As a breeder who has just come of age, Rowan knows she will soon be little more than a slave, but when she dares to resist her fate the penalty is severe. After a shameful, public chastisement and a thorough, humiliating examination to determine her suitability for child-bearing, Rowan is given to a savage from outside the community—a huge brute of a man named Silas—to be bred.
Against all expectations, Rowan finds herself drawn to her new captor. Brave, ruggedly handsome, and even kind at times, Silas is everything the men who enslaved her were not. When the time comes for him to breed her, despite the circumstances, something deep inside her begs for him to take her long and hard. But while she soon finds herself longing to be his forever, Rowan knows that eventually those who gave her to him will try to take her back. When that day comes will Silas fight to keep her at his side even if it means risking everything he loves?
Publisher’s Note: His to Breed is an erotic novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, extensive medical play, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
The story is set on a futuristic Earth after an asteroid strike that changed the world forever. Whilst trying to clean up the water supply, scientists discovered that not only has civilisation as they know it been swept away but the ability to conceive is only found in a few rare women. These women are strangely altered and considered to be terrifying freaks but their lives are now of vital importance to the future of mankind. These Breeders, as they are known, are closeted away within the Colonies seemingly living good happy lives but the truth is far more sinister as they are treated worse than cattle and their pitifully short lives are violent ones.
Rowan is a Breeder and our journey begins when she is wrongfully accused of murder. Her punishment is truly vile and here's where I couldn't believe quite what I was reading. Definitely not erotic but scenes of cruelty and degradation. The outcome though is a twisted plot to give Rowan on loan to one of the more fertile barbarians living in a settlement outside the main Colony.
Silas despises the way the corrupt Colony runs, but as leader of his village he needs the medicines and technology they can provide. Silas is determined to provide the two children he has agreed to sire but has no intention of getting close to the green eyed female who constantly challenges him. No, Rowan needs to learn her place but Rowan is anything but ordinary. She is bright, plucky and determined that now she's outside, she is never going back to the cruel life she left behind.
What can I say? The physical abuse is abhorrent to me I admit and totally unlike any other erotic book I have read and yet I could not put this book down. Yes, there are times when I thought "oh no please don't do that " but the two central characters captivated me. Rowan is a fabulous heroine made to feel less than human and yet she rises above all that. Silas is not as savage as he wants Rowan to believe. Yes, in his society punishment is of the physical nature and females seem to be at the mercy of men but even as the story begins, we get his point of view and he is clearly far more compassionate than he thinks.
This is futuristic book, so I suppose I can refer to it as Sci-Fi but although there is different technology in play, it's not gobbledygook or too much in the readers’ face. Yes, it's a stark world Ms Knight takes us to with very dark undertones. There are scenes of a sexual nature that will appall many readers but it's a story of hope, triumph over adversity, and ultimately love. Hard to read at times but I'm so glad I persevered.
I was gifted a copy in the exchange for an honest review.