- Book Title: Chalice
- Book Series: Planetary Submissives #1
- Author: Amber Kell
- Publisher: Pride Publishing (November 30, 2015)
- Book Length: 84 pages
- Genre: Romance, Sci-fi, BDSM
- Reviewed by: Phetra
- Rating: 3.5 Star
- Posting Date: January 7, 2016
Chalice is a Prince from another planet, he’s one of three sons but the one in his family with the most power in his magic. Each magic user needs someone to balance their magic out alone they can’t handle it and they will eventually lose control. All other members of Chalice family takes a submissive to help balance their magic, but in Chalice case he is the submissive. The only problem is Chalice father doesn’t allow submissive magic users, especially not one of his sons. So to solve his problem Chalice leaves his home and his planet to find himself a Master.
Enter Emperor Terrin. He is supposedly this vicious or at least cold hard ruler, who cares for noone or anything he goes through Submissives like the rest of us go through underwear. He’s this feared leader.
I really like Chalice and Terrin for that mattered, at least what we do find out about them. I really, really love the relationship between Chalice and Zall the slave that Chalice rescues and who Terrin allows to become Chalice servant. I actually like Zall the mos of all the characters in the book. The book is well written, it flows and it’s really easy to read which I love, the characters have a lot of great potential so does the story. However, this is where it all falls short it has potential but it feels unfinished, the story feels rushed like there are several chapters missing of important information, like who is Chalice? Who is Terrin? Why was he this fearsome leader? He seemed pretty mellow to me. Who is Zall? Why is Chalice father so against his son being submissive? Who were the bad men who came for Terrin? Why did they come for Terrin?
Because the story felt rushed I didn’t really connect with the characters I didn’t get emotionally attached, at the end of the book I felt OK the book was good, nice read. I would have loved to have read about how Chalice and Zall’s relationship evolved, Zall seemed sharp, sarcastic and fun. With some depth to Chalice and Terrin their relationship would have been steaming now it just felt lukewarm. We were only told that Terrin was fearsome or didn’t care but he sort of loved and was wrapped around Chalice pinky from get go. There was no struggle, no adjustment period they just sort of met, fell in love and had a stumble, made up with a spanking and the end.
Overall, It’s still a good leisure read, as I said Chalice is a really likeable guy and you can see that he’s a strong man with respect for his father and brothers, but still demand the same respect back and do so by going out in the world to find what he wants and needs. He also proves this with Terrin and that he even though he’s a submissive isn’t a pushover and this I really, really like. It’s very much worth the read.
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.
Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building.