What is destined cannot be changed.
Chris has had a monumentally bad month. First, an aggressive band of aliens invaded the Earth, conquered the world, and now he’s fighting for survival in the mountains with his family and the neighborhood bigot. Just because he’s barely out of his teens and a bit on the scrawny side doesn’t mean he can’t watch out for his mom, sisters and younger cousin. Chris keeps searching for the brighter side of things, but his humor is wearing thin. Fear can do that to a guy.
Lasar and Nary are a soul matched pair of warriors from Alashar. Lasar is Nary’s Ahna, the one who dominates him, and Nary is the Nasha, or submissive, to Lasar. Every Alasharian, regardless of orientation, needs the balance of the power exchange to exist peacefully within their lifelong soul match bond. When Lasar is awarded a war prize, he sends Nary to look over the recent arrivals.
Chris and his cousin Morgan are captured and sent to the slave cages where they discover from the other imprisoned young men that they are destined to be sex toys for alien pairs. When one of those aliens saves Chris and his cousin from being abused by the slave master, Chris hopes that the seemingly kind alien won’t be too horrible an owner.
Lasar and Nary are finally alone together with their new sex slave, ready to enjoy their reward. However, in the middle of their playtime a shocking event occurs that not only disrupts Chris’ world even more than it already has been, but also challenges everything that Lasar and Nary have always held dear. As Lasar searches for answers, he begins to question the reasons behind the Earth invasion and where his loyalties should really lie. As their Ahna, he must be the one who decides whether they will all be safer together, or apart.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes involving sounding.
This story was fascinating. I liked how Ms. Knight took science fiction and apocalyptic and meshed them together. It made for an intriguing blend of world we know, that world is ending, and aliens/space ships/made up world.
Nary, Chris and Lasar were all interesting characters. I liked how in tune they were with each other right from the start, even before the bond. Chris is a strong character that has a good head on his shoulders. Nary is sweet and I like how he wants to protect and care for his mates in different ways. Lasar has a strong sense of right and wrong and is guided by his morals in everything he does. Together the three of them work out how to make the relationship work. They’re a little quick to say love, but since they are fated soul mates it does make sense in the story. Their ending was a sweet happy for now where you can tell they’re going to work at overcoming the things in their path and are hopeful for a future together.
There’s wonderful world building and story arc development. You can tell it’s the first book in a series based on how it ended though. Some pretty big plot points are revealed in this book but don’t get addressed or resolved by the end. You can tell some of them are going to be larger story arcs while others will be minor. I’m interested where this story is going to go. I am eagerly hoping book two will further the plot started here and that we get to see some more of Chris, Nary and Lasar.
Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after.
Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.