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Marked Yours

(Sentries #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Three hundred years ago, natural disaster reformed the face of North America, and the people who lived in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains would never be the same. Now, the master/slave bond in New Colorado has become a sacred rite of service, protection, and, sometimes, for the lucky, love. Nick and his intended Master, Todd Ruger, a sentry of the territories, have grown ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I enjoyed the hell out of this story. The master/slave relationship was well done and I liked the post-apacolyptic setting. My only real complaint is that I felt the world building was a little thin (and that may be because I have sooooo many questions), and I did question the validity of how the world became a wasteland to begin with (something about a super volcano? it was mentioned in a page or two then never really discussed again, aside from showing the caldera). I know the sequel
Childbirth is less painful than this book...
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-print, signed-copy
I give Marked Yours 4 1/2 stars on it's own merit, BUT.....I am "bonus" rounding it up to 5 Stars because the potential is there for so much more and I REALLY want more.
And... I will admit to a bit of favoritism as Elizabeth is MY Author in the M/M group's "Hot July Days Challenge" on goodreads. She chose my picture and has written a story set in the world of Marked Yours featuring Todd and Nicky ten years later. The story is titled "Take What's Yours" and I have had the honor of a sneak peak a
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I am really enjoying this series. It is a solid read with great characters who you come to get to know and love, a good amount of world building, and a plot that actually moves and makes sense. The reason for 4 instead of 5 is that I feel the world building could have been enhanced. In trying to picture all this I have a hard time going from wagons pulled by horses or other animals to bathroom's indoors that almost seem modern. It would have been good to add in (here and there) other elements. E ...more
Wow, this book was something else. I enjoyed it a lot.

Nick and Todd were both a surprise but Todd more so. I was expecting Todd to be a cruel master. Someone that had no qualms about beating his slave or using him but eventually would soften to his slave. I was completely wrong and if I'd have read the blurb I probably wouldn't have thought that. Todd is kind and gentle, loving and affectionate. He encourages Nick to act like a free person but beats himself up when he's in situations that forces
Jun 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, no and no. This book spends a few pages establishing the social rules of the universe it purports to be exploring and then all these get moot, for the protagonists do as they please without even paying lip-service to their bond of slave and master while whatever sporadic agency passes off for a plot in this sloppily narrated story magisterially disregards all such vertical and hierarchic constructs unless the author feels like it. As the writing stands on the weaker end of the literary spect ...more
Jeff Erno
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The beauty of Marked Yours lies within the relationship of the Master and his slave. The author captures and perfectly depicts a dynamic which is essentially a balance of power and responsibility. Although the Master is dominant sexually, he takes seriously his role as protector, teacher, counselor, and guide to his sub. Todd Ruger is a heroic figure who personifies strength, confidence, and unflagging commitment. His sub, Nicky, is timid, vulnerable, and impressionable. Nicky also is fiercely l ...more
Serena Yates
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
I liked this variation on a master/slave relationship because it looks at a situation where the structure of slave versus master is dictated by society, rather than what the participants want. Seeing two men come together who have no choice about the 'official' way of how they interact was fascinating, because the difference to the actual interaction provided some real tension. Todd's fear of being caught for treating Nick as an equal (as much as possible) was just as real as Nick's fear of havi ...more
Joyfully Jay
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Marked Yours is the first in Elizabeth’s Noble’s Sentries series. Some of you may know of the books from their previous release. Basically, thanks to a series of natural disasters, humanity has been forced to reset itself. Technology is gone and the world is divided into protectorates, some of which support slavery and others that do not. Slaves are, as you might expect, property and little more. Nick has been raised and trained to be a sentry, even though he doe
Adrian Anderson
Dec 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap
I think this bitch watches WAY too much Supernatural.

May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
What the heck was that? O_O

There are so many things wrong with this book... I don't know where to begin. Both characters are so badly written... I winced at every page turn.

(view spoiler)
S.J.D. Peterson
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay first all I wish Goodreads had a 1/2 star. This book was really not quite a 5 star for me but not quite a 4 star either. There were some issues with feeling the story was told and not shown and at times it felt a little rushed jumping from one scene to the next, but overall I really enjoyed the story line and the characters. For a debut novel Elizabeth Nobel did a great job and I can't wait to see how she develops and improves her craft in the future.
I enjoyed watching Nicky grow from from
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
MARKED YOURS is the first book in the Sentries series and it introduces us to a post-apocalyptic world where the rules have changed. Same-sex partnerships aren't seen as any different to any other kind of romantic or love partnership. What is different is you can be chosen from birth to be either a sentry or a slave. To be honest, there isn't much difference between the two, although sentries have the illusion of being free.

I loved this story so much, and am so glad it's only the first book in t
May 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
DNF. Boring & repetative.

Todd's sicky sweetness made me ill. At 50% of the book, I still did not know what he and his father hunted...Demons? Lost souls? 150 Proof rum? be honest, I do not care.

This story has been done better before. Both Ann Somerville's Kei's Gift & the first book of Gloria H Giroux's Chay Trilogy come to mind.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This dystopian world is not too different than many made for TV movies on the Sci-fi channel. It kind of reminds me of Jericho except with a super volcano instead of bombs. This story was hard to get into and if I didn't have it for a book challenge, I might have given it up as DNF.

The first 2/3 of the book dragged for me. There was too much hidden about Todd's real job. I guessed it from early on, but to wait so bloody long to be validated was frustrating and unneeded. It's one thing to build u
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I keep buying these "slave" books in the hopes that one will satisfy an itch of seeing one done right. This one wasn't it. Possible spoilers ahead:

(view spoiler)
Lou Sylvre
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this novel, fell for the two main characters and found myself struggling with them to come out of the tough spots alive. And that was a surprise—in a minute I'll tell you why.

First, a very brief description. In a future world where natural disaster has changed the face of the earth and re-shaped civilization, slavery has become an institution with its own rules, many harsh, but also allowing a great deal of variation on how that relationship will be framed. The master can withold
Sammy Goode
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nick has been raised for only one purpose--to be a slave. His training, education, his very life is set at the whim of his master--in this cae a boy almost as young as he whose father has arranged for him to be Nick's master when he comes of age--Todd Ruger.

Todd grows up to be a sentry--a guard of sorts who does everything from hunt down supernatural beings to laying violent and deadly ghosts to rest. He goes far and wide in his work--everywhere but West Calderra--where it is punishable by death
Liz Blue
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance, ebook, bdsm, scifi
I really wanted to like this book, but I had a lot of problems with it.

1. The world building felt superficial. I wasn't sure why this was post-apocalyptic America and not some other place. That is, the changes that took place in society felt like they were developed to serve the plot instead of feeling possible/ likely.

2. By the time it was revealed what the two guys would be doing for their job, I really didn't care anymore.

3. Some really horrible and stilted dialogue, particularly between Todd
The first thing that gripped me in this story was the quality of the writing. Having never read anything by this author I was excited to see that good writing makes a story so much more for me. The second thing I noticed was the author gave a concise explanation about how our world as we knew it was changed dramatically by a volcano erupting. As a reader I really appreciate these types of details to get my mind frame where it's needed in order to enjoy the story. The third thing I noticed was wh ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book got me from the very beginning. It starts out telling about Nick. He was raised knowing he was a slave and was trained to help Todd, the person that would be his master when he became an adult. The thing is, Todd doesn’t want to be Nick’s master. He wants to have a relationship with Nick.

I love the closeness between the main characters. Nick is insecure about his place and constantly fears losing Todd. Todd is protective and supportive of Nick. They make the perfect couple. (view spoil
This one is probably closer to a 4.5 but I’m bumping it to 5. I agree with some of the other reviewers who commented that it would have been nice to have a little more substance around the world created in this book and a few things seemed a bit contradictory. However, I love slave fiction stories (if done well) and I adore D/s stories especially when there’s a loving connection between Dom and sub, so two big checkmarks on my happy reading list from this book! I loved reading about the relation ...more
I liked the writting, but the whole Master/Slave thing just wasn't something I enjoy reading about or understand. Why would a master/slave society come out after a natural disaster? It wasn't explained in a way that I found belivable. Also way to much sex for my taste. Mostly I truly disliked the constructed society and it distracted me from my enjoyment of the story. As to the characters, well they were all right, but I didn't feel very attached, they adventure was quite interesting, I wish the ...more
Emma Sea
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A 2.5 rounded up to 3.

I liked the world. Not completely clear why (view spoiler) but OK, the author's the boss.

I liked the idea of raising some kids as slaves, liked the idea of sentries, liked the MCs. However the book was just too meh to be good.
Susan-marie Stasiak cast
Love This Book

I'm a huge fan of ALL BOOKS BY Elizabeth Noble. The Sentries Series especially since I adore Master/slave MM love stories. This is an amazing and touching story. Love it.
Diane Dannenfeldt
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this book - review to come as I have to run off and read the next one in the series.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: slavery
2,5 stars because the main characters were pretty likable guys and didn't annoy me. Other than that, I don't have much to say about this book. The plot was barely there. The work Todd and Nick do is given so little place in the book I'm not even sure what exactly they do. Maybe in the next books it will be more clear. Slavery theme is inconsistent and all over the place and as inoffensive as possible... I don't know if inoffensive is good in this case. I'm not sure I'll be reading more in this s ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

I guess this would be fantasy romance? It's an interesting discussion on relationships and if they can be equal if the power difference is as great as slave and master. I liked the characters and the plot was interesting. This didn't go where I'd expected and I appreciated that. I wish they'd step a little further away from the BDSM aspect if the point is that they are equals in their loving relationship? Maybe that develops over the series?
Joscelyn Smith
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the master-slave aspect of the storyline and the characters were engaging. All in all an interesting and enjoyable read.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
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