Review: Breeder by Cara Bristol

Review: Breeder by Cara BristolBreeder by Cara Bristol

Series: Breeder #1
Genres: Domestic Discipline, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on 19 June 2017
Pages: 283
Format: eARC
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She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.
High Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra strictly as a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner, Corren. Any infractions of the rules by her will be harshly punished.
But as Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, Dak begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.
Dak has enemies, men who will not hesitate to exploit his fondness for Omra, and use it to portray him as unfit to rule as Alpha. Can he expose the rampant cruelty and corruption in Parseon culture… or will the protocol he's spent his life defending, be the weapon used to destroy them and their love?

The Delight

Another world, another race, and definitely a whole other way of life that is on the cusp of change in this steamy sci-fi romance.  I’ve always appreciated the author’s gift to write an exciting plot and a developed sci-fi world even when tantalizing the reader with some hot and sizzling romance.

Review

Breeder is the first in a series that has been around for some time, but has gotten a face lift with its new indie release.  To my knowledge, it is the same book as what was previously released.

It should say quite a bit that I had no plans to finish this book as swiftly as I did.  I received the book and was just glancing through it when I loaded it to my device… and two hours later…
So apologies to my reading queue, but Breeder insisted on being read then and there.

My fascination was grounded in the fact that this alien society and a woman’s place in it was once the fate of many women and still is in some parts of the world and might go there again in the parts where women’s equality is present.  It was that shadow which made me interested in the story of a woman brought up to believe and act on the belief that men are superior even while she hides her own forbidden educations and intelligence.

In other words, this is no swift surface read though on first glance it might appear as such.  It is an erotic romance and there are some scorching hot scenes including some spanking that gets both Dak and Omra worked up.  There is even some m/m action for side characters and its all part of the accepted norm.  See, here’s the premise of the story and the turning point for Dak and Orma- and Corren, Dak’s male beta who has delusions of grandeur that he’s really an alpha.  Sex for pleasure is with men- like an alpha for his beta- and other men’s female sex slaves- other alpha’s breeder women.  But sex with your own female is for breeding purposes only and not meant to be enjoyable for either party.

The pace was good and the development of the story worked in as it went instead of an info dump.  I liked how the author switched back and forth between Dak, The Alpha and a male dominant at the top of the food chain and Omra, his recently purchased breeder female barely worth as much as his domesticated transportation beasts.  It gave good perspective from both view points and showed when Dak’s views began to change even as Omra’s true self emerged under his care of and for her.
There is also a few times when the antagonists’ perspectives are given.

I found the scene at the Terran market and earlier when Dak and Omra discuss the earth culture and people hilarious.  It was a great way to point out, while making me laugh at Omra’s shocked reactions, that what is right in one culture might be exactly the opposite in another.  Omra thought face and ear piercings were odd when she met a pierced and tattooed Terran woman, unnecessary and even painful even as I was still wincing from the fact Omra has her hooha and a nipple pierced.  Uh, yeah, see your point, hun.  Not.

I’m going to put this out there that this book won’t be for everyone.  The Parseon society with the slave culture for its women and the domestic discipline element may be strong triggers or taboos for some.  This is not a non-con or even dub-con situation though it will brush up against the dub-con because of Parseon societal expectation though much of the time the expectation is not realized.  Like, Omra is supposed to be on offer for Dak’s male guests and on offer for Dak’s beta whether she wishes it or not.  Dak is a possessive Alpha so I’ll let you work out if he just hands her around like after dinner mints.

All in all, I was thrilled to be whisked away to the Breeder world with its strong world, engaging characters and exciting, tantalizing plot.  Those who want well-developed plot and steamy sci-fi romance should give this one a go.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Cara loves to hear from readers. You may post a comment on her Web site/blog, http://carabristol.com, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Cara Bristol

    Thank you for much for the thoughtful (and well written!) review. I’m happy Breeder hooked you! I love that it jumped to the top of your TBR list. Terran book 2 (Marlix & Tara’s story) will be released July 11, and Warrior (Anika & Urazi) will be released early August (tentatively Aug. 8).

    • You bet, Cara! It was a pleasure and I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • I am not a fan sci-fi, but I do like how this sounds. I am not sure I would jump in, but I must say you have peaked my interest.

    • Why thanks, Nadene! Glad I could grab your interest even if sci-fi isn’t your thing. 🙂

  • I’m not a fan of sci-fi either, but I tried a sci-fi series before just to challenge myself. And luckily, I was able to finish the whole series without tearing my hair out. This one sounds more on the romance side, is it? If so, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to check it out eh? Great review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Yes, its sci-fi light, Vanessa. These people are aliens, but they look human and its more about their social class structure, the intrigue and the spicy romance than sci-fi stuff. Good on you for stretching yourself and at least trying the whole series. 🙂

      • Ok, I’ll definitely checking this series out. Thanks Sophia Rose 🙂

  • Karen

    Probably not for me but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    For What It’s Worth

    • Thanks, Karen. I really was taken with it.

  • Debbie Haupt

    hmmm, I’m on the fence with this one I’m leaning toward yes because it is sci-fi but then there are some aspects that push my buttons. Its going on my wait and see list 🙂 Thanks Sophia Rose

    • Sometimes I have to ponder a book choice for a while, too. So glad we can save books to lists on both GR and Amazon these days so they are there and I don’t forget. 🙂

  • Nice genre bending. You have me curious about the world and characters. I like the sound of getting both perspectives.

    • Ha! I was just over at Caffeinated BR leaving my comment.

      Yes, I thought it was an engaging difference. Not just sci-fi and not just erotic. And also offering up a social commentary without being up in one’s face.

  • interesting. you are right too, this book wouldn’t bee for everyone although I’m going to check it out 🙂

    • Yep, had to put that out there. Wouldn’t want a freakout if someone got ahold of something that was a bit too spicy for their taste. LOL
      Oh yes, well worth your curiosity, Sharonda. 🙂

  • LOL that is too funny how some do demand your time right then and there. Sounds like a fun read. I’ve another blogger who just adores hers and this one. On the list it goes!

    • Yeah, it startled me good looking up from my book to see the time and realizing I got caught up.

      I started with her cyborgs and a few standalones. This series looks pretty good, too.

  • Thank you for the review. It sounds interesting.

    • Yeah, its an eyeopener for sure, Angela. 🙂

  • I love books that demand to be read like this. This does sound like a really interesting story.

    • I don’t have that happen too often. I’m really one of those, even as a mood reader, who sticks to my reading schedule, but hah, this one got me.

  • Mmmm, you pretty much had me at “steamy sci-fi romance”. 😀 No love triangle, right? Honestly I love alpha males. 😉 Wonderful review, Sophia!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yes, this will steam up your sci-fi nicely, Alyssa. And no, only them, so safe to dive in without that type of angst.

  • This one does sound interesting. I think I need to read this! Thanks for this great review.

    • It definitely grabbed my attention. Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance, Cindy!

  • Hand her around like after dinner mints. LOL!

    This does sound like an interesting premise. Great review. 🙂

    • Haha, sorry. It was what popped into my head after reading the scene.

      It was something different for a sci-fi erotic mash-up.

  • Oh boy, that does sound like a steamy one. Thanks for the great review.

    • It sure had me getting all hot and bothered a few times. You’re welcome, Mary!

  • oh this book does sound pretty amazing to read!! I like that this story worked so well for you!! I really like the sound of it and I think I have some of her books on my TBR, so I really need to try her out soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • It is a wonderful thing when a book comes along that ends up being a good fit. I’ve enjoyed her cyborg series and a few other standalones so hope you enjoy the ones you have.
      Thanks, Renee!

  • sci-fi is really complicated for me so I confess that I don’t know…

    • Yeah, sometimes the deep sci-fi with quantum physics and explanations for things fly right past my head, too. These are lighter ones in that way so not as complicated.

  • Braine Supie

    This sounds like a hot read overall. Spanking and the side characters getting action too, whoa! Scorch my Summer will ya!

    • LOL, yep, it had a little something erotic for everyone, plus some action-suspense stuff going on. Happy to scorch up your summer for you, Braine. 🙂

  • Why do all these dystopian type worlds have a society where women are repressed? You would think woman would rise up and rule.

    • Haha! Good point. I’ve seen a few Amazon female ruling society ones, but yeah, most are the opposite. I do appreciate that she writes a full worldbuilding and not one of those ‘Mars needs your women’ types that are all over the place.

  • RO

    Wow! Sure sounds like a lot is going on here, and you’re right, it does trigger some negative stuff. Still, it sounds interesting, and certain parts pretty steamy. Got to hand it to the author for daring to go there. Hugs…and happy Friday!

    • Yes, there are many layers for sure, Ro.

      I did feel the need to put the words out there because this really won’t be for everyone and some may find it disturbing or at least not their thing.

      Have a great weekend, lady! 🙂

  • I was so hoping you would review this one! I saw it on netgalley and in the author’s newsletter and wasn’t sure whether this would be a book for me and I was hoping you would review it, so I could get a better feel for the book. It does sound like a difficult read at times with how the women are treated, but it does sound like a well thought out society. And I like the sound of how there’s no info dump, I thought this author did this well in Alien Mate as well.

    It sounds nice how you get both point of views as it seems that works very well in this situation with how different perspective they both have and how they both are from a different culture. I might give this a try one time as it does sound like it contains some elements I enjoyed in Alien Mate by this author, so I think this one might work for me too. Great review Sophia!

    • Glad I could be of service, Lola. 🙂 I know what you mean. Sometimes I can’t tell from a blurb if a book is for me and I have to see how a reviewer would describe it to get a better idea. Yes, this is significantly different from Alien Mate in some ways, but the depth of world building and writing are there. Hope you get the chance. 🙂