Book 1, Precious Sacrifice, is currently in the anthology, Kept.
Willow has her hands full scraping out a life in a grungy neighborhood where drugs and crime are the norm. Life is hard, but it's about to get harder. Being transformed into a sexual pet for an alien warrior may be her only way out.
But Stom, the man she's been awarded to as a battle honor, has no use for a female, not when his heart is still in a million pieces.
Though the need to be Stom's mate is overwhelming her, mending his heart isn't going to be enough. His enemies are searching, looking for the women who are more than they seem, but she's in their hands before she discovers she's more-than-human.
Sometimes it sucks to be a chosen one.
I must start my review by saying although I've seen comments about BDSM this is primarily a love story with tender moments and a surprisingly humourous hero. I feel some may be put off by the idea of master and pet, but hasten to reassure fellow readers that nothing could be further from the truth. This is a Sci-Fi romance series like none other and Ms Silverwood takes chances that are certainly paying off.
Stom is our hero and as the story begins, we learn just how heinous the crimes of the Bak-Lal are and it sets the scene for what's to come down on Earth. Stom is a Preyfinder and is in a dark place having lost the family he cared for, to the enemy. He's intent on revenge and death but as a reward for his service has the opportunity to claim a human female as a pet. Stom cannot bring himself to replace his dead mate and has vowed to take no other female, but is prepared to at least make it look as if he is cooperating knowing he will not follow through.
Willow has no idea she is already infected with a deadly virus, although she's well aware she has seriously riled a local gang member. Stom comes to her rescue one night when she is attacked outside where she works, but Willow has no idea t he has slipped her a drug that could alter her and turn her into a very horny woman indeed!
Right from the start Stom tells Willow he is an alien and although she would like nothing more than to let him have his (hopefully) wicked way with her, his sanity is an issue and Willow is very confused. Stom knows the danger Willow is in and tries to persuade her to leave but Willow has responsibilities and decides to stay. That decision proves to be a bad one and as Willow and Stom meet again, it's clear that something tangible is between them. Now I'd like to say they all live happily ever after, but there is the very real threat from the Bak-Lal and it's getting a lot closer. Stom may not want another female in his life but we humans can be quite challenging and Willow is well and truly something else!
I commented on a lack of world building in the first book, Precious Sacrifice, but thought the simple idea of showing just what could happen to beings taken over by the Bak-Lal really helped to expand the whole idea. I had trouble previously seeing the Preyfinders as good guys because they seemed perfectly happy to destroy whole planets. To have so much fleshed out here at the beginning of the story, was truly enlightening.
This is a sexy story but for me the highlight is Stom's growth. He goes through so much angst and pain and yet he really is a sweetie. His comments had me smiling as he fought to get to grips with pop culture and I was truly convinced by the romance that played out. Stom may not want a pet but he's certainly happy to explore ideas and Willow is perfectly on board with that and more! Willow is never a victim in her dealings with Stom but she is indeed a very happy participant!
I am loathe to say too much more about the plot but will state that if you enjoy Sci-Fi or paranormal romance, then I think this series is something you should look for. For me, the third book is a must read, but I'm a little apprehensive as these aliens have Gods and the next story features one loud and proud!