Serve Me by Anna Hedley, Fox Lee, Gabriel Belthir, and Lor Rose
For some people there’s nothing more appealing than the idea of a man forced to serve against his will, as a second-class citizen: a slave. Despite the dark history surrounding forced servitude and slavery, there remains a growing desire for depictions of fetishized slavery fantasies. Like rape fantasy, the appeal for readers in slave fiction lies not in a desire for the actual act, but in the ability to explore such things in a safe space. Many people harbor a secret wish to be forced into certain acts that they know they want, but have been socially conditioned to abhor. Such is the core of the Serve Me anthology. Be warned: these are not stories of consensual, negotiated power exchange. The stories in this anthology focus on true sexualized, erotic slavery: stories of men forced, coerced, or otherwise bound into a second-class life servicing another in whatever ways their master sees fit.
Idris is part of The Spoils of war: the last surviving member of a barbarian clan, he is famed in the gladiatorial arena for his bloody ruthlessness and outside the arena for his carnal appetites. His inner beast is calmed by the presence of his slave and lover, Theo, but to be true to his heart, Idris may have to risk breaking it. Samuel has spent years striving toward the Viscount’s circles, where rich and fantastical parties are given and elaborate slave auctions held. He thinks he wants a young lover, but when he buys an Adonis known as Apollo, he realizes what he was truly missing. Now Apollo gives the orders, and it is Samuel saying, As You Wish. Life is Unforgiving for Aidan and Aaron, criminals who have been doomed to live as slaves to vampire masters, whose appetites can be agony… or bliss. When Aidan is given a new lease on life with a benevolent Master, his relief is tainted by pain at leaving Aaron behind; pain which only his Master Ryce has the power to end. Yuta is a gentle giant who joins a local gang for the sense of family that they can provide, but when they leave him high and dry in the middle of a failed heist, it’s his captor, Takashima, who shows him what family can really mean as the vicious gang enforcer tenderly turns him into Takashima’s Pet.
“The Spoils” by Anna Hedley
(Warning: For those that know what a “maenad” is you may have trouble with matching it to the story.)
This is a mix of Graeco-Roman culture and mythology with a dash of other. The world has very dehumanizing slavery for all creatures. The thing I thought was interesting was that they had a one line about a shortage of women that was recent but no other explanation or any other mention. I thought the world was interesting and brutal. The events that happen sound just terrible and sad but ultimately our “hero” gets redemption. This was a good read that was well written but missing something.
“As You Wish” by Gabriel Belthir
This was a much sweeter tale than the last story. The writing was good, nothing outstanding but good. The world was a steampunk one, which had a subculture of slave owning. It seemed that it wasn’t strictly legal but underground and to a degree accepted. I liked the characters. Samuel was a cutie and Apollo was a gentle guy. It seemed to be an unlikely part of his character that he had killed. I enjoyed the story but it was a little predictable and shallow.
“Life Is Unforgiving” by Lor Rose
This was another sweet tale. I really liked this one. It was really a warm tale all the way through. When I first started this story I thought it would end up being much grittier. I still don’t understand why Ryce starts his “relationship” with Aidan the way he did. I would have liked to hear why. The rest of what he did makes more sense. Ryce seems like a romantic guy which with Aidan’s past is nice. I really liked the ending. Would love to see a more expanded version of this tale but as is it is a nice comfy read.
“Takashima’s Pet” by Fox Lee
A bit of rough stuff in this story. Yuta is a boy in a gang in Tokyo. He doesn’t really want to be in the gang but wants the companionship and friends it provides. Takashima is the second in command of Tokyo’s yakuza. When Yuta is ditched by his so called gang “brothers” while trying to rob Takashima, Takashima takes Yuta. Yuta is a virgin and after when Takashima realizes this he tells Yuta he belongs to him now. This is a cute tale actually. Yes, it has BDSM in it and Takashima called Yuta his dog but they are both very happy in their relationship. It was actually very sweet.
Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, in Anthology, Book Review, Fantasy, Four Roses, M/M Romance, M/M Triad, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Anna Hedley, Four Roses, Fox Lee, Gabriel Belthir, Lor Rose, M/M Romance, M/M Triad, Novel, Storm Moon Press. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.