Author: Alicia Cameron
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Published: 11th August 2015
Genre: BDSM, Fantasy, Gay, GLBT, Romance, Science Fiction
Sascha’s world changed when Cashiel Michaud bought him, rescuing him from a brothel and a life of torture. They developed a sexual relationship, but can their relationship amount to more than that? Deceit, lies, and political scandal color not only their world, but their relationship, and dark figures from both men’s pasts threaten to intrude on the few moments of peace they have. A slave is never safe from harm, nor is an outcast family member. In the end, are Sascha and Cash strong enough to face the challenges, or will they be torn apart forever?
Well, Alicia Cameron has done it yet again! She’s delivered an exceptional, white knuckle ride that had my stomach in knots from beginning to end… And I loved every, gut wrenching, heart stopping moment of the emotional turmoil she put me through! All the agony and angst, the pain and frustration. As well as that sick feeling of constant impending doom, no matter how many times she tried to lull me into a false sense of security.
This series is un-put-down-able and just bloody brilliant! You have to be a certain type of reader to love the dark erotic, slave fic genre… especially where Alicia Cameron is concerned, because the lady pulls no punches. She takes you to the depths of darkness normally reserved for nightmares. The torture, debasement and rape I thought was behind us in book one, yet again rears it’s ugly head, only this time it’s so much more profound because of the growing relationship between Cash and Sascha, which only increased the nervousness I felt for the future of these two characters, and the vice like hold they have on my heart.
Sedition is the second book in the Demoted trilogy and I liked how Alicia gave us a brief outline of where Cash and Sascha are now in their relationship. How far they have come together, from Sascha’s initial purchase by Cashiel from the brothel, to the companionship and sex they now share, even though Cash’s affections and attentiveness is limited to the bedroom with them being mindful that the master/slave aspect is adhered to for their own safety. However, despite the somewhat tumultuous journey they have so far shared and the mutual trust and respect both men have for each other, they are still harbouring secrets they are not yet ready to divulge.
Without going into too much detail, these secrets are eventually revealed, the repercussions of which put both men in danger. But they are also the catalysts that see their relationship deepen, with that mutual trust and respect being the foundation. And… we finally get to see Cash remove that stick from his arse. Yay! Thank god, because I have to say, I didn’t like him much in book one or at the beginning of this book, even though he was warmer towards Sascha, he was still being a dick and totally pissed me off!
Cash is cold, stoically guarded, and at times I also thought him weak, but it wasn’t weakness, more confused by the emotions he felt for ‘a slave’ and the ramifications of those feelings. He’s strong in that he certainly knows how to play the game with those in power, namely his mother and the financial backers he needs to invest in his project, but the ingrained fear that Kristine so nefariously instils in the slaves, she also forced upon her own son. She is an evil, conniving and manipulative
bitch woman, always one step ahead and it’s the fear of his mother and her discovery of his project that makes him seem weak, whereas Sascha, a mere slave shows so much more strength of character and resilience because he has nothing to lose… except Cash.
Cash’s mother and his own suffering through the Miller System did at least enable me to sympathise with him and gain some understanding of his indoctrinated attitude. But it was a complete love/hate relationship, because despite Sascha’s intelligence, loyalty and obvious physical attraction to Cash, Cash still thinks of him as ‘just a slave’ …the man is infuriating! And I have to admit, I did also question his motives at times in his driven obsession to out do his mother.
For Sascha, I cried tears, for all he has lost and all he endures and for the fullness of his heart regardless of the shite life has so far thrown at him. I have a soul deep love for Sascha, for his selflessness, his strength, and the insight and intelligence of this wonderful boy. With the most poignant, heart-breaking quality of all being the depths he will go to for those he loves but especially the man he loves, his love is enduring in itself, all he wants is happiness, safety, peace. He wants a home and for him home IS Cash.
As you can see Sascha is an absolute sweetheart and Cash is still a conundrum and given the ending of this book, which is a complete… HOLY SHIT!… Noooo! …I NEED the next book NOW! …ending. It seems that the third and final part of this trilogy will be just as painful to watch/read, but I’m hoping the finale will go someway towards healing my bruised heart and giving Cash and above all Sascha the happiness together they so deserve. Plus, I need revenge. Yep, I want justice and it needs to be painful and excruciatingly prolonged for the bitch …Kristine and that bastard …Oliver!
Subjection (Demoted #1) by Alicia Cameron
In a world where intellect and achievement are valued above all else, a young man risks everything to save his brother from a life of slavery. Thrown into a harsh, unyielding world where slaves are treated as less than animals, Sascha struggles to come to terms with everything he knows being ripped away from him, but a life of success could never prepare him for his life as one of the Demoted. Sinking lower and lower, Sascha begins to lose hope, but the whim of a mysterious, wealthy man has the potential to change all that.
Cashiel has a dark history that he guards carefully. Between family and business and politics, he rarely has time for a slave, much less a lover. But when he sees a young man who reminds him of the very history he is trying to escape, he makes an impulse decision that he’s not sure whether to regret or not. The slave could expose everything, or he could be the most valuable asset that Cashiel has ever acquired.
Cashiel and Sascha share desires, hopes, and a home. Each man is limited by status, hindered by history, and desperate to succeed. The question is, will that be enough?
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