Submit By Treaty (Alien Shapeshifter Romance) (Qui Treaty Collection Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : June 22, 2015
- File size : 1837 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 129 pages
- ASIN : B00YPTRAZU
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #812,714 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Is it just me or was this 1 slightly darker?? Don't get me wrong each installment in the series has slight dark aspects, but I found 'Submit to Treaty' darker. There is a warning at the very begining of the book, so please read before you enter.
Even with the added darkness I was entranced with Zues' story getting back from the darkness caused by his torturers. How Meseri unkowingly knows how to bring him back from the brink is truely masterful.
I highly recommend you read this series from the start, as not only do you get individual storylines but they all intertwine to create... well I'm not sure yet, as I'm yet to read what Kayla has in store for us, but it's bound to be wickedly amazing. I definitely can't wait for the next book in the series.