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?
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This had parts of the book that appealed to me and parts that didn't. It has a dark side to it that will have triggers for some readers, but it also has a gentler side as well.
Parseon males do not value females. They have no rights and must do as bidded by all males. They are seen as inferior and simple minded. The females are basically slaves to the Alpha and Beta males. The females are raped, beaten and this is considered the normal. As you can probably guess, this was the part I struggled with. The fact that these males truly believed the females were so simple minded that they couldn't learn just made these men sound like they were the simple minded ones.
What I liked was the dominant Alpha in Dak that embraced his planets protocols until he met Omra. Dak is The Alpha of all Alphas. He isn't a mean guy. He believes in the protocol but does not wish to inflict harm just for pleasure. When he picks Omra to be his breeder, he starts to care for her very quickly and struggles with sticking to protocol. For being The Alpha, Dak showed a lot of care and concern, not only for Omra but for others as well.
The author did a good job of showing Dak's struggle with doing what is known and taking a step towards his people's change in protocol. This didn't end on a cliffhanger but it does seem like book two will continue with the changes to the Parseon people.
Worth the read, but very dark
I am not a huge fan of books with dubious consent, however in this world, women are 3rd class citizens at best and treated poorer than livestock. Keep in mind there aren’t any scenes that actual rape happens, there is a close call, and it is just all implied and talked about in past tense. But in this world the women don’t know any other way of living, it is the norm to be abused. What Bristol describes is the modern feminist worst nightmare. Frankly, it gave me the chills.
The world of Parsons is one that is in desperate need of change and Dak and Omra are the start of that change. I loved that Dak was completely overwhelmed by his feeling towards Omra and even though he disciplined her when she messed up (spanked) he never hurt her. He was tender and loving in a society that has been taught that women don’t have the mental fortitude to do anything other than breed and do the menial task. Omra showed Dak how wrong his teaching on women are. He is forced to realize that maybe the Parson’s way isn’t the correct way where women are concerned.
I have read several of Bristol’s novels and this is the darkest I have seen her go. But like always the writing, character and world building were superb. I am not sure enjoyed is the correct word because I was feeling more outraged by the treatment of the women, however, Breeder was really good and I am giving it 4 Boundless Stars.
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!!