UNDER BY TREATY
Author: Kayla Stoner
Type of Book: eBook
Genre: Science Fiction Erotic Romance
Length: 188 pages
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
*** This book contains scenes of graphic sex and violence and is NOT suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.***
Only in his early 30s, Five Star General Jaden has reached the top of Earth’s military.
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, humans are fighting against invasion by The K’lahn.
The K’lahn are a race of shape-shifting, reptilian creatures with advanced technical capabilities and an uncanny ability to be undetectable. Ten years ago, the K’lahn “wiped out the old command base” and even before that, when Jaden was a child, they “…had devastated a good portion of the metropolitan areas of Earth using brute force.”
When Jaden shoots down a K’lahn ship, he is surprised to find that it’s female occupant had survived. More surprising is her declaration that she has been granted diplomatic immunity by Earth’s President and that she has come to Earth to establish a truce between the two species.
Despite his curiosity he feels an instant physical attraction to the first female K’lahn he has ever encountered. But physical attraction did not matter. “These lizards were trying to wipe humanity from the face of the planet. They deserved nothing more than death, the same they had dealt to millions of people, including his parents.”
The alien ambassador says that they will offer Earth a truce if Jaden will offer himself willingly and completely to the Qui ruler.
Sonil (the Qui Ambassador) does not just want Jaden’s superficial obedience, she wants his complete and utter devotion.
Jaden is caged and tortured and quickly learns just how far Sonil will go to achieve her goal.
This book will surprise readers. Is there sex? Yes. Are there scenes of bondage and torture? Yes. But that is not all this story is about.
Kayla Stonor has imagined an entire galaxy filled with multiple planets; all with their own indigenous populations with their own cultures and beliefs. She has essentially created not just one new species, but several. She has also described the Qui as the rulers of many of these planets and detailed the complexities of how each planet and that planet’s needs and wants are governed by the Qui.
What at first seems to be little more than just another BDSM space opera quickly morphs into much more than that. Yes, there are sex scenes and even torture scenes, but this is NOT a BDSM novel. Lovers of science fiction and space operas should give this book a try. It is the beginning of a series that definitely has me intrigued. I believe that the next books in the series will have less BDSM-type scenes. I believe they will focus more on the romance aspect as well as the development of the politics and alien cultures that were introduced in this book. This is intriguing and I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
I did note at the beginning of this review that this book is for ADULTS ONLY. It does contain some scenes that I could have done without, but even the scenes that disturbed me had a purpose in the grand design of the story and help to explain the culture that Jaden has found himself in.
When you are reading this book, my recommendation is that even if you think you know what will happen next, and you think you have the story all figured out – think again. There are several surprising twists in this book and readers will be pleasantly surprised with each of them. It is rare for me not to have the entire story figured out by the middle of a book, but UNDER BY TREATY surprised me. It is not just a story of sex, it is not just a romance, it is not just a science fiction story, this book is a mixture of many genres is a creative work of art.
Psychology, science fiction, drama, erotica, politics, military strategy, medical ethics, human behavior, dystopian themes, romance, evolution, government, space travel, space exploration, law and order and personal relationships are all themes tackled in this book. In my opinion it is definitely worth reading.
Also, it is important to note that while this book is part of a series, each novel is a stand-alone book.
I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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