Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Rebellious Pet by Samantha Cayto

Sometimes surrender turns into victory…

Forced to be the sex slave of an alien warrior, perpetual bad-boy, Joel, finds himself tossed into the bed of a space station commander who tests even Joel’s cultivated bravado. While he learned to survive an abusive father, the Travian proves to be a greater challenge. Joel soon finds himself caught between the desperate need to fight his captivity and the unnerving tug of attraction he feels for his new master.

Born to one of the lower castes of his people, Arath has worked his way up to a coveted command. His drive for success has left him isolated from his crew. He has no time or interest in caring for the pesky human pet thrust upon him by his superior. His duty allows him no other choice, so he reluctantly takes what has been given to him. He is surprised by how easily he is seduced by his pet’s allure.

Joel and Arath dance around each other and their growing attraction, until politics intrudes and tests their tentative feelings. The stakes are suddenly raised, and the choices they make may change the course of history for both of their species.

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

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Alien Slave Masters series is definitely in a niche genre, which I will say is like dessert for me. I wouldn't enjoy a steady diet, but a taste now and then is a decadent treat.

We met Joel in the previous book in the series – rebellious and testing of his new master. At the start of this installment, his master is in ill-health, and he takes his pet away from what he'd grown accustomed to as a reluctant home. Leaving Wid and the rest of the cast of characters behind, the readers are placed in another space station, with another set of characters to learn and love.

Joel's master is too ill to take care of his pet, so the young man is handed off to the commander, Arath. Younger and more formidable than his previous ailing master, Joel doesn't test Arath's patience. However, pride does have him fighting back and resisting, then simply submitting with defiance. Joel's, "Do your worst, but you're not going to make me like it," was an interesting, stubborn trait I could identify with.

Not as indoctrinated as older commanders, Arath may be powerful, but he is compassionate, not seeing Joel as a lesser being. He gives Joel a friend, a young cadet named Wen. Between Arath and Wen, both sides of their alien war learn about the other's species. I did get a chuckle out of Arath calling Joel an alien instead of human, and Joel calling Arath an alien. This could be applied in our lives, as just because a person is different, other than you are, doesn't mean he isn't normal. He sees you as different too.

I'll assume you read book #1 in the series first. If you haven't, I'd suggest doing so. For those of us who have, the storyline is similar in the way its lacking consent throughout – after all, Joel is a slave. For those who are looking to begin this series, be forewarned that it's not for the faint of heart. As I said, dessert. Science fiction erotica, with a taboo thread of sex slavery, expect a lot of sex on the pages, with an underlying thread of storyline, and resentment over being 'owned' and not in control of your own destiny.

What was missing in book one was explored in The Rebellious Pet. World-building. Much more political in this installment, there is now a caste and house system put into place, with the females in charge. While this is explained, I have to admit it went entirely over my head. I understood houses and castes, but there were 13 houses, and I believe 7 castes within each, and something about how your name ends in a specific letter. It was all dropped at once, and in a confusing manner. I got the gist, so I just rolled with it and pretended to understand.

Confusion aside, The Rebellious Pet was a page-turner, and I devoured the entire book in one sitting.

I enjoyed this book much more than the first one in the series.

Joel has left the ship where he was protected under the captain, Kell, with his sick Travain master, only to be gifted to another master. Joel must find a way to survive his new circumstances.

I liked Joel. He had fight and didn't let his bad luck consume him.

If you like alien books this could be for you. I myself enjoy a good alien book, so this was right up my alley.

As much as I enjoyed the first book in this series, I enjoyed The Rebellious Pet even more. I suspect part of that may be due to the fact that Cayto didn’t have to engage in as much world building in this installment, and because I was already familiar with Joel’s character. There is still some world building occurring as Joel finds himself leaving the ship for a space station, where he quickly learns that life on a Travian space station is certainly different than that on the ship. If you read The Captain’s Pet, you will likely remember Joel as being Wid’s best friend. If you haven’t read book one, I encourage you to read it first as you will get a fuller look at the Travian society, as well as what Joel and the other humans endured and achieved.

The Rebellious Pet opens with Joel accompanying Firth, his master, to the medical bay of the space station. As they do so, Joel gets his first look at Travian females and other alien species who live and do business there. The influx of new sights and being the center of attention as the first human most of the aliens there have seen, throws him off-balance, but that doesn’t begin to compare to how he feels when he is removed from Firth’s ownership and given to Arath, the commander of the space station. Much like Kell in the first book, Arath has no interest in owning a “pet” and sees Joel as a duty to be complied with and nothing more. That is, until he marks Joel and discovers the joys of having a tight, human male backside at his disposal. Because Joel is straight and accustomed to being hit and used roughly by Firth, he fights Arath until he finally realizes that Arath is not abusing him like he’s used to. That’s not to say that the sex doesn’t hurt, because there is a definite size disparity between humans and Travians, and because Joel isn’t interested in men he tenses up during the act. But as Arath continues to treat Joel with care, Joel finds his attitude toward Arath softening and gradually becoming more. At the same time, Arath stops seeing Joel as a “pet,” and begins to see him as a man who has become important to him. But when Joel uncovers a plot that would change the fabric of the Travian society, Arath’s trust and feelings for Joel are tested and it does not bode well for anyone’s future.

I really enjoyed The Rebellious Pet. Even though it operates on the same enemies-to-lovers trope as the first book, there is no confusing the two books, no recycling of the same storyline. Watching each man overcome his past as he attempts to make the best out of the situation, hoping to achieve a bearable relationship, and then to fall in love with one another proved to be very entertaining. The fact that the sex is out of this galaxy hot (once the two men come to an understanding, that is), made it even more enjoyable. Add to that the conspiracy that Joel uncovers and watching it play out in a way that no one, not even me, expected it to, was awesome!!! We get to see first-hand why Travian is a matriarchal society and I loved it. Although The Rebellious Pet is only the second book in the Alien Slave Masters series, I am loving this series and cannot wait for the author to write the next one.

Also Available in the Alien Slave Masters Series

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For reviews & more info, check out The Captain’s Pet post.

Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.

She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and four dogs. Her children don't understand why they can't read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Rebellious Pet (Alien Slave Masters #2) by Samantha Cayto to read and review.

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