Chrysalis Cage by Becky Black

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Chrysalis Cage by Becky Black
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (165 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Jarrett Blake’s escaping from prison after months of torture and solitary confinement, but his bid for freedom ends when his stolen ship crashes into a remote moon. He wakes to find himself with two broken legs and helpless in the care of Marc Satie, a technician stationed alone at an isolated monitoring station. Marc saved Jarrett’s life, but was it an act of mercy or does he want to claim the reward on Jarrett’s head? It’s a big reward–as befits the most wanted terrorist in the galaxy.

Jarrett gradually recovers under Marc’s care and seduces him, hoping Marc will never turn his lover over to the authorities. As time passes, Jarrett begins to think of it as more than a seduction. Marc is beautiful, gentle and kind and Jarrett’s had none of those things in his life for a long time. He wants Marc at his side permanently.

But Marc has a secret and the exposure of it will show Jarrett he’s been in more danger than he ever realized. Marc is not the man Jarrett thought he was. After the truth comes out, Marc proposes a daring plan. If it succeeds they can walk away together as free men. But they have very different ideas about where they’re walking to.

Jarrett Blake is a feared freedom fighter for his beloved home planet of Chindra, while Marc Satie is from Earth — the very enemy Jarrett is fighting. Jarrett and Marc aren’t your average love story, after all Jarrett is badly injured when Marc saves him and he nurses him back to health despite being afraid of him the whole time. The buildup for this story was slow and helped it be believable. We spend the time in Jarrett’s head, so we only know about Marc and his reactions based on how Jarrett perceives them.

Marc’s secret was a big one, and the author surprised me. I wasn’t expecting it. It does a good job of continuing the story and explaining Marc’s motivations. I wouldn’t say this is a love story in the traditional sense, but it’s an intricate interesting story about two men coming to rely, learn to trust and eventually love each other. I felt this was a story about the journey and I enjoyed it.

The world is well fleshed out and I can tell the author sees the struggles among the characters clearly and has paid attention to every detail.

I recommend this story because the characters are interesting, it has space pirates and the chemistry is sizzling between Marc and Jarrett.

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