Title: The Inconvenient Pet (Alien Slave Masters: Book Five)
Author: Samantha Cayto
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Length: 130 Pages
At a Glance: A new twist to a fantastic series!
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: When a distant planet’s ownership is in dispute, conquering aliens turn defiant human males into pampered sex slaves.
Wen, a Travian cadet on his first mission, stumbles upon a secret settlement of humans and Travians on New World Colony Seven. Affable by nature, he’s still recovering emotionally from his traitorous lover’s near-fatal beating. When faced with the terrible decision to put himself back in the control of a powerful male, he chooses the imposing human who raises both his fear and his interest.
Jonathan Dax is a first generation space child from New World Colony One. Against his better judgment, he has become the liaison for the settlement. He doesn’t trust Travians, including the fetching youth who kneels before him, begging to become his ‘boy’. The idea of becoming anyone’s master is repugnant. He hates the way Travians have claimed human boys as ‘pets’ and is loath to mimic their ways, yet, he cannot deny that Wen appeals to him.
At first, both Dax and Wen consider what they do in the privacy of Dax’s quarters a form of duty and no more. But the intensity of the pleasure and the emotions they share are impossible to ignore. They must each overcome their past and prejudices to form a real bond. Within the bucolic settlement, however, sinister forces are at work, and they threaten to destroy Wen and Dax’s budding relationship.
Review: This is my standard warning for this series: Please pay attention to the warnings on this book and this series. There is non-con, dub-con, abuse, and maybe some torture. If that will bother or trigger you, then I recommend staying away. However, if you are a brave reader or want a different type of adventure, then I really cannot recommend this series highly enough.
And now to the review.
Once again, Samantha Cayto has outdone herself. While each of the last four books follows a standard formula in terms of Travian versus human relationship, this book changes everything we know. While there are some familiar characters who make an appearance—some in person, some by name—the book takes the regular model and reverses it. Instead of the Travian being the dominant one in the relationship, now it’s the humans!
If you’ve read the series—which you absolutely should—then Wen will be familiar. He makes an appearance in the second book with Joel, and I adored him. I’m so glad to see him come back and earn a chance at happiness! Also, if you read the previous book with Rone and Frey, then Ben and Dax will be familiar to you as well.
Wen ends up accidentally captured by Dax and his crew when he stumbles somewhere he shouldn’t. Dax doesn’t want to kill Wen, that’s not his style, but now he knows about the Naturalist camp where humans and Travians coexist, and they can’t just let him go. When the Travian guard who reminds Wen too much of his old, abusive master suggests taking Wen as his boy, Wen is not having it. He offers himself to Dax instead. Dax, disgusted by the offer, sees no choice in it when he realizes Wen is afraid of the other male. And so begins their very reluctant relationship.
I loved how Cayto flopped the roles for this book. While I didn’t mind the other way, it was refreshing to see the roles reversed. Wen is a completely likeable character, as is Dax. I also enjoyed Chloe. Even though she does not have a large role in the book, it was great to see a human female for once who was strong and took no crap from the men around her. I would like to see more of her in future books.
As for the next book—which there will be—I am hoping Ben is the main character. This is twice we have seen him now, and the poor kid was so hung up on Dax. Now that he doesn’t stand a chance, I hope he gets some happiness. Either way, I look forward to the next book.
If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. Yes, there is non-con and dub-con, but I keep in mind that these are aliens, and as such they have different standards and morals. They may not be ones we agree with, but that is the case with all cultures. If you have been reading this series along with me, I’d love to know what you think of Wen and Dax’s story!
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