When a distant planet’s ownership is in dispute, conquering aliens turn defiant human males into pampered sex slaves.
Stuart McKay, a young man always on the sidelines of life, has been reinvented as Mac, the beloved pet of an alien navigator. At first an unwilling captive, he’s now fallen hopelessly in love with his master. Narith is Mac’s perfect fantasy lover, so much so that Mac does not hesitate to join him on a frightening trip to the Travian home world.
Narith is a brilliant young officer from a lower caste family who has risen quickly up the ranks. He’s also climbed the social ladder by making an advantageous mating. A tragedy has him hurrying home to mend familial fences and fend off the predation of another male. All the while, he tries to tamp down his growing feelings for Mac, yet cannot bear to leave his pet behind.
Mac and Narith’s relationship is tested by family tensions and brought to the breaking point when Narith reluctantly agrees to share Mac with another male. Mac is devastated by Narith’s seemingly cavalier treatment, while Narith is surprised to realize he’s jealous of another male claiming Mac’s body. But more than personal feelings seethe beneath the veneer of domestic harmony and, as trouble bubbles to the surface, the fate of Mac’s and Narith’s very lives is at stake.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of non-consensual rape and sex scenes with dubious consent, as well as some brief violence. and torture. This book also contains a scene of M/F intimacy.
Taking your guy (or gal) for granted
Being in a committed relationship takes work, I’ve found. No Earth-shattering revelation, I know, but with each passing year, I marvel at how hard it is to nurture and maintain a marriage. You both have to really want it, and oh how great the rewards are for doing so.
On a recent family vacation, I purchased a night shirt with a picture of a crab on it and the words about being crabby in the morning. I know – hilarious stuff, right, I say with an eye-roll. My husband took one look at it and suggested I cross out the “in the morning” part. Ha-ha! I didn’t take offense because he’s right. My crabby factor can be pretty high, and my husband is the one person on the entire planet with whom I can show that part of myself with impunity. He’s so patient with me and understanding, and I try hard to be the same with him. I know I can be like that with him and he’ll still love me. He’s my safety valve, and I’m his. This trust between us is one of the most important values of having a committed relationship. Sure, we have fun together and the sex is still hot after all these years. But, to be myself, to relax and know that I am in a safe place with him – it’s the best.
Having said all that with a big kiss to my husband, I also know that one can’t take a significant other for granted. There are limits to what your partner can and should tolerate. Lines can be crossed, and some betrayals can’t be forgiven. This is one of the most common themes in romance novels, and its power to evoke strong feelings and allow readers to relate to the characters make it a great plot device for writers. The difficulty is in creating tension without damning a character in the readers’ minds.
My Alien Slave Masters series is a tricky series to write. I need to work at balancing the inherent non-consensual nature of humans held as sex slaves against my and my readers’ inclinations for love stories. I’m a sucker for romance and assume my readers are, too. In plotting out The Untamed Pet, I wanted poor Stuart from The Captain’s Pet to have his chance at love. Being a naturally submissive boy, he only needed to be owned by a good guy who treats him well to bring out his love and devotion. But, the Travians aren’t simply humans with larger bodies. They have their own codes of conduct, needs and goals. Narith doesn’t see Stuart, whom he’s renamed Mac, in the same devoted, committed way that Mac sees him. Societal pressures put Narith and Mac into untenable positions, and it becomes a test of Narith’s character as to how he chooses to face them. The alien’s acts, in turn, test Mac’s feelings and the limits to how much he’s willing to put up with in the name of love.
Meet Samantha Cayto
Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.
She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and three dogs. Her children don’t understand why they can’t read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.