Title: Abandoned (Galactic Betrayal 1)
Author: Silvia Violet
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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Genre: sci-fi, BDSM, action, adventure
Length: novella (144 pages/30225 words)
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Larissa
Review Summary: a story with a questionable plot and two of the worst spies in the history of spies. But the hawt erotic scenes make up for a lot.
Lark left Derek in the hands of alien torturers. Derek refused to believe Lark could be innocent. But desire still burns between them, and they need each other to survive Can they overcome the lies and betrayal of their past?
Lark Zaccaro and Derek Carlson were partners and friends. Lark wanted more. Then someone at the Intergalactic Investigations Bureau sold them out to enemy aliens. Lark was forced to abandon Derek to the enemy, and Derek bought the IIB’s story that Lark betrayed them all.
When Lark’s deep cover mission and Derek’s new job in search-and-rescue collide, the desire simmering between them explodes. Lark needs Derek’s help to escape a new enemy, and Derek needs to discover the truth about what really happened on that alien planet. Can they overcome lies and betrayal and find the love and comfort they seek, or will their past forever keep them apart?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of dubious consent.
Abandoned is a story that had me shaking my head and raising eyebrows throughout the entire story. The plot is at times a little far-fetched and it me wondering if the entire story was created around a few scenes. The story is supposed to be intense and dark and at times it is that, but because the plot is far-fetched it took a lot away from the story.
The story revolves around longtime partners at the Intergalactic Investigations Bureau, IIB for short, and close friends Lark and Derek. In a way they are law enforcements for a CIA-like bureau. They’ve been through a lot together and supposedly trust each other blindly. Admittedly, they are some of the worst spies in the history of spies if the reader goes by the times they were captured and tortured. They either should have been dead a long time ago or fired for not doing their jobs properly.
In any case, it all goes sour (again) and this time in a bad way. They are set up and Derek is taken prisoner while Lark goes for help. He cuts a deal to get Derek out, but at a high price. He is send off on a deep cover mission in a prison colony.
The story starts when Derek is once again taken prisoner, this time on the planet where Lark is the prison warden. They are understandably angry at each other. Derek was led to believe – and still believes – that Lark betrayed him and the IIB and left him to die. Lark is angry because he is left on the prison colony without a way of and angry at Derek for not believing in him.
So Lark maintains his cover as badass prison warden and Derek is dragged off to become his sex slave. This is where the publisher’s warning comes in, though it’s not all as bad as it sounds. Yes, there is a lot of angry sex and make-up sex and on the bed, against the wall, bound and collared sex and oh, you get my drift, lots and lots of sex before the story takes off again. They have a lot to work out together before they can even consider completing Derek’s mission and getting off the planet.
The main theme of Abandoned – apart from lots of sex – is friendship and trust and how to repair a broken friendship. Unfortunately, this is badly executed and rather unbelievable. Lark and Derek supposedly have been friends and partners for a long time; in fact, they’ve been in love with each other without the other knowing. Despite Derek’s horrible torture when he was captured and the mind rape he underwent, it’s hard to believe he’d just swallow that Lark betrayed them all and him in particular. He never asked questions, not even at the suggestion of his colleagues. That makes one very bad law enforcement agent, even despite the torture.
What also struck me as odd was Lark’s behavior when he captured Derek. That he maintains his cover in front of everyone at the prison is one thing and understandable, but in his own secure room? On top of that, instead of talking to Derek, he sexually assaults him. Now I know talking is not always a ‘man thing’ to do, but it’s a big step to sexual assault. I would at the very least have expected a few fists to fly!
Although neither Lark and Derek are flat characters, they are not well developed either. They are more there to fit the story. There is little to no background on either character apart from them both being working partners and having very different personalities.
The ending does conclude the story, but it is left open for further adventure.
All in all not a bad story, but not a story to be taken too seriously. The sex is hawt tough and highly entertaining with BDSM undertones.