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?
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.
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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