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- Print Length: 244 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 25, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013SBIWJI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Obsession By Treaty (Scifi Romantic Suspense) (Qui Treaty Collection Book 6) Kindle Edition
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This is a standalone novel. It does however advance the overall story in glimpses of what had happened prior to this point. This story seems even darker than those that came before it, maybe because both the main characters involved are human. The pacing is perfect to allow you to savor every dark moment or contemplate what is happening to them. The characters are very well drawn and pull you in because they have personalities that make them accessible.
Major Darby McCabe has been in love with her CO (commanding officer for a very long time but has never said anything to him. While on a salvage mission to Petra to go through the wreckage of a suspected K'lahn ship an accident causes her to come in contact with a strange pebble that has an effect on her. Her feelings are intensified and she starts to make plans that could hurt everyone involved.
Colonel Ethan Saracen has feelings for Major McCabe but wants to wait to the war is over before he lets her know. After the mission on Petra she hardly speaks to him, only follows orders and nothing more. So when she comes and invites him out he believes they are about to get to the root of their problems. What happens instead is his abduction and subjugation by a woman he loves and learns to hate. Can obsession bring love or only loss?
I find that I like the fact that these alpha males are brought to their knees by the women in their lives. But they are a weepy bunch of soldiers. The fact that there is a wider story buried within the tales of these couples is really good. This has an element of mystery as well as the romance, sex, and great aliens. I am totally invested in these stories and cannot wait for the next one. Whether you start here or at the beginning, you should start.
There are themes of non-consensual sex, torture, and abduction. If you find any of this not to your liking, then you should pass.
This book had me at the edge of my seat. Wow! This book was dangerous, disturbing, and electrifying. Darby wants to possess Ethan in such a bad way, that the way she does it is so fast and terrifying, Ethan never stood a chance. Darby's enslavement of Ethan was very creative and creepy. You can feel and sense Ethan's fear throughout the pages of this book. As you experience Darby's downfall into madness and absolute power (power over Ethan), these unnerving feelings become a tangible passion you can almost taste and touch. Her obsession with Ethan is so alarming, that his fear and near panic state are crushing. All these intense and raw emotions make a heavy read, but not once while reading, did I want to stop.
Talk about psychological warfare. What Ethan experiences in the first few chapters had my heart skipping a beat, it was so dark and twisted, you could feel his agony and turmoil. Darby meticulously shredded every psychological, physical, and emotional barrier Ethan had. To systematically read the destruction of a person's psyche was disturbing. I had no idea how this would work out between them. The fallout between Ethan and Darby was heartbreaking and believable. It is an intense read and by far one of her darkest books, but I loved the story overall.
One thing I like about this whole series is that the men sound and act like men. Big and tough, with added layers of vulnerabilities. The women read as great warriors and without acting and sounding like other fem/Dom mistress I have read (cartoonish). Kayla's series is not light and fluffy. The aspects of war, intrigue, domination, and submission are not glossed over. The submission of these men is fierce and unapologetic, but their Dom's do not just exert pain just for pains sake. There is a method to the subjugation these men go through. You realize what is at stake for Earth and the Qui. This new enemy sounds very dangerous and can't wait to read more about them. I also can't wait to read more on Jaden (fingers crossed).
I have read many BDSM books both with m/m or f/m characters. So many other BDSM books have men being shaved, wearing female clothes and makeup, and never really fighting back against their captors. You don't read about their mental state, it just seems like they accept it (That is so frustrating). In Kayla's books you get to feel and experience the disturbing upheavals these men go through, their thoughts and feelings are understandable and most importantly believable. In many books, there is a lack of inner dialogue in which any person in that type of situation would be questioning what they are going through and why. I don't understand why some authors think that feminizing a male is sexy or appealing, its confusing to me. This what I like about Kayla's books, the men are not small and meek, they don't go into this with accepting hearts, they fight their conflicting feelings and their captors every chance they get.
Obsession by Treaty is a must read. The whole series is a must read. Kayla builds a great Sci-Fi world, though each book can be read as a standalone you feel a common thread that makes each book connected to the world of the Qui and all its galactic intrigue. I love this series.
The story is crisp and well-paced to this point and Stonor delivers both the erotic and the military elements with her usual style. The second half lags a bit, however, and pulled five stars down to four for this reader. Criminal bad guys appear and have to be dispatched; but it is the introspection of both main characters that becomes overwritten. Ethan's words toward the end: "She needs to stop! Stop thinking! That's what she does. Over thinks everything until she's lost all perspective. Doesn't see the bigger picture." In fairness to Darby, she could say the same thing about Ethan in these later chapters.