Book Reviews

Marked Yours (Sentries 1) by Elizabeth Noble at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Futuristic / Post-Apocalyptic / Future Earth / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 14-October-2019

Book Blurb

When one society fell, assaulted by natural disaster, in its place rose another, molded into something entirely different. Protectorates were divided by beliefs and distance. Slavery was accepted and threats both natural and supernatural were commonplace.

This became a world where sentries were needed. Trained almost from infanthood, these tough men and women lived in a society within a society. They were warriors and protectors, ferreting out evil and defending the citizens of New Colorado Protectorate from inhuman terrors and, on occasion, human ones.

Todd Ruger was born into life as a sentry. Raised by a hard father into a hard life, Todd becomes the consummate sentry, tough, dangerous, and good at what he does. When he wasn't quite into his teen years, he was bonded to a special young slave named Nick. For years their only interaction was through letters. Friendship turned to a sort of courtship between them. Todd lived for the day Nick became of age and Todd's ownership would take effect. That was the day Nick would leave the village with Todd. They'd begin a life together. They'd make a difference.

Raised as a slave, Nick never wanted to be special, but nature had other ideas for him. He grew up in a village with other slave children and was taught to be useful to his future master because he a gift ... or curse. The tutors responsible for his upbringing didn't understand what Nick could do, what he was; they were afraid of him. If sentries hadn't bought him, it was likely he'd never have lived to see the age of five. All that changes the day Nick leaves the village with Todd. He's cared for and shown a new, better life with a man who loves him honestly and wholly.

But after being together barely a day, Nick is brutally attacked and injured. Though he recovers without incident, Todd's heart fills with revenge. The guardian in him turns into a dangerous, driven assassin, a wolf on the hunt.

Todd's obsession with tracking down the men who hurt Nick and making them pay could very well get them both killed. Can they survive and build the life together they've both dreamed of for years?

NOTE: This is the third edition of Marked Yours. The first and second editions were released by another publishing house (May 2011 and May 2013, Dreamspinner Press). This story has been revised and re-edited with the end result being a better, stronger story.

Book Review

The first thing that gripped me in this story was the quality of the writing. Having never read anything by this author I was excited to see that good writing makes a story so much more for me. The second thing I noticed was the author gave a concise explanation about how our world as we knew it was changed dramatically by a volcano erupting. As a reader I really appreciate these types of details to get my mind frame where it's needed in order to enjoy the story. The third thing I noticed was what an incredibly creative and fantastical world the author wove. She took a scenario which could actually occur, built upon it, and made a world that is fascinatingly true to life.

Nick is a slave having been raised in one of the southern protectorates (serfdoms) and he's been bound to his future master, Todd, since Nick was a small child. Because he is a slave and viewed as nothing more than livestock, Nick is raised with absolutely no love or compassion, only trained to be what his future master will require of him. But Todd has been writing to him and sending gifts since Nick was a child and Nick has hope that perhaps Todd will see him as a person. Nick is special - he can see the evil that resides in people and thus he was bonded so early to a master worthy of him.

Todd Ruger is unique for his time. He's a Sentry and he's been watching Nick from afar ever since they were bonded when Todd was twelve. Sentries, or hunters, guard the protectorate's borders from outside harm which usually comes in the form of the supernatural. Todd doesn't want a slave, he wants a partner to share his life with, although their society views the master/slave relationship more harshly and regulates it with strict rules. Todd isn't a brute as so many are who beat and abuse their slaves simply because they can. Todd is honorable and decent which is amazing considering his own father is a beast. Todd knows that Nick's ability is going to put them into the line of fire with both the evil Nick can see and the other Sentries.

What follows is an exciting story about supernatural creatures, hunting, masters and slaves, learning to trust, to love, and to become a family. When Todd takes off to West Caldera, where being a slave owner is grounds for immediate execution, leaving Nick behind in order for Todd to get revenge on the men who so cruelly branded Nick, Nick isn't having that and goes chasing after his man. Watching these two men fight so hard to be together and to protect the love they have is truly an inspiration.

I enjoyed this first book in the series very much. I'm looking forward to reading the others and following Todd and Nick on their journey.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 71407 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-October-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
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