Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Taylor Kinney
Series: Masters & Slaves #1
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 133 Pages
Publisher: Taylor Kinney
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Gun saved the Queen’s life, and his reward will be a slave of his own, chosen from among all those for sale in the market. But he doesn’t want an ordinary slave, he wants a strong, handsome one. But the most important thing is a slave that’s not already submissive and obedient – he wants a man to tame…
When he sees Maddox, he immediately recognizes that this is the kind of slave he was looking for. This is the one he wants. Luckily for him, the Queen is prepared to spend any amount to make him happy…
Maddox had been captured and reduced to slavery only two weeks earlier, and he would never dream of submitting without a fight, but as he gets to know his new master, something changes inside him, and perhaps freedom isn’t the only thing that counts…
Two strong men who have to learn how to get to know and respect each other will manage to find common ground and mutual understanding…
Review: At first, this seems like it would be pretty hardcore – a slave bought for another slave, a new slave with an established slave at that. But it quickly becomes apparent that is not the case.
At first, Maddox puts up quite the fight, seems to be a big strong alpha fighting against his newfound slavery. But, in a matter of days, he becomes an almost perfectly obedient picture of submission, which rather disappointed me, to be honest. One punishment by Gun, and Maddox shrank into a somewhat meek and whimpering boy and not the strong man Gun had been wanting to tame. However, Gun is thrilled with him and they settle into a rather symbiotic relationship. I think most of that had to do with the coddling and language gun used – he was extremely fond of calling Gun “Sweetie,” which felt out of character to me based on the blurb.
This was a bit of a confusing world in that it felt somewhat historical, yet there were cell phones and fancy cars, along with some other modern amenities. Yet it is set in a sort of kingdom where the Queen rules the society. Therefore, I have chosen to tag it as fantasy. I would have liked to have seen some more detail or explanation about this world and its surroundings, but the focus was more on the various characters. I loved the relationship Gun had with the Queen, and am very interested in learning more about the Queen’s other favorite, Hunter, who ended up being gifted with Maddox’ friend, Rage.
There are a few other interesting characters as well, including a glimpse at Maddox’s younger brother, Draco, who will be matched with Val. It looks like we will see more of them in the next books, and I’m hoping their stories are a little bit more involved. I prefer my slave stories with a little less “fluff,” but it was a quick enjoyable afternoon read, nevertheless. So, if you are looking for a light slave story, this would be a good way to dip your toes in the pool before diving into something more heavy.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*