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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?
I was given an ARC for an honest review. Wow....I wasn't sure I would like this book but I enjoyed it very much! I don't read a lot of science fiction but there was a depth to this book I didn't expect. I read it in one sitting! The story is about a patriarchal society where women are basically no better than beasts of burden. In fact there "horse" type of animals were treated much better. Omra is a breeder and even though she came from a good family, she is still treated like a slave. Dak is an Alpha( kind of like a governor) of his region. He purchases Omra and basically falls in love. During this time, Omra comes out of her shell and her personality shines through. We also learn more about the society and the rebellion brewing. We also are told of the political machinations of the other Alphas and their high court. It wasn't all about just sex but the sex scenes were pretty hot. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
An extraordinary, powerfully moving story!
To imagine an existence such as that which reigns in Parseon - it boggles the mind! I find much to admire in Dak's character. He's made a treaty with Terrans, he allows the Enclave to exist in his territory, his justice (though harsh) is appropriate within cultural norms rather than abusive. It is a joy to watch the transformation when he purchases the one who will bear his children. Omra is unusual for a woman of her times, proving that females are far more capable than the males believe. Little by little, things begin to change, even though it brings danger to both of them. A fascinating, highly charged story! Not to be missed!
Great start to this new series!!
**Received ARC for a fair and honest review**
Breeder is book 1 in the breeder series. A note- for sensitive readers, this book is a dark read with some dark themes. This was an interesting space opera/sci fi story. I take what I read at face value and don't try to discern all the possibilities the author may be thinking behind the story. I enjoyed the story, and it was a fast easy read for me.
Alpha Commander Dak/Alpha needs a breeder, one that can assist both himself and his beta, Corren. On Parseon women are likened to the beasts and are treated no better, if not worse. Their only use is breeding, slave labor and an outlet for their needs if they arise. Omra is sold to Commander Dak and is expecting the worst after what she's been through while at the breeder containment facility. What she soon realizes is that with Alpha, he's not as he appears. He's not brutal, vicious or anything like that. However, Corren is not so enthused with arrival of Omra. Though being with a breeder is for procreation only and not for enjoyment, Dak breaks protocol to be with her, while fighting his feelings because it is considered so wrong. In a male dominated society, where woman/breeders are treated worse than beasts, and to feel for a breeder is heresy they have a lot of hurdles to overcome to be together.
So dark stuff aside, I enjoyed Dak and Omra. They have a lot of adversity and treachery to overcome, and even with his position and the regards for women/breeders on Parseon, Dak falls for Omra and vice versa. Though it's said women aren't able to enjoy copulating, Omra does and it along with other things he learns from/about Omra make him rethink what he's been taught. The premise of this is different from other space opera's I've read which I always enjoy. Note--In Parseon society an Alpha uses his beta for enjoyment and the breeders are for procreation, so there are MM themes to the books, I know some people are bothered by that. I feel like this book set up well the premise for the upcoming books in the series and am really looking forward to reading the next book, Terran. Happy Reading!!