Review: The Breaker’s Concubine by Ann Mayburn

Filed in 3 1/2 Stars , Ann Mayburn , Review , The Geeky Lover Posted on October 4, 2011 @ 2:45 pm 11 comments

Format read: review copy provided by author
Release Date: 4th October 2011
Number of pages: 126 pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Formats available: ebook
Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi Romance with BDSM/Forced Seduction elements
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Loose Id, Amazon

Book Blurb:

Prince Devnar of Jensia is goaded into raiding the wrong space ship, springing a trap that captures him for use as a Royal pleasure slave, a Concubine, on Kyrimia. He vows to do everything he can to escape and keep from forming a psychic bond with his captors that would render him absolutely and totally in love. This proves difficult to do when the female Breaker assigned to turn him into a Concubine, Melania, is the epitome of his perfect woman. 

Melania has been raised and trained to help reluctant and abused Novices to break through their personal blocks and attain the ultimate prize of becoming a Concubine. When she is given Devnar to train, she finds herself in danger of doing the forbidden and falling in love with her Novice. This angry, scarred, and utterly seductive male tests her self-control like no other.  Devnar and Melania find themselves at the heart of a galaxy wide political battle that will test a love that they must not acknowledge, and cannot live without, to its very limits.

My Thoughts: 

The Breaker’s Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offers an erotic tale of  love and finding your mate. We also have politcal intrigues, prejudices and social systems that will make you shake your head till it nearly falls off. But let me start at the beginning.
Devnar is the prince of his world and a warrior at heart. When he finds himself as a slave intended to become the concubine of the queen on a foreign planet his first instinct is to fight with all his might. But when he is assigned to the petite breaker Melania everything slowly starts to change. .So here we have a captured man who is forced to become a sex slave of a woman he never met. His “breaking” is full of forced pleasure and mind games with the only goal of bringing him to accept his purpose. I didn’t really like this theme. It made me uncomfortable to see him forced to feel pleasure in such a way. It is disturbing to think about something like that happening. The whole procedure was a mix of pain as a penalty for unwanted behavior and a constant onslaught of sexual stimulation. Well, I admit that my feelings were mixed while reading about it. Some scenarios where sexy as hell but I always had this doubt about the rightness in my mind. This is a very touchy topic and it is nothing for the light of heart.
Melanie is more than just being a breaker. Her life didn’t treat her fair but her goal is to make the wrongness that happened to some of her subjects better in her own way. She doesn’t have much of a choice either- breaking Devnar is her only chance of ever get a concubine for herself. Her appearance is seen as ugly and unacceptable flawed on her world so when Devnar shows real appreciation for her body she can’t believe her eyes. It doesn’t hurt that he has his own kind of appeal (see yummy cover *sigh*).
As I already mentioned the relationship between these two starts in a rather unusual and controversial way. They stand on opposing sides and both have an own agenda. When the forced pleasure morphs into something natural and real the emotions start to change too. The mix of primal attraction and mutual compassion is breathtaking and well the sex scenes are unbelievable hot. Mayburn knows how to set the pages on fire. We a vast variety of encounters without drifting off into unnecessary repetitions.
The plot itself is strongly woven around the science fiction setting. The different cultural and social systems are introduced on the go and I never felt overwhelmed by the information. I loved that we learn all these tidbits about Melania through Devnar’s eyes. The setting itself is disturbing in so many ways but it shows us how wrong society can go even when it started with the best intentions.
The Breaker’s Concubine is a very sexy  and erotic read with some controversial plot points. It has a great setting that wraps seamlessly around the plot about intrigues and inhuman politics. This book will take you to your limits and before you even noticed it pushed you over. I dare you to give it a chance.

I give The Breaker’s Concubine 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Sullivan McPig October 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    sounds like a book for Voodoo Bride.

  • Blodeuedd October 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Kind of like the cover 😉

  • Ann Mayburn October 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for the great review, Susi! I know forced seduction isn't everyone's cup of tea, and it does make a lot of people uncomfortable, so I appreciate you sticking with the story past that point. As the series goes on you'll get more peeks on how things start out with the best of intentions only to be corrupted and changed over the centuries. Thanks again for the review!


  • Alexa October 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    This reminds me of Sleeping Beauty by Ann Rice, it also mentions forced sex/seduction. It is a lot to take in and sometimes it borders the side of going too far but there can be some very steamy scenes that happen from that. This one looks interesting I will have to see where they have the e-book.
    Thanks for the great review.

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) October 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Not sure if I will be reading the book (perhaps a bit too intense for me), but that sure is one delightful cover! ^_^

  • Julia Rachel Barrett October 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Interesting, Susi. And controversial – but it sounds like the story is more complex than a simple forced seduction for its own sake.

  • SusiSunshine October 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    @Sully Oh I'm sure that would be something for her. *g*

    @Blodeuedd I adore it. Stare at it way too much. LOL

    @Ann So can't wait. *g* Who's story will be next?

    @Alexa Yes it is a touchy topic but it is really handles well. Hope you'll enjoy the read.

    @Alisha Isn't it an awesome cover. *drools*

    @Julia Yes it definitely is. Great world building.

  • Ann Mayburn October 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Just wanted to let everyone know that 'The Breaker's Concubine' is now available on third party sites, Amazon et all. So if you feel like a walk on the steamy side, I'd be honored to tell you a story that will make your palms sweat. 😉

  • Ann Mayburn October 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Oh, Susi…without giving too much away the next book will be the two men in the arena and the woman behind the shimmering white force field at the arena. 😉

  • SusiSunshine October 6, 2011 at 3:36 am

    @Ann Added the link to buy and I really can't wait. *g*

  • Stella (Ex Libris) October 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow Susi, such a beautifully written review! You and your rbrilliant review were the ones who made me want to read this story, thank you! 🙂

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