Jadd is an Igrakk Warrior, honed like the sharpest blade, to kill and to command his men, but his conscience gets in the way. When punishment entails becoming a Preyfinder and trialling the Pet-creating drug on a human called Brittany, he plans to stay calm and do his duty. Until he falls in love.
A Preyfinder is trained to withstand hardship and pain, but Jadd would rather kneel before a firestorm than leave his captive, Brittany, to be stalked and killed. The choice between love and loyalty to his soldier brothers may tear him in two.
I would like to state for the record that I was completely unprepared for this story! Yes, we have the usual huge chiseled aliens seeking human females, but that's where the similarity to any other alien capture romance ends. This darkly erotic book throws a huge spanner into the works as those who would traditionally be seen as the good guys are maybe not, definitely no hearts and flowers here! A race of warriors known as Igrakk, who strive to stay one step ahead of the dreaded Bak-lal, who bio engineer the planets they conquer (think Chronicles of Riddick) and the Igrakk now wish to find out if those lesser mammals (or humans as I prefer to think of my species!) on Earth are capable of aiding in a future war. Here is where it gets a bit tricky,because if not suitable then all those on our planet will be annihilated. See, just who is the good guy here?
Jadd is tired of constantly meting out death and when he makes a mistake and injures a fellow warrior, his punishment is to be sent to Earth. There he is to partially bond with a human female knowing she is being stalked by a serial killer. By testing if her species is compatible, the Igrakk can decide whether or not to allow the humans to live or die; so it's no small task for Jadd but he wasn't quite expecting the feelings the female would awaken.
Brittany is in a lost and sad place when this story begins and has no idea she is a target. What's really bugging her though is why she feels just so needy and turned on; and when a mysterious stranger turns up, it's all she can do not to throw herself at him! One passionate night later and Brittany learns that aliens exist, although what's in front of her is most definitely not a little green man! No, Jadd comes from a race that sees females as pets and Brittany knows she should object and yet for some odd reason can't. So, the testing seems to be going well and Jadd has proved humans can bond and now all he has to do is step back and allow Brittany's would be killer to do his thing. To interfere would mean death for Jadd, but is living without his brave little pet something he can do?
Okay, this is bordering on kink with its master and slave theme but it's not the run of the mill BDSM that's most common. Really feel I should hate it and yet it captured my attention and I read it in one sitting. Precious Sacrifice is clearly setting up for this world to be fleshed out and if honest, I did need more information and world building but it's a short book so maybe I shouldn't be too critical. If you want a sexy story then this fits the bill, but it's the last third that caught my imagination as we learn just what the Bak-lal are capable of and get a hint of why Brittany was being targeted.
To say more would ruin the surprise so I will state, it's a quick well written read, although I'd have liked a bit more descriptions at times as I like to imagine scenes in my head. There are funny moments and interesting supporting characters are introduced and as it's free! I have to say you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Recommended for Sci-Fi lovers looking for a hot romance.