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- Publication Date: June 22, 2015
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The author does an extremely excellent job of using a very alien point of view - the norms, values, and ideas in these books are NOT human. These stories are about humans trying to figure out the rules of the expanded universe, the powers that rule it, and then how interacting with humanity changes things. It is a long story - it wasn't until the 5-6th book that things got more in to my comfort zone. But it tells you something there - that I kept reading, even though some of the things here made me very uncomfortable.
In this one, the Qui who is responsible for returning the human home, intact and healed, uses some of the things that were done to him previously to help him remember what happened to his friend, and also to help him overcome the mental trauma by re-enacting things and letting him work through them.
What has taken me almost a month to work out, is that although some of the themes and scenes of the book are horribly wrong to me, I kept reading to the end, and then read the other books in the series. The fact that the author could get me to engage with the characters and the stories enough to try to work through the alien point of view says a lot about the ability of the writer, I think. I could not get myself to give less than three stars because I didn't like where she took me.
After locating and rescuing Raiss Tyrone, Commander Meseri is happy to have him on board as she attempts to capture his friend and team mate Zeus Windsor. Zeus has been on a killing spree since getting away from his captors and is considered extremely dangerous. Even with the help of Raiss it is not easy to subdue Zeus who has become mentally unstable while being held and tortured by the K'lahn and then the Surashan.
Lieutenant Zeus Windsor was once in line for the British throne, though way down the list, but is a good soldier who has been broken by his captivity. When he finds himself on a ship with 'lizards' he is very leery of what is going on, even though they say they are taking him home. He is so damaged after hearing his friends be tortured that he is even unable to interact with Raiss. Meseri finally is the only one who can find to help him break out of the insanity which he has been living with. But what will they find as they break down the barriers in his mind which seem to have been built so tightly?
There is so much more going on in the background of these seeming love matches. Why are they so drawn to each other? Is the Qui Empress willing to honor the agreement she made with earth, even if they are trying to double cross her? Is war on the horizon? There are a lot of questions being raised and I am going to keep reading so I can get my answers. This is good science fiction and erotic romance together.
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.