Amelia Ryan fled Earth’s fanatically religious government to live quietly among the aliens of Plasius. Her life of peace shatters when a three-man clan from the planet Kalquor kidnaps her and holds her prisoner.
With their people poised on the verge of extinction, the Kalquorians are determined to have Amelia for their mate. Amelia is equally determined to escape. But when her body thrills to the ruthless domination of her captors, she finds herself surrendering to desires she never imagined possible.
Re-edited and expanded edition.
Mild BDSM including captive/forced seduction, anal play/intercourse, bondage, Dom/sub play, homoerotic situations (m/m), and multiple sexual partners (m/f/m/m).
I’m having difficulty rating this book. I will say, take the warnings for this story seriously. Unfortunately, I didn’t and was caught by surprised with the on page rape. I expected the rape to be eluded to or discussed between Amelia and her men. That it was a full scene for the second rape and the first rape happening when Amelia was fourteen… well, I hadn’t prepared myself which colored my perception of the story, especially since Kalquorians were forcefully seducing Amelia. What didn’t help the “romance” was that Amelia would say “no, no, no” but her body was helpless against the sensual onslaught and gave the cues for “yes”. I am no fan of “I can’t control my body” tropes.
The other thing that happened was the Kalquorians used sex as a tool for punishment, which with Amelia’s past (and she didn’t tell them about that until after she finally accepted them as her mates) was the worst way to go about Amelia’s domestic discipline. Realistically, that was so wrong on so many levels.
The background of Earth with its religion and politics does promise that future installments to the series will have a formidable nemesis. The society has strict laws about premarital sex, which leads to harsh punishments (that end in death) for both sexes if caught. Even if the woman is raped, she asked for it and is punished accordingly.
The history of the Kalquorians and why they are looking at human women for reproduction compatibility was intriguing. The one disappointing factor was because the Kalquorians had a shortage for females, their clans of three were bisexual, but that all stopped when they found their Matara. I would’ve liked to see the love and intimacy between all parties involved. Perhaps that will happen in later books.
The one thing that did keep me from fulling connecting with the characters was the use of epithets. With the men’s names being unusual, then you add in titles, and then epithets times three… I had to write it all down. I love intricate worlds and backgrounds but there becomes a point when using someone’s name is better than calling him the “bigger male”. It kept throwing me out.
Now, I know it sounds like it but the story wasn’t all bad. There was a lot (and lots) of consensual sex (and the alien men were endowed with double penises!!), with doses of romance and the revealing of who the Kalquorians were and what they wanted. The alien planet that Amelia was on, Plasius, and its people were quite interesting. The human military was vile and boo worthy. When the relationship between Amelia and her men smoothed out so that her guilt and embarrassment were put away, I settled into the story better and was able to cheer them on as they raced against the clock to get Amelia off the planet. With each of the stories in this series being about different people, I am still interested in the next installment despite my issues with this story. For those who love the dubious consent trope, this will be right up their alley.