Kim Fielding
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
July 2016
Book 3 of Belonging
LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

Once the second-prize winner on My Slave's Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he's torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.

Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.

A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn't even sure of his master's real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Sep 03, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
In a world where slavery is still legal, what would happen if a master falls in love with his slave? Where would such a relationship fit in? And how would the world react? STAGED was a modern representation of slavery and the repercussions it would have to either part if emotions get involved.

Slavery is all Sky knows. He was born a slave, but his singing abilities has earned him a special place in show business. But all the comfort he is used to takes a major change when he is sold to a new owner. Morgan is an enigmatic rich man, who now owns Sky. He is very secretive about his plans for his new slave, but he alternates between being a caring master and giving Sky to his friends, whose idea of a fun time is making Sky the victim of their sadistic games.

Sky was a very attractive character. He had such a feel of sadness and hopelessness around him that made very easy to understand the place a slave had in this new world. The lack of some basic knowledge, as a result of a careless education, was an interesting aspect of him and it felt genuine

Morgan was a mysterious character; I liked him very much. It was great to see the struggle he had and how much he got to care about Sky. I thought for a while I had him figured out, but I was mistaken. He kept me guessing all the way until the end.

I wasn't too fond with their relationship, there was something that didn't quite fit in for me. Individually they were both great characters, but the relationship felt a little disconnected. They had some nice and sweet moments that most readers might enjoy.

In the BDSM area, the book wasn't too developed; it wasn't very descriptive about the scenes, and the ones that were described were very short. It wasn't my favorite part of the book, but it was fine. The plot was great; it was really interesting and it was hard to predict and with some interesting twists. The ending was very appropriate; it felt realistic and I was very pleased by it.

It was a great book, but I would recommend to read the warnings before reading it. It had some BDSM elements and dubious and non-consent themes that might not be suitable to all readers.
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