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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Breaker's Concubine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This was by far the sexiest, hottest, and flat out just the most fun I have had reading in a very long time. Ok, I might have stuttered a bit there. This was the hottest book I have read this year! And I have read some hot fiction. I’m one of those women that doesn’t mind her erotic fiction, actually erotic! I don’t beat around the bush. If I am going to read sex in my fiction, I want to have an orgasm along with the heroine. And I think I had multiple orgasms while reading this story. And it wa This was by far the sexiest, hottest, and flat out just the most fun I have had reading in a very long time. Ok, I might have stuttered a bit there. This was the hottest book I have read this year! And I have read some hot fiction. I’m one of those women that doesn’t mind her erotic fiction, actually erotic! I don’t beat around the bush. If I am going to read sex in my fiction, I want to have an orgasm along with the heroine. And I think I had multiple orgasms while reading this story. And it wasn’t just the sex! The story had me sitting on the edge of my seat and biting on the inside of my cheek a little. It has such a hot and impressive cast of characters. And you had a female villain. I LOVE FEMALE VILLAINS! It is like watching wicked woman only in a book! Let me first start off by saying that whenever I read that there might be some male on male action. I tend to avoid it. And I’m not by any means homo phobic. I just tend to feel like a scene with two men might just drop the Alpha male status for me about 50 degrees. WOW! I was so wrong. The first scene with Melania, Devnar, and Khilam… Can I just say that I actually felt like I had walked into my Kindle and was living that scene right along with them. WOW! OH MY GOD WOW! But like I said before it was not just about the sexual content. Though I will say again it was the best sexual content that I have read almost in FOREVER! I digress. The story, I felt such tenderness from the love story, and I was swept up in this intergalactic tale that had me wishing that this all was really taking place somewhere in a galaxy far far away! I have a few quotes that really grabbed at me. They made me hang on to the moment and it was where I got deeply involved in the main characters. “Because you aren’t mine.” Her breath came out in a soft sob. “Because you will belong to the empress, and I cannot have you. I’m so alone, and I cannot have you.” He froze above her, and to her shame, she felt tears welling in her eyes. Be still my heart Ann had me at ‘Hello’. I can’t say enough about this story other than I owe the author a major thank you for allowing me to review this book. This may not be a clinical break down of the plot line, and full character development or a 3000 word book review. But I think my review of this book is honest, and truthful as to how much I adored this book. Next cycle I am able to buy books again I will be buying up everything I can of Ann Mayburn, a new go to author for all my erotic ménage needs! Another favorite quote: No need to draw any more attention to him than being a naked man on a leash already did. **I received a copy of this book for review from the author**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Isa K.

    This book is not quite as advertised. I was expecting a strong woman bringing a man to his knees sort of thing. When I found out that the woman in question wasn't going to be a crazy man hating dom but a gentle torture-them-with-pleasure type I was even more intrigued, but that's not quite accurate either. Instead Devnar and Melania are a very typical strong, aggressive, dominate manly-man and feminine somewhat helpless damsel. They are both extremely likable characters and I really enjoyed some This book is not quite as advertised. I was expecting a strong woman bringing a man to his knees sort of thing. When I found out that the woman in question wasn't going to be a crazy man hating dom but a gentle torture-them-with-pleasure type I was even more intrigued, but that's not quite accurate either. Instead Devnar and Melania are a very typical strong, aggressive, dominate manly-man and feminine somewhat helpless damsel. They are both extremely likable characters and I really enjoyed some components of their romance but just be warned: HE spends far more time dominating HER than the blurb would have you believe. Other than that my feelings were rather mixed. I liked the story, I liked the characters, I liked their cat-and-mouse game (especially when she had the upper hand on him), I found the setup sexy (if sometimes a little contrived) but I basically hated all of the sex scenes ^_^;;;; You see ... I have issues with the word cunt. I don't find it sexy. At all. And using it in a sex scene is like flipping a switch for me, complete and total turn off. I can be seriously into a pairing and itching to read them getting it on only to have the c-word appear and-- Game Over. Which was a problem here because the author uses it a lot. Practically bludgeons you to death with it, in fact. Cunt cunt cunt cunt cunt ... all the way through. I simply do not understand the appeal. Mind you I'm not a huge fan of the word pussy either, but I can deal with it ... I mean, you got to call it something right? *sigh* I should probably stick to m/m ... but it *is* possible to write m/f smut without using words that most people associate with disrespect and/or violence against women .... just saying. Also vaginal lubrication is frequently referred to as "cream" here.... ummm ew. Ladies, if that wetness in your panties when you read one of these books is "creamy" please see your doctor. That's not arousal, that's an infection. I find the word "juices" likewise silly to the point of unsexiness, but again that's something I can deal with. Cream... mmmmm not working for me. I kept thinking MonistatMonistatMonistatMonistatMonistatMonistat ^_^;;;; But I did sincerely like Devnar and Melania's relationship. Particularly the bit towards the end when Devnar is pretending to be the perfect submissive slave in order to protect Melania (Raaa~~~ this was hot ^.^) One last thing. You know those scenes at the end of books where minor characters or villains appear to explain the entire plot to you? The big reveal scene? Yes? Well this book does it twice. Same scene, same explanation. You have to read it twice because Devnar and Melania are separated and god forbid there be a fade-to-black moment? Anyway 3.5 stars. It's a good book and if you don't have the crazy specific porn nitpicks I do, you'll probably like it :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    HOLY COW! I just finished this in one reading. My review will be forthcoming once it is approved. All I can say is, "Buy this book. DO NOT WAIT. BUY IT NOW AND READ IT!" My FAVOURITE book from Ms. Mayburn to date. UPDATE OFFICIAL REVIEW Males sharing one female with addictive tasting male come. An entire race on a planet where men can push out pheromones to control those addicted to their taste. On top of this, a warrior prince of this realm is betrayed and forced into sexual servitude. This HOLY COW! I just finished this in one reading. My review will be forthcoming once it is approved. All I can say is, "Buy this book. DO NOT WAIT. BUY IT NOW AND READ IT!" My FAVOURITE book from Ms. Mayburn to date. UPDATE OFFICIAL REVIEW Males sharing one female with addictive tasting male come. An entire race on a planet where men can push out pheromones to control those addicted to their taste. On top of this, a warrior prince of this realm is betrayed and forced into sexual servitude. This is, if he can be trained to submit and become the perfect concubine to an alien world's empress. In order to train Devnar, the warrior prince from Jensia, he's sent to Melania, a known breaker. Based upon the terms "breaker" and "concubine", I figured this would be sadistic BDSM training session. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Melania's style of breaking a concubine is with pleasure and sweetness. She's not exactly a pushover, but she is able to bring amazing results through her dedication and creating a relationship with the concubine. Devnar is a concubine she's never experienced. First, he is from a different world than her home planet of Kyrimia. Second, he has not a single submissive bone in his body. Third, he doesn't want to serve. Melania's life is on the line if Devnar isn't ready for the Empress to look over within a month. If this isn't enough, both of them are caught up in interplanetary intrigue wrought with power struggles, slavery and betrayals. Ms. Mayburn pulls me into this story by showing the multi-faceted aspects of the two main characters, Melania and Devnar. I liked learning about their past and how it shaped who they are – both are strong survivors. The chemistry or should I say, bio-chemistry between the two caused me to exothermically combust too. To have her add another male into the mix where there was sharing between all three, I nearly levitated out of orbit. I liked the dominance plays, which had me drooling. The added feature of a soul mate could have been hokey as it's been overdone in so many paranormal romance novels. In this one, it was blended in well. I felt it added to the story rather than detracted from it. I learned enough about the two worlds that I want to read more. I want to know about the "abominations". I want to learn more about the rebels. Who are these regulators and why do they have a language which is not translatable? What are they hiding? These questions make me hope Ms. Mayburn returns to this world and provide at least another story. I would be ecstatic if it turns out to be a couple more. If you enjoyed Ms. Anne McCaffrey's mind melding fantasy stories and Ms. Cheryl Brooks' Cat Star Chronicles' addictive chemistry mixed with some smexy Ms. Cherise Sinclair BDSM Masters of Shadowlands kinkiness, I recommend you read this book. I know I'll be pestering the talented Ms. Mayburn for follow up books. Until a new book in this world comes out, I'll be rereading my favourite parts which have already been dog-eared on my Kindle. Basically, erotic romance lovers who enjoy some hot addictive triad fantasy, buy this book now. My only warning is to let your significant other know to be prepared when you finish reading this book

  4. 5 out of 5

    ~ Becs ~

    Wow – for something that’s touted as a short story, this really doesn’t feel short. There’ s a whole fantasy universe created here that’s very well fleshed out and great depth is given to the characters despite the brevity of the tale. I definitely felt like I’d read a full-length novel by the time I clicked my Kindle over to the last page. In fact, I felt a little bereft and I want more stories of this world and to see Devnar and Melania as their life together progresses. I have to say that I pi Wow – for something that’s touted as a short story, this really doesn’t feel short. There’ s a whole fantasy universe created here that’s very well fleshed out and great depth is given to the characters despite the brevity of the tale. I definitely felt like I’d read a full-length novel by the time I clicked my Kindle over to the last page. In fact, I felt a little bereft and I want more stories of this world and to see Devnar and Melania as their life together progresses. I have to say that I picked this book up in a fit of cover lust. I’ve read and enjoyed Ann Mayburn before but I really don’t generally read sci-fi and am really not fond of subjugated males as a plot device so I started this with a little trepidation but it was unfounded. Almost immediately the story and the characters gripped me and dragged me through the plot at breakneck speed – I couldn’t put it down. So Prince Devnar, virile dominant male, is captured by another race and is handed over to Melania, a ‘breaker’, for training so that he can become concubine to her Empress. Devnar doesn’t have a submissive bone in his body and Melania, despite embracing the role of domme which has been forced upon her, is actually naturally deeply submissive. Devnar is controlled by powerful aphrodisiacs and electric shock restraints but, despite all this, his naturally dominant nature is coming over in waves and Melania finds this highly intoxicating. So, we have a battle of wills and a deeply, deeply erotic journey to take and holy hell if this doesn’t have some of the hottest m-m-f ménage sex I think I have ever read. The scenes with Devnar, Melania and Khilam were so hot I swear I almost caught fire. There’s a whole lot of subterfuge going on and the storyline explodes with conspiracy, double dealings and things are not what they seem but Devnar and Melania have bonded deeply and Devnar will do anything to save her. This is only my second ‘erotic fantasy’ read and it’s infinitely better than the first and this book has made me consider reading more of this genre which is one I normally shun. So, 4 stars erotic sci-fi fantasy

  5. 5 out of 5

    NhaughtyV says Damn the Zon Save the Reviews

    F*ck Me is this book HAWT!! I've found me a new fav author, and foresee my VISA taking a hit this afternoon! Prince Devnar and Melania's story is verra steamy...Devnar is captured and turned over to his Mistress Melania to be taught all the pleasures of the flesh...how to serve and attend his mistress. What Melania doesn't realize is once bonded to Devnar, his love making is verra addictive...I highly recommend this one!! Fav quotes/scenes: "You are mine to play with," she whispered against his che F*ck Me is this book HAWT!! I've found me a new fav author, and foresee my VISA taking a hit this afternoon! Prince Devnar and Melania's story is verra steamy...Devnar is captured and turned over to his Mistress Melania to be taught all the pleasures of the flesh...how to serve and attend his mistress. What Melania doesn't realize is once bonded to Devnar, his love making is verra addictive...I highly recommend this one!! Fav quotes/scenes: "You are mine to play with," she whispered against his chest, her lips trailing over his skin. "I will give you pleasure like you never imagined. All I ask in return is your complete obedience. Let yourself go; let me make the decisions. The only thing I want you to do is feel." "I can taste your desire," she said in her husky voice. "It's like candy on my tongue." "If I had the pick of all the women in the universe, I would always choose you." He waited until her gaze returned to his face. Their eyes met, and he tried to put his whole heart into his words. "As long as you're by my side, I can survive anything." "I'm doing my best not to drag you off into some dark corner and let you have your wicked way with me. Try to be a little less appealing." --Melania to Devnar Devnar placed gentle kisses on her forehead. The security and strength of his love filled a void in her soul so completely she felt like she had been reborn. No more living one day to the next with only the purpose of existing. She had a reason and a man to live for that went beyond all her wildest dreams.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    The story of how I became interested in The Breaker's Concubine is the usual one: first it was a glimpse of the gorgeous cover which grabbed my eye, then I read the blurb which further whet my appetite, and then when I read Susi's review over at Book Lovers Inc. I knew my interest just became obsession and I had to read it. Well dear readers I am here to report that my obsession was well warranted! The Breaker's Concubine is an enthralling and very steamy story you shouldn't miss! As you can see The story of how I became interested in The Breaker's Concubine is the usual one: first it was a glimpse of the gorgeous cover which grabbed my eye, then I read the blurb which further whet my appetite, and then when I read Susi's review over at Book Lovers Inc. I knew my interest just became obsession and I had to read it. Well dear readers I am here to report that my obsession was well warranted! The Breaker's Concubine is an enthralling and very steamy story you shouldn't miss! As you can see in the blurb The Breaker's Concubine starts off with the premise of forced seduction. Prince Devnar is captured and they want to train him as a concubine for the empress of Kyrimia. However, because he is a strong-willed alpha warrior and submitting is just not in his nature he resists all attempts of seduction and pleasure training. I have to admit that when I saw that Ann Mayburn would be exploring this quite controversial theme I was intrigued and curious to see how she would handle it. As it is such a delicate and tricky topic, the balance so hard to find. But I am here to reassure you, that in my opinion the forced seduction scenario in The Breaker's Concubine is not offensive because despite being a handcuffed captive, Devnar retained his dominant quality and remains an alpha male throughout the story, he is as active participant or should I say he is even more active in seducing Melania than she is in seducing him. So despite the circumstances I felt that as he was strongly attracted to Melania and his feelings were in it, and especially because despite him being the prisoner the way he took over the reins of seduction it wasn't really forced. The extremely rich world-building of The Breaker's Concubine was stunning. I usually fear when reading sci-fi stories that I'll feel lost not being able to picture all the extraordinary settings and creatures, but the descriptions of the culture, worlds and settings were so vivid in The Breaker's Concubine that I had no problem picturing them at all. They were colourful and lush, as if seen in a video. I'm still new to the sci-fi genre but I appreciated not only the vivid descriptions, but how Ann Mayburn developed the local traditions and customs of the two planets (Jensia and Kyrimia) to the very last detail giving the reader a knowledge on the background and way of living of these people. We are introduced to the Jensian custom of bonding: "To bond to a mate was a commitment that blended the souls of those two people together. They would be able to feel each other’s emotions and sometimes thoughts. Their pleasure became your pleasure, their pain your pain. Once bonded, it was physically impossible to do anything that would hurt your bond mate." and when we get a glimpse into the Kyrimian ones we discover that concubines are cherished people, the only ones who are able to give children to their lovers and even the word concubine means "my most beloved". Of course as The Breaker's Concubine is a sci-fi erotica I cannot not mention the sensuality and hotness of the story. The chemistry between Devnar, Melania and Khalim was palpable, I could feel the heat emanate off these three and Ann Mayburn wrote some seriously scorching scenes! The primal virility and sexuality of Devnar was overwhelming, his need and sensuality were felt even through the pages. "You are mine to play with," she whispered against his chest, her lips trailing over his skin. "I will give you pleasure like you never imagined. All I ask in return is your complete obedience. Let yourself go; let me make the decisions. The only thing I want you to do is feel." I guess what also softens the overpowering heat of the seduction scenes and gives them a new meaning is the tender and all-encompassing love which develops between Devnar and Melania. "She felt…complete. It would have been an amazing sensation if she didn’t also feel like she was going crazy. He was inside her, filling her mind and body, his presence growing stronger with every beat of her heart." Verdict: If you are looking for an unconventional and scorching hot story which besides the pulsing love scenes also has a well developed setting I can only reccomend The Breaker's Concubine. It will take you to unknown places but I am sure you'll enjoy the journey. Plot: 9/10 Characters: 8/10 Writing: 9/10 Ending: 8/10 Cover: 10/10 - gorgeous cover and suits perfectly the story! I give The Breaker's Concubine 4.5 stars!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Holy hell that was hot!!! Mayburn creates an interesting world that grabbed my attention. Some parts were a little hard to follow, but in whole, the science fiction aspect of it worked really well. I liked the elements of the royal houses and all the politics. But for me, it was the smut that stood out for me. At first I was hesitant because some of the things they do in this book is soooo dirty, it's bad. But I think that's also why it's so hot. A lot of it is forbidden so it adds that dark desir Holy hell that was hot!!! Mayburn creates an interesting world that grabbed my attention. Some parts were a little hard to follow, but in whole, the science fiction aspect of it worked really well. I liked the elements of the royal houses and all the politics. But for me, it was the smut that stood out for me. At first I was hesitant because some of the things they do in this book is soooo dirty, it's bad. But I think that's also why it's so hot. A lot of it is forbidden so it adds that dark desire to do something naughty. And this book is definitely.....definitely naughty. If you like your smut, you should definitely check this one out, cause you won't forget it after.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Smith Barney

    No ass breaking here on either end. But the cover is art. IDK. Perhaps ass-broaching begins later in the story. But I was seeking quality femdom m/m action with a strong female lead. I abandoned my search 35% into the story at the onset of neither. It wasn't the story's intent but the beginning imagery of cock-led-air-humping men triggered by female scent to a mindless-rutting-pelvic-thrusting-persuasion..had me laughing. Who needs weapons of mass destruction when a little pussy power breaks the No ass breaking here on either end. But the cover is art. IDK. Perhaps ass-broaching begins later in the story. But I was seeking quality femdom m/m action with a strong female lead. I abandoned my search 35% into the story at the onset of neither. It wasn't the story's intent but the beginning imagery of cock-led-air-humping men triggered by female scent to a mindless-rutting-pelvic-thrusting-persuasion..had me laughing. Who needs weapons of mass destruction when a little pussy power breaks them so effortlessly.

  9. 5 out of 5

    WildAboutBones

    Great characters, great story and steaming hot scenes fill the pages of this erotic Sci-Fi romance. And what a sexy cover — yum! If you haven't read any of Ann Mayburn's stories, you are missing out on intriguing characters, great plots and usually some steamy scenes. Prince Devnar Haylen is a Jensian ship's captain and warrior whose home planet is desperate for women since only one in 20 births is female, polygamy and bisexuality are the norm and nature has worked its magic so the men have evolv Great characters, great story and steaming hot scenes fill the pages of this erotic Sci-Fi romance. And what a sexy cover — yum! If you haven't read any of Ann Mayburn's stories, you are missing out on intriguing characters, great plots and usually some steamy scenes. Prince Devnar Haylen is a Jensian ship's captain and warrior whose home planet is desperate for women since only one in 20 births is female, polygamy and bisexuality are the norm and nature has worked its magic so the men have evolved with some interesting erotic traits and soul bonds with mates. He's kidnapped while raiding a freighter which turns out to be a trap by a sadist to trap another female. Melania Ophrim is a breaker — a trainer of of honored novices and concubines. It is forbidden to orgasm with those they train so she can get very sexually frustrated until she can spend "weeks in a sexual frenzy with willing males trying to soothe the need for release". Unfortunately, not only is she considered ugly by her planet's standards but her planet was almost destroyed by over population centuries ago so everyone but the upper class and royalty has been reversibly sterilized to prevent pregnancy. On her planet marriages are made for political gain and concubines are kept for love and children. A good plot with great sex. A little bondage, a little M/M, two hot ménage à trois (M/F/M) scenes {fanning myself, trying to cool off} and some dominance and submission. Those who aren't really into Sci-Fi will still like this because Mayburn does a good job of keeping the Sci-Fi as a background enhancement to the plot and not a major character in the story. Romance fans will enjoy this because even though there is a lot of steamy sex, it really has a romance. Erotic romance fans will enjoy this because there is a good plot to go along with all the steamy scenes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~

    Been on my list for a long time and just picked it out at random last night. Stayed up way too late reading and finished it up today. I can't believe I waited this long to read it. Hot, Hot, Hot. I hope there are more stories in this world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen4607

    Another great story by Ann Mayburn. I thought this book was fantastic!

  12. 5 out of 5

    315

    Okay, this books is one of the most extensive short-reads I think I've ever read. There is a ton of story in this book... the world that the author paints is massive. There isn't a single 'of' spared in the telling of this story... if it's in there, it's needed. For a lot of scify books the author really has to do a lot of world building to get the reader's mind correctly placed for the tale they wish to weave. If not done well, the char building and even the story can get lost in the facts of t Okay, this books is one of the most extensive short-reads I think I've ever read. There is a ton of story in this book... the world that the author paints is massive. There isn't a single 'of' spared in the telling of this story... if it's in there, it's needed. For a lot of scify books the author really has to do a lot of world building to get the reader's mind correctly placed for the tale they wish to weave. If not done well, the char building and even the story can get lost in the facts of the world. Not so here! Between all the elements to bring this story to fruition the author never forgets the story and builds the world around it. The characters are real and identifiable. I got swept up in their dreams and desires. Sch as when you feel the longing of Melania for her own Concubine which in the end is really second to her desire to be a Concubine herself. You find yourself longing for the relationship between Melania and Devnar to work but it just seems impossible and against all odds. I really enjoyed how the book ended and where everyone found their end... but would have loved another oh... 50 or 100 pages more. ;o)

  13. 5 out of 5

    ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

    Okay.. Nope. I didn't like this one. It had some racy, erotic scenes here and there, but that's about it. I didn't believe the bond/love with the 2 main characters at all. And it's kind of hard to accept that there is love & devotion there, when you're still sharing your bed with someone else. The way this one started, I was under the impression that this was going to be a great fantasy/sci-fi/erotic romance. But the plot fell flat for me. Way flat. And I don't like for how majority of the book, t Okay.. Nope. I didn't like this one. It had some racy, erotic scenes here and there, but that's about it. I didn't believe the bond/love with the 2 main characters at all. And it's kind of hard to accept that there is love & devotion there, when you're still sharing your bed with someone else. The way this one started, I was under the impression that this was going to be a great fantasy/sci-fi/erotic romance. But the plot fell flat for me. Way flat. And I don't like for how majority of the book, the main characters remain in their heads even when in each other's presence. This book was way too much inner monologue and not nearly enough dialogue. Therefore robbing me (the reader) of the experience because I'm being told everything rather than shown through great story telling. So I would not recommend this read. And $6.49 for 146 pages, is absolutely ridiculous. Thank Gawd it's lendable. So I would strongly advise you to borrow not buy this one if you're still curious about reading it. Thanks for the lend Aura :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    3.5 Stars I think maybe I was just not in the mood for this type of book. I liked it ok but I found myself skimming over parts. This book was very HOT but I just could not get into the story. Don't let this stop you from trying this book, if it sounds good to you then by all means try it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jo * Smut-Dickted *

    Wonderful. Great world building and awesome characters. I certainly hope we get more books in this world! A really versatile author - who can seriously write!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Fantastic! Love, love, love!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susi

    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 fo 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather in FL

    This isn't my first Ann Mayburn read, but this one was so very different from the other one I read. This one was really good as well. So imaginative. The author said there will be more from this world, so I look forward to them. I don't read much sci-fi, or interplanetary love, or whatever you want to call this. It was a group read, which is why I read it, but it was really a good story. It's always interesting to me to read stories where men are attracted to men and women, gender doesn't matter. This isn't my first Ann Mayburn read, but this one was so very different from the other one I read. This one was really good as well. So imaginative. The author said there will be more from this world, so I look forward to them. I don't read much sci-fi, or interplanetary love, or whatever you want to call this. It was a group read, which is why I read it, but it was really a good story. It's always interesting to me to read stories where men are attracted to men and women, gender doesn't matter. Obviously, they can only have children with women, but it's not unusual for men to be attracted to men and to act on that attraction, with no fear of negative consequences. Such is the case in this story. Part of that is necessity. On Devnar's home planet, women are scarce, so it's common for a woman to bond with multiple men. If the men can be kept busy with each other at the same time, that works out for everyone. :-) I was surprised at the reason Devnar was kidnapped. And I was surprised at the ruthlessness of the Kyrimian people. Imperfection meant you could never be anything and you likely would never bear a child. It was a testament to Melania's strength that she rose to her position of breaker. By all accounts, she was nothing like the Kyrimian ideal. She had mismatched eyes, small breasts, short stature, very few curves. The fact that she was given up by her parents so they could try for another child was heartbreaking. I realize that's what life was like on her planet, but it's still so sad that life was diregarded and perfection controlled who had what. The whole "trainer" and "breaker" concept was interesting as well...the idea that being chosen to be trained to be a concubine was one of the greatest things that could happen to someone in another class. It's also interesting that a concubine was often more loved and cherished than a spouse. But that's probably due to my Western upbringing and ignorance of concubines here on Earth. I was glad that the plan failed, but on one point it succeeded: Devnar bonded to Melania. I didn't like that he did it without her consent, but I understand why he had to do it. She never would have consented, no matter how much her heart truly wanted it. I was also glad that Khilam got to be an ambassador to Devnar's planet,a so he got to go with them. I think Devnar and Melania would have been fine on their own, but Khilam added an additional bit of fun. And some hot man loving. :-) And it was fun to see Devnar turn the dominance tables on Melania. Overall, a great story, some hot sex, and some great characters. Like I said, I look forward to more from this world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    4/5; 4 stars; A- I really enjoyed this book. Ann Mayburn did an excellent job of writing an erotic sci-fi story that is fairly balanced between the erotic and the science-fiction elements. In the first few pages I was worried that it was going to be one of those books that is mostly about the sex and not too much plot but that was dispelled fairly quickly. There was enough story line in the world building to catch my interest for future books set in this world. Considering this book was only 116 4/5; 4 stars; A- I really enjoyed this book. Ann Mayburn did an excellent job of writing an erotic sci-fi story that is fairly balanced between the erotic and the science-fiction elements. In the first few pages I was worried that it was going to be one of those books that is mostly about the sex and not too much plot but that was dispelled fairly quickly. There was enough story line in the world building to catch my interest for future books set in this world. Considering this book was only 116 pages long, it packed a lot of story in. There were no wasted pages! I liked the characters, especially Melania, Devnar, and Khilam. Their emotional and sexual connection was very well done. Mayburn, in very few words, also created a believable villain and I want to see what the author comes up with in future stories for her continued evil machinations. I know its not really critical to the story and you can't judge a book by its cover...blah, blah, blah....but I LOVED the cover art for this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marita Hansen

    You couldn't get hotter than this book. Even J.R.Ward and Gena Showalter need to take lessons from Ann Mayburn. Plus, this wasn't just about how hot the story was (and yes, I'm pleased to say the cover matches the tale) this book also has fantastic characters from the mouth-watering Devnar to the horrible villain Lady Grenba. I also really like Melania and Khilam, and was most intrigued with where Ikel's tattoo was placed, *grinning.* All up, the characters played their roles to perfection, and You couldn't get hotter than this book. Even J.R.Ward and Gena Showalter need to take lessons from Ann Mayburn. Plus, this wasn't just about how hot the story was (and yes, I'm pleased to say the cover matches the tale) this book also has fantastic characters from the mouth-watering Devnar to the horrible villain Lady Grenba. I also really like Melania and Khilam, and was most intrigued with where Ikel's tattoo was placed, *grinning.* All up, the characters played their roles to perfection, and I don't think there was anyone lacking in their part. In relation to the plot, I liked it. It carried through at the perfect pace, and was nicely structured and left me happy. Also, the scifi elements were done very well, the descriptions of Kyrimia just right. Money well spent. And if a sequel is made, I will snap it up in a second. By the end of the book I had a feeling that there will be one. Fingers crossed that I'm right.*Highly recommended*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen **Mrs. Northman**

    5 fantastic, sparkly stars!!! Ok first of all, let's address this cover, mmkay? Holy hotness. Guh. I pictured Devnar like this everytime Melania told him to "Attend". This book was AMAZING, especially for being only 126 pages. So much character development, emotion, AND hot sex. Can't forget the hot sex. I was simultaneously dreading and anticipating the end of the book---I want more of them!! But throughout it all, this quote really stuck with me: "After a lifetime of never being good enough, bea 5 fantastic, sparkly stars!!! Ok first of all, let's address this cover, mmkay? Holy hotness. Guh. I pictured Devnar like this everytime Melania told him to "Attend". This book was AMAZING, especially for being only 126 pages. So much character development, emotion, AND hot sex. Can't forget the hot sex. I was simultaneously dreading and anticipating the end of the book---I want more of them!! But throughout it all, this quote really stuck with me: "After a lifetime of never being good enough, beautiful enough, it delighted her to be with a man who obviously found her desirable." Goddess, aren't they just beautiful together?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dee Wy

    My first Ann Mayburn read and it was so very good. I was so annoyed each time real life pulled me away from the story. I'm a fan of slave/captive stories and this one was among the best I've read. Great character and world building with an absorbing plot, not to mention an HEA and a beautiful cover. Wonderful! Highly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I loved absolutely everything about this book. Sci/fi, romance, mystery, intrigue, D's, action, and oh yeah, really hot sex! M/f and M/M/F! Awesome! Can't wait to read more about this wonderful world. And I hope that Khiliam gets to be a permanent part of Devnar's and Melania's mating. ;)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Very hot, 10 different kinds of kinky and a fun story to top it off. Makes me remember why I like smut so much.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason Bradley

    3.75 stars This was a good story. I really liked the main character. Just wish he had had a little more play with the boys. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    WOW! What a pleasant surprise. When I first bought this I thought it was a femme domme story. Nuh uh. *bites lip* Not at all. Prince Devnar is a warrior from Jensia who gets captured by raiders from Kyrimia to become the concubine of the empress. Well, let's just say Devnar is not going down without a fight. Ordinarily there's a number of willing submissives chomping at the bit to become concubines, especially for the empress but Devnar has been handpicked by Lady Grenba to submit him to the empr WOW! What a pleasant surprise. When I first bought this I thought it was a femme domme story. Nuh uh. *bites lip* Not at all. Prince Devnar is a warrior from Jensia who gets captured by raiders from Kyrimia to become the concubine of the empress. Well, let's just say Devnar is not going down without a fight. Ordinarily there's a number of willing submissives chomping at the bit to become concubines, especially for the empress but Devnar has been handpicked by Lady Grenba to submit him to the empress-a rarity since "off-worlders" are typically not used. Melania is what's a called a breaker. Basically, she breaks them in to become someone else's concubine. She's not allowed to orgasm with these men while she's breaking them, O_O it's "forbidden". The men of Jensia have that whole bonding thing reminiscent of the BDB-super hot-so, if he has an orgasm the bonding process is initiated. Although this bonding process is a bit more involved (an actual chemical change occurs within both) than the BDB in that once bonded whatever one feels is also felt by the other i.e. pain or pleasure. There's a shortage of females on Jensia so it's not uncommon for the women to bond with more than one male, nor is it uncommon for males to be intimate with one another. Ahem. Devnar is H.O.T! Seriously. I wanted to bite him & climb him like a tree. He's practically always naked-check. He's pretty much always raring to go *wink*-check. He's tattooed-check. And pierced-check. And scarred-OMG…I'm gonna faint. Where do I sign? In blood on this chest? Done. Melania & he are wildly attracted to each other from the get go although they both try & maintain a sense of decorum. Devnar is hellbent on returning home & Melania, if she succeeds in breaking him, is promised her very own concubine; so, they both have ulterior motives. But can their passion be denied? There's actually a plot complete with scheming villains & political intrigue in an intergalactic setting. The writing's strong too with a surprising amount of character development for a book that's only 120 pages or so. Highly recommend!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Coral

    I'll admit it. The cover got me. I'm not too proud to say it. Quite often when I read erotic stories I'm underwhelmed with the plot. I mean I understand that it isn't supposed to be plot heavy, because that's not the point, but I like to have some reason for the story to exist beyond the sex. In this regard, The Breaker's Concubine is more fulfilling than most. Maybe it's because I'm craving Sci-Fi lately, but I really enjoyed the political space intrigue aspect of this story. The other point I f I'll admit it. The cover got me. I'm not too proud to say it. Quite often when I read erotic stories I'm underwhelmed with the plot. I mean I understand that it isn't supposed to be plot heavy, because that's not the point, but I like to have some reason for the story to exist beyond the sex. In this regard, The Breaker's Concubine is more fulfilling than most. Maybe it's because I'm craving Sci-Fi lately, but I really enjoyed the political space intrigue aspect of this story. The other point I found appealing was that it didn't seem like I was being written down to just because it was an erotic story. Would I be too pretensions if I said it seemed like "smart" smut? Probably, but I'm going to say it anyway. The relationship progressed a touch fast, for me. Our hero and heroine went from wanting each other to wanting to die without each other a bit too quickly for my tastes, although I recognize that's completely subjective. The Breaker's Concubine is both steamy and interesting. I heartily suggest picking it up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    (Nat) Reading Romances

    This title is so intense and sexy just like this gorgeous cover! I love a good sci-fi with hot scenes and this is a must read! The amount of hotness and emotion can be compared to Em Petrova’s books, one of my favorite authors! . I loved how this tale was told and it didn’t have hardcore BSDM that made me stop reading, it had a sweet and very touching side to it. I’m not a fan of BDSM and m/m, but absolutely loved everything about it. One thing could be better, how it ended. I hoped we could see m This title is so intense and sexy just like this gorgeous cover! I love a good sci-fi with hot scenes and this is a must read! The amount of hotness and emotion can be compared to Em Petrova’s books, one of my favorite authors! . I loved how this tale was told and it didn’t have hardcore BSDM that made me stop reading, it had a sweet and very touching side to it. I’m not a fan of BDSM and m/m, but absolutely loved everything about it. One thing could be better, how it ended. I hoped we could see more about the future, but we’ll have more books about them so I’ll simply have to wait. The world building was terrific and I’ll definitely read other works by this writer and I can’t wait for Bolin and Ikel’s story next! An impressing ans promising sci-fi erotic romance series you can’t possibly miss! Buy it now!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aura

    Delicious. Melania and Devnar absolutely sizzle through this sci-fi novella! Melania has spent her whole life considered "ugly" by her people. She is valued as a Breaker, a trainer that teaches shy and reluctant Novices what they need to become Concubines. She is confident, sensual, strong, and experienced. Devnar is a prince of his planet. Trapped by enemies with unknown motives, he finds himself being turned over to Melania for training as a pleasure slave,. He swears that no matter how they for Delicious. Melania and Devnar absolutely sizzle through this sci-fi novella! Melania has spent her whole life considered "ugly" by her people. She is valued as a Breaker, a trainer that teaches shy and reluctant Novices what they need to become Concubines. She is confident, sensual, strong, and experienced. Devnar is a prince of his planet. Trapped by enemies with unknown motives, he finds himself being turned over to Melania for training as a pleasure slave,. He swears that no matter how they force arousal from him, they will never make him enjoy it - he refuses to be anyone's slave. This is a scorching tale with Dom/sub elements, some m/m/f action, fated mates, and an enemies-to-lovers feel. For a rather short book, it has a fantastic plot and solid characters in the hero and heroine. Make sure you have an extra pair of panties handy, or a significant other really near by :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky Condit

    4 1/2 stars! The Breaker’s Concubine is not an easy read. There are some very uncomfortable occasions in the book that detail cruelty and pain beyond a point that I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading. I had to ask myself if I was unhappy with the book at those moments because of poor writing, plot holes, characters behaving OOC, or was I upset because of the subject matter. The answer came as I continued reading and the characters mirrored my own emotions and answered for me, bringing me bac 4 1/2 stars! The Breaker’s Concubine is not an easy read. There are some very uncomfortable occasions in the book that detail cruelty and pain beyond a point that I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading. I had to ask myself if I was unhappy with the book at those moments because of poor writing, plot holes, characters behaving OOC, or was I upset because of the subject matter. The answer came as I continued reading and the characters mirrored my own emotions and answered for me, bringing me back into the story quite effectively and made me glad I picked up this book. There is a plot twist to the BDSM theme that I have never seen before and I am amazed at how well Ms. Mayburn pulled it off.

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