Book Reviews

Enslaved by a Rogue (Sold! 9) by Anitra Lynn McLeod at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Other Planets / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-May-2013

Book Blurb

He was enslaved before they even met…

Acerith V’para lived a life of luxury never questioning the source of his father’s riches. When he finds out, he’s horrified and rebels. But going rogue is no easy path. On Ven, a father holds ultimate power over his children. When he finds Acerith he punishes him by sending him to certain death.

As a civil engineer, Jeremy Barrington was happy with his life. He had interesting work that took him all over the US, giving him plenty of opportunities to meet hot guys. But something was missing. When he finds himself enslaved to a monster, he also finds someone worth dying for.

Compelled to save Jeremy, Acerith gets the surprise of his life when Jeremy’s initial reaction to him is one of fear. But once they work together to protect another, their attraction is overwhelming. With three groups of aliens hot on their heels, the question is just how far are they willing to go to obtain freedom?

 

Book Review

Continuing with two characters mentioned in the previous book, this story developed in a somewhat unexpected direction. Which is exactly why I liked it a lot! But more than explaining what was going on with Acerith in the previous book, this story also introduces his species, the Venians, in more detail and they have some fascinating cultural and biological traits which come in very handy in this book. Jeremy, you might remember, is the guy whom Camden saw running just before he was stolen by the slave traders; as expected, he also would have died in the explosion but was "saved" to be auctioned off as a slave instead.

Jeremy's new master is not a benevolent alien at all. In fact, he is callous and cruel, and Jeremy pretty much expects to die at some point soon, since he refuses to submit to the being he calls "the Pig". Jeremy is also very selfless: when a baby needs rescuing, he doesn’t hesitate and run. As he is being hunted and eventually runs into Acerith, he discovers some really interesting things about himself, how he sees the world, and what special abilities the baby seems to have.

Acerith was a bit of a mysterious figure in the previous book, and we finally find out more about his history (pretty grim – his father is out to kill him), and his species. He has some mental abilities that come in very handy, but most fascinating were some of the physical changes he goes through in order to be able to help taking care of the baby. He struggles with them at first, unsure what it means for him as a man, but that only makes the whole situation more interesting.

Firmly in the genderbending arena, this book will not be for everyone. I think it is a fascinating look at how we see the roles that parents play and how much we link them to gender. This story proves there is no real need for this way of thinking, and while I didn’t like the terminology used in all cases, the main point of the story is very clear. No matter what gender they are, when becoming parents, these characters take on the characteristics most needed to ensure their baby has a good chance of survival. How I wish humans on Earth could all see this the same way!

If you like stories about unusual aliens, if you enjoy stories about men who face death and in that process learn to pull together, and if you're looking for a hot story with some fascinating gender bending and a challenge to traditional role models, you will probably like this story as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 140 pages/39060 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-May-2013
Price $5.50 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/enslaved-by-a-rogue