Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Captain's Pet by Samantha Cayto

The Captain's Pet (Alien Slave Masters, #1)The Captain's Pet by Samantha Cayto

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Captain’s Pet was an interesting twist for me. While I have read some M/M sci-fi romance, the majority of the genre that I have read in which the human becomes an alien’s sex slave have been those in which the sex slave is a human female. So for me this was a new twist on a classic plot in the sci-fi romance genre. And I REALLY liked it.

The Travians are a matriarchal society, with the males being the warriors and the females having the political power. When Wid and some of his acquaintances are caught vandalizing Travian property on a disputed planet, they find themselves sentenced to duty on a Travian ship – as sex slaves. Because of how the Travian is society is structured, there is no infidelity should a mated male take on a male lover; actually, a mated female can replace her male mate with another at any time or add a second male mate to the family. As the captain of the ship, Kell is expected to accept the “gift” of one of the sex slaves even if he feels that having a “pet” will be a burden on his time. Although Wid didn’t know it at the time, he was fortunate that the captain found his fair-hair intriguing as he narrowly escaped being chosen by the sadistic second in command. Contrary to one of his fellow captive’s laughable suggestion that being gay would make it easier for Wid to endure being Kell’s sex slave, Wid wanted nothing to do with the situation. Despite their less than ideal start, Wid eventually begins to see Kell as more than his captor and vice versa, until affection (not love) develops between the men. But this closeness does not discourage Wid and the others from plotting their escape. When a mutiny occurs, the human pets find themselves under the control of much harsher masters and they must choose between the devil they know (their old masters) and the devil they don’t (their new masters). Fortunately for Kell and those loyal to him, it wasn’t a difficult decision for the humans to make.

I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Kell and Wid. There was no instant love between the men and in fact there were times when Kell’s behavior would undo the progress he had made with Wid. The eventual bond that forms does not occur because of Stockholm syndrome, but rather two men getting to know one another. I loved how Wid’s opinion of Kell changed when he overheard part of Kell’s conversation with his mate. In the same vein, I liked how Kell developed an appreciation for why the humans refused to leave the disputed planet after talking to Wid – there wasn’t much he could do with the information externally, but it did shape his opinions on the humans and their plight. While the sex was indeed hot between Kell and Wid, the true action was when the human pets took their fate into their own hands and came to the rescue of their masters. Kell and his men were forced to exercise a level of trust in the humans they weren’t accustomed to and it made for a more interesting fight. Kell’s final battle and subsequent adrenaline relieving activity was the height of alpha male dominance and it was freaking awesome. As The Captain’s Pet is the first book in the Alien Slave Masters series, I can only hope that Ms. Cayto gives fans the opportunity to catch up with Kell and Wid again as she spins someone else’s tale, but either way, my eyes are peeled for book two.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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