Title: Pretty Human
Author: Kayleigh Sky
Genre: Erotic Romance/ Futuristic/ Science Fiction
Length: 255 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 23, 2016)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Seeking absolution for his past in a fiery death, a young space force pilot crashes his ship on a desert planet.
When Ellis Ligoria, King of Xol, witnesses a spaceship hurtling to the planet’s surface, he rushes to the scene of the crash and joins the search party for survivors. As night descends, a strange compulsion leads him to the site of an underground city. Here he rescues a badly injured Jem. During his recovery, it is discovered that Jem is part Xolan. Not only that, but he’s a genetically submissive variation called a Xolani. Ellis has no wish to care for a Xolani but cannot resist his desire for Jem. Taking him under his protection, he brings him home to his family.
Desperately wanting this new life, Jem claims to be a solitary Vagabond, a loner without family or home. A man nobody wants or is looking for. Safe for the first time in his memory, Jem has hopes for a happy future. He is falling in love with Ellis and adores his new family. All he wants is to live a quiet life as Ellis’ consort, but as his secrets sink him deeper and deeper into a prison of lies, he knows that he cannot hide his true identity forever. Marrying Ellis is a dream come true, but he’ll never escape the brutal man he is running from.
Soon called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, Jem must fight to stop a powerful monster bent on revenge.
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to underage abuse, rape and unwanted anal examination.
Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/pretty-human
Review: I was looking forward to reading this book after I read the blurb. But I had a really hard time reading this book as it was confusing from the start. Jem has finally escaped an abusive marriage in the hopes of ending it all only to crash-land and survive on Xol. This is where I got angry. The people helping him recover do not explain anything. Instead they tell him he has Xol blood in him, which he can get pregnant, and then proceed to “train” him to be a Xol’s consort.
When Jem fights back he gets punished. I’m sorry but what is wrong with these people? Can’t they see he’s scared and doesn’t understand what is going on? Jem does not know these people at all yet he’s treated as a prisoner not allowed to go anywhere without supervision. I would have tried my best to escape what I perceive as another abusive situation as no one has the right to put their hands on someone else unless it’s consensual and this situation was anything but consensual.
King Ellis is pulled toward Jem from the beginning yet he doesn’t stop what he knows is happening. He’s no better than them in my opinion. This story has a lot of twists and turns, flashbacks and so on so much that the actual storyline gets lost.
Though well written it was confusing and as such I continuously had to re-read things to get back to the story not to mention what happened to Jem when he woke up after crash landing. I didn’t like it myself.
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