REVIEW:  Slave Auction: Spaced Out for Love by Stormy Glenn

REVIEW: Slave Auction: Spaced Out for Love by Stormy Glenn

 

Blurb:
Rojan Ja’Dar is a rogue, a pirate that buys and sells cargo for a living. He is his own man, skirting the edge of the law and answering to no one. Arriving on a particular planet, he goes to drop off cargo and discovers a human pet being sold at an auction house. Intrigued, Rojan breaks all his rules and buys the human as his pet. It isn’t until after he purchases the human that Rojan discovers he just bought his mate.
Claiming Tyion is not as easy as buying him. Not understanding the danger he is in, Tyion fights his situation as a highly prized and sought after pet in Rojan’s world. Rojan has to convince Tyion that being his mate is not as bad as being a pet, even if they have to pretend to the rest of the world that Tyion is just a possession. That is hard to do when someone is after Tyion, someone not from Earth.

Dear Ms. Glenn,

Once upon a time I had a dream. A seven- foot -tall werewolf look -alike alien was punishing his tiny pet, who had long white blond hair and a nicely curved ass. Wait, no, the pet was actually his mate, and human. I decided I wanted to share with you the story that caused me to have that dream (twice).

Slave Action: Spaced Out for Love by Stormy GlennRojan (the alien character) visits a slave action somewhere in the galaxy and decides to buy himself a pet. The human race is considered a weaker race in this world, but they make great pets. Of course humans have no idea that other races think of them as weaker ones. They do not know that the other races exist because they exist on another planets and galaxies. I started to wonder whether this assumption that one race is weaker than everybody else, which we are supposed to take as a given will morph into something. Unfortunately that did not happen. Humans are good pets, that’s all you need to know and for all his scary first impression Rojan makes a surprisingly kind enough master, if he is obeyed.

Moreover, Rojan figures out after his first examination of his pet that this pet is also his mate (don’t ask!), so I was pretty sure that the story was also supposed to be very romantic.

I think in making Tyion both a pet and a mate, the story failed for me. It tried to be both – erotica and romance – and instead of becoming erotic romance it just did not work at all for this reader. By introducing the concept of a pet, the story introduces the themes of dominance and submission and I love those themes when I think it is well written. I was prepared to enjoy the story for what it was, even though we are not supposed to think too hard (or at all?) about the fact that it is perfectly okay to kidnap humans from their homes to sell to the aliens because humans do “extremely well as pets” and have very limited rights because they are not the members of Alliance, never mind that they were not even aware of the existence of that Alliance. So Rojan can do anything to his pet, punish him as he pleases – all for his own safety, etc. – and in the meantime have sex with him. And I have to say that kind of forced but not really forced initial sexual interactions were pretty hot for me. I mean, if you think about it, of course it is forced – because the guy is kidnapped, sold into slavery, etc. But, he enjoys it right away and again, I do not think we are supposed to think much about it.

“Then you have two choices, pet,” Rojan said. “You can obey my every word and accept me as your master or I can leave you here to be trained by guards then sold at auction. What’s it going to be?”

“Wha—what does being a pet mean?”

“It means you belong to me and only me.” Rojan smirked as he walked around to stand behind the human. He reached down to grasp the human’s ass cheeks in his hand, giving them a gentle squeeze. “Obey me and you’ll be rewarded.”

Rojan let loose with a quick swat across the man’s ass. “Disobey me and you will be punished.” The man cried out, his body arching away from the smack. Even if his cries denied it, the human’s body could not hide his response. He enjoyed it.”

But that tiny human Tyion is also Rojan’s mate – so Rojan wants to protect him, cherish him, for the rest of his life. I can see how this set up can hit hurt/comfort buttons, but I was left wondering how he could be mate and slave at the same time – just felt very jarring for me.
Of course, I do not look for the in depth character development in this story – just some development would be nice. I suppose Tyion having a temper and learning to submit to Rojan should count as development, but it all happened so fast that I was not really buying it as character development, but rather Insta!Love of super- instant variety.

By the way, when they finally do get around to their mating interaction, it was another nightmare- inducing (or very funny, take your pick) sexual moment.

““It’s called a knot,” Rojan was amused by the redness of Tyijon’s face, especially considering that they were still connected. “

When a Phangar claims his mate , his cock swells during the claiming and knots inside his chosen one.”

“Why?”

For many reasons, I suspect,”

Rojan said. “If my chosen mate had been a female it would ensure that we were together long enough that my seed would take root”.

I can recommend it for relatively hot sex (if you like spanking in your sex scenes and dicks that create knots while inside of you) and for a humor, which I am not sure the writer intended to be in the story, but for nothing else really. D

~Sirius

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