“Breeder” is the first in a new science fiction romance series. Its set in the future on the far flung planet of Parseon. Earthlings aka Terrans are in contact with the locals and have set-up a market to test the waters when it comes to commerce. This first story takes place between two Parseons and is quite dark. I got a peek at book two and it’s between a Parseon and a Terran. I’m so excited to read book two…but it’s not ready to read yet. Book two looks to be a redemption story for one of the bad guys in book one. I always love that theme.
With this being a science fiction I want to take the time to talk about the world and society set-up. That’s crucial to the story. The Parseon society is totally oppressive for the females as well as many of the males. But the females are treated the worst of all. They are just seen as breeders. There are three major levels of parseons. You have your alpha males, beta males and females. The world has very strict rules and positions. To deviate is to bring the lash down on you and to loose position. The society plays the biggest role in this book. From the beginning you hope that something can change, but it’s hard to see that every happening.
Author Cara Bristol did a wonderful job of introducing me to this world quickly through harsh realities for the heroine Omra. It was painful to read this book at times because of the emotional connection you feel to the heroine. She’s treated very badly by almost all those around her, including the hero. I didn’t like how she was treated, but understood where the book was going. Change and hope are hard to visualize without being right in the thick of things at their most dire. Once the author took me to those dark places I was able to appreciate those little advances as things started to change for the heroine and hero.
The hero of this book is Alpha in designation. Not just Alpha…but one of the top Alpha Commanders. There are only 5 of that designation on the planet and each controls a section of the world. Dak is a warrior to the core, but he had some different values. He won’t even admit those to himself. Dak is also the ambassador to Terra/Earth. As the book progresses readers will hate him and then come to like him. He has a lot of growth to go through before he is the hero we are looking for. But in the end he makes the right choices, ones we can live with and make him a good man for Omra.
Readers of this book should be ready to read a very dark science fiction romance. The heroine’s story starts out in one of the darkest places I’ve ever read about. She’s been misused and raped by a very vicious man. She’s not sure if life will ever be better for her. I had a hard time seeing an HEA in the future for her as the society she has been raised in has no concept of HEA’s or in women being anything except expendable. But Cara Bristol did it and I can’t wait to read book two.
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?