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- Publication Date: November 14, 2015
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Alien Captive Box Set: Alien Shapeshifter Romance (Qui Treaty Collection) Kindle Edition
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The war between the humans and the Qui, a shape-shifting race of aliens, is over. With a treaty signed and put in place by the Qui Empress, all K'lahn are ordered to release their human POW's and return them to Earth. Colonel Abe Marcel is one such prisoner. Taken hostage after a failed mission, his fellow soldiers presumably dead, Marcel is weak, malnourished, on the brink of shutting down when he's released and taken into custody by Dol'ce, a member of the Qui race. Stuck in close quarters, their attraction to one another is immediately palpable; the Qui can't seem to resist the human pheromones, while the human males can't seem to resist the cinnamon-caramel essence given off by Qui females. Both are fighting temptation; Dol'ce, because she doesn't quite understand the feeling she gets from Marcel's scent, Marcel because he will be betraying his team if he were to succumb to pleasures from the enemy.
Despite this being both short and a continuation of a previously published story, Under by Treaty, it's in no way lacking any sort of details essential to "getting" this particular tale. I am super curious to know the backstory pertaining to the treaty and the war between humans and Qui, so I will most definitely be going back to read Under by Treaty to fill in any gaps and sate my curiosity. I'm also super interested in getting the Empress' story and how Jaden, previously Marcel's General, came to be the Qui Empress' consort. I've been warned by several people, the author included, that that story is darker and definitely more erotic than this story, and it's a warning I don't plan to heed. If the attraction to Dol'ce and Marcel is anything to go by, and their attraction was pretty darned hot, I can only imagine the sexy-times in Under by Treaty will set my Kindle aflame :)
Bottom line -- great sci-fi romance novella with a fair amount of steam between an alien and a human. I will definitely be continuing on with this series and also going back to the beginning by reading Under by Treaty.
Restrain by Treaty
Captain Bea Sullivan, because of a failed mission with her fellow human soldiers, finds herself in captivity. Not only a prisoner of war; Bea is also a prisoner of a much different, traumatic sort. Forced into the sex trade, Bea is subjected to countless horrors -- sodomized, beaten, endlessly raped, until her rescue. Ardent, a member of the alien, lizard-like Qui race, is tasked with delivering Bea back to Earth because of a treaty put in place by the Qui Empress. The war between humans and the Qui race is tentatively over, all surviving and imprisoned humans are to be rescued and returned to Earth.
Upon retrieving Bea, Ardent immediately begins nursing her back to health. He's also immediately fighting a very strong attraction: human pheromones are the Qui's weakness, much as the Qui's cinnamon-laced essence is a weakness to humans. Match made in heaven. Only problem is, despite their mutual attraction, Bea is still very much scarred from her time as a sex slave. She also loathes the Qui and K'lahn, for good reason. Ardent is fighting to keep his human guise, but it's a losing battle. He can't hold the form for much longer and he risks losing the trust he's built with Bea if she discovers his real Qui identity.
This novella series really packs quite a wallop -- despite the stories being so short, Stonor manages to cram as much sexual tension in as possible. I absolutely love the immediacy of lust and how each race can't resist the other, despite their seemingly pointless efforts at trying to fight the attraction. Restrain by Treaty also has a little more steam than its predecessor, Release by Treaty, with the addition of some very mild dom/sub play. Another aspect I enjoyed was Ardent's tender nature towards Bea. He was so very sweet from the beginning, and so very patient and understanding. He let Bea heal, aided her as much as he could, gave her what she needed, including space. Even though at the end, she's still not entirely healed, but she's miles away from where she was initially.
As with the previous novella in this series, I also recommend this one for sci-fi romance lovers who like a little steam. A perfect story when you're in the mood for something short and hot :)
Hunted by Treaty
Kayla Stonor continues her exciting space opera alien storyline in this third installment of the Qui Treaty novella series. In Hunted by Treaty, she brings something a little different to the table. Rather than have the humans already aboard a spacecraft, returning to Earth, her hero is on the run on an alien planet, Soa Te, fighting to both evade recapture and save his skin. Seriously wounded, navigating terrain completely unfamiliar to him with the enemy seemingly around every corner, Raiss Tyrone is fighting a losing battle. Lucky for him, he runs in to Crendea, a half-human, half-K'lahn woman, who is fighting her own battles. Together, they embark on a mission to hopefully return Tyrone safely back to Earth.
This novella series continues to get better and better with each new installment. I also love how Stonor brings something new and fresh to each story, rather than doing what so many other authors do by following a formula. Another highlight is the adversity that each pair of characters face. In Hunted by Treaty, both characters were flawed, scarred, borderline broken. Crendea was the target of hatred and bigotry because of her half-breed status; Raiss was tortured and disfigured and struggling to come to terms with the new "him". I adore imperfect characters and Stonor delivers on that aspect perfectly.
Each of these novellas can stand alone and the endings are complete, without cliffhangers. I recommend reading each and every one, even if it's out of order, because these novellas really pack a punch despite being such short stories. As with the previous two stories in this series, Stonor manages to seamlessly blend danger, steamy romance, and tons of action into such a short amount of pages and I always find myself wishing for just a few more pages whenever I reach the end.
I definitely recommend this installment, and the previous two, for readers who enjoy a short, steamy sci-fi read with sexy humans, sexier aliens, and a ton of depth.
Submit by Treaty
Finally rescued from captivity and freed from the brutality handed down from the K'lahn, Zeus Windsor is suffering from a major case of PTSD. Traumatized from his time with the enemy, Zeus can't function. Untrusting of anything not human, his road to recovery -- if there is such a thing for Zeus -- is going to be almost as much torture as he received from the K'lahn. Fortunately for him, his new master is much more understanding of his predicament.
In order for Zeus to regain any sort of normalcy, in order for him not to go berserk at the sight of anything alien, he needs torture of the...sexual kind. The darker the sexual torment, the better. Meseri, the Qui tasked with delivering him to his fellow rescued comrades, is the woman who will deliver his punishments. Thankfully, patience and empathy are two of Meseri's strongest traits, and she offers only enough sexual torment as he can handle at a single time. Slowly, but surely, Zeus comes out of the darkness from Meseri's oftentimes brutal intimate punishments. While he isn't completely back to the man he was pre-torture, he's much better than when he was initially rescued.
Aside from another awesome alien/human pairing in this installment, Stonor also gives a taste of what's to come concerning the treaty set in place between the humans and the Qui. The relationship between the two races is tenuous at best, the exception being the humans/aliens who have found consorts of the opposite race. But that doesn't mean that the relationships that have already been established in this series are rock-solid; with such tension between the two species, it seems that only time will tell if the partners have what it takes to endure. There's a new threat looming and it seems that war isn't over, not that it ever was.
Bottom line -- I'm sure I've said it about another novella in this series, but I think this one is my favorite so far. Or it could be #5. Or maybe it was also #3. That's OK, I love them all :) While each installment can easily stand alone, it's best to start at the beginning in order to gain full comprehension of the continuous story arc that runs through all of the installments.
**Many thanks to the author, Kayla Stonor, for providing a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’ll begin by saying that I have developed a girl-crush on Kayla Stonor. Hehe. The woman made me blush. I really didn’t think that possible, I mean I’ve read some kinky stuff before but damn!! Then she tosses in the pain is pleasure vibe and I was hooked. Each story is different. I think what really got me, was the whole concept….Humans, unknowingly, giving off pheromones that attract these Aliens to us, & vice versa. How freakin’ neat is that? Made me ask if it could be a possibility, you know, in a galaxy far, far away. But seriously, I mean us, as a species, have barely reached the moon, yet, are we really alone? When you look up at a starry sky don’t you wish to know if there’s something more out there? It goes deeper but that’s neither here nor there. The question is, can these handful of soldiers who went out and fought for their home planet, Earth, only to get captured, tortured, and even killed, come back from the brink of insanity, with the help of the Aliens who want Peace between their species? Would you really be able to co-exist with said Aliens, knowing their kind have done what they done to your home, and to them? Now let’s keep in mind that the Aliens give off their own pheromones, and they’re shapeshifters. And when these soldiers each meet their rescuers, it’s like how Winnie The Pooh loves Honey, lol. Or cats in heat. A fat kid and cake. It’s hot, though. Kayla makes it real HOT!! Their true forms remind me of a faery or even like a fallen angel, but with scales and they’re either blue or green or blue-green, I especially love the wings!! Zeus thought Meseri was an angel. Speaking of Zeus, in his story, I felt like I understood the psychology of that better than Bea’s story. However, in messed up situations like these, it’s hard to say who had it more messed up than who. In each story, you see all of them still trying to cope with what had happened to them. As traumatic as it may be, their recovery was also sexy and even on the sweet side. I really liked how each story tied up. It wasn’t a dragged out ordeal, where you lose interest. It holds a steady pace and you can tell how the author’s writing gets better from each story. Each book was a bit longer than the last, and as she improved, the stories did as well. You want more. I’ll always remember this series for for it’s uniqueness because the whole concept makes you question things inside your mind. I know, I know, It’s fantasy, but why not question things? And who says it can’t be dark and sexy at the same time?
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