Chalice by Amber Kell
Book one in the Planetary Submissives series
In order to stop his magic from eating him alive, Chalice seeks out a man strong enough to dominate and control him.
Chalice might be a prince on his planet, but his submissive tendencies prevent him from dealing with the incredible energy coursing through his body. Magic users need a second to balance them out, but there has never been a case where the one with the power didn’t hold the dominant position. Chalice’s ability as a rare four-elemental magic wielder already marks him as different, though. And with the king in denial of his son’s needs, he has no choice but to look off-planet to find a powerful partner.
He runs into a diplomat on a mission, who leads Chalice to agree to be the pet of an emperor—one whose reputation for tossing aside subs is only balanced out by the fact that Chalice thinks he’s the sexiest creature he’s ever seen. Chalice takes the plunge, hoping the biggest gamble of his life won’t prove to be his biggest mistake.
The Planetary Submissives series
Being strong doesn't mean you don't need anyone.
Depending on another person doesn't make you weak, because sometimes letting someone else help proves you're braver than you thought. In some cases, submissives that are more powerful than most in their own right need another man or men to balance them. Combining love and abilities has never been so sexy. Exotic planets, rich traditions and unusual situations give a unique look at men who'll risk everything for the chance to find the perfect partner to complete them.
I really enjoyed this one. The premise of the story (a prince with magical powers who was also submissive and needed a master to balance his power) got my attention and made me excited to read it. On the whole it delivered. I got into the story very easily and didn't want to put the book down until I finished it.
Chalice is very likeable as prince who feels out of place in his father's palace and leaves in search of a master who will help him control his magical powers. I thought having his dead mother deliver words of wisdom to him on a daily basis via her journal was a touch of genius.
Emperor Terrin was so imperious he reminded me of an Arabian Sheikh. LOL. The minute he spots Chalice, he wants him as pet. But the cold, hard Emperor is soon falling for Chalice and turns out not to be as bad as I was expecting.
The dynamic between Chalice and Terrin worked well and I enjoyed their interactions. But there were moments that felt brushed over and I wished for more descriptions. Also, some of the scene transitions felt choppy as if section were cut off and the change not smoothed over.
Overall, this is a great story and a lovely start to the series. In terms of eroticism this is more sensual than explicit, but that's okay too. I really connected with the characters and I want to find out what happens to Zall, especially.
Happy to recommend this to fans of MM Romance who also enjoy a sprinkle of BDSM.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.