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Bound by Pleasure (Owned #1)

by Anitra Lynn McLeod

Series: Owned (Downs & McLeod) (Book 1)

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Standard fare. The Eoeans and their motivation intrigues me. ( )
  Bookbee1 | Jun 23, 2020 |
This book is a fascinating opening volume for a new science fiction series with alien abduction (of a sort) at its heart. Different from the Sold! series by the same author (a series that I enjoyed a lot), in this series it is a mysterious race, the Eoeans, who are behind the removal of human males from Earth. There is an official treaty with Earth politicians that allows them to do this, in exchange for having cured a mysterious virus that was killing off Earthlings by the millions. The consequences are the same as an abduction's: those taken are never heard from again, and nobody on Earth knows what happens to them.

Hunter is one such hapless male human. He is nineteen years old, in his first year of college, and has recently discovered (with his best friend as helper) that he's a submissive. When the call to present himself to the Eoeans comes, he is scared because he doesn’t know what is going to happen, but that is nothing compared to the fear that grips him when he meets his new owner, a terrifying alien named Kian. His new master is physically much stronger than Hunter, seems to have abusive tendencies, and threatens to sell him on if he doesn't do whatever it is Kian expects Hunter to do. Hunter, of course, has no idea what that is, but he refuses to be a doormat and sets out to discover what is going on.

Kian has lived with pain all his life, and even though Earthlings are rumored to be able to cure his disease, he doesn't believe it can happen. He can’t believe his father has fallen for the false promises and has bought him an Earthling anyway. His plan is to prove that Hunter is a fake, so he can get on with what little life he has left to live. But Hunter surprises him. The human isn’t aggressive, but he won’t let Kian terrorize him into admitting he's a fake either. It's almost as if he doesn't understand what he's supposed to do… Kian is intrigued.

The process of discovery these two go through is fascinating from a psychological point of view, and very hot. As they figure out, step by step, what the solution might be, they get to know each other better and better, and the intimacy they experience is as unexpected for Kian as it is welcomed by Hunter.

If you like science fiction stories with men from two vastly different cultures clashing then coming together, if you enjoy reading about truly alien planets, customs, and physiologies, and if you're looking for a hot read that offers a mystery to solve on top of some very interesting exploratory action between the sheets, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did. It's an excellent and very promising beginning to a new series.

NOTE: This book was provided by Siren Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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  SerenaYates | Oct 19, 2017 |
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