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Would you consider the audio edition of A Gift for the King to be better than the print version?
Yes! Excellent immersion into a unique and interesting world.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked the two main characters; I could feel the tension and chemistry between them building throughout.
Which character – as performed by Dorian Bane – was your favorite?
Dante by far.
Any additional comments?
Definitely worthy of multiple listens!
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Lana is a college student on vacation in Mexico when she gets kidnapped by an alien slave trader. Lana looks just like the long lost love of king Dante and is given to the king as a sex slave. The king turns out to not be an alien but an ex Roman gladiator, who was changed and has been ruling the alien world where humans have no status. But the female slaves are the mothers of some or most of the aliens? Oh, and there is a secret sect of human magic users? These parts were not well developed.
The punishment in this story is not really sexy. King Dante brands her, spanks her and employs humiliation. Basically the BDSM in this book seems trite and artificial. For example, it is apparently just part of the alien culture not a personal need or persuasion. Furthermore, Lana doesn't like pain or humiliation but yet gets turned on by spanking. Later when Dante grabs her roughly by the back of the neck she freaks out and runs in to the woods of the alien woods. This aspect of the book did not further the story nor did it aid with the character development.
I could have looked past all of the above issues if the characters had been compelling. If like me you like strong, not to mention intelligent, female characters this book is not for you. Lana is basically a victim through the whole book. King Dante is inconsistent and we don't get his POV. He "falls" in love with Lana because she looks like Julia. There just wasn't much to connect to with ither.
The narrator wasn't bad. His pace and inflection were good but the voice he gave to King Dante would have been better assigned to an elderly English gentleman.
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