the others with the dub-con and non-con that were in the previous ones, which I loved, but I must say the complete turnaround from those stories to this one gave it a fresh appeal that I completely loved. Since Wen is Travian he doesn’t see being taken as Dax’s boy as a bad thing or the sexual bond that needs to happen to cement his loyalty to Dax. He understands the custom so he gives himself freely to his new master. 
I thought the mistrust between these two felt realistic and a cause really for a lot of the issue since the mistrust runs not just on an individual level but toward each species as a whole. That one is one aspect of this story that I love watching change with each book and each couple slowly changing the minds of those around them. I cannot wait to read the next one to see how this rebellion among the Travian’s plays out and how the human may or may not help stop it in its tracks!


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