Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Untamed Pet by Samantha Cayto

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

Stuart McKay, a young man always on the sidelines of life, has been reinvented as Mac, the beloved pet of an alien navigator. At first an unwilling captive, he’s now fallen hopelessly in love with his master. Narith is Mac’s perfect fantasy lover, so much so that Mac does not hesitate to join him on a frightening trip to the Travian home world.

Narith is a brilliant young officer from a lower caste family who has risen quickly up the ranks and the social and political ladders by making an advantageous mating. A tragedy has him hurrying home to mend familial fences and fend off the predation of another male, while he tries to tamp down his growing feelings for Mac. Narith also cannot bear to leave his pet behind.

Mac and Narith’s relationship is tested by family tensions and brought to the breaking point when Narith reluctantly agrees to share Mac with another male. Mac is devastated by Narith’s seemingly cavalier treatment, while Narith is surprised to realize he is jealous of another male claiming Mac’s body. But more than personal feelings seethe beneath the veneer of domestic harmony and as trouble bubbles to the surface, the fate of Mac’s and Narith’s very lives is at stake.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of non-consensual rape and sex scenes with dubious consent, as well as some brief violence. and torture. This book also contains a scene of M/F intimacy.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I'm a big fan of the Alien Slave Masters series, which was a complete and total surprise as I generally don't read science-fiction erotic books. Samantha Cayto's series is like crack for me – when I receive the book, I drop everything and read it immediately.

The Untamed Pet is narrated by Stuart – Mac – and his captor, Narith. Stuart was horribly mistreated by the first officer who held him captive, and he expected the same when he was gifted to Narith, who named him Mac. The reader isn't privy to the time where their attraction and attachment was formed, but later when Narith must go home to visit his wife.

For a short novella, it packs a punch with many different elements that work in conjunction with one another. Speak of what's happening in the Alien Slave Masters' universe, a mystery surrounding Narith's family, and legal involvement that could end whatever happiness Mac has tried to carve out.

For me, the entire book was a testament to just how powerless Mac is as a 'pet'. How he has no control over his person, when he eats, who he allows to touch him. The betrayal of trust when he thinks he's found someone who sees him useful, instead of an inanimate object, only to realize he truly has no control over his life.

The sexy portions of the story were slightly awkward for me, simply because all but one was without consent, leaving Mac to feel betrayed/horrible about himself/mistreated. Once or twice I was engrossed, but those following made me flinch. With the storyline as it was, it was difficult to buy the romance angle, with the short epilogue's ending not suited to the overall feel of the novella.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, thoroughly entertained, but it wasn't my favorite of the series, and I look forward to the next. I recommend this series to readers of MM science-fiction erotica. For fans who have triggers, the book contains non-consent, cheating (emotionally/physically/pawning off onto another), and off-scene MF.

I love this series. I have enjoyed every book so far and I was really looking forward to this book, however, I didn't feel it was a good as the others in the series.

I just felt it was very slow to get started and I also felt that Stuart/Mac was a completely different character from the boy we met in the first book. I know a lot changed for him, but I would have liked some of the old boy left in there.

I really felt this was more of Narith's story than Mac's.

What I did enjoy in this book was the plot twist close to the end. I really wasn't expecting that.

The book itself, once I got into it, was still good, I just wish there was more Narith and Mac, and not just Mac or Narith.

As always, I will continue to read this series as I do love the Alien Slave Masters series.

For me, this series just keeps getting better. Even though the books still feature the human pet and his Travian master, the author keeps the storylines fresh by introducing new locations and threats that the men must thwart. In The Untamed Pet, Narith travels to the Travian home world after receiving the devastating news that his mate has miscarried their first child. Adding salt to the wound, she has also taken a second mate (ah, the joys of a matriarchal society), which threatens Narith’s status as first mate. Reluctant to give up his human pet, he opts to take Mac with him – a decision that proves to have more far reaching consequences than he ever imagined.

Due to the reason behind Narith’s return home, Cayto has the opportunity to engage in more world building as we get to experience Travia Prime and its societal structure through Mac’s eyes – and what a journey it proves to be. Although we learned a bit about Travia’s matriarchal society in The Rebellious Pet, we get to see first-hand how Travian families are formed and function, and it’s kind of like a reverse gender medieval society, with the eldest daughter inheriting the family’s lands and wealth and providing for her younger siblings. Granted, the practice of taking multiple mates in an effort to continue one’s bloodline doesn’t quite fit with medieval England, but it does make for an interesting angle, especially in this book. I will admit to feeling badly for both Narith and for Mac. Mac’s continued servitude and being treated more like property than he had previously experienced at Narith’s hand was understandably devastating for him, especially when Narith allowed his house brother to use him sexually. And this is where my feeling badly for Narith as well comes into play. Narith is trapped by his familial duties and failed to consider the full ramifications of bringing Mac. He could not play with his pet as he normally would because the bulk of his time had to be spent rebonding with his mate. Narith could show no feelings – love, concern, possessiveness – for his pet without them being seen as a weakness by both his mate and his house brother. So even as he strove to demonstrate his continued suitability as a mate, his very actions undermined the bond he had established with Mac. Fortunately for Narith, Mac’s anger at him failed to diminish his love for Narith, so when Narith is accused of a crime he did not commit, Mac does everything he can to save the man he loves. Luckily for Mac, Travian females think even less of the humans’ intelligence, and that enables him to search for proof of Narith’s innocence – but will it be too little, too late?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Untamed Pet. I liked learning more about the Travian culture, even if I was frustrated on both Mac’s and Narith’s behalf when no one would listen to either of them. I thought the crime aspect of the story was a nice twist that fit well in the telling of Mac and Narith’s story – a nice way to introduce the romantic suspense element we’ve seen in the previous books, but in a different way. As much as I hated that Mac was subjected to Narith’s house brother, I was relieved that the interactions were largely clinical and that Rone was not intent on hurting him (like the sadistic owner he barely survived). I enjoyed seeing Narith’s self-realization regarding his mate and how his feelings for her differed from his feelings for Mac – and the conclusion he came to because of it. The Untamed Pet was another entertaining addition to the Alien Slave Masters series and I’m looking forward to more installments.

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

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out The Rebellious 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 Untamed Pet (Alien Slave Masters #3) by Samantha Cayto to read and review.

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