On a quest to find his brother, King Kritan of Katarian on the planet of Panucia finds himself ambushed, beaten, tortured and then sold to fight in the arena games. The people of Tamonius--his rival kingdom--condone slavery, take public sex to new lows and try to turn a profit off anything they can. Nothing can change his hatred for everything Tamonius...that is until he meets the most breathtakingly beautiful woman he's ever laid eyes upon. Surina of the House of Argyros, daughter to a powerful senator stirs the beast within him, making it want to lay claim to her as badly as the man does. Free or not, Kritan is a master of seduction and has selected Surina as his newest prey. But this virginal beauty has secrets of her own--ones that change everything. And destiny just might have the last laugh.
©2013 Reagan Hawk (P)2013 Audible Inc.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
A touch of the otherworldly with initially bizarre influences of ancient Roman attitudes, this sci-fi erotic romance is fast-paced, dramatic and well-developed keeping readers wanting more. The historical influence is felt in some of the constraints on the citizens of the worlds: Panucia had advanced technology, but the leaders of the variant territories banned their use, as well as intergalactic travel.
Slavery, gladiator games and other bloodsports are common and popular, prostitution is rife in the lower classes, and much like today some territories and people are more cruel and harsh in their punishments than others.
Surinia is well-heeled and raised to be independent and thoughtful. When she takes up for the cruel punishment of a slave, her life changes and she sees the cruelty and despicable acts that heretofore had been beyond her notice.
Kritan, a Kartarian half man-half beast is on a mission to find his estranged brother. Caught in a trap, he is enslaved and rescued by the lovely Surinia. As she questions and learns more about this intriguing man, she agrees to help him escape: yet he uses her as a captive.
The story winds through backstory, intrigue, political machinations and some seriously hot and steamy moments, with scenes of ménage and some dance about the lines of dubious consent. A bit more ‘take charge and push the boundaries than many may be comfortable with, this sci-fi romp does bring plot and purpose to the story and gives solid reasoning to the choices.
Narration is provided by David Benjamin Bliss and he manages to navigate all of the changes in characters, emotion, personality and threat with aplomb: creating distinct voices for each character with changes in pitch, tone and delivery. Small inflection changes add tension or emotion as required by the text, and the narration never overwhelms or directs the story that is being told.
A wonderfully fun sci-fi romp that dances on the edge of propriety, but keeps readers and listeners wanting more of the world and the beings that live there.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
This was great... Love the whole Alien-shifter race in this one... The main characters where very well done.. from the princess to her guard...to the king! Nice... Didn't really like the 3-some in this one... b/c I really wanted the Princess to only be with the King...but I get why it was done.. made sense for the story... Nice smexing all in this... from the beginning to the end... However... very well thought out storyline, so it wasn't just smex with a small plot thrown in... is was more storyline with great smexing thrown in so it worked...
Narration was pretty darn good!
Great sale or credit...
In a bazaar future on a planet where there is no technology, there is magic and shape shifters. They are at odds with each other and there are those. There is sex and magic in a strange tale that makes you wonder what's really going on
Needed more information about how the world became they way they were. It seems there had been space travel and then it was abandoned along with all technology. Should have explained why that was.
No this was the first time and did a very good job.
It was a good story, I got it on sale and it was worth what I paid for it. Maybe the author will write a squeal that will explain more about the time and what brought about the changes in the population
At least it had a happy ending.
Tell us about yourself!
King, slave, family
Oh that would give away the story!
Don't mess with this king!
Very interesting it has fantasy, paranormal, action, mystery plus romance. Set in a time were technology has been outlawed But magic and shifters are common a king goes to find is brother and ends up with his future. I enjoyed it and made for a great evening. Once I stared it I couldn't stop.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
This was offered as paranormal romance....not! A minimal mention of interplanetary life but otherwise your usual smexy listen. I blushed a lot during this listen. The narrator, to me, stunk! Some men just cannot mimic a female voice and Mr. Bliss is one. Lots of C and P
words, a ménage and a little BDSM if you're interested.
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