Book Reviews

Bound by Duty (Owned 4) by Jana Downs at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Future Earth / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 07-July-2013

Book Blurb

Jess Taylor has been selected. Chosen by the annual lottery as a sacrifice to the aliens that saved mankind from the Great Plague, he could care less what happens to him. Little does he know that his first alien master doesn't provide much and has a gambling problem to boot. When the debt gets too high, he's sold to another who might provide all he needs and so much more.

Noss, the first spawn of Prince Kranok, is duty bound to take care of his family. Unfortunately for him, no one wants to marry him because of his father's scandal. Noss doesn't expect much when he buys the human, but he gets more than a handful.

Passion spirals quickly into something more meaningful, and they'll have to decide if being bound by duty can make them happy in a world where changing the rules might mean the destruction of the house that Noss is trying so hard to keep together.


Book Review

A great second book set in Eoean society, this volume tells the story of Jess, best friend to Alexis (who was chosen by the lottery in book two), and Noss, elder brother of Elia (from book two). Even though this is not a direct sequel, it certainly helps if you read that one first. Many of the concepts of Eoean society are taken for granted in this book, and the basic explanation can be found in the earlier volume.

Jess has not had a good life ever since he came out. His parents were never the warm and fuzzy types, but they really started to exploit him once they knew he was gay. When Jess arrives in Eoean society, and his first master has to sell him to cover his gambling debt, Jess doesn't expect much. He's always been discarded or forgotten, so when Noss tells him he only needs a concubine to be recognized as an adult by the Eoean law, Jess isn’t surprised What is a bit of a shock for Jess is discovering Noss's huge family. Noss's father had twelve concubines, with assorted "spawn" (their word for kids), and now that the prince is waiting for his trial, Noss has to take care of all of them. And they just love Jess!

Noss feels it is his duty to take care of the entre family. He is no Arak, the Eoean equivalent of a dominant male leading a house, but he doesn’t think he has a choice. When he gets to know Jess, all he wants is submit to the Earthling. He thinks he can play a double game, but Jess doesn’t like it, and Noss worries about it being permanent if his father gets convicted. Noss has a lot to learn – not just about this strange Earthling who uses slang he doesn’t understand but also about himself.

If you like science fiction stories with men from two different cultures who discover not only their similarities, but get to know themselves a whole lot better, if you enjoy reading about "love working in miraculous ways", and if you're looking for a hot read that offers a romance with a few obstacles (of the internal and stubbornness-caused kind), then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 131 pages/40485 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-July-2013
Price $5.50 ebook
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