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The Slave

(Free Men #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,388 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Freedom is only an illusion.

At twenty-seven, Tamelik has been a slave more than half his life. Submissive by nature, he can’t help but fall in love with the master who treats him kindly.

When the mistress walks out, Tam dares to hope his love will be enough.

Then he’s ordered to purchase another slave.

He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the sa
ebook, 180 pages
Published October 27th 2014 by Croft House
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Tanu Gill
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edited after taking a breather and making sure I wasn't actually dead:
I have decided to review it first before I go on to read the next part, so that I don't forget the events or my feelings for them at the end.

This book was EPIC, really, tremendously epic. After reading the first paragraph, I knew I was hooked and will not rest until I finish it. And that's what happened actually, too. I was deeply engrossed in the completely different characters and dynamics of this triad: Master, Tam and Kai.
Written November 17, 2014

4 Stars - Delicate, beautiful and tender - a sweetly soft "three might make it" story.

Book #1

A fantasy / historical slave story!?! ~ I couldn't resist the temptation after reading a few great ARC reviews then in October. I needed to read it.

If you like historical fairy-tale-like stories
It may not sound as me (chicken scared Ingela) but I like (love) fairy tales, and this M/M genre with historical slave fantasy romances are often also a 'kind' of an oldish, often hard an
4 stars

This was a great surprise. It's the first book in this series and it's still free on Amazon.

The writing surprised me. I really enjoyed it. This book felt light and easy to read. I'm NOT a fan of DOM and SUB couples, actually we have a Master here and two slaves. But it's fantasy and the sex slaves aren't what we usually read about. Here Tam really loves his Master and Kai falls for Tam.
How these 3 men connected, it really left me wanting for more. Well Kai and Tam connected a lot, and th
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Nothing is inviolate in a world at war.

Tam is the beautiful, charming and obedient slave. He was given a task and he fulfilled, now he has to live with his choice. Even when strained, he never regrets his decision.

Kai is the captured warrior who's presence ignites the crowd's desire to break him by the whatever means necessary--and with great pleasure. His auction price escalates quickly. His journey is to find a place within Master's house.

Master is the philosopher king example. One that prov
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
☆ 5 HUGE STARS from Me & Macky for this EXCELLENT book from Kate Aaron ☆


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Oh. My. God!!! Did I do it again Macky? This book was stunning and I could effuse for hours on how fabulous it is! Haha… actually I think we did!

Macky: bloody know you did Monique! How could I resist when you wafted the premise of pleasure slaves and masters under my nose! Like candy to a baby...You know me soooo well! Looks like I'm going to be effusing with you...



I'm drained.... and speechless. Need the 2nd book right the fuck now!


OMG... I loved this book, it just blew my mind and had my heart pounding. After finishing I felt kind of lost, luckily Kate’s 2nd book of the series came out on the same day.

Tam is a lovely character. He’s so pure and innocent, just beautiful inside and out. He lives with his master, an underlord in a fantasy world that orbits two suns.

Master isn’t cruel or brutal, he doesn’t abuse or humiliate Tam, his pleasure-slave
Note: the author is a good friend, I beta'd this and received a final copy from the author.

This one is for me absolutely on the same level as What He Wants and Ace. Kate never ceases to astonish me with her ability to take completely different backgrounds and characters and run with them to create brilliantly original and very fresh stories. It is also a pleasure to read about real human beings instead of tired stereotypes, and as always she has created just that here.

Recommended for everyone w
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

The Slave is a very well written fantasy ménage. Tam has lived with Master since his family were killed fifteen years ago. He was meant for the Mistress but it was the Master who always made him feel protected. Master is an underlord and a powerful man in Otiz. The region in unstable and war rages around the zone - the Granthians and Thirskans are tribally opposed. It is the reason Tam ended up in the Cage for auction at twelve, his family murdered before him. Since then, he ha
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the complicated nature of the relationship between the three men. The author doesn't ignore the reality of the notion of consent within the reality of slavery, but the master and his respect for his slaves made this story for me. I'm looking forward to reading more about these characters.
Danny Tyran
This is a nice little story about slavery (not BDSM) and threesome in an imaginary world. There is a lot of sex scenes.

So if it's what you like, you'll be very pleased.
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4.5
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.5

I wanted to stay wrapped up in my own little bubble after this.

I actually stopped reading with 16 pages left, because I didn’t want to deal with what I knew was about to happen. I didn’t want their little “happy” bubble to burst. But I guess I couldn’t keep reality at bay much longer and so...I finished it.

I just wanted the three of them, Master and slaves, though so much more on so many levels without them even completely understanding it,
Oct 27, 2014 added it
dnf at 65% .
I'm not going to rate this one because it's me, not the book. A couple of years ago I'd probably read this with few problems, despite the fact there is sex sex sex sex sex sex sex sex sex.

But the real issue is I just don't want to read slave fic anymore where there isn't a turnaround realizing that "owning" someone is wrong. Books like The Flesh Cartel etc. just do nothing for me & in this there were all kinds of things that fired off warning bells. There's just no way I can rate
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, menage, fantasy, historical
I really enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. This is my first time reading about a menage relationship and I could really believe that Tam loved both Master and Kai. I understood why he loved each and could reconcile that in his mind. The three of them were great together. I liked the world building but it felt like they were in their own private bubble until the end of the book. I plan to finish this series at some point.
Melanie A.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo, m-m, lgbtq
"But you love him."
"I do."
"Then how could you possibly want anything from me?"
Despite the premise, The Slave is not a dark read. In fact, it's quite the opposite; light, fluffy, and angst-free. If I had to categorize it, I'd say it was an m/m/m erotic fantasy built around an idealized slave/master relationship.

The story opens with Kai, a captured enemy soldier, being auctioned off as a pleasure slave. Tam, a pleasure slave himself who's been tasked with purchasing another by his
Wynne Katherine
May 09, 2018 marked it as ahh-how-about-no

This was me before :


This is me after I found out it's menage :


Blog : More more more of me here!
Denise H.
*** This is a ménage love story from a different time, a different planet.
A time of devastation, fear, war, brutality, hatred, need, darkness, and shreds of happiness among the ruins.
Master rescues Tam when young and as he grew older, educated, and became a man, Master used him for a pleasure slave, but so much more. Emotions were involved, love developed, and Kai was added to the mix.

Tam is the delicate, submissive man, but has an inner core of strength. The three men become necessary for on
Great fantasy story from Kate featuring Tam and his Master, and the new addition to the household Kai. What happens when all-out conflict knocks on the doorstep of their compound?? I've no idea but Kai's story 'The Soldier' is next up on the kindle. 5 golden stars. Thanks Trouble!!
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, dmc, bgirls, ebook, fantasy

A review by The Blogger Girls.

There are stories that just suck you right into their world, and this was definitely one of them.

Sweet Tam is in love with his Master and longs for that love in return. He has a pretty good life, as slaves go, and his Master is caring and fair. He has chosen Tam exclusively over the years, even over his wife who left with most of the staff to their other home. Not wanting Tam to be alone as his duties call him away more and more, Master sends Tam to the slave market
Joseph Tonlet
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review is for the series as a whole rather than the individual books that comprise it.

Gah, sooo damn good! Without a doubt the sweetest 'slave story' I've ever read. *happy sigh*
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

Now that I have finished with all three books in this series, I figured it was time to write up some reviews with my thoughts on the story and execution. I really did enjoy this series and there were only a couple things that truly annoyed me. One of those things was the vastly overuse of the phrase or action 'chucking under the chin'. Seemed like every other page someone was chucking someone else under the chin. It just got distracting. The other thing that bothered me I'll elaborate on in my r
Maggie Simms
5 stars for book 1 and 2 The Slave and The Soldier

I need to be in the right frame of mind to write a review that does this series justice. Needless to say I had a big to do list for today that was push away to tomorrow because I could not put this book down. Right after it, I had to immediately download the sequel, which I also loved, even though poor Kai went through hell and back.

I like that each book in the series is told from one of the MCs point of view: the first one is told from Tam's po
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story is basically centered around a pleasure slave, his master, and a new slave to their household. It's a M/M/M world here. Which normally wouldn't bother me. I actually got squeamish with the two slaves going girly over the prospect of decorating a room. 'Pink or lime green?' Really? lol

While the story was well-written with some character development, it had too many sex scenes, which watered down the character development, in addition to over-shadowing the plot...whatever that was. It w
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Brilliant! I was apprehensive about reading this, thinking it would be a run of the mill slave story. Boy was I wrong and I am so glad I picked it up! Told from Tam's POV, this is the story of Master, his pleasure-slave Tam, and the newly acquired Kai. It's a beautiful story set in a fantasy setting. I loved the fact that Master was very kind and affectionate with Tam and Kai. This is a love story and wonderfully written at that. The sex scenes were amazing and actually worked to showca
Don Bradshaw
I thought that I was going to read a typical slave story. Instead, I was pulled into a terrific story where slaves are treated like people and not abused. Master was an excellent character, demanding yet patient and caring. Tam annoyed me at times with his whining but it was understandable. I saw Kai as almost an equal to the Master in private. His character grew a lot once he learned that Master was not going to mistreat him. Kai was my favorite character. Set against the background of a war t ...more
I absolutely love love love this book!!! OMG I love Tam!!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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Dragonrouge57 - Bénédicte Girault
À vingt-sept ans, Tamelik a été un esclave pendant plus de la moitié de sa vie, après avoir assisté à l’assassinat de toute sa famille en face de lui alors qu’il était juste un enfant. Naturellement soumis, mais relativement irritable, il ne peut s’empêcher de tomber amoureux de son Maître qui le traite avec bonté.

Les rêves de Tam deviennent vrais lorsque sa maîtresse s’en va, laissant son mari derrière elle. Pendant six mois parfaits, son Maître et lui arrivent à être ensemble. Puis Tam se voit
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kate Aaron, without a doubt, has outdone herself! The Slave is a captivating tale about a slave named Tam. A slave who has had his world turned upside down and inside out and yet finds hope and love in the life he's been given. I fell in love with this character from the beginning. As Kai and Master enter the story, the ensemble grew not just in numbers but in fabulous substance. Each bringing so much to this already fascinating story. The Slave (Book One of Free Men) starts off this series with ...more
Shira Anthony
I picked this book up because I have a bit of soft spot for dubcon/slave fiction (my guilty pleasure) and I read a review that piqued my curiosity. I was not disappointed. All three books in the series are very well done, and the shifting 1st person narrative (changes with each subsequent book) is perfect to let us peer into the other characters' minds and see how the pieces fit together. Editing was good, with only minor misses throughout the series. Nothing to detract from the reader's enjoyme ...more
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Born in Liverpool, Kate Aaron is a bestselling author of the #1 LGBT romances What He Wants, Ace, The Slave, and other works.

She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, and an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture, and is an outspoken advocate for equal rights.

Kate swapped the North West for the Midwest in October 2015 and married award-winning author AJ Rose. Together they plan to tak

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