I follow Cara Bristol on Twitter so I see a lot about her books. She was my first domestic discipline author, which is very different from BDSM. Usually one spouse is the leader of the family and doles out the discipline they feel needed to maintain a happy home. This include discipline spankings to keep behavior under control and balanced along with punishments for infractions on the rules of the households.
Now Breeder isn’t a classic domestic discipline book, but the male part of the Terranian race run the show on their planet of Parseon. There are five alpha commanders that control the different regions of the planet, but there are many other alphas and betas. As children the male race is tested to see if they are alpha or beta. Alpha’s go through extreme training for combat and a rough life. If they are good enough, the raise in the ranks. Betas generally offer support services like cooking, cleaning, running businesses, etc. Alphas and betas may enter into a committed relationship, like our hero, Commander Dak and his beta, Corren.
Women on the other hand are treated worse than animals most times. When born they pretty much slaves to the will of the man who sired them. When they become women, they are shipped off to a breeder facility to be bought when an alpha needs to produce an heir. If they are lucky, they will be pierced in the labia with a ring that prevents rape, but not anal rape. It is rare to find a breeder with a chastity ring, most breeders are raped at the facility. Our heroine, Omra, has a chastity ring, so has remained a virgin, but has been raped repeatedly anally by the director of the facility. When a breeder is purchased, their right nipple is pierced with a tag showing who owns them. Their dresses are made so the right breast is always exposed.
This planet is old fashioned as well as having advanced technology. Kind of like Star Wars.
So basically, Dak decides he needs heirs to carry on for him. He is committed to Corren, although he doesn’t have a lot of desire for him. When he goes to a breeder facility he is appalled that the women are treated worse than animals, but I couldn’t really understand his surprise since women really aren’t treated well. As he is leaving, disappointed, he hears a sneeze and finds the woman he wants, Omra. Omra was told to remain in hiding, so she does everything she can to dissuade Dak from choosing her to no avail.
As the story moves forward, Dak tries to balance his feelings that he shouldn’t be having with the command he has dedicated his life too. We find out about other races who treasure their women and he gets ideas that blow apart everything he believes in. Add in the suspense of men trying to make a profit off of Omra, the council that is all about controversy and betrayal, and the dynamics of what you know changing. This book blew me away.
While Omra and Dak come to a happy but still live in a tumultuous ending, the rest of the country is in an uproar. Things are changing on Parseon, but probably not as fast as I want them too.
Dak does discipline Omra several times through out the book and at times I could see why she needed it for that type of relationship. Dak had no problems doling out punishments, he is Alpha after all and Commander of one of the five regions. His beta is an ass, which was to be expected and the men in general in this book left me wanting to move away from Parseon and find the Death Star to destroy the planet.
I enjoyed taking a look at a world where one gender is in service to another and what an author will do to change that situation. Because guess what…I would have to kick someone’s ass if things didn’t change. Yeah, I would be an Alpha lady…make no mistake.
So read this with an open mind, but be aware it isn’t for anyone faint of heart. There are injustices everywhere in the story and it is how they are dealt with that make this a wonderful book.
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