Worthy

Worthy

Worthy

A naughty Cinderella story about a young man who is less than a slave, and the Master who helps change him into something more.

In a society ruled by the Aristocracy, Sev’s biggest dream is to become a slave—someone protected from a harsh existence in the ghetto, and cherished under his Master’s thumb. But being a slave is too high a calling for one as low as Sev. He is marked by both circumstance and features that are less than perfect.

Demetrie, a bored and reb

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  1. carocaro
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A beautiful story between two people in a dystopian world., December 28, 2013
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    carocaro (Middle of the UK) –

    This review is from: Worthy (Kindle Edition)
    I admit I haven’t read much of Dystopian fiction. This is not a world where i would be happy to live. The world where Athaenian ruling aristocratic society are bent on keeping their lives of privilege, of racial purity and demand to be kept in the style they are accustomed to by chosen and highly valued slaves to care for them is not for me.

     I dislike the way they control the rest of the living, the dregs, gypsies, afflicted and disabled, to allow or take their lives, to allow or prevent them eating, to force them to be labour slaves…but gradually eliminating those surplus to needs is a horrifying scenario. Yet would the extreme dictatorship regimes from past history not have done the same? So it is not just within the realms of fantasy that this sits uneasily with me but as a reminder of the inhumanity of mankind to mankind and other living creatures. 

    Then out of this horror comes Demetrie, fickle, an aristocratic Count known for his use and abuse of less fortunate lives to titillate and amuse until the novelty wears off and he discards his amusements. But then along comes Sev…from Seven, a young athletic dancer and part time criminal through need, one marred from the accepted norms of beauty by different coloured eyes and birthmark. Such a child would be alienated by most at first sight in our societies today. To Demetrie his difference is aesthetically pleasing. For an agreed time period Sev is to be his sex toy. Yet through BDSM practices a Master/slave relationship grows through Demetrie’s dominance and Sev’s naturally submissiveness. This same sex relationship cannot be tolerated by Athaenian society, and their hierarchy of entitlement means offspring are essential for continuation of family lines and associated wealth and place there.  

    So readers only will find how Lia takes her well crafted story and how it ends. All I will say is it had such beautiful sexual and scenes of romance, of giving, sharing and love…oh that we should all be lucky enough to experience such as this whatever our sexual leanings. I found this emotive, heartwarming at times, awful and horrifying at others. However, I found a new author whose work I will be happy to read if this is anything to go on.

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  2. Charly T. Anchor
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A fun read overall, but it has several points that I wish had been improved upon, November 18, 2013
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    Charly T. Anchor (Texas) –
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    This review is from: Worthy (Kindle Edition)
    Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

    Rating: 6/10

    PROS:
    – Most stories about societies that employ slavery are necessarily unpleasant, but this one manages to stay mostly light and frivolous in spite of Sev’s unfortunate social standing.
    – Black does a good job of establishing how sexually free the society of the story is, which makes Demetrie’s unusual desire for monogamy quite sweet.
    – The sex is frequent and detailed, and since sex is Sev’s one joy in the world, the story’s focus on it makes sense.

    CONS:
    – The politics of the story are obviously clear to the author, but she doesn’t explain them all that well to her reader. There’s a twist at the end for which I saw absolutely no point, and I’m sure that’s because I didn’t understand the political circumstances as well as I was meant to.
    – I can suspend disbelief in order to buy into the idea of an aristocrat willingly going into the ghetto and settling down with the untouchable man he finds there…but I need to be convinced as to WHY the aristocrat would do such a thing. The brief explanations of Demetrie’s rebellious behavior didn’t do the trick for me here.
    – The perspective of the story is heavily slanted in Sev’s direction, which means that we don’t see much from Demetrie other than his obvious lust for the young acrobat. Then at the end, Demetrie is suddenly in love, and we don’t get to see how the transition really happens.
    – The point of view switches sometimes mid-scene, whereas some scenes are solely from one man or the other’s perspective.

    Overall comments: This is a fun fantasy world with a mostly satisfying (if unoriginal) storyline. Demetrie’s sexual appetite does include some proclivities that deviate from the norm (humiliation, tears, some harsh treatment, etc.); this is not your typical modern BDSM story with pre-negotiation and safe words. It borders on melodrama at times, the characters’ feelings developing very quickly and running very deep, but I did enjoy it overall.

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  3. Furio
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    4.0 out of 5 stars
    contradictory, October 5, 2013
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    Furio (Genova – Italy) –

    This review is from: Worthy (Kindle Edition)
    I am not sure this M/M erotic novella will please many:
    – the dystopian, fantasy setting that includes a society divided into castes and sexual slavery will probably appeal at first to those who get their thrills from what they call “forced sex” -while I call it rape- but they will be soon put off by the fact that Ms Black has the basic human decency of NOT trying to eroticise abuse.
    In this tale the sex slave is very willing and the BDSM so very light and respectful that there is no abuse at all;
    – this tale is desperately romantic but its clothes are coarse and will repeal those who love light-hearted romance. There is even a M/M/M scene which I have found intriguing -though not as much as it could have been with more courage on the author’s part- but which is likely tu put off such pure-romance lovers;
    – there is the necessary HEA but it is an ending which is good only for the two lovers as the horrible setting still looms behind them.

    Some serious flaws must be pointed out:
    – setting is not detailed enough.
    The author clearly is not interested in giving more than is strictly needed for her romance but as she has chosen such an eccentric bakground she should have made sure the reader understood it. In a Victorian romance we only see aristocrats and servants but we still have a general idea of how that society works. Here we do not;
    – while Demetrie is fully rounded and grows up as a character, the same cannot be said for Seven who is thoroughly loveable but whose submissive streak is never explained and leaves him little room for growth;
    – the growing sexual intimacy between the leads is sweet but the Ms Black should have either given more details about it or else thrown a little plot into it to stir things a bit.

    Writing is fluid and to the point.

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