Review by Riley
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?
Review of Breeder
On my own, I would probably not have picked up Breeder to read. But the author Cara Bristol asked if I wanted to read and review Breeder. Ms. Bristol’s always tells a good story! So here I am writing a review.
My e-book version in includes a couple of sentences after the synopsis, not found on Amazon: Breeder is a dark science fiction romance with an HEA. It contains D/s elements and spanking.
Let’s talk about that second sentence first: It contains D/s elements and spanking.
Dak is Alpha, so he is most definitely dominant. And he believes firmly in discipline to achieve results. I found the relationship between Dak and Omra to be very give and take though. The D/s elements were there, important, but not overwhelming. The fact that Dak treated Omra with respect, was even more important. From the beginning, I knew he was a good guy.
On the opposite end is Sival. Sival is the director of the BCF (Breeder Containment Facility). Abusive and manipulative, a reader just wants to see him get what he has coming to him. Sival is not the only baddie, but he is the first one you meet. The portrayal of men in power abusing women who they treated as slaves is what lends the word ‘dark’ to the description of this book.
Which takes me back to that first sentence: Breeder is a dark science fiction romance with an HEA.
Breeder was not what I expected. I really expected something darker. Oh, there is dark. The story takes place on the world of Parseon, in a authoritarian society that is completely unacceptable to most of humanity. Men are in charge. Alphas are in charge of men. Women are breeders. No, women are slaves and abuse is, sadly, commonplace. One word. Distasteful. When it comes to worlds where breeding women are rare – and you know there are a few out there in scifi-romance – I prefer the worlds where the women are adored. But that is just me.
Meanwhile, back on Parseon – The people of that society are just that, people. They have human tendencies, perhaps due to DNA therapy that introduced human genes into their own. So there is hope. And when it came to Omra and Dak, though I felt an ever increasing sense of fate for them, I’d seen the “HEA” description. So, while the setting may be dark, I always felt that Dak and Omra had a sense of promise.
According to Amazon, Breeder has 283 pages. It read like 183. The plot moves right along. There is political plotting and intrigue to keep things interesting and also add a hope. And the romance between Dak and Omra gave me something to cheer for along the way.
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Come back on July 18th for a feature on Cara Bristol’s Breeder series.
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