Who is up for a reverse harem style book? That is exactly what Charissa Dufour created in her novella, Trust and Treachery.
For those of you who don’t know what a reverse harem is, I’ll take a moment to explain. The main focus of the story surrounds a single female character, who is surrounded by men. Each of the male counterparts has a quality women admire and is usually matched with good looks. They all also have one thing in common: they are crazy about the female lead. She, however, is attached to all of them in some way. This allows the reader to root for their personal favourite choice. It also means there will be no definite resolution to the love plot at the end of the book. It is important to understand that, in this type of book, the male characters are the most predominant part of the story. They are the ones people are supposed to connect with. Often times that leaves the female lead a bit two-dimensional, allowing the reader to step into her shoes – book boyfriend anyone?
I happen to like reading a reverse harem once in awhile. Dufour does an excellent job creating the correct atmosphere for that to happen. I enjoyed the writing and the flow from start to finish.
The main character is a slave who in the beginning of the book is lost in a poker game. Her new owner is part of an all-male crew. Soon, after being taken on board, the men find themselves competing for her attention. All the while, they still have a mission to complete–in space.
The only thing that stopped this from being a five-star review was what I felt was a plot hole. The female lead, Bit, is basically a slave. The author discloses she was never used for sexual relations; she can’t cook; she is malnourished and weak, therefore cannot lift anything heavy. The only thing we are told she has done as a slave is fix toasters. The question then lies in why, at the beginning of the book, is she at a high-stakes poker game with her owner? Why did he bring her? What does he need her for? Presumably not to fix toasters. Why is she dirty and dressed in rags at such an event?
All in all, this is a fun read and recommended to anyone who likes a different sort of romance. Four out of five stars.