Staged (Belonging #3) by Kim Fielding #mm #review @KFieldingWrites @RiptideBooks


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Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.

Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.

A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:

dubious consent
explicit violence
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Please take note as you read this, I am a huge fan of dark books, so my enjoyment and thrill of this book could mislead any reader who is squeamish with very dark themes.  One aspect that I was very excited about was even though this was a fictional place, it read like it could be the very reality we live in today. That made me stop and think how close we could come to the reality Skye lived with if we don’t keep our morality in this country today.

I really admire how the author was able to put us into the mind of Skye and fully understand his acceptance as a slave.  While he knew his world would never get better, he never lost hope, even when he had to shut down his mind from thinking about his mother.  He didn’t dwell on the things he lost, he took each moment as they came and survived the best he could.  The way it was written, it wasn’t a surprise that Morgan was going to be a mysterious character and I did predict a few things that were to come, but his character was still intriguing for me.

As the plot unfolded the reader was held in suspense regarding just who Morgan was and would each scene be the final breaking point for Skye.  At first when he bought Skye he treated him like a human being but with a semi like sense of remorse from Morgan, Skye’s life was about to take an evil turn. I think there could have been ways to make Morgan more of a mystery and less predictable to the reader but for the most part he held my attention and fed my dark read desires.  This isn’t a book that you just jump into if you aren’t used to a high level of evil and darkness, but the brilliance of the author constantly reminded me that this was the life of a slave.

My favorite thing about this author’s writing style was the beginning of the story.  I am not a fan of those long build ups in the first few chapters of a book.  I have been known to stop reading if I’m not given something to hang on to by chapter three.  With Stage, you are given a few pages of background and then the plot explodes and takes control of you.  By chapter two I was totally a Skye fan and felt I had a really good understanding of him and his behavior.  I wasn’t aware this was part of a series till I had finished the book, so that validates the fact you don’t need to read the other books before this one.  I do know I will certainly be going back to get more work from Kim Fielding because she has made me a fan with her style, talent and intense plots.

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