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Venom's Bond

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sometimes cold-blooded can be downright hot...

When eighteen-year-old Jared, a plague survivor, arrives in the men's compound aboard the Trafalgar, Marquez knows that the young man is trouble. Jared, like Marquez, loves men, the ultimate taboo on a ship full of women on their way to populate a new, safer planet. At first, Marquez's advances are only meant to comfort and enl
ebook, 147 pages
Published August 2007 by Loose ID
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Aug 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Personally, I wouldn’t want to be one of Ms. Berry’s characters. This author has no fear of subjecting her men to torturing, maiming, killing, and just about any other violent act within her tender literary mercies. While the imagination is without doubt, the stories are not for the faint of heart or romantically inclined. Nor is this particular offering for the m/m purists as there is a significant amount of heterosexual rape and even a few heterosexual sex scenes mixed in with gay rape and the ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi
I saw the average rating on this ( right now a 2.0 before my rating gets added in ) and just had to see why people didn't like it. All that the reviews managed to do was intrigue me, especially after I read the blurb.

So I'll agree with one person who said this wasn't for the faint of heart. If you're looking for fluffy bunnies and little, fat cupids flying around, this book ain't it!

Dark, depressing and disturbing. And really, really good. It has some very different ideas from your run-of-the-mi
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ignoring the fact that this starts off right off with rape. I'm going to completely ignore the continued rape in the book because it's my fault, I should have read the reviews before even picking up this book. If I included it in my rating it would be like someone bitching about gay sex when they are reading an m/m romance. So instead lets talk about the unbalanced and completely unrealistic world that is portrayed. Look this is fiction and when you involve shifters and other planets than I don' ...more
Valentina Heart
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
While I've previously read the work of this author, this world appealed to me more. I'm usually a fan of books set in the 'world after' but not all of them incorporate the fantastical aspects so intensely.

I did like Marquez and thought him a strong character, but Jared was weak and in my opinion had a too big of a role in the whole book. Bigger in fact than the other MC who appeared late in the book. That was also the biggest drawback - the first part of the story was too long considering its i
The first half of this book takes place on a spaceship run by cold and cruel women who have totally dominated the men of their "world". Due to genetic mutations very few of the men live past 18 and even fewer are fertile. The women use the men as sperm donors in a clinical and often times cruel way. There is a scene of M/M rape which ultimately leads the main character, Marquez, to flee the spaceship.

The second half of the book takes place after Marquez manages to escape and lands on a planet in
This was an interesting book. It's definitely not going to appeal to anyone who has issues with non-con/rape, hard core matriarchal societies or inter-species sex. While I liked the book, I can't say that I cared enough about any of the characters to want to read another book set in this world. I have no idea if the author has a sequel planned or not but I'd probably pass on it. It was hard for me to find anything physically appealing about the lizard men. The double phallus's was an interesting ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Let's talk about the rampant rapes included herein, huh? Let's. The blurb I read didn't mention it, so oops right there, yeah? Now let's talk about how Marquez just irked the shit outta me. The first half of this I wanted to feel sorry for him, bit when he cozied up to Jared I couldn't. Then the second half of the book where no matter how much I read slowly and carefully I still was lost in imagining what and how the lizards looked. It just didn't come together, then Marquez was just ugh, talkin ...more
I thought I would have more trouble imagining a relationship between a lizard and human but Gharial was a cute character and it was no trouble at all to fall in love with him. Marquez on the other hand was much more complex.
I'd like some more space showing those guys together. Most of the book concentrates on the story of Marquez before he managed to escape and his subsequent recovery. There's not much in the way of epilogue. Second book taking place 'after' would be nice.
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Nica Berry attended the 2005 Clarion Writer's Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy,
the 2007 Taos Toolbox workshop for SF/F novelists, and graduated with a Master's
degree in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in January 2008.

When she's not writing, Nica likes to hang out at the zoo and take pictures of the animals.
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