Book Reviews

Bound by Temptation (Owned 3) by Anitra Lynn McLeod at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Futuristic / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 30-June-2013

Book Blurb

Temptation stripped away their masks…

Supreme ruler of his planet, Zigog Claelyan, was kept so frantically busy he had no time to be tempted, until an admirer gives him a rare and expensive earthling. When the arrogant creature seems to have no interest in him, Zigog is furious and reluctantly intrigued.

There is nothing Dalton Boyd hates more than feeling powerless. When he’s caged and given as a gift to an alien who clearly has everything, he’s willing to do anything to torment him—even ignore him. When his strategy works a little too well, Dalton discovers he’s just as captivated as his new master.

As their masks fall away and they succumb to temptation, can Zigog and Dalton face one another with honesty? Or will they allow dark secrets and deep-seated fears to ruin their chance at the mystical soul resonance?



Note: Each book in the Owned series is stand-alone and can be read in any order.

 

Book Review

While this is not a sequel to the first book of the series, and stands completely on its own, it is linked since it tells the story of Dalton, Hunter's best friend. They got separated after both being selected by the Eoean's lottery, and I was happy that I'd find out what happened to Dalton. I didn't expect him to have an easy time, since he is a Dom, yet he was shipped off to be a king's birthday present and slave. Fortunately, things aren’t always what they seem, and seeing him learning the ways of the planet Vegoth and its supreme ruler, King Zigog, was absolutely fascinating.

Dalton has issues with emotional attachments. That became clear in the way he connects to his best friend Hunter, yet doesn't want to admit he loves him. He does, in the end, but only under duress. His new home, the planet Vegoth, is very different from Earth, and none of the patterns he looks for seem to fit. Not their music, or their visual art, or their buildings. When he does figure it out, it's a major revelation and paves the way to understanding much of their cultural beliefs as well. Figuring out himself and his needs is a different matter, that is a little more complicated.

Zigog may be the supreme ruler of an entire planet, but he is a virtual prisoner to his duties. We do find out why later on, and it's very clever, but it would spoil the surprise to explain it here. Zigogis an interesting mix of shy, innocent, and powerfully aware of the emotions swirling around him. He is attracted to Dalton, but trusting him is a bit of a problem. Dalton's initial behavior wasn't exactly encouraging. Thankfully, Zigog perseveres.

The alien culture created in this book is amazing. The process of discovery the two men go through is both made easier and infinitely more complicated because of it, but Dalton is intelligent enough to figure it out, and Zigog is curious and open-minded enough to bear with him. As for me? I was swept away by the ideas and concepts and would love to read more about the planet Vegoth and its fascinating inhabitants.

 

If you like science fiction stories with men from two vastly different cultures exploring the similarities and differences in their way of seeing the world, if you enjoy reading about truly alien planets, customs, and physiologies, and if you're looking for a hot read that offers a sweet romance on top of some interesting between-the-sheets action, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did. For me, it was an absolute delight to read.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 125 pages/36696 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-June-2013
Price $5.50 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/bound-by-temptation