Soul Match 1
What is destined cannot be changed…
Chris has had a monumentally bad month. First, an aggressive band of aliens invaded the Earth, conquered the world, and now he’s fighting for survival in the mountains with his family and the neighborhood bigot. Just because he’s barely out of his teens and a bit on the scrawny side, doesn’t mean he can’t watch out for his Mom, sisters and younger cousin. Chris keeps searching for the brighter side of things, but his humor is wearing thin. Fear can do that to a guy.
Lasar and Nary are a soul matched pair of warriors from Alashar. Lasar is Nary’s Ahna, the one who dominates him and Nary is the Nasha, or submissive to Lasar. Every Alasharian, regardless of orientation, needs the balance of the power exchange to exist peacefully within their lifelong, soul match bond. When Lasar is awarded a war prize, he sends Nary to look over the recent arrivals.
Chris and his cousin Morgan are captured and sent to the slave cages where they discover from the other imprisoned young men that they are destined to be sex toys for alien pairs. When one of those aliens saves Chris and his cousin from being abused by the slave master, Chris hopes that the seemingly kind alien won’t be too horrible of a master.
Lasar and Nary are finally alone together with their new sex slave, ready to enjoy their reward. But in the middle of their playtime a shocking event occurs that not only disrupts Chris’ world even more than it already was, it challenges everything that Lasar and Nary have always held dear. As Lasar searches for answers, he begins to question the reasons behind the Earth invasion and where his loyalties should really lie. As their Ahna, he must be the one who decides whether they will all be safer together, or apart.
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Publisher: Pride Publishing
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Age Difference, Alpha Character, Enemies to Lovers, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, First Time, Menage
Word Count: 56063
Setting: Palm Springs, CA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Chris glanced at his own grimy skin. Wouldn’t mind a shower myself. He hadn’t had a proper one in over a week, only the water he’d splashed on himself from the river. At the same time, he didn’t like the way the aliens would touch the other men as they guided them to their cages. It wasn’t that it was too intimate, it was the fact that there was any type of physical contact at all. The grasp of an elbow, a hand on a prisoner’s upper back. Chris shuddered. He didn’t want any of them touching him, ever.READ MORE
He’d been so lost in his observations, he started when one of the aliens approached the cage. He shrank back, mesmerized by the being, who no longer had a mask covering its face. Large, rounded eyes stared at him, as if the creature had been surprised, the white of its eye very white, almost translucent. The pupil took up most of it, but the color was what was truly amazing—a bright, stunning emerald green, multifaceted like a jewel. The brilliant contrast against the alien’s copper skin would’ve been beautiful under any other circumstance.
Chris’ appraisal was hasty, as the countenance of the alien became sullied by the twisted sneer that formed on its minimal lips. It turned the rest of its face into a cruel mask, and Chris wished for a way to put more space between him and the being before him.
“English? Español? Deutsch?”
It barked out the names of a few more languages that Chris didn’t understand in a voice that was deep and booming, but not unlike that of a human one. It regarded him coolly, and Chris wondered what it was thinking. Did it hate him, the others? Could it be reasoned with if they could communicate with each other? That’s what I wanted, so here goes.
An alien of few words, I see. “Chris.”
Before he could even cry out, the alien had reached through the bars and yanked the blanket away.
“Use for sleep only.” Its gaze raked Chris’ body before meeting his eyes again, its expression no longer cold. He could only describe it as being a leer.
Shit. I have a bad feeling about this. “O-okay.”
The alien called out to another being standing nearby, who Chris assumed was a guard. “Shano Oshana!”
The guard laughed and made a gesture with one hand. Chris gasped, quickly glancing at Morgan to see if he’d caught the alien making what Chris was certain was a jacking-off motion. At least that’s what it’d always meant on planet Earth. Morgan had paled, curling in on himself from where he’d been perched on his cot.
Scenario I hadn’t considered and possible indicator that these are males.
The alien leaned in, his aquiline nose almost pressed to the bars. “Lots of sex?”
Chris stumbled back, then landed awkwardly on the cot. “Excuse me?”
He whipped his head around wildly as the aliens laughed and chattered back and forth in their own language. The prisoner sitting in the cage that Morgan had indicated to earlier, the one who must’ve spoken to Morgan in passing, caught his eye. He gave a slow shake of his head. Chris wasn’t sure what he meant by it, but decided at the very least he should quit reacting to whatever the aliens said or did. It was unlikely to help anyway.
Almost immediately, a group of four of his captors marched over. The one alien who’d spoken to him opened first his then Morgan’s door. He gestured for them to come out of their cages. Chris stared longingly at his blanket, but already knew how that would play out, so decided instead that he’d pick his battles with care. Morgan appeared hesitant, but he nodded in his direction as he stepped out from the behind the bars.COLLAPSE
Michael Joseph on Michael Joseph Blog wrote:
Earth is invaded by aliens with humans being either killed or captured. Chris is a human along with his mother, sisters and cousin, Morgan escape. While out on a supply run Morgan and Chris are captured. The slave master has plans for Morgan and Chris that are against the rules until Nary comes to the rescue and takes both home to his and Lasser’s home.
Lasser and Nary are a soul matched pair of aliens. They are learning almost everything they have been told about the invasion and the humans is a lie. Oh how I loved the suspense, drama, tense situations in this well written story. It will have you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath.
I can’t wait to see what is in store for the next book. Highly recommended.
Jennifer on The Novel Approach Reviews wrote:
Admittedly, in rough outline it sounds like the plot of a porn flick: A race of super-hunky aliens with a strong penchant for BDSM invade earth, quickly subdue the population, and round up all the twinks to serve as sex slaves for their kinky enjoyment. What saves it from being eye-rolling smut is strong character development. A good portion of this book, the first in a series that already stretches to four volumes, is spent getting to know the main human character Chris before he is captured by the Alasharians.
We don't meet Chris' new Alasharian masters, Lasar and Nary, until he does, but from then on we get some of the story from their point of view, which helps a little in understanding the dynamic of the relationship that develops quite quickly between the three. The speed at which Chris accepts his situation is perhaps the biggest potential weakness of the story. There is a reason for that, but it is still a bit of a stretch that perhaps warranted more time in the plot to develop. This point is not totally ignored by the story line either. Chris has his own Jiminy Cricket of sorts, in the form of his cousin Morgan, who reminds him of the people, including family, killed by the aliens he now embraces.
This book sets up the characters and situation for a series, and does it rather well, but it should come as no surprise that the ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Fortunately it doesn't end with a cliff-hanger, so you won't be compelled to read the second book right away, but it won't be long for me. I'm curious to find out at least some of the answers to the questions raised at the end, and to see what kinds of things this power exchange threesome gets up to.
I guess I also have to admit that, while the whole “unassuming sub finds the right Dom and saves the galaxy” theme might be a little cliché, I'm a sucker for it every time. Chris is a typical BDSM fiction newbie submissive who doesn't know the power he wields over his prospective Doms, let alone whatever it is that seems to make the bond between him and his masters deeper than anyone ever expected. The time spent early in the book developing Chris' character was definitely well spent, as finding out what happens to him is the main reason I'll want to read the next book(s).
Right now, my favorite BDSM author is Morticia Knight. I have read and reviewed two of her other series, and when I saw this one, I was ecstatic. First of all it’s BDSM, so of course I’m going to love it. But sci-fi? With aliens? SWOON.
This book is a little different from her contemporary and historical BDSM series because it’s sci-fi, and that’s okay. I was glad it wasn’t identical because it would have felt strange. In this world the author has crafted, readers see Chris and his family shortly after Earth has been invaded by the Alasharians. These aliens are big, powerful beings that easily overwhelm Earth and settle in. Those who fight back are killed. Those who are smaller and weaker are taken away to be sex slaves.
While this might sound awful, the story builds and reveals much about the aliens. There have been misunderstandings and miscommunications from the beginning, not only between humans and Alasharians, but the aliens and their commanders. They aren’t all horrible, and they have a very good reason for seeking refuge on Earth. They just… did it the not so good way.
After Chris and his cousin Morgan are taken by the aliens, they find themselves at their mercy. However, when Nary sees Chris, he knows he is the one they must have and takes Chris and Morgan into his protection. What comes next is a journey of discovery and awakening love that might just save two species.
I enjoyed the alien culture Knight has built into this novel. The Alasharians have a fascinating approach to relationships that are built on BDSM principals. Each relationship, whether gay or straight, has a Dom and a sub. These two beings balance each other. While not all people find their perfect soul match, they try, and when they find them, the bond is unbreakable.
Chris is young, so I thought his reactions and dialogue were given in earnest. He’s terrified, and rightfully so. Same with Morgan. I look forward to seeing them grow. I also look forward to seeing Nary and Lasar grow with their newfound awareness of humans and themselves.
If you like Morticia Knight, reading this series will be a no-brainer. If you like sci-fi, give it a shot! I eagerly await the next book and wonder how it will be set up. Unlike the other two series I’ve read, this one does not feel like it will move on to a new character for the second book. Too much is left unfinished with Chris, Nary, and Lasar. I do, however, look forward to seeing more of Morgan!