Title: Slave for Two (Soul Match #1)
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre(s): Scifi, BDSM, M/M/M
Page Count: 155
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes involving sounding.
Pre-order Date: 9th August 2016
Available exclusively from Pride Publishing: 23rd August 2016
General Release Date: 20th September 2016
A ‘new to me’ author that had me hooked from the start and kept me engaged to the end. The blurb sums up the book fairly well, so I won’t rehash much.
A massive alien invasion, set on annihilating humans, is taking over the world. Those who don’t resist are captured and used as sex toys because constant sex is the only way humans are able to subdue their violent natures.
The Alasharian were a peaceful people, until their world was subsumed and they were forced to flee. Earth was the best option, with the exception of the violent, hate filled humans. So, move humans out of the way…problem solved.
Except Lasar and Nary find in their slave Chris, a third soul mate, and Chris manages to rock he very foundations of Alasharian society and beliefs.
Pretty straight forward scifi plot. The author did add in some appreciated character traits to make the Alasharian’s less ‘human’ and more ‘alien’ such as hair being done in such a way to distinguish rank and pairings, use of a face mask to shield the eyes from Earth’s sun, height and size through the use of cars, and the Dom/sub balance each pairing brings amongst other things.
I also appreciated that the book was from multiple points of view. As can so easily happen in a scifi romance book, the entire plot ends up being in the bedroom. Ms. Knight thankfully avoided that, and the reader is able to see through Lasar’s eyes Alasharian’ hierarchy.
However, a couple things pulled me out of the book – the main item being Chris’s age. I couldn’t get a feel if he was under twenty, in which case his age and the nature of the sex kinda gave me the squicks, or if he was about twenty-five. At one point I thought it was mentioned that he was five years older than Morgan, who was nineteen. I’ll admit, this is my quirk and others might not have an issue.
Item two was the soul mating. Again, I could have sworn at one point I read it was not a common occurrence in Alasharian society, but it had happened and of course, not with a reviled human. Then at another point, soul mates of three had not happened in Alasharian society and it was an abhorrence to even think so, and later, it flipped again.
And while yes, this is an m/m(m) Dom/sub scifi book, I was a bit disappointed that the few women portrayed, were portrayed as being almost subservient or secondary to the men. Future society – let the gals shine a bit!
Ultimately an engaging plot, interesting character dynamics, some incredibly hot sex, and while not a cliffhanger ending, a story that was definitely not resolved. I look forward to seeing where this goes.