Learning To Want PDF/EPUB ☆ Learning To ePUB ´

Learning To Want PDF/EPUB ☆ Learning To ePUB ´


Learning To Want ❰Epub❯ ❥ Learning To Want Author Tami Veldura – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Khoram is an enforcer a bodyguard but his boss has just betrayed him Now he's stranded on a desert planet he's never heard of chained to the only other human aroundAtash grew up in the cracks of Dulia Khoram is an enforcer a bodyguard but his boss has just betrayed him Now he's stranded on a desert planet he's never heard of chained to the only other human aroundAtash grew up in the cracks of Dulia's complex social structure where dominance and submission are a man's worth He's struggled for years on a lower caste but Khoram could be his ticket to a better life if they can find common groundAtash wants to teach Khoram the art of submitting by choice Learning To ePUB ´ and maybe make a name for himself along the way Khoram however isn't here to play Atash's political games He's going to escape if his former employer doesn't see him killed first.


10 thoughts on “Learning To Want

  1. Joyfully Jay Joyfully Jay says:

    A Joyfully Jay review 45 starsHere’s something interestingdespite this story being a mere 98 pages according to anyway it reads like a fully developed novel There is a lot going on a lot of world buildingculture building but all the threads blend together so well there wasn’t a moment I wasn’t entertainedOne thing I love love love about the story is the culture building Neither main character is a Durian but this species figures prominently in the themes of the book The Durians took a minute for me to wrap my brain around or say a couple of sections—this book is separated into sections within much lengthy chapters A uick and dirty explanation is that Durians are reptilian in nature but they form bonded groups On average a single Durian “entity” would be 4 to 6 individuals and they form a hierarchy within themselves as well I liked that the pronoun to refer to the Durians is also “them” which might purely be function since one entity can have males and femalesbut still beats the pants of “it”Read Camille’s review in its entirety here


  2. Joseph Tonlet Joseph Tonlet says:

    Really enjoy this word these characters and the story


  3. Nocturnalux Nocturnalux says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewLearning To Want is a sci fi mm story that manages to accomplish uite a lot given its limited length balancing world building and romance in an interesting albeit flawed read By limiting the action almost exclusively to one desert planet and its alien culture the novels creates a narrative space in which to explore these themes with some depth and coherence This is perhaps its greatest achievement that of formatting a grand scale background setting of high sci fi into a smaller frame The specific fictional environment is not entirely original but it still feels fresh since what elements it does borrow are used thoughtfully and incorporated well For example the desert world and the shared consciousness angle immediately refer one to Dune but Learning knows how to weave this into the story It is through the two main characters that the plot fully addresses and enlivens the detailed fictional universe in which the Frea an alien race in which one individual spreads its consciousness across several bodies form their own very uniue society where sex shows involving pleasuring highly submissive slaves are a key political tool for personal advancement Atash is a half Frea half human tamer of slaves and Khoram a human enforcer in a slave ship who ends up becoming one of Atash’s slaves The fact that Atash is a single body entity singles him out as something of a pariah and thus in great need for scrambling his way upward Khoram on the other hand as a free man who is betrayed by his employer and a big man to boot is an odd choice for a slave Thus the main cast fully incorporates the particular elements that define the fictional universe Character development is another highlight Atash’s uncertain position in the Frea society and his inability to perform a kind of psychic linking that is the hallmark of the species is directly connected to his attraction to Khoram As for Kohram being sold into slavery and thrust into a very strange world full of complicated social norms and etiuette forces him to rethink much of what he thinks of himself as a personThe relationship that evolves between the two is heavily marked by a power struggle that becomes interesting in that it is mutual Instead of the typical model of dominantsubmissive partner Learning provides a tense and dynamic involvement in which both parties vie for leverage This worked very well in their sexual interaction that is fraught with tension Added to the fact that the story manages to steer away from very freuent clichés Khoram is strong very muscled but perfectly capable of using his intelligence to do research in order to adapt to his new circumstances; just to name an example and the novel comes off as surprisingly fresh With all this said there are some issues The sci fi aspect is almost exclusively societal as it deals with the psychological and attributes of future alien societies but the almost complete lack of any technological innovation seems rather off Even granting that hard sci fi is not the novel’s domain it is still a bit odd to learn that ‘phones’ and ‘e mail’ are still a thing when interstellar traveling has become a reality In the same line there are references to past human myths when the Earth is not in any way part of the fictional world proper Also while the way the story tries to confer depth to the idea of negotiating power and submission it cannot uite achieve a well rounded reflection of such weighty themes This is blatant regarding the Orihiri the submissive species that the Frea take as their slaves view spoilerAfter confronting the notion that being entirely submissive to the needs of others in a slave system that is deeply entrenched in caste differences the novel defaults to the Orihiri’s service being the product of their will and thus morally acceptable This misses the point that there is such a thing as ‘conditioning’ Given that the Orihiri have been literally bred and raised for the exclusive purpose of being submissive slaves for untold generations their ready acceptance is highly suspect That it is Khoram who reaches this conclusion at the very end harms the novel greatly since his point of view as someone who regrets having worked as a slaver for years only to then become one himself was perfect for knowing precisely just how wrong slavery actually This defense of the status uo is contradictory and detrimental hide spoiler


  4. Fani Fani says:

    “You’re mine tonight” I always love to read sci fi romances because usually the world in which the story takes place is very different and pretty amazing to explore that’s why I picked “Learning to want” and I can say it didn’t disappoint me at all The society of the Frea was pretty interesting to read especially the part where the masters pleasured their slaves in exchange for their services Another thing that was intriguing was the hierarchy of the Frea each person was mentally linked to someone forming a hive and the people the hive had the higher up in the hierarchy that hive wasAtash one of the main characters in the story is very low in the hierarchy because not only is he half human but also he hasn’t linked with anyone yet and to add to that he also was not interested in finding pleasure with the Ohiri slaves that every Frea has It is safe to say that Atash wasn’t satisfied at all with his life before he met Khoram and we can easily say the same about Khoram too That’s what made me love the romance between those two that feeling that those two character wouldn’t be happy if they hadn’t met each other “Someone had put a bounty on the other half of his soul and Atash had the resources to eliminate that threat” There was also the fact that the type of relationship the masters had with their slaves blurred the lines between slavery and the usual BDSM practices and that happened because while the Frea did buy those who served them the slaves always had to consent and really enjoy what was happening to them But what made the relationship between Atash and Khoram truly stand out from all the others was the power that always shifted from one to the other “I don’t give anything for free”“So if you’re going to show me off to some alien lizards I’m going to take what I want from you” The scenes with those two were really steamy and I enjoyed watching their erotic battle for control but what I loved reading the most was that no matter if they were the one in control or the one yielding both of them always enjoyed their intimate moments I voluntarily reviewed the free copy that i received


  5. Tami Veldura Tami Veldura says:

    Mitya I am taking your concern very seriously Thank you for bringing this upI asked a POC sensitivity reader to review Learning for me before it was submitted for publication and I received very clear critiue to improve the language and themes in this book During editing the book was reviewed by another sensitivity reader and edited accordinglyIn response to your concern I've asked for another review of this story by additional POC for perspectives I will take any and all concerns to heartI want to feature POC in my stories but I am still learning and I'm aware of my own privlage in this matter I want my stories to improve the cannon of fiction featuring POC not to reenforce harmful representationI will continue to seek advice and critiue Mitya I welcome you to email me for an advanced copy of Learning if you would like to review it yourself And I don't expect your labor for free you will be paid for your time and effort like all of my editors You can reach me at tamiveldura at gmailThank you again for raising this concern I hope I can allay this fear and I apologize


  6. Sadie Forsythe Sadie Forsythe says:

    So I found my experience with Learning to Want mixed at best Picking up a book about a masterslave relationship and not one in which characters play master or slave but a real one in which one is actually owned by the other is always an iffy proposition Add to the mix that the enslaved character was a free black man even if the enslaving character is black scaled he's still of the dominant slave owning culture is an uncomfortable echo of recent Western history Though if this was just the authors attempt to include some diversity I have to appreciate the effort There was just a lot of suink around the edges of the story Even the Ohiri the perfectly bland race that entered enslavement willingly and was supposed to be an example of unproblematic slavery were raised from birth to submission There willingness was coerced at best and they're completely dismissed in the book Background fodder basicallyBut my main issue is that with the exception of transport in the beginning which we're told was 20 days but we don't see the whole book is about a week In that time a free man was captured molested sold at auction fondled some with some dubious consent introduced to BDSM which was really JUST SPANKING come to NEED it fallen in love accepted and appreciated his 'collar and cuffs' a euphemism of slavery performed a perfect power play sex 'scene' in front of hundreds formed a soul bond and lived happily ever after as a slave And I was just like Ummmm uh uh No way We have skimmed over some major trauma hereSome books have a magic peen where someone has sex one time and everything is magically perfect in the plot This book had a magic paddle One spanking and Khoram released all his guilt over being a drug dealing slaver in the past and accepted his lot as a sexual slave craved it even NO Big fat No This book seemed to want to have both slaves and consent in the same people In fact that the slave must consent is stated than once by characters in the book seriously stressed even And that just can't work It can't Veldura tried real hard but IT DOES NOT WORKThe writing is fine In fact there are the occasional turns of phrase that are really beautiful And the editing didn't stand out as problematic But the plot did It is too rushed and the 'free and consenting slave' is an impossibility that Veldura failed to make feel anything but icky As fluff ok it's fine I could even like it But think even the smallest amount about the plot and the whole thing collapses in on itself


  7. Lisa The Novel Approach Lisa The Novel Approach says:

    45 Stars I truly love it when I read a new author’s work and am able to add yet another name to my “must read again” list Learning to Want by Tami Veldura was my first exposure to this delightful storyteller but it will certainly not be our last encounter This novella can easily fall into the sci fi futuristic genre with a dash of paranormal thrown in for good measure Veldura creates a planet called Dulia inhabited by a race called the Frea whose outstanding feature is the fact that they are a collective of beings operating as a unit or “hive” but all with distinct voices and desires They are also the ruling caste in a society where there are definitely clear social status levels The one thing the hive enjoys is the role of voyeur watching as a master Dominant takes his submissive through a scene specifically designed for them to observe and often interact with in some capacity The key here is that the submissive enter into the act freely; this heightens the pleasure the Frea derive from observing the act itselfAtash is one such master who has been playing this role for some years We come to discover that he does so in order to gain access to the highest level of the Frea and retrieve from them something they hold that belongs to his mother In ways that unfortunately are not clearly explained Atash’s mother holds him captive in his role until he can retrieve the thing she wants Unfortunately to perform at the highest level Atash must have a true connection to his submissive—a mental and emotional one that he has yet to find When he discovers Khoram at a slave auction he is stunned to realize that this man seems to be the one—the person to whom Atash can have a full and genuine link to that will in essence tie him to Atash forever The only problem is that Khoram once an enforcer for a very corrupt woman was ambushed and forced into slavery and barely hides his contempt for being chained to Atash like a dogThere were so many aspects to this novella that were both fascinating and emotionally intense To begin with the descriptive prose used to set the scene of this other world was gritty and so well done that you could almost feel the heat rolling off the desert like planet Then there were the Frea themselves who were presented as separate entities but who moved and responded as one That was not to say that they all conversed simultaneously—in fact Khoram was often intrigued by Atash’s ability to respond to the collective when many were communicating either with each other or with him at the same time Add to this a swift moving plot and the stunning Domsub scenes that were enacted during the novella and you have a story that keeps the reader engaged to the very end But it was ultimately the Atash we saw when his guard was down that made this novella really shineWithdrawn and analytical to a fault Atash seemed remote and cold while engaging in a scene–until he took his submissive in hand during the aftercare phase It was here seen through Kharom’s eyes that the real Atash emerged Atash was compassionate and caring gentle and loving even though he had no real love connection to the submissives he trained Nonetheless he had a true gentle heart that cared for those who gave the gift of their submission These were the moments that lent such credibility to Kharom’s eventual decision as to whether or not to submit for Atash and truly gave an added richness to an already well crafted storyMy only real criticism of this novella was that it would have benefited from back story on both Atash and Kharom as well as some additional time for their relationship to develop Due to that the decisions made by Kharom and Atash at story’s end were pretty swift and felt rushed overall However Learning to Want was still a riveting sci fi story that kept me hooked till the very last pageReviewed by Sammy for The Novel Approach Reviews


  8. Teresa Teresa says:

    I really enjoyed this sci fi slave fic The slave aspect was really explored and they aren't your typical slaves I also liked how imaginative the aliens were and I got a real sci fi feel The sex was hot and I really felt the connection between Khorum and Akash


  9. Angela Goodrich Angela Goodrich says:

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked ReadsI’m rather impressed with how much story Veldura packed into less than 100 pages especially as Learning to Want is a sci fi romance with a strong plot When Khoram’s boss betrays him he finds himself on an auction block on Dulia Although one of Khoram’s duties was transporting slaves he has no knowledge that Dulia’s slave class is made up entirely of pleasure slaves at least that’s how I read it and he is unlike any slave they’ve seen before It’s his differences that call to Atash not as a slave trainer but as a man a man who is half Frea as a man who has spent his life fearing that he’d never find another to link with and was therefore destined to live a life unfulfilled by a partner So even as Khoram’s purchase and potential training represents an opportunity for elevating his status in Dulia society Atash realizes that the personal connection he’s found with Khoram may be even importantEven though Atash bought Khoram with the hope of training him to be a pleasure slave the focus on sex is actually less than I expected and that’s not a complaint The Ohiri the slaves that Khoram was transporting are the beings that seem to make up most of Dulia’s slave class What Khoram doesn’t understand and what is a large part of the story is that the Ohiri are a natural born breed of submissives Their main purpose and goal in life is to serve a dominant master so much so that they see failure as a shame upon their family line As a free man Khoram cannot comprehend that the Ohiri are willing slaves because they find pleasure in their service This is because for Khoram slavery is imprisonment a removal of his freedom and a restriction of his rights Because of this Atash has an unexpected challenge on his hands as he has to show Khoram that spankings and giving one’s self over to the control of a master is not something to be tolerated but something that can be desired so much so that the submissive will beg for it In truth the author has done a very nice job of demonstrating the difference between “traditional slavery” the abhorrent practice of owning other persons and the sexual slavery of a submissive an often misunderstood concept Sadly the people who condemn BDSM erotica because of incorrect assumptions regarding the masterslave dynamic won’t benefit from the author’s subtle lesson because they’re unlikely to read Learning to Want The main reason I’m not giving the novella five stars is because there are is an incomplete thread of significance with no indication that this is the first book in a series and because the world building felt incomplete It is never made clear as to why Khoram’s boss turned on him Khoram shares his suspicions with Atash but even when Khoram is once again in Zoya’s presence the issue is not raised – granted important events are unfolding and other betrayals being revealed but the uestion was left unanswered My other issue is with the world building Initially it felt as though the reader wasn’t supposed to know much about Dulia’s society because Khoram didn’t and I was on board with that because it allows an author to introduce the world over the course of the book as opposed to an initial info dump However when the story was being told from Atash’s point of view the author missed several opportunities to fill in the blanks for the reader especially when the scenes allowed for it Unlike Khoram I didn’t have access to a library about Dulia its people or its societal structure so this left me struggling at times to understand what was taking place and why things were playing out as they did As I’m a big fan of sci fi romances and am able to go with the flow as an author builds the world their characters inhabit the inability to do so left me frustrated at times when I should not have been particularly when it was clear that Khoram had gained the knowledge he needed to navigate his new world Fortunately the chemistry and connection between Khoram and Atash and the twist in the story that I didn’t see coming until it was too late made up for my occasional frustrations With that said should Veldura be inspired to write a seuel to Learning to Want I’ll be bumping it up on my to read list because I enjoyed her writing and would love to spend time with Khoram and Atash


  10. Tex Reader Tex Reader says:

    35 Exploring a Sexy maybe non PC uestion of Who Owns Who Thanks to the author and Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a pleasurable and at the same time an intriguing read as SF can often be As a jam packed novella it had good potential that would be interesting to mine at greater length to make for an even richer story different worlds bdsm cultures racial social and sexual diversity of the characters and conseuent issuesIn her commendable debut Tami Veldura had an easy to read style although at first it was a little tough and thus slower getting familiar with the different races Still it began well and continued to be jam packed after that setting things up nicely with some good action and creative world building establishing different alien races and their natures the hierarchy of social status a betrayal a need to get a new slave all plausible As for the end the surprise twist was good but it seemed too rushed simple and contrived ironically not as involved and complex as the whole arc leading up to it The story is told fairly well in the alternating 3rd person POV of the human Khoram and the hybrid Atash I liked them both and their relationship had an intriguing dynamic that is atypical for the traditional mm rom They were both alpha males yet it went deeper than that tropism by going in and out of that with each other fighting for or assuming control as well as an interesting psychic “link” between them Yet I still wanted especially in terms of Khoram’s motivation to change so uickly Atash’s motivation for treating slaves differently as well as the motivation of some other secondaries Khoram’s boss and Atash’s father In fact I wasn’t sure what Khoram felt his own sexual identity wasOne reason I like SF is that it can address social issues For example both MCs yearned for freedom Ironically while Khoram was the slave owned by Atash Atash a hybrid half human was just as enslaved entrapped by the society’s caste system his human mother’s control and the connection to his alien father Indeed it was a culture where Ds was the norm and expected in order to achieve status The bdsm was mild the extreme was mostly off screen Still the sex scenes were explicit and fairly well done just not uite fully depicting what a man thinks and feels physically and emotionallyI also applaud the bold attempt at and as I read later Veldura’s interest in representing diversity To her credit race was not an issue in the story but woven in naturally Yet when put into the confines of today’s world there is a sensitivity issue It wasn’t an issue for me partly because the bdsm was done well with consent the slavery ended up having a different dynamic than I expected and skin color was not involved in that context and not just Khoram but if I’m not mistaken Atash was also a man of color while the other slaves were not Still it is a tricky issue that may not sit well with some of having a black man go into slavery combined with the willingness of slaves bringing to my mind a horrible old uestion of “why didn’t slaves enjoy it they were treated well and got everything they needed?” Yet as SF if anything it did make me think about what the proper boundaries are and what to be open toOverall I liked the world Veldura built the different kinds of social caste being a pleasureslave and the sexual orientations and preferences all demanding that the human Khoram expand his mind to be open to different ways Understandably Khoram didn't understand the mindset of the submissives creating the tension of will he end up “Learning to Want?”


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10 thoughts on “Learning To Want

  1. Joyfully Jay Joyfully Jay says:

    A Joyfully Jay review 45 starsHere’s something interestingdespite this story being a mere 98 pages according to anyway it reads like a fully developed novel There is a lot going on a lot of world buildingculture building but all the threads blend together so well there wasn’t a moment I wasn’t entertainedOne thing I love love love about the story is the culture building Neither main character is a Durian but this species figures prominently in the themes of the book The Durians took a minute for me to wrap my brain around or say a couple of sections—this book is separated into sections within much lengthy chapters A uick and dirty explanation is that Durians are reptilian in nature but they form bonded groups On average a single Durian “entity” would be 4 to 6 individuals and they form a hierarchy within themselves as well I liked that the pronoun to refer to the Durians is also “them” which might purely be function since one entity can have males and femalesbut still beats the pants of “it”Read Camille’s review in its entirety here

  2. Joseph Tonlet Joseph Tonlet says:

    Really enjoy this word these characters and the story

  3. Nocturnalux Nocturnalux says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewLearning To Want is a sci fi mm story that manages to accomplish uite a lot given its limited length balancing world building and romance in an interesting albeit flawed read By limiting the action almost exclusively to one desert planet and its alien culture the novels creates a narrative space in which to explore these themes with some depth and coherence This is perhaps its greatest achievement that of formatting a grand scale background setting of high sci fi into a smaller frame The specific fictional environment is not entirely original but it still feels fresh since what elements it does borrow are used thoughtfully and incorporated well For example the desert world and the shared consciousness angle immediately refer one to Dune but Learning knows how to weave this into the story It is through the two main characters that the plot fully addresses and enlivens the detailed fictional universe in which the Frea an alien race in which one individual spreads its consciousness across several bodies form their own very uniue society where sex shows involving pleasuring highly submissive slaves are a key political tool for personal advancement Atash is a half Frea half human tamer of slaves and Khoram a human enforcer in a slave ship who ends up becoming one of Atash’s slaves The fact that Atash is a single body entity singles him out as something of a pariah and thus in great need for scrambling his way upward Khoram on the other hand as a free man who is betrayed by his employer and a big man to boot is an odd choice for a slave Thus the main cast fully incorporates the particular elements that define the fictional universe Character development is another highlight Atash’s uncertain position in the Frea society and his inability to perform a kind of psychic linking that is the hallmark of the species is directly connected to his attraction to Khoram As for Kohram being sold into slavery and thrust into a very strange world full of complicated social norms and etiuette forces him to rethink much of what he thinks of himself as a personThe relationship that evolves between the two is heavily marked by a power struggle that becomes interesting in that it is mutual Instead of the typical model of dominantsubmissive partner Learning provides a tense and dynamic involvement in which both parties vie for leverage This worked very well in their sexual interaction that is fraught with tension Added to the fact that the story manages to steer away from very freuent clichés Khoram is strong very muscled but perfectly capable of using his intelligence to do research in order to adapt to his new circumstances; just to name an example and the novel comes off as surprisingly fresh With all this said there are some issues The sci fi aspect is almost exclusively societal as it deals with the psychological and attributes of future alien societies but the almost complete lack of any technological innovation seems rather off Even granting that hard sci fi is not the novel’s domain it is still a bit odd to learn that ‘phones’ and ‘e mail’ are still a thing when interstellar traveling has become a reality In the same line there are references to past human myths when the Earth is not in any way part of the fictional world proper Also while the way the story tries to confer depth to the idea of negotiating power and submission it cannot uite achieve a well rounded reflection of such weighty themes This is blatant regarding the Orihiri the submissive species that the Frea take as their slaves view spoilerAfter confronting the notion that being entirely submissive to the needs of others in a slave system that is deeply entrenched in caste differences the novel defaults to the Orihiri’s service being the product of their will and thus morally acceptable This misses the point that there is such a thing as ‘conditioning’ Given that the Orihiri have been literally bred and raised for the exclusive purpose of being submissive slaves for untold generations their ready acceptance is highly suspect That it is Khoram who reaches this conclusion at the very end harms the novel greatly since his point of view as someone who regrets having worked as a slaver for years only to then become one himself was perfect for knowing precisely just how wrong slavery actually This defense of the status uo is contradictory and detrimental hide spoiler

  4. Fani Fani says:

    “You’re mine tonight” I always love to read sci fi romances because usually the world in which the story takes place is very different and pretty amazing to explore that’s why I picked “Learning to want” and I can say it didn’t disappoint me at all The society of the Frea was pretty interesting to read especially the part where the masters pleasured their slaves in exchange for their services Another thing that was intriguing was the hierarchy of the Frea each person was mentally linked to someone forming a hive and the people the hive had the higher up in the hierarchy that hive wasAtash one of the main characters in the story is very low in the hierarchy because not only is he half human but also he hasn’t linked with anyone yet and to add to that he also was not interested in finding pleasure with the Ohiri slaves that every Frea has It is safe to say that Atash wasn’t satisfied at all with his life before he met Khoram and we can easily say the same about Khoram too That’s what made me love the romance between those two that feeling that those two character wouldn’t be happy if they hadn’t met each other “Someone had put a bounty on the other half of his soul and Atash had the resources to eliminate that threat” There was also the fact that the type of relationship the masters had with their slaves blurred the lines between slavery and the usual BDSM practices and that happened because while the Frea did buy those who served them the slaves always had to consent and really enjoy what was happening to them But what made the relationship between Atash and Khoram truly stand out from all the others was the power that always shifted from one to the other “I don’t give anything for free”“So if you’re going to show me off to some alien lizards I’m going to take what I want from you” The scenes with those two were really steamy and I enjoyed watching their erotic battle for control but what I loved reading the most was that no matter if they were the one in control or the one yielding both of them always enjoyed their intimate moments I voluntarily reviewed the free copy that i received

  5. Tami Veldura Tami Veldura says:

    Mitya I am taking your concern very seriously Thank you for bringing this upI asked a POC sensitivity reader to review Learning for me before it was submitted for publication and I received very clear critiue to improve the language and themes in this book During editing the book was reviewed by another sensitivity reader and edited accordinglyIn response to your concern I've asked for another review of this story by additional POC for perspectives I will take any and all concerns to heartI want to feature POC in my stories but I am still learning and I'm aware of my own privlage in this matter I want my stories to improve the cannon of fiction featuring POC not to reenforce harmful representationI will continue to seek advice and critiue Mitya I welcome you to email me for an advanced copy of Learning if you would like to review it yourself And I don't expect your labor for free you will be paid for your time and effort like all of my editors You can reach me at tamiveldura at gmailThank you again for raising this concern I hope I can allay this fear and I apologize

  6. Sadie Forsythe Sadie Forsythe says:

    So I found my experience with Learning to Want mixed at best Picking up a book about a masterslave relationship and not one in which characters play master or slave but a real one in which one is actually owned by the other is always an iffy proposition Add to the mix that the enslaved character was a free black man even if the enslaving character is black scaled he's still of the dominant slave owning culture is an uncomfortable echo of recent Western history Though if this was just the authors attempt to include some diversity I have to appreciate the effort There was just a lot of suink around the edges of the story Even the Ohiri the perfectly bland race that entered enslavement willingly and was supposed to be an example of unproblematic slavery were raised from birth to submission There willingness was coerced at best and they're completely dismissed in the book Background fodder basicallyBut my main issue is that with the exception of transport in the beginning which we're told was 20 days but we don't see the whole book is about a week In that time a free man was captured molested sold at auction fondled some with some dubious consent introduced to BDSM which was really JUST SPANKING come to NEED it fallen in love accepted and appreciated his 'collar and cuffs' a euphemism of slavery performed a perfect power play sex 'scene' in front of hundreds formed a soul bond and lived happily ever after as a slave And I was just like Ummmm uh uh No way We have skimmed over some major trauma hereSome books have a magic peen where someone has sex one time and everything is magically perfect in the plot This book had a magic paddle One spanking and Khoram released all his guilt over being a drug dealing slaver in the past and accepted his lot as a sexual slave craved it even NO Big fat No This book seemed to want to have both slaves and consent in the same people In fact that the slave must consent is stated than once by characters in the book seriously stressed even And that just can't work It can't Veldura tried real hard but IT DOES NOT WORKThe writing is fine In fact there are the occasional turns of phrase that are really beautiful And the editing didn't stand out as problematic But the plot did It is too rushed and the 'free and consenting slave' is an impossibility that Veldura failed to make feel anything but icky As fluff ok it's fine I could even like it But think even the smallest amount about the plot and the whole thing collapses in on itself

  7. Lisa The Novel Approach Lisa The Novel Approach says:

    45 Stars I truly love it when I read a new author’s work and am able to add yet another name to my “must read again” list Learning to Want by Tami Veldura was my first exposure to this delightful storyteller but it will certainly not be our last encounter This novella can easily fall into the sci fi futuristic genre with a dash of paranormal thrown in for good measure Veldura creates a planet called Dulia inhabited by a race called the Frea whose outstanding feature is the fact that they are a collective of beings operating as a unit or “hive” but all with distinct voices and desires They are also the ruling caste in a society where there are definitely clear social status levels The one thing the hive enjoys is the role of voyeur watching as a master Dominant takes his submissive through a scene specifically designed for them to observe and often interact with in some capacity The key here is that the submissive enter into the act freely; this heightens the pleasure the Frea derive from observing the act itselfAtash is one such master who has been playing this role for some years We come to discover that he does so in order to gain access to the highest level of the Frea and retrieve from them something they hold that belongs to his mother In ways that unfortunately are not clearly explained Atash’s mother holds him captive in his role until he can retrieve the thing she wants Unfortunately to perform at the highest level Atash must have a true connection to his submissive—a mental and emotional one that he has yet to find When he discovers Khoram at a slave auction he is stunned to realize that this man seems to be the one—the person to whom Atash can have a full and genuine link to that will in essence tie him to Atash forever The only problem is that Khoram once an enforcer for a very corrupt woman was ambushed and forced into slavery and barely hides his contempt for being chained to Atash like a dogThere were so many aspects to this novella that were both fascinating and emotionally intense To begin with the descriptive prose used to set the scene of this other world was gritty and so well done that you could almost feel the heat rolling off the desert like planet Then there were the Frea themselves who were presented as separate entities but who moved and responded as one That was not to say that they all conversed simultaneously—in fact Khoram was often intrigued by Atash’s ability to respond to the collective when many were communicating either with each other or with him at the same time Add to this a swift moving plot and the stunning Domsub scenes that were enacted during the novella and you have a story that keeps the reader engaged to the very end But it was ultimately the Atash we saw when his guard was down that made this novella really shineWithdrawn and analytical to a fault Atash seemed remote and cold while engaging in a scene–until he took his submissive in hand during the aftercare phase It was here seen through Kharom’s eyes that the real Atash emerged Atash was compassionate and caring gentle and loving even though he had no real love connection to the submissives he trained Nonetheless he had a true gentle heart that cared for those who gave the gift of their submission These were the moments that lent such credibility to Kharom’s eventual decision as to whether or not to submit for Atash and truly gave an added richness to an already well crafted storyMy only real criticism of this novella was that it would have benefited from back story on both Atash and Kharom as well as some additional time for their relationship to develop Due to that the decisions made by Kharom and Atash at story’s end were pretty swift and felt rushed overall However Learning to Want was still a riveting sci fi story that kept me hooked till the very last pageReviewed by Sammy for The Novel Approach Reviews

  8. Teresa Teresa says:

    I really enjoyed this sci fi slave fic The slave aspect was really explored and they aren't your typical slaves I also liked how imaginative the aliens were and I got a real sci fi feel The sex was hot and I really felt the connection between Khorum and Akash

  9. Angela Goodrich Angela Goodrich says:

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked ReadsI’m rather impressed with how much story Veldura packed into less than 100 pages especially as Learning to Want is a sci fi romance with a strong plot When Khoram’s boss betrays him he finds himself on an auction block on Dulia Although one of Khoram’s duties was transporting slaves he has no knowledge that Dulia’s slave class is made up entirely of pleasure slaves at least that’s how I read it and he is unlike any slave they’ve seen before It’s his differences that call to Atash not as a slave trainer but as a man a man who is half Frea as a man who has spent his life fearing that he’d never find another to link with and was therefore destined to live a life unfulfilled by a partner So even as Khoram’s purchase and potential training represents an opportunity for elevating his status in Dulia society Atash realizes that the personal connection he’s found with Khoram may be even importantEven though Atash bought Khoram with the hope of training him to be a pleasure slave the focus on sex is actually less than I expected and that’s not a complaint The Ohiri the slaves that Khoram was transporting are the beings that seem to make up most of Dulia’s slave class What Khoram doesn’t understand and what is a large part of the story is that the Ohiri are a natural born breed of submissives Their main purpose and goal in life is to serve a dominant master so much so that they see failure as a shame upon their family line As a free man Khoram cannot comprehend that the Ohiri are willing slaves because they find pleasure in their service This is because for Khoram slavery is imprisonment a removal of his freedom and a restriction of his rights Because of this Atash has an unexpected challenge on his hands as he has to show Khoram that spankings and giving one’s self over to the control of a master is not something to be tolerated but something that can be desired so much so that the submissive will beg for it In truth the author has done a very nice job of demonstrating the difference between “traditional slavery” the abhorrent practice of owning other persons and the sexual slavery of a submissive an often misunderstood concept Sadly the people who condemn BDSM erotica because of incorrect assumptions regarding the masterslave dynamic won’t benefit from the author’s subtle lesson because they’re unlikely to read Learning to Want The main reason I’m not giving the novella five stars is because there are is an incomplete thread of significance with no indication that this is the first book in a series and because the world building felt incomplete It is never made clear as to why Khoram’s boss turned on him Khoram shares his suspicions with Atash but even when Khoram is once again in Zoya’s presence the issue is not raised – granted important events are unfolding and other betrayals being revealed but the uestion was left unanswered My other issue is with the world building Initially it felt as though the reader wasn’t supposed to know much about Dulia’s society because Khoram didn’t and I was on board with that because it allows an author to introduce the world over the course of the book as opposed to an initial info dump However when the story was being told from Atash’s point of view the author missed several opportunities to fill in the blanks for the reader especially when the scenes allowed for it Unlike Khoram I didn’t have access to a library about Dulia its people or its societal structure so this left me struggling at times to understand what was taking place and why things were playing out as they did As I’m a big fan of sci fi romances and am able to go with the flow as an author builds the world their characters inhabit the inability to do so left me frustrated at times when I should not have been particularly when it was clear that Khoram had gained the knowledge he needed to navigate his new world Fortunately the chemistry and connection between Khoram and Atash and the twist in the story that I didn’t see coming until it was too late made up for my occasional frustrations With that said should Veldura be inspired to write a seuel to Learning to Want I’ll be bumping it up on my to read list because I enjoyed her writing and would love to spend time with Khoram and Atash

  10. Tex Reader Tex Reader says:

    35 Exploring a Sexy maybe non PC uestion of Who Owns Who Thanks to the author and Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis was a pleasurable and at the same time an intriguing read as SF can often be As a jam packed novella it had good potential that would be interesting to mine at greater length to make for an even richer story different worlds bdsm cultures racial social and sexual diversity of the characters and conseuent issuesIn her commendable debut Tami Veldura had an easy to read style although at first it was a little tough and thus slower getting familiar with the different races Still it began well and continued to be jam packed after that setting things up nicely with some good action and creative world building establishing different alien races and their natures the hierarchy of social status a betrayal a need to get a new slave all plausible As for the end the surprise twist was good but it seemed too rushed simple and contrived ironically not as involved and complex as the whole arc leading up to it The story is told fairly well in the alternating 3rd person POV of the human Khoram and the hybrid Atash I liked them both and their relationship had an intriguing dynamic that is atypical for the traditional mm rom They were both alpha males yet it went deeper than that tropism by going in and out of that with each other fighting for or assuming control as well as an interesting psychic “link” between them Yet I still wanted especially in terms of Khoram’s motivation to change so uickly Atash’s motivation for treating slaves differently as well as the motivation of some other secondaries Khoram’s boss and Atash’s father In fact I wasn’t sure what Khoram felt his own sexual identity wasOne reason I like SF is that it can address social issues For example both MCs yearned for freedom Ironically while Khoram was the slave owned by Atash Atash a hybrid half human was just as enslaved entrapped by the society’s caste system his human mother’s control and the connection to his alien father Indeed it was a culture where Ds was the norm and expected in order to achieve status The bdsm was mild the extreme was mostly off screen Still the sex scenes were explicit and fairly well done just not uite fully depicting what a man thinks and feels physically and emotionallyI also applaud the bold attempt at and as I read later Veldura’s interest in representing diversity To her credit race was not an issue in the story but woven in naturally Yet when put into the confines of today’s world there is a sensitivity issue It wasn’t an issue for me partly because the bdsm was done well with consent the slavery ended up having a different dynamic than I expected and skin color was not involved in that context and not just Khoram but if I’m not mistaken Atash was also a man of color while the other slaves were not Still it is a tricky issue that may not sit well with some of having a black man go into slavery combined with the willingness of slaves bringing to my mind a horrible old uestion of “why didn’t slaves enjoy it they were treated well and got everything they needed?” Yet as SF if anything it did make me think about what the proper boundaries are and what to be open toOverall I liked the world Veldura built the different kinds of social caste being a pleasureslave and the sexual orientations and preferences all demanding that the human Khoram expand his mind to be open to different ways Understandably Khoram didn't understand the mindset of the submissives creating the tension of will he end up “Learning to Want?”

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