5 Stars, Reviewed by Jennifer, Samantha Cayto, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Totally Bound

Review: The Captain’s Pet by Samantha Cayto

Title: The Captain’s Pet

Author: Samantha Cayto

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 134 Pages

At a Glance: While filled with non-con and dub-con, this novel offers up a great sci-fi world and is the promising start of a series.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

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

In a not-too-distant future, a lopsided war has led to aliens invading and occupying an Earth settlement. Wid is a young colonist who has been caught harassing the aliens. He and his friends are rounded up and sent to an alien warship patrolling the disputed space. His fate is to serve as a sex slave for the ship’s imposing captain. Wid, at first, fights against his enslavement, but soon learns that not only does he stand no chance against the much larger and stronger captain, he isn’t sure he even wants to.

Like all Travian males, Kell is bound by duty to defend his people. Having risen to the rank of captain, he nevertheless chafes against the boring and endless patrol of the space invaded by the humans. His misses his family and constantly guards against his scheming first officer. He sees his reward of a human sex slave as more of a nuisance. Yet the pretty, fair-haired human’s exotic allure is hard to resist. He finds far more pleasure in the use of his pet than he would like.

Kept naked and leashed, Wid’s days are filled with boredom, while his nights wrapped in Kell’s arms turn from fear into pleasure. Even as the humans plot their escape, Wid and Kell form a bond and their growing affection cannot be ignored. When tensions boil over among the aliens, Wid and his friends may be Kell and his crew’s only chance for survival.

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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Review: Before you purchase this book, please be aware of the reader advisory. This book has a lot of sex, and about 90% of it is non-consensual/rape or, at the very least, dubious consent. There is also a lot of violence in the form of abuse and torture.

That said, I liked this book way more than I should have, given the content, but the world was incredibly well crafted and the characters even more so. The non-con/dub-con, while difficult, serves the purpose of displaying how different humans are from the Travians. They hold very different codes of conduct.

In this novel, Earth is overpopulated and has sent humans to colonies on other planets. Wid and his family and friends live on the planet they call “Seven.” After arriving there and settling, they discover, while uninhabited, it belongs to the physically and technologically superior Travians. These aliens are humanoid but much larger, and with a different social structure. I loved that females were in charge of government and men served as the military. Girls go to school, boys are trained. It was nice to see women in a leadership role in a sci-fi novel. That doesn’t happen too often, especially in M/M novels.

After being caught misbehaving, Wid and friends are captured. The girl in their group is released, and you later find out it’s because she’s a woman, and the Travians respect her, even if she is a lowly human.

Again, pretty awesome.

What happens to Wid, Joel, Stuart and the others on the ship, however, is not awesome. They’re captured and as punishment, they are gifted as sexual pets for the Travian males. Gay or straight they are forced into beds every night, and while at first brutal, the rape (let’s not sugarcoat it) becomes less difficult. Their days are spent in relative leisure. Sure, they’re held captive, but they have all the food they could want, and healing waters. Doesn’t make what happens to them at night right, though.

Wid and Kell are fantastic. Wid is defiant and becomes the de facto leader of the boys. He also struggles internally. While he hates what happens to him, and his consent being taken away, he can’t help when his body reacts positively toward the Travian. And slowly he starts to warm up to him, even if he doesn’t want to.

Kell, on the other hand, is the captain, and he hates what he has to do, but he does it in order to keep control of his ship. If he didn’t, his crew would consider him weak, and mutiny. But he still manages to do his best for Wid, given their circumstances. He takes his requests into consideration, and when Stuart is mistreated, Kell takes him away from his owner and gives him to Narith, who is gentle with Stuart.

Even though it’s in the background, I really liked Narith and Stuart, and I hope to see more of their relationship develop. I want to know what happens behind their doors because, despite everything, they seemed so affectionate towards each other, and it warmed my heart.

There are some tense moments at the end of the book that involve a mutiny and rebellion, but it was awesome, and I don’t want to give any of that way. Just know that I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series. If non-con and dub-con doesn’t bother you too much, I recommend checking this one out.

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Review: Saving Kane by Michele M. Rakes

Title: Saving Kane

Author: Michele M. Rakes

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: Kane Abel can’t help falling for his caregiver, the handsome paramedic who saves his life, but he’s resistant. The one time Kane threw caution to the wind, he was left with a wired jaw and a tracheostomy. He can’t take much more hurt. But with his attacker’s promise to return, Kane lives in a constant state of fear, and with the ever-present paramedic, arousal. Continue reading

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Tara Spears Writes A Dark Story In “The Darker Side of Trey Grey”


“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato


Title: The Darker Side of Trey Grey

Author: Tara Spears

Publisher: TOSOL Books

Pages/Word Count: 434 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: No one told Trey Grey that life could be dark and unpredictable. With the death of his father when he was eight, his mother’s departure from Earth on a syringe full of Heroin and the brutal abuse of his stepfather, Trey learned these lessons all too well on his own.
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The Truth Is “What We’ve Been Waiting For”


“In the lie of truth lies the truth.” ― Dejan Stojanovic



Title: What We’ve Been Waiting For

Author: Louis Stevens

Publisher: Queerteen Press

Pages/Word Count: 118

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: From the age of three, Tim Bailey wanted to marry Tom Watkins. Many changes occurred during their formative years, but Tim’s love for Tom remained rock solid. Even when Tom temporarily broke up with him to date girls, Tim never stopped loving Tom.
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“The Island” Is A Place You May Not Mind Being Stranded For Awhile



“[He was disgusted] at the beasts who in callous cruelty had dragged down and maimed and destroyed the human dignity of this selfless man. Yet it was nothing new. It had been like this at some point in every civilization and on every continent. There were human jackals for every human disaster.” ― Pat Frank


***this book carries warnings for readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse***

The Island is one of those books that was on my kindle for months, almost a year before I read it. I kept hearing really good things about it and moving it to the top of my TBR. Then I’d hear really bad things about it and move it back down the list. I finally decided that discomfort is in the eye of the reader, and I gave it a chance.

I’m so glad I did. There wasn’t nearly as much of the torture and rape as I expected. Virtually all of the things that may have caused some readers to have a bad emotional reaction occurred off page. It was alluded to in the vaguest of terms.
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Amazon Digital Services, Kol Anderson, Self-Published

“Hell And Beyond (Broken, Book Two)” – The Clue’s The Thing That Draws The Truth That Much Closer

“There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell. ” ― Edgar Allan Poe



I really liked the first installment of this series, so I was very eager to read the next one.

This is a continuation where The Prisoner left off. It opens up with Sebastian and Eric trying to rekindle their relationship. We know Aaron is still on Sebastian’s mind and he’s really concerned about what happened to him. I like the way the author is incorporating Sebastian and Eric’s life into this story. We’re seeing that life is moving on despite the hell Aaron is going through.

I’m not sure I like these two as a couple. At this point we really don’t know them, but part of me is really wanting Sebastian to find Aaron and forget about Eric. Eric is hoping Sebastian forgets about Aaron, and concentrates on them.

As for Aaron, it’s been ten weeks now that he’s been held captive, and it doesn’t look like it’s ending for him any time soon. At this point we are introduced to Vince’s boss, Carson. He seems to be the mastermind behind this whole operation and he’s not happy with the progress of Aaron’s training. He wants Aaron to be ready now. Vince now steps it up a notch and some of these scenes are very hard to read.

I think the author wants us to see how Aaron is coping mentally. He’s not completely broken, but I see cracks starting to come to the surface. We’re still seeing Aaron as he was before the kidnapping and there’s still fight left in him, but slowly he’s becoming exactly what they want, a slave. I believe the author does a great job in showing the progress of human reconditioning. Even though it’s tough to read what is happening to Aaron, I found the whole process fascinating.

As this installment is winding down, Sebastian finally finds a clue as to what may have happened to Aaron. It’s a strong enough clue that Vince’s boss knows someone is getting close. As things go from bad to worse for Aaron, help from an unlikely source flips the story on its head. I really like this because the reader never knows what’s going to happen next. There is nothing predictable about this book. For such a short story, so much happens.

Will Sebastian’s evidence be enough to find Aaron and bring him to safety? Will the plot twist take us in an entirely other direction? Or will it all just be too late? I am so eager for the next installment of this story!!

Reviewed by: Lynn

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Amazon Digital Services, Kol Anderson

Are You Brave Enough To Experience “The Prisoner”?

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca



Wow!!!

From reading the blurb for this story, I kinda knew what I was getting myself in to. What I didn’t expect was the way the author makes the reader actually feel as though they are right there in the room, feeling the pain and emotions of this character. This book hits the ground running and never stops.

When the story opens we find Aaron, who is a male escort, in a heated discussion with Sebastian, a former client. He has fallen for Aaron and wants him to stop seeing clients, but Aaron insists that Sebastian try to fix things with his lover, Eric. When Aaron meets his client for the night, Aaron thinks he’s hot and in for a night of fun. Unbeknownst to Aaron, Vince has bought him from his escort company and will be training Aaron to be a slave.

I was on an emotional roller coaster the whole time I was reading this book. This book made my heart race; it made me have that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. At times it was even hard to read, but I never wanted to put this down and stop reading. Aaron is kidnapped and there’s no one to help him, and he knows it. He slowly comes to terms with what is happening to him, which in itself is heartbreaking to read. On the outside he’s submissive but his inner dialog is still fighting for release from the hell that is now his life. He’s becoming dependent on the drugs Vince is injecting him with. He’s being raped, caned, whipped, flogged, tortured with a cattle prod being dehumanized and humiliated. The author puts you right there in the middle of all this madness and forces you to feel, see and gasp in horror at what is happening to Aaron. I loved it.

I loved how the author incorporated other POV’s throughout the book without taking me out of the story. Vince’s POV is the most interesting to me. We know that he’s developing feelings for Aaron. He’s kind to him at times, he takes care of Aaron when he’s hurt real bad. But in his mind Aaron is just a job no matter what. Sebastian’s POV if great because it gives us a sense of hope that Aaron will be rescued. Sebastian knows Aaron is missing and is actively looking for him.

Aaron, for all he’s going through isn’t broken, he’s still the same Aaron that was meeting Vince for the first time that fateful night, he’s not the victim. On the inside he’s fighting Vince all the way. Outwardly, he’s doing what he can to survive and to keep Vince happy, to avoid punishment and for the drugs Vince had him hooked on. He knows the only way to escape his reality is to be stoned out of his mind and the drugs do that for him. Vince on the other hand, is cruel and unforgiving. He’s a little on the psychotic side too. One minute giving viscous training sessions to Aaron and then being kind and almost loving while attending Aaron’s wounds. He’s like a Jekyll and Hyde personality. I’m really curious to see what the author has in store for Vince. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

This story is not for the faint of heart. It’s a devastating story but it’s also a story about survival. This is a serial, so I’m real excited to see where it goes from here.

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy The Prisoner (Broken, Book One) here:


You can also find the paperback version, which includes Books One and Two in a single volume, by clicking on the cover image:


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