Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 64 Pages
At a Glance: Second book in a series, and different enough from the first to be just as interesting and enjoyable.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Orlin didn’t know when he put himself up for sale that he would be responsible for changing a kingdom.
Broke and homeless, Orlin puts himself up for sale as a pet. Approached by his new Master, Orlin decides maybe being owned by a gorgeous king wouldn’t be fate worse than death. He doesn’t expect to become the one person who changes the views of an entire kingdom…or to be more than a lover for the man who buys him.
At first sight of the sexy oiled sub, Aester Fall knows he’s not leaving until Orlin belongs to him. He might be hanging on to his kingdom by his fingernails but he knows some things are worth the fight. When he returns home with Orlin, he learns his new pet might not be as pet-like as he first appeared.
Neither man expects to change the fate of a world…much less two of them.
Reader Advisory: This book contains a brief scene of attempted rape.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released under the same title. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Review: Immediately after finishing the first book in this series, Chalice, I jumped into this one, and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I like it more, but it was different from the first in interesting ways. Not only are new characters introduced, but different species as well. The BDSM again is light, though there are some elements within the novel. There is also a bit of magic as well, but it manifests in different ways, which blends fantasy into this sci-fi universe in a unique way.
After Orlin’s parents die, he decides to sell himself as a pet. Though he knows his Master will likely not be what he wants, the prospect of a high payout at the end of his contract is enticing to him because he’s lost everything. But when Aester—a king—buys him, he gets much more than he bargained for. And as his luck would have it, the first time he has sex with Aester, his magical powers finally manifest, and he’s horrified by what it means.
Unlike Chalice, Orlin does not have his powers yet. He’s also nowhere near as strong, though his magic is important once it is revealed. I won’t say what it is, as that will ruin a huge part of the story, but once it was revealed I wanted to see how it would play out, and how Aester would react to it. Orlin, like Chalice, is a great character, and I enjoyed reading about him. I felt for him, having lost everything, and I wanted him to be happy. Aester is infinitely more likeable as a Master than Terrin was in the first book. He worships the ground Orlin walks on—or would walk on if pets were allowed to walk—and genuinely cares for the man he feels is his fated mate. I also enjoyed the humorous banter between Aester and his two brothers. It was a relief to read a book about three royal siblings who aren’t at each other’s throats for the crown.
There were many amusing parts of the book, and several where I outright laughed out loud. When Aester first sees Orlin at the auction, he is stunned by his beauty. And his reaction after taking it in is to immediately slam his hand on the buzzer without consulting his brothers…just as every other male in the place does. And thus begins a bidding war. The way in which the author wrote the scene added just enough humor to make what could be an awkward subject more bearable.
I must warn readers that there is a near rape scene in the book, and the suggestion of others, so if this bothers you too much, this book might not be for you. However, it does not continue for very long and all is okay. That said, though it is the second book in a series, I feel you don’t absolutely need to read the first one before this, as the characters are different, but the first is good and short enough that you could easily read both in a day if you are a faster fast reader.
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