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Novel (164,000 words)Genre(s): Gay, Suspense, Science Fiction, Romance, ParanormalLife was never the same again after The Fall, especially for those born with certain gifts that set them apart from others. Gifts that doomed those like Wren to a life of slavery with no hope of escape or turned a man like Jere into an unwilling master. When a fiery tragedy brings Jere into WNovel (164,000 words)Genre(s): Gay, Suspense, Science Fiction, Romance, ParanormalLife was never the same again after The Fall, especially for those born with certain gifts that set them apart from others. Gifts that doomed those like Wren to a life of slavery with no hope of escape or turned a man like Jere into an unwilling master. When a fiery tragedy brings Jere into Wren's life it becomes clear that this new master is like nobody else Wren has ever known. How does a slave protect himself from someone unpredictable? Can love really exist between master and slave, or will it destroy them both? (M/M - For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher's site.)...

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Inherent Gifts Reviews

  • Shelley
    2018-12-05 00:42

    THIS IS A NEW-TO-ME-AUTHOR REVIEW FOR BOYS IN OUR BOOKS It wasn’t easy finding a debut author of 2013 that our team hasn’t read and reviewed yet. I discarded sample after sample in search of a decent read. And then I found this one; an interesting and compelling piece of slave fiction that turned out to be something totally unexpected, which is always good where I’m concerned. How this author, a winner of The Rainbow award for Best debut gay Sci-fi (2013) has flown under our radar for almost a year is beyond me. Alicia Cameron is good. Very good!She sets this story in an alternative/dystopian world, using paranormal elements to create and separate a country into slave and non-slave states. She brings together two men from each state to deliver a non typical Master/slave dynamic, more a reluctant and awkward one. I found a similar dynamic in Violet and The Tom. But this is a healing hearts story infused with the horrors of Wren’s past abuse and the current abuse of other slaves like him. Jere is a passive man, a gifted healer from a non slave state who is not designed to be anyone’s Master so when he finds himself inheriting a slave along with a new life …let’s say that he has a lot to learn.Hojer is a state with laws designed to protect the Geoffrey Dahmer’s of society. It would seem it’s okay to torture, maim and rape your slave, starve him, beat him and then offer him up to your house guests for a casual fuck-fest, but God forbid you cuddle him or seat him at the table to eat real food! Jesus! There are laws that the too naïve and too passive Jere has to grasp to keep his slave safe while protecting his own status as Master and Doctor.Now all that is secondary, because Inherent Gifts is at heart, a tender and moving love story between a reluctant Master and his broken slave. Jere treats Wren like an equal coaxing him to trust with patience and kindness. Wren is special, he’s strong and gifted and … he broke my freaking heart! His anger at being a slave and his past abuse is always bubbling under the surface. It’s not until Jere gives him back his humanity (as much as he can) his choices and his power that Wren really begins to shine. You can expect a romance that simmers and builds with gentle touches, sweet-sweet kisses and then more, so much more! Cameron is truly adept at using the emotions of need, fear and wary trust to heighten the eroticism. She gives each encounter a purpose that’s rich with feeling and sentiment for both our MC’s and the reader.There is much to admire here: as the author provides a three dimensional look at the structure and sociology of this slave state with secondary characters who represent the extreme liberal left, the punishing narcissistic right and those who are oh-so ambivalent about the dreadful treatment of slaves. The writing is strong, professional and I never would have guessed that this was a debut novel (I had to check and double check) it is that well-constructed.A lot of what I loved and admired about this story is the same as what irked me, because I’m the kind of impatient reader that needs action, like now. The time spent on cultivating a genuine and credible affection between Wren and Jere is a long slow test of patience (namely mine-ha!) but I understand the need for it, it’s the only credible way to spin a story like this. I wasn’t completely sold on what occurs toward the end, infact I didn’t quite understand it at all, but maybe that’s just me. So, be prepared for the mother of all slow burns that in the end will be worth it. Be prepared to bear Wren’s recollections of torture and abuse. Be prepared to feel very angry at this callous society and just, you know …be prepared. It’s not all hearts and flowers.It’s obvious that the author is setting up this romance and this world for a series. You can however read it as a standalone, there is no cliff hanger but there is a heavy feeling, a foreboding if you like that leaves me feeling anxious and only mildly satisfied with the HFN ending.Alicia Cameron is not to be disregarded. She is a great writer! I recommend this for those who love slave fiction, healing hearts and the study of sociology. I really liked this one, slow build and all.3.5 Stars

  • Juxian
    2018-12-12 23:55

    4,5 stars.Really enjoyed this book. It's 1200 pages long but for once you won't hear me complaining that "it could've been shorter". The story is practically an embodiment of my favorite comfort/kink fantasy: a good guy unwillingly becomes an owner of a very abused slave. What can I say... yeah baby, it so rocks my boat. And to read it in the form of a developed, neatly written, deliciously slow-burn and thorough story was a real joy. I read 'Demoted' series by Alicia Cameron a while ago, and even though I enjoyed it, I grumbled a bit about it. I really think 'Inherent Gifts' is a lot better. The slavery-based universe is a lot more logical and believable. And the characters are a lot more likable. Jere is such a darling person and Wren is amazing.It's really two-person story, with some secondary characters here and there but not occupying much time - and I loved it. Loved everything about the book, really, enjoyed so much every step in the slow comfort process. Was a little bit annoyed with Wren's passive aggressive behavior in the last part of the book, hence minus half a star, but it was really such a lovely book.Recommended to anyone into slavery (not BDSM) books.Added later: but I must say that the second book is NOTHING like this one. If you can stop after this one, I really think you should.

  • Ayanna
    2018-11-24 18:54

    4.5/5 ETA: Actually, probably more like 3.5 rounded up. The ending bothered me more than I originally thought. See below.Damn. Talk about mother of all slow burns. But I actually kind of liked it like that. You really got to know the characters. The concepts that Cameron explores here are rather intriguing, although I'm annoyed that she introduces a new-ish idea of sorts towards the end of the book, but just leaves it at that. Series set up?I love the way Cameron progresses the story. Quite a lot of time passes, but it's quite easy to follow.The blurb isn't so great. It created a rather odd impression of the book, imo.I feel like towards the end, though, Cameron starts focusing more and more on the two MCs and ignoring the peripheral issues a bit. You're left with an HFN that still somehow feels rather incomplete. That's part of what caused me to round it down. Rating's still the same, but perceive it was 3.5 rounded up for the way it explored the implications while it lasted.I also thought it was really peculiar that there was no mention or even allusion to the prostate at all. I suppose it's not necessary, per se. It just...seemed...weird.Regardless, though, it had some moments in which was quite good. I like that it doesn't completely ignore periphery issues and implications of the universe, although I am, as I said, rather put off by the narrow scope of the ending. I'd say it's still quite a good read, though quite long, too. I think it ultimately is worth buying.

  • agirlwithoutwings
    2018-12-09 01:55

    A very slow healing book in a dystopian world. Though the society pictured here is really awful, and there are some horrible people, you’ll find some nice parts in the story. I liked the MCs and their connection too, but I think it could have been better if it was a bit more compact. Also, I had problem figuring out this whole system of society and its relation with gifted people. (view spoiler)[The possibility of healing the tortured slaves was freaking me out, since it was like a game for the owners, they torture the slaves to death and then within a day the slaves are healed and ready to be tortured again.(hide spoiler)]I was waiting to see this was leading to somewhere and then nothing happened in the end.

  • Line
    2018-12-02 22:56

    Phew, this one was TOUGH!The world collapsed after the evolution of mind- and physical gifts. Examples of mind gifts are: healing or sensing other's gifts. Examples of physical gifts are: strength, speed and organisation. In some states in the US of A all gifts are appreciated and celebrated and everybody can live their lives. In other states the people with physical gifts are seen as dangerous and they are made slaves. This after the creepy -and ALL too real- idea that if we restrict some minority and make them beneath others, we can control their behaviour.Jeremy (Jere most of the time) is from a slave-free state. He is finished with his education as a mind healer, but cannot find a full-time job, which means he's struggling with day-to-day life.Jere is called to his old mentor Matthias' residence in one of the states that still has slaves after the Fall. Here he is informed that he has inherited the house, the practice, the patients... And oh yeah, the slave that is half dead on a table in a storage room, after the fire that killed Matthias, didn't kill the slave - Wren. This he is told, after he has been sitting there for quite a while going through legal documents, and Jere's medical background and inherent need for doing good and using his healing powers is put to the test, since slaves are seen as LESSER BEINGS and NOTHING!This scene in and of itself was hard to get through because the view of the residents in Hojer is laid out perfectly from the beginning, and Jere has to sit there and sign shit, before he is allowed to take ownership of Wren, and then helping him.UGH this book, I don't know... Okay, the things I liked:- The relationship between Jere and Wren was truly slow-build and slow-burn! Wren is allowed to be 'himself' and they take their freaking time, which was awesome, when you think about what Wren went through.- Jere is a 'true' hippy-dippy person in Hojer, where everyone can be seen as old time slave owners.- Jere's mother, Janet, was LOVELY!- Kieran was freaking EPIC, a true shit-stirrer and rebel, which was awesome!- The smexy scenes! Jere really was patient and giving and loving in regards to Wren.- Wren's recovery. He was given time and patience from Jere, but only Jere.The things I HATED with a passion:- Jere's absolute aversion to FUCKING doing something for the slaves of Hojer. The scene with Arae, Paltrek and Dane at the clinic was just.... UGH!- Hojer and their residents!- Paltrek!- Annika!- Matthias!- The way slaves cannot be free in ANY way. They are not allowed to leave the slave states at all.- The indifference of people!- The abuse of Wren from a VERY early age, TRULY this book is NOT for people with triggers!- Jere and his AVERSION to doing anything for the slaves of Hojer and the state!I had to mention the last point twice, since this was a freaking LONG book and Jere pissed me off royally! As long as he can live in his little bubble with Wren as his slave (they will NEVER be equal in this society) he is satisfied. Once he makes a point out of saying that he is being neutral for Wren's sake, but seriously Wren is ready to DIE when we meet him, and their 'ignorance' and 'blatant disregard' for Arae and Dane for example made it really hard to keep liking them as MCs.I get that there are 2 more books, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I can actually stomach to read them. There are some truly horrible flashbacks from Wren, where he describes the torture Matthias put him through. It's fine that Jere allows for Wren to be himself, but seriously this is not an equal relationship. Jere has ALL the power, and his ignorance puts Wren in danger more than once!And Arae... UGH (view spoiler)[Annika uses a knife in her vagina among other HORRIBLE things! (hide spoiler)]Be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart!It turns out that Wren is not a 'normal' slave, but if you want to read the book I really don't want to spoil anything... Also you can sort of guess where things are leading!?Yeah, I can't quite figure out whether my hate for the society (both the slave states AND the states that DID NOTHING) or my love for their relationship-bubble wins out... And I'm still not sure whether I want to read the next one?!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Melissa Mendoza
    2018-11-24 22:55

    3.5 inherent stars! What a complete mindbend....This book was definitely different to say the least. This isn't my usual genre, but the blurb sounded interesting so I thought why not.... Overall this book is really good, just a little different. In this world people inherit gifts that make them unique and sets them apart form others. Jere is now an unlikely master, and isn't sure what to do with that. Wren is now Jere's slave and has to come to terms with a master who has no clue what he's doing.... and add in feelings, which just makes everything complicated.Overall I liked the book, it's just different. But in this case different isn't bad... it's unique and emotional at times. There are triggers, so be warned. I'm excited to see where this series goes next!!ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Melissa from Alpha Book Club

  • Silkeeeeee
    2018-11-25 21:46

    To me, Inherent Gifts is more of an emotionally charged dark read. This world the author built seemed like it was almost like the days before the Civil War in American but with the addition of paranormal gifts that people were born with. The things people did to each other was sad and just wrong. It was an excellent read except for the ending. The ending felt rushed and unsatisfying. 

  • Clodia Metelli
    2018-11-30 23:04

    My review can be found here http://clodiametelli.wordpress.com/20....

  • JustJen
    2018-11-13 02:01

    A review by The Blogger Girls.This story takes place in a world where people come into mental/physical gifts at a certain age, and depending on their acquiring of those gifts, and which gifts they have, they are separated into different factions. Those with certain gifts are sent and trained, at age 13, to be slaves. Wren is one of those slaves.Jere is a healer who inherits the Estate of his mentor upon his death, consisting of a medical practice, a large home, and a slave. Jere reluctantly takes possession of the Estate seeing it as a chance to make his life better, although he is not happy about acquiring a slave. He is from a non-slave state and is pretty naïve about how things are for slaves elsewhere.When we meet Wren, he is practically dead from the fire that killed his previous master. Jere heals him physically, but it takes a very long time to get through mentally. Wren has many secrets about his past, including his time with his last master, and he is not sure what is safe to tell his new master, not wanting to give him more information than necessary.The two eventually manage a relationship that works for both. Wren is Jere’s medical assistant. Jere makes no moves to hurt, use or trick Wren, as he was used to previously. Over time, they grow closer, taking one baby step at a time. There are setbacks here and there, and obvious roadblocks due to Wren’s status. He is unable to travel anywhere without a pass and can never travel to a non-slave state. So, there are some hurdles for them to deal with.This is a really long story, but I never lost interest. I could see how damaged Wren was as we learned, little by little, what caused that. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, knowing it could happen so easily if anyone else found out who of the slave mindset. There are things put into motion that hint of an uprising, an underground railroad, etc. And, by the end of this, Wren and Jere seem to be on the same page as far as their relationship goes. So, there is a lot to look forward to. This was a very slow burn, but I found it to be very understandable and enjoyable. As this is the first in the series, I was left content with the HFN and looking forward to reading more about how this story plays out.

  • Paul
    2018-11-23 02:00

    3.5 STARS WAY WAY WAY too long and I do love an epic or two but, I'm talking woodchipper here, not a paper shredder. BUT it's a very unique story that is very well written with bouts of angst but,I'll let them slide too because they're placed well and this is not a nice ride. It's a dystopian U/F in a way but for a change the planet they're on isn't wiped out and it beginning to overpopulate again but this has NOTHING to do with the story. So basically, since the world's gone tit's up, some people are being born with either an enhanced physical trait OR a mental one. Some of the countries don't like the people that are physically stronger so as soon as their trait manifests they are abandoned by their families and sent to slave school, while all the people that can kill you by blinking at you treat them like SHIT!!Then there are some areas where this ban is looked down upon as NUTS and they prosper. So drag of the ,trigger warnings , for severe mental and physical abuse, slaves, rape etc. . .. it's pretty dark but I'll check out book two in the series

  • Tamela
    2018-11-21 22:40

    4 or 5 stars. I was torn. If this is the first book in a series then I give it 5 stars. It's captured my interest enough to make be really think about what I like and how to rate. If this is a one book wonder than it's a 4 star read cuz I didn't get a HEA.... just an HFN. The characters are fantastic, and I truly liked the world bulding except it was never really understandable why technology no longer works, at all. or rather electronic technology only.The way they explained how the talents came about was interesting and just sad how some areas decided that some talents were low on the totem pole and that anyone with "those" types of talents should be made slaves.We keep hearing things happening in Jere's old home about abolition and how much his sister and a good friend are involved. I kept waiting for something to happen there... that's why I think there is another book on the way [crossing fingers].I know this one is definitely one of my favorites because of how disappointed I was when it ended. More... I want more Jere and Wren :)Recommended.=================1st read - May 2, 20133nd read - Dec 17, 2016

  • Kailin Morgan
    2018-11-28 23:46

    This a slow burn of a book. The development of the two main characters is dealt with in a wonderful way as they learn to live with each other in circumstances neither of them is happy with. Jere, in particular, with his almost obsessive need to do the right thing, keeps me reading.The world building behind is dealt with just as carefully. Although some things are not explained (the absence of mobile phones/computers), I found it was easy to accept it as part of the way things were, as we find out more about gifts and the new 'States' the world has divided itself into.The way they ease into a relationship is completely natural (well in as much as it can be), and the sex is scorching. Recommended for when you have time to fall into a alternate universe and enjoy the creativity.

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-09 18:02

    While well written and edited, there was almost no world building. Solid character development, but far too long and way too much sex. Serious issues of slavery highlighted but never resolved. I felt completely let down by the ending. HFN living in a slave state doesn't work for this reader. Is this the start of a series? If so, I don't think I could survive another book filled with page after page of boring sex scenes.

  • Laura
    2018-11-16 02:00

    I'll affectionately refer to this as a slave fairytale slory, where in the end everyone lives happily ever after.

  • KimberlyRose
    2018-11-15 17:54

    Excellent slavefic for the most part, but seriously drags when it leaves Wren and Jere behind and gets all political and social commentary.

  • Becky Condit
    2018-11-17 19:54

    See Lucky's 5 sweet pea review on April 1, 2013 at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....

  • Joseph Tonlet
    2018-12-01 20:42

    Very, very enjoyable!!!

  • SueM
    2018-11-29 17:57

    4.5 stars

  • Reflection
    2018-11-25 18:36

    I came across 'Inherent Gifts' by peeking at the shelves of others on Goodreads who share my reading tastes. I am so glad I found it :DI enjoyed the slow and steady development of a relationship between Jere a healer who finds that he inherits a medical practice, a home and a slave from his college professor, mentor and ex lover Matthias. Jere's slave Wren has been deeply traumatised by his previous owner Matthias who died in a fire that seriously injured Wren. Jere heals Wren and as a newcomer to the state depends greatly on Wren to help him adapt to new customs and expectations. The social interaction between master and slave is an interesting dynamic, not to mention the paranormal elements in which Jere can use his 'gift' to heal and also to communicate telepathically with Wren.As is my preference in books, I revelled in the cultural dynamics and the world building, including the juxtaposition of differing views held by those from slave and non slave holding states. It was interesting to view how Jere could by angered by inequality and poor treatment of slaves and yet remain relatively passive, even knowing the contempt that members of his own family may hold him in for his stance. Yet Jere is an engaging and gentle figure who cares deeply for Wren and examines his life and choices. Indeed it is most probably Jere's passivity that drew Matthias to him albeit that the dynamic of their relationship as free person to free person was very different to the experience of Wren purchased by Matthias to service him.Wren too is a fascinating mix of generosity and frustration who slowly begins to build trust under Jere's careful ministration, his view of slavery is contradictory and interesting and the culmination of the story leads to some self examination for both characters about the depth of their emotions and whether they are able to take a final step towards love, trust and redemption.This could be read as a stand alone novel, but midway through I knew I wanted more and so the next instalment has been ordered and is on its way. I found 'Inherent Gifts' to be an intriguing mix of social commentary, dystopian world building, romance and erotica all rolled into one. Looking forward to the next in the series to develop further Wren and Jere's relationship as lovers in a complicated dynamic of master and slave, owner and owned.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-11 00:44

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsI’ve enjoyed Alicia Cameron’s works for some time. I actually read Inherent Gifts some years ago, but never realized it had become a series. So I was thrilled to have a chance to review Inherent Gifts and its sequels, Inherent Risk and Inherent Cost. One of Cameron’s biggest strengths is character development and both Wren and Jere are excellent examples of her incredibly complex and incredibly human characters. Wren is a little more than a broken shell when Jere finds him. He has been abused for so long, he trusts none of Jere’s promises regarding his safety and comfort. Instead he exists in this a perpetual state of terror always waiting for Jere to act like ever other master he has had. Only time begins to create trust between them but theirs is very much a relationship based on two steps forward and one step back.Wren’s innate courage and eventual embrace of Jere is both satisfying and inspiring. That he can still find a way to love despite his hellish past is absolutely amazing and it’s impossible not to love his character. Jere can be harder to like sometimes. His obvious dislike of slavery is forever at odds with his desire to have a stable home and a chance to practice medicine. This eventually evolves into a need to protect Wren, as there is no system of manumission and no way to leave Hojer. Also Jere can be a bit obtuse at times and his natural moodiness makes it harder for Wren to adapt. His unwillingness to join the abolitionist movement is maddening, but this is part of what makes him so very human. And even when we get flustered with him as a character, we believe he truly cares for Wren. Their relationship in the bedroom is equally complex because Jere enjoys receiving both a bit of pain and bondage, and of course Wren initially sees these as anything but sexy. They develop an almost natural role reversal in bed that only adds even more layers to their situation. These men serve as both strength and weakness for one another and that strikes me as a natural truism for most relationships.Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  • AE
    2018-11-13 21:49

    5 stars Master/slave narratives are some of the best when pulled off right, but it's incredibly hard to find a book that is both sensitive to its bad pasts and indicative of a "happy"/"bittersweet" ending. And the gold mine of this book is in its evolution, because it gives the characters time to develop! For me, although we had a victim slave, Wren, who is messed up and comes into his own, I find that the evolution found in Jere was captivating. I mean, this is how he starts out: “Listen. Here’s the thing about me. It’s cruel and callous and will probably make you sad, but it’s true. I don’t care. I think it’s wrong. I don’t think people should be slaves. But I, personally, don’t want to get involved.”I mean in the beginning I spent a significant amount of time wondering how intelligent Jere was, because there were so many obvious hints at Wren's life as a slave wasn't quite so kosher. It was frustrating, but I was okay with once we got time with Jere away from Wren. He wasn't half as clueless as he came off from Wren's perspective, and he could learn! It was a satisfying revelation that the personalities and experiences between the two characters were going to clash, and that kind of clash would complicate the already-established master/slave from developing into a more romantic line. In fact, I really liked the fact that Jere as a character felt such an overwhelming sense of frustration against Wren when he refused to believe Jere was "Good" so to speak. He was considerate and was doing his best, and although he certainly wasn't moving mountains, that frustration made total sense to me, and really it was details like this that made the whole plot fall together for me. It was tension that didn't feel arbitrary, which is like, a diamond in the rough when it comes to romance novels, and this book was full of moments like that.So overall? I think I have to state that this is my favorite actual master/slave book I've read. Sorry, Axel's Pup steals the Dom/slave book role. Will read this again, and I'm definitely going forward!

  • A
    2018-12-08 23:53

    Received for free through an event at the publisher.I hesitated to give this book even 3 stars. It's well thought out and while the world feels only half built, it is well built. The characters are good and the romance develops nicely, but...I almost stopped reading at a couple of points because it drags to the point it almost feels like stalling. There seems to be no plot and is more of 400+ pages of slice of life. One character changes more than the other and the romance often trips up with the author using it to highlight slavery and the problems with it.There is no resolution--and I don't think there was ever any real conflict that developed other than the challenge that was presented at the beginning, a conflict that didn't seem destined to be resolved at any point and the ending only proved such.Nice, but could have been done better.

  • ~RMG
    2018-11-18 22:47

    To be honest, a part of me wants to rate this book a bit higher, but there's just something missing that's holding me back. Don't get me wrong, the story was very well written, with memorable main characters and an angst filled plot. I guess it's the ending that's leaving me a bit wanting. I wanted more of an HEA ending and this one felt more like HFN, not between the couple but with the situation they're in currently, as if their happiness can be snatched away from them at any moment. I'd definitely love to see a continuance of the story, since I really feel there's still so much more to tell. All in all, I'm content with this book and do recommend it.

  • Jenre
    2018-12-13 18:58

    I enjoyed this thoughtful book which gave a different spin to master/slave fiction by looking at the emotional effects of slavery and recovery from abuse. The length of time it took me to read the book is more a reflection of how little time I have had to read recently, and not that the book didn't hold my attention. I may have given it five stars were it not for the fact that the middle of the book got ponderous at times and a bit saggy. A firm edit would have made the book tighter especially during the last third. Other than that, this was a well written, character based book with an interesting fantasy setting.

  • Anne Barwell
    2018-11-20 19:50

    4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story. It's not a fast read but I think that's on of its strengths and what makes the building of the relationship and characters so realistic, especially considering Wren's background. I thought the world building was well imagined and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.Took 1/2 a star off as the last few chapters had a bit too much onscreen sex for my liking to the point where I started to skim those bits.

  • Christina
    2018-12-05 23:02

    They could have dealt with the "slavery thing" better Jere pissed me off cuz he's a hypocritical judging asshole he doesn't deserve a prize for at least not hurting anyone and the way he thought of ppl who actually cared about abolishing slavery was like how an omnivore that "loves animals!" But still eats them thinks about vegans ppl that actually care. It really pissed me off when he said he doesn't care, I understand that he has to stay safe to keep wren safe but my god he was passive!

  • Alice Szczesniak
    2018-11-18 22:03

    Loved this book, and like others am hoping it is a two parter. The pace to the book was really slow although that's what allowed me to get into the characters and this universe. I really like the writing of this author and have enjoyed other short stories of hers on live journal. Looking forward to more from her.

  • Raenae
    2018-11-29 21:02

    I really enjoyed this book and would rate it an "almost" 4 stars. My only issue is the end felt slightly unfinished. I would have liked a bit more resolution to the issues they deal with because of the slave state they live in.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-03 17:53

    Where's the revolution? I don't like that this book ends without resolving the system of slavery "Inherent" in the system. Since this story had a lot to do with human rights, I was hoping to see a more complete ending.

  • Ann Roberts
    2018-12-06 01:48

    I love slave tales, and this is one of the best I've read. It has abuse themes, paranormal elements, and love between master and slave. The alternate universe is interesting with slave and non-slave states, physical and mental "gifts." I highly reccommend this book!