Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Staged by Kim Fielding

Title:  Staging
Author: Kim Fielding
My Rating: A

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: Belonging #3
Main Characters: Sky and Morgan
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.

Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.

A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:

dubious consent
explicit violence

My Review:
This is an alternate universe story. In this world, slavery was never outlawed so having slaves throughout the world doing various things is normal and accepted.

Warning: these books are dealing with slaves who have NO CHOICES. As a result, there are scenes and actions in these books that are really rather dark. You need to be well-aware and ready for that going into the story. Take note of the warnings on the story description.

For the most part, Sky has had a pretty decent slavery experience...or, at least as good as it gets, although no slave is truly happy. He's a professional singer, but lately the club he's employed by has been strapped financially so they sell him. And then things get...not so pleasant for Sky. 

The book is told entirely from Sky's point of view, so it's hard to know exactly what's going on...because there are definitely some secrets happening in the background making the reader question everything. Although I had some pretty accurate guesses. While the world he lives in is horrific...I did enjoy the book. This series is difficult, and I've read them all, but I liked the outcome of this story the best. I don't want to offer any spoilers, but I really like where the story went. 

But it's not all about shocking the reader either. This is an alternative world, but it's important to see these reminders about just how lucky we truly are to live in this day and age, especially right now when the world seems to be in so much turmoil. There are ways our world could have been so much worse and that's an important reminder to have. And a happy ending is always a good thing, too, especially for what these two characters go through. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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