Author: Christine D’Abo
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin’s second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.
Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers—even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn’t expect Korbin’s arrival, doesn’t want Korbin’s help . . . but Korbin gives Zain no choice.
Posing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain’s old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.
Review: Zain Strand is about to get his revenge! Until his boss, Korbin, stops him. Oh sure, Korbin saved his life, but revenge! Korbin is the Admiral of the Black, and Zain is his second in command. Korbin isn’t going to let him just waltz away and maybe kill himself. That the two men are sort of in love with each other and have been for a long time isn’t a factor at all! Except it totally is. Korbin decides to help Zain with his scheme without knowing all the details. They end up going to sex slave auction as a Master and slave couple. What could possibly go wrong? Both men have a lot of trouble dealing with how they feel about each other and how much they want each other. There is actually quite a bit more at stake here than just revenge. Both men realize if things go wrong it could greatly disrupt power in their corner of the universe, and both men are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the bad guys from winning.
I was incredibly eager for this book. I think Korbin and Faolan have been my favorite characters in the series, and I enjoyed their friendship. I do feel compelled to point out the Admiral of the Black is the Dread Pirate Roberts. It’s more of a title than an actual man, and everyone is pretty sure Korbin will most likely kill them by morning. Zain is the quiet guy no one suspects of having his own motives or significant personal history. Korbin trusts him to not be involved in a mutiny, but he has no knowledge of Zain’s personal time as a sex slave, or why he was such easy prey to a slaver.
There was less sex in this book. Zain and Korbin have been in love in their own way long before they admit they want to take the relationship sexual. Neither man wants to mess up a good thing. Rather than being forced by circumstance into sex not long after the start of the book, Zain and Corbin find themselves forced into relying on each other in ways both familiar and not. They have to break down the barriers they still have left between each other. Sex isn’t the crux of their relationship.
I enjoyed this book. I’ve enjoyed all the books is this series, and in some ways this was my favorite. Korbin is a deeply inflexible character and cannot remain so if he’s going to get the man he loves. He has to jump off the metaphorical cliff and make new plans for his life.