Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Captive Pet by Samantha Cayto

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Captive Pet is the 4th installment in the novella series, Alien Slave Masters, and I suggest not reading this title as a standalone. I believe the overall enjoyment will be greater, the connection to the characters, and the understanding of the world-building, if you begin on book #1.

I truly enjoy Samantha Cayto's writing style – these tasty treats are decadent for me. Something I wouldn't want a steady diet of, but enjoy the novelty and look forward to the treat when the books are released.

There was a bit of a different feel to this book than the previous installments. Not as dark emotionally as its predecessor, or as light as the first two, yet still with the same flavor. As you've no doubt surmised from the title, one of the main narrators is a slave, held against his will, and the other his reluctant master. So bear in mind there is a gray line where consent comes into play, which may be a trigger for some readers.

Dark fans will enjoy the underlying angst and pain associated with this type of storyline, whereas most romance fans will probably look across the surface and see it as 'mating' in a science-fiction sort of way.

The reader met Rone in the previous installment, in a not-so nice way. So it was a pleasure to be inside the head of our redeemed hero. After the painful events of losing his mate and unborn child due to his sister-in-law's machinations, Rone and his pet creature pose as privateers to infiltrate arms smugglers. There is less of a militaristic vibe and more of a gritty underbelly this go around, with less politics and castes.

Rone inadvertently finds himself the master to a slave he won in a card game, and he now understands how his mated brother felt toward his slave during the events of The Untamed Pet, giving the reader a sense of redemption. Frey, our other narrator, is a kind and giving young man who has been beaten down.

What is on the pages is an exciting adventure involving alien world-building and arms smugglers, uncomfortable 'mating' and 'sharing' in the beginning, which grows into lust on both parties' behalf, with a healthy dose of romantic happily ever after.

I look forward to my next serving of this decadent treat, and recommend this series to MM Romance fans who enjoy science fiction, including the angst and darkness of dubious consent.

Wow! This series just keeps getting better with each book. Keeping the storyline fresh, Cayto has introduced a twist regarding the pet in this installment. Unlike the previous pets, Frey was not a sex slave as part of his punishment for crimes he committed. No, this particular human had been captured when the ship he was on was attacked and everyone but him was killed. While at first glance that seemed to be a blessing, Frey soon learned that some fates are worse than death as he was beaten and raped into submission (all of which occurred prior to our meeting him). Despite his abuse, Frey’s still terrified when his master loses him in a game of chance to another Travian, one who looks even more menacing than his master – after all, the only thing worse than the devil you know, is the devil you don’t know.

Fortunately for Frey, Rone is not the devil he appears to be. In fact, I didn’t realize that he was Narith’s house brother from The Untamed Pet until the death of his pregnant mate was mentioned and he fretted about his misuse of Mac. At that point, I not only realized who Rone was and what his mission was, I also knew who Preen was. Preen’s presence made for an even more interesting twist as we learned in the previous book that it was far more intelligent than it appeared and it seems that their time together was not wasted as Preen and Rone had learned to communicate using a form of sign language. As the pieces and players began to align, I knew I was in for one heck of a read, and Cayto did not disappoint because Rone’s undercover infiltration into the rebellion added an extra level of suspense and ratcheted up the action.

I enjoyed getting to see the development of Rone’s character. Seeing him realize how he’d mistreated Mac and try to make amends of a sort through Frey demonstrated a significant change in his attitude toward humans. Rone was understandably leery of telling Frey what was going on, after all, the young man had known no kindness from Travians and had no reason to trust Rone. Yet his actions toward Frey demonstrated that Rone trusted him before he was able to consciously admit it to himself. In the same vein, Frey had a difficult time trusting that his own feelings toward Rone were real, worried that he’d been abused by his previous master for so long, that he was giving more significance to Rone’s simple acts of kindness. Both men were hesitant to admit to themselves, let alone one another, that their feelings were more than an act they felt compelled to play. I will say that I am glad that the author didn’t feel the need to get overly graphic in her writing when it came to what Frey was forced to endure at the hands of Travians who were not Rone. There was an implied fragility to Frey that the previous humans didn’t possess and I’m glad I didn’t have to witness his abuse. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending and like that Frey and Rone’s future is such that they could easily show up in a future installment. Yep, you read that right – future installment. It was clear from the ending of The Captive Pet that there is still much to be done to quash the rebellion against the Travian matriarchal governing class and I look forward to seeing what happens next.

Also Available in the Alien Slave Masters Series

Book 1
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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.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out The Untamed 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 Captive Pet (Alien Slave Masters #4) by Samantha Cayto to read and review.

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