Jason’s family has been ripped apart by tragedy. The only way he can save the ones left is to offer himself up as a bondmate. The more he’s willing to give, the higher the price he can command. And Jason is willing to give a lot.
Devin is wealthy and heartbroken ...more
This book has zero to do with slavery: the whole bondmate thing is just minor window dressing. Neither does the futuristic setting have any relevance (BTW, the future is just like today. No attempt at world building. It's not "a different world". It's exactly the same world!). It is, rather, mob seeks MacGuffin. You've read/seen this plot a thousand times: Riptide, Moonlighting, NCIS, even Murder She Wrote.
Mild, very general spoiler (view spoiler)[
Jason's brother Aaron finds ...more
** 2,5 unbelievable stars **
First of all I've got to say that the blurb and the genres tag (on GR) are completely off for this book in my opinion. Which meant the expectation I had before I started this were not met, so I was disappointed about that. Some of the genre tags were: science fiction, bdsm, gay for you, erotica, fantasy. Those didn't fit AT ALL. I would call this book futuristic, not science fiction. Since it seems it's normal for men and women to be with either gender in this book, t...more
THE YEAR IS 2065
JASON BECOMES A BOND MATE, TOO DEVIN….
OK BONDMATE EXPLAINED ~ CHECK
THEY FLY THINGS CALLED SKIPES- THESE ARE AIRCRAFTS, EXPLAINED ~ CHECK
THEY LIVE IN LA… YES LOS ANGELES BUT ON WHAT PLANET?????? THEY TALKED ABOUT EARTH AND THE SURROUNDING PLANETS BUT NEVER ADVISED WHAT PLANET THEY WERE ON. I NEEDED MORE DETAIL ON THIS, I STILL NEED MORE DETAIL ON THIS. I FEEL AS IF I MISSED A WHOLE CHAPTER OR 2.
MY LIKES IN PICS:
OBVS IT’S ALL ABO ...more
Jason's family has fallen apart. His brother and his parents have been killed, and he is not even sure why. He does know they are being preyed upon by a dangerous man. In order to make sure the three people he has left in the world don't meet the same fate he has put himself for sell as a bondmate. He is asking a steep prize for his contract, but the agency finds a buyer, a man named Devin Blair. Devin is we ...more
I enjoyed this story and it wasn't what it sounds like at all. This is not slave fiction. iIn fact, I thought Jason acted way to comfortable in Devon's presence from the beginning. He acted more familiar than most people do at a new job and he was clingy very quickly, too. Both got hurt and attached way too quickly for normal people. For people in their situation? It was ridiculous.
The story was very slow moving at first. It picked up and went much faster ...more
It's got some interesting world building with a futuristic view of the world and a storyline that I don't normally enjoy, characters selling themselves. Bondmating is a way for people to enter into a contract, short term or long term, exchanging their time, companionship, and talents (work and/or pleasure) for money.
Jason is just a regular guy. A regular guy that ends up needing a lot of money and fast. To get ...more
Author: Olivia Duncan Craig
Published: ODC Press (self-published) July 1, 2012
Rating: B list
I'm a sucker for world-building. From the moment I picked up The Hobbit, and Terry Brooks' Shannara series, I've loved being completely taken off Earth and into realms unknown, so the premise of this story grabbed me immediately.
From the opening scene, the emotional nuance of this tale got its hooks into me and would not let go. How does one own another person, consider them an investment ...more
The start confused me first of all, for whatever reason I didn't see/read/notice that it was set in a different time/world. Like i said it was confusing but i just went with it and it helps the book to make sense especially with themes in it.
Everything fits together well in this book and i started to get so into it that every now and then i k ...more
Look the book is essentially about selling oneself into slavery. The MC had good reason, but the story wasn't about 'why ...more
This story could have gone a lot of ways. It could have been a story about torture or abuse… and there were those elements, but not between the MCs. This was a love story.
I am very forgiving as far as world building is concerned. I know that was a concern for some other reviewers, but I didn’t no ...more
There were some cool things about the future…
everyone eats supplements intead of meals and never gets fat! (sign me up!)
the wealthy fly aircraft instead of driving cars
floating cloud islands
Some things that were not cool..
MC with Daddy issues (grow a spine Devin and stand up to your Dad alread ...more
The story is set in a futuristic Earth settings, but the world-building is minimal. The real focus is on the romance between Jason and Devin.
I found the book enjoyable.
It was a little frustrating watching Devin trying to maintain his distance from Jason. His hot and cold act with Jason was understandably hurtful to Jason which I hated. But it all came out good in the end.
The intrigue aspect lent a bit of spice to an otherwise sweet story ...more
4.5 stars. Enjoyable m/m sci-fi by newcomer Olivia Duncan Craig. Businessman Devin buys the gorgeous Jason's 20-year contract and so acquires a bond-mate for both business and pleasure.
"You're too tall for me and you're a terrible dancer. You're the worst at saying no - to anything or anyone. And one day you really will eat yourself - or me - into bankruptcy. But I don't want you to go. Not anywhere. Not unless it's with me."
That secret about Jason history is annoying
Using David and Devin at the same time is little hard to remember who is who
The end plot of the book or rather to say explanation about what did really happen to Jason family is exaggerated.
OMG so much writing time wasted.
Futuristic take on the master/slave trope. Some more emotional intensity and a more solid landing on the ending would have garnered this book a perfect 5 stars from me. Still a praiseworthy effort and well done.
I thought the story flowed smoothly. We were shown instead of told a lot of the things as it unfolded. It did not feel overly dramatic nor contrived to me. The world was easily imagined as desc ...more
Jason has a difficult choice to make, but to save his family, he decides to sell himself as a bondmate for a large sum of money for ...more
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
- The story idea here is familiar in some ways, but it has a fun twist also. I’ve read plenty of books that concern slavery in various forms, but the structure of the men’s relationship in this one is unique, and I was fascinated by it.
- I really liked the setting--it has futuristic touches here and there that aren’t too far out, but it also has a solid background of r ...more
Devin is like a roller-coaster. One minute he's kind and the next he's cold, giving both Jason and I whiplash from his multiple personalities.
Eventually, Jason worms himself into Devin's heart (and mine), and after the ...more
If you’re looking for a science fiction romance with a well developed plot, with descriptions of a future world with different customs this will not be the book for you.
Sure, the plot takes place in the future, we have a new concept of bondmates- slaves but all of this does not represent the heart of the story. It's just the premise that starts this book. This is a romance between Jason , a bondmate and Devin, a very wealthy businessman that buys his contract.
The thing with this book is you sho ...more
This story is set in a time where, if you have debts you need paid, or you need money (or more accurately credits, as they are called) you have the opportunity to basically sell yourself as a "bondmate". Depending on the amount of c ...more