Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Breaker's Concubine by Ann Mayburn

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Prince Devnar of Jensia is goaded into raiding the wrong space ship, springing a trap that captures him for use as a Royal pleasure slave, a Concubine, on Kyrimia. He vows to do everything he can to escape and keep from forming a psychic bond with his captors that would render him absolutely and totally in love. This proves difficult to do when the female Breaker assigned to turn him into a Concubine, Melania, is the epitome of his perfect woman.

Melania has been raised and trained to help reluctant and abused Novices to break through their personal blocks and attain the ultimate prize of becoming a Concubine. When she is given Devnar to train, she finds herself in danger of doing the forbidden and falling in love with her Novice. This angry, scarred, and utterly seductive male tests her self-control like no other.

Devnar and Melania find themselves at the heart of a galaxy wide political battle that will test a love that they must not acknowledge, and cannot live without, to its very limits.

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I liked this book a lot. It was interesting and there were a few unique concepts that helped move the story along at a fresh pace. What I really liked about it is that, despite the blurb, this book isn't full of one character seriously dominating over another. The two main characters, Melania and Devnar actually do a nice job of switching back and forth. They both have their moments where they're the alpha in a sense. The fact that they were both from two different planets also helped to make this story really enjoyable. I loved finding out all the compressions and contrasts (of which there were many) between their two different societies and cultures. It was cool seeing their different perspectives on situations, how they reacted to something by the way they'd been brought up. Mayburn doesn't bombard you with all of these details, but lets them subtly slip through the story which is nice. I never felt like I was being force fed information which is the worst. There were very few things I found annoying, or didn't like, about this book. One of them is how in the beginning Melania is described as having a gorgeous face, yet an "unattractive" body, however throughout the rest of the book everyone calls her an "ugly boy". It would have been nice if they'd at least kept the reference of her face being pretty, not because I want her to be pretty, but because it would have helped tie in the story. Not only that, but it would have also helped selling her stature. She started off as being one of the best known breakers, after all. They weren't attracted to her, but they respected her, and in a society like that I just feel like they would have clung to her "one" attractive feature more in order to justify themselves. My one other issue was how quickly the two of them fell for each other. However, that only threw me for about a page or so before I got over it and back into the story. The details were really good, and the villains were really bad. The ending worked out great, was convincing, and left me feeling satisfied. I would recommend reading this one. There's action, adventure, romance, and yes, sex. But at the heart of it there's a story about two people who are missing something in their lives that they find in each other. Devnar helps give her confidence and Melania helps to ground him. It's a really sweet exchange to watch.

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