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At the Mercy of Her Pleasure Paperback – July 1, 2010
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This is the Loose Id print version which will no longer be available after May 2014. A new version will be re-released with its sequels, For Women Only, and Crystal Clear Truth.
About the Author
Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning author, and the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary characters, futuristic immortals, covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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This book is a sci-fi set in a universe dominated by the Conqueror Destoiya. The main hero Senth Antonello is a slave and a member of the (in)famous Thief Guild. To save his older brother Khyffen from slavery (Khyff is a sex slave - called a "slake" - and he is abused by his master) he agrees to steel a little trinket from the imperial store room for NarrAy who is a Captain and a member of the Rebellion against the Conqueror. And she is a Better too - enhanced, extremely beautiful, pheromone addictive woman. Senth's Master, the Harbinger, pumps Senth full of the libido suppressive drug Shackle and makes him swear that he won't have sex with NarrAy otherwise the deal concerning his brother is off. But of course, NarrAy desires Senth and what she wants, she gets...
Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? Well, not really. When I ordered this book, I hoped for it to be similar to Wen Spencer's "A Brother's Price" or Dara Joy's "Ritual of Proof". Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed. You see, this book has its origin in the ebook form and it's pretty obvious. The characters are under-developed and what might have been an intriguing sci-fi story gets pushed aside to make room for endless sex scenes. The worlds the main characters visit are shallow and not really explained, there is not enough description of where the "action" takes place and the heroes think about and have sex in the most inappropriate moments and places. I mean, if I were a prisoner of the imperial guard, my horniness would be the least of my problems, really.
My biggest problem was the shallowness of the characters. Even the biggest problems they encounter make only small ripples on the surface of their minds. My brother is being held as a hostage by the Conqueror? Lets have sex. We are being held prisoners by the imperial guard? Lets have sex. We are breaking into a high security imperial building? Lets have sex. Too much of something is really too much sometimes.
And some things that could have been major plot twists or plot devices, are only mentioned to be forgotten forever. Like Senth's addiction to Shackle: at first, it was stressed how much pain a withdrawal would cause him and that he could die of a stroke, then it was only mentioned as an afterthought when Senth was hurt. It was the same with the forbidden technology. Some really wasted plots.
Well, it's not all bad, don't get me wrong. There were some cute/funny things there too, small details that made you laugh. Like Senth being a HalfKin - part human, part cat - so his tongue was really coarse. Or the existence Chiasmii who could be male or female. And my favorite verbal exchange?
Liu: "Oh, Khyff."
Khyff: "Oh, Liu."
Senth, hidden behind a dumpster: Oh, brother.
So there. It's really a shame that the author didn't develop this story further. Yes, there are sequels, available as ebooks only though. So, if you want to read a het porn book with a drop of sci-fi, than this is a book for you. If you want to read some really good fantasy or sci-fi with female domination, I would advise you to read Wen Spencer's "A Brother's Price" or Dara Joy's "Ritual of Proof". Kayelle Allen's story would get only three stars out of five from me though.
Rather than make Senth a sex slave, his master controls him with sex-inhibiting drugs and concentrates on making a fortune from his exceptional skills as a thief. Senth is half-human and half-kin (a catlike species), despised by both races as a half-breed. He has only recently discovered he has a brother, Khyffen and is no longer alone in the world. Khyff is fully human and has lived his life being exploited as a sex slave. NarrAy is a Better, a genetically engineered human with addictive pheromones, forbidden to the likes of Seth. She falls in love with the sweet, virginal Senth as they work together, and is torn between recovering the locket for the rebellion or letting Senth return it to the Conqueror to save his brother. Senth is sworn to complete this mission and return to his Master a virgin in exchange for his brother's freedom from slavery, yet struggles to keep his innocence as he becomes more and more attracted to NarrAy.
This is a story filled with political intrigue and mystery, combined with offbeat humor and steamy, erotic scenes which fit in well with the overall plot. It's set in an intriguing world, with secondary characters well portrayed and interesting, too, including the "evil" ones who all have their own agenda. Senth's brother Khyff stands out, and you will definitely want to read his story in the next book, For Women Only. Highly entertaining and recommended.
The professional thief Senth is hired by NarrAy to steal a heirloom back from the Conqueror.
His master promises him that he will free his brother if he completes this mission successfully. But he isn't allowed to have any sexual relationship with his new boss. Unfortunately Senth as well as NarrAy can't ignore that they a drawn to one and another. Will they find a way to find to free Senth's brother Khyff, complete their mission and follow their hearts?
Kayelle Allen created a really fascinating futuristic world. Her characters are great. Senth is such an innocent, who at first can't understand his own feelings for NarrAy. But NarrAy is the perfect person to introduce this sweet innocent virgin into the world of pleasure. The sex scenes are really hot and steamy in this book. In At the mercy of her pleasure the readers gets to known some really interesting secondary characters, first of all Khyff (Senth's brother) who you will fall in love with, the mysterious Harbinger (the master of Senth).
If you are looking for a hot futuristic adventure you have to read this book.
Danny, Cupid's Library Reviews