5 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Well this was…. wow….and….that to…..and….hell yes….and really?….and…. whoa……and….yum…..and….and….yeah all of that.
OMG Ms Delta James, I loved, loved, loved your Fated Mates series but Virgin Tribute? It blew them all right out of the water.
Feisty heroine? Tick
Beastly antihero? Tick
Fantastic world building? Tick
Virgin concubine given as payment for continuing protection? Tick
Lots and lots of claiming, mating and rutting? Tick
A barbed phallus? Tick
Wait! What? Hold on just a moment! A barbed dick? Yep, you heard me folks, a spiky member that promises untold pleasure along with that edge of pain that just enhances everything. And boy did Drake know how to use it to good effect, I may be just a little jealous of Reagan!
If i had any criticism of the book, it would be that some of the sex scenes were a little repetitive in feel. It wasn’t a big thing and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment in any way, I just wanted a little variety or just something ‘more’. However what we did get was still one very hot hot HOT read that I only put down because I was falling asleep whilst reading in the early hours and not really following the plot anymore.
I FLOVED the dynamic between Reagan and Drake, whilst there was a power exchange, with Drake firmly in charge, he still listened to and appreciated Reagan. What started as a non-consensual arrangement believably morphed into a genuine partnership.
Reagan had me from the start when she refused to be brainwashed by or kowtow to the Elders of the Sanctuary. She chose her battles well, never giving in, never giving up and never TSTL (too stupid to live). Drake was at heart, a good man doing bad things but from the best of intentions. He is deliciously dominant but not arrogantly alpha and I absolutely adored both him and Reagan.
The epilogue was absolutely perfect and, damn you Ms James, those very last lines reduced me to tears. THEY. WERE. PERFECT.
If you love the work of Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Sara Fields, Sue Lyndon, Loki Renard or enjoyed Ruled by Cari Silverwood, then this book is perfect for you. If you like an edgy steamy sci-fi read it’s for you.
The book contains scenes of power exchange and domestic discipline. This is NOT a real world setting, so SSC and RACK do not exist here. Please don’t read this just to moan about Drake ‘beating’ and ‘abusing’ Reagan. Even Reagan herself acknowledges that he punishes her poor behaviour and isn’t beating her! Don’t let a fictional character have more sense than a real person.
The beast protects us, but he demands tribute.
I was not asked. I was chosen. Every year, the creature who keeps our community safe requires a virgin as tribute, and every year she is thoroughly ravaged and then returned ruined for any other man. No one will tell me exactly what is in store for me, I only know he’s not going to be gentle.
But the elders underestimated me, and when they left me in the sacred clearing I took the chance to escape. Now the beast hunts me, and if he finds me I can only wonder what he’ll do to me…
Publisher’s Note:Virgin Tribute includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.