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Restrain By Treaty by Kayla Stonor
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Captain Bea Sullivan, because of a failed mission with her fellow human soldiers, finds herself in captivity. Not only a prisoner of war; Bea is also a prisoner of a much different, traumatic sort. Forced into the sex trade, Bea is subjected to countless horrors -- sodomized, beaten, endlessly raped, until her rescue. Ardent, a member of the alien, lizard-like Qui race, is tasked with delivering Bea back to Earth because of a treaty put in place by the Qui Empress. The war between humans and the Qui race is tentatively over, all surviving and imprisoned humans are to be rescued and returned to Earth.

Upon retrieving Bea, Ardent immediately begins nursing her back to health. He's also immediately fighting a very strong attraction: human pheromones are the Qui's weakness, much as the Qui's cinnamon-laced essence is a weakness to humans. Match made in heaven. Only problem is, despite their mutual attraction, Bea is still very much scarred from her time as a sex slave. She also loathes the Qui and K'lahn, for good reason. Ardent is fighting to keep his human guise, but it's a losing battle. He can't hold the form for much longer and he risks losing the trust he's built with Bea if she discovers his real Qui identity.

This novella series really packs quite a wallop -- despite the stories being so short, Stonor manages to cram as much sexual tension in as possible. I absolutely love the immediacy of lust and how each race can't resist the other, despite their seemingly pointless efforts at trying to fight the attraction. Restrain by Treaty also has a little more steam than its predecessor, Release by Treaty, with the addition of some very mild dom/sub play. Another aspect I enjoyed was Ardent's tender nature towards Bea. He was so very sweet from the beginning, and so very patient and understanding. He let Bea heal, aided her as much as he could, gave her what she needed, including space. Even though at the end, she's still not entirely healed, but she's miles away from where she was initially.

As with the previous novella in this series, I also recommend this one for sci-fi romance lovers who like a little steam. A perfect story when you're in the mood for something short and hot :)

**eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Reading Progress

April 16, 2015 – Shelved
April 16, 2015 – Shelved as: received-for-review
April 16, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 17, 2015 – Started Reading
April 17, 2015 – Shelved as: aliens
April 17, 2015 – Shelved as: this-is-your-future
April 17, 2015 – Shelved as: novellas-short-stories-or-serials
April 17, 2015 – Shelved as: sci-fi-with-romance
April 17, 2015 – Shelved as: sci-fi
April 23, 2015 – Finished Reading
May 19, 2015 – Shelved as: dystopian-or-utopian

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