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Under By Treaty by Kayla Stonor
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it was amazing
bookshelves: owned, bdsm, torture, non-con, alpha-male-submissive, femdom
Recommended to Trent by: Book Addict
Recommended for: Readers who enjoy strong male submissives, and those not afraid of a little (or a LOT) of pain

Ahem ... is it hot in here? I read this story based on a recommendation from a reviewer that I trust. I'm so glad I did! Let me first say that I don't usually read F/m, as I find the rampant humiliation and sissyfication stuff typically found in this sub-genre just turns me the hell off. (No offense to those who love that though:)

Luckily for me, this story manages to thread the needle so to speak (the male still submits -- utterly -- but he is NOT ground into dust nor treated like a disgusting piece of filth). This difficult feat is accomplished through the use of the alpha submissive concept. Essentially, an alpha submissive can be described as a man who is normally dominant, but during the course of the story one special Domme figures out a way to bend him to her will -- willingly, or otherwise.

I won't rehash all of the plot, as others have already done it quite well. The hero, General Jaden, is a hardened, bad-ass soldier, and the thought of submitting to anyone or anything is as alien to him as the mysterious and deadly invaders who've laid waste to large swathes of a future Earth. Kayla does a good job in setting the stage for what transpires later in the story, firmly establishing that Jaden doesn't submit to anyone willingly.

Enter Sonil, a beautiful, bewitching, and (despite her frequently indulged penchant for dishing out some serious pain), ultimately vulnerable heroine as the Domme. I loved her, and as a dominant male, that takes some doing for me to connect so strongly to a Domme in erotic fiction.

Sonil knows just how far she can push Jaden before he simply breaks. Make no mistake here -- she takes him to the very edge ... and leans him right over the precipice for a good look down. But just when the reader might be overwhelmed with all of his pain and despair (there is quite a bit of both), we start to see that despite Sonil's outward stony strength, Jaden is getting to her too -- on several levels. The climax of the story was definitely unforeseen, but not in a deus ex machina way -- it's organic to the story, and makes sense.

I did have a little bit of trouble with the frequent, short sentences, which occasionally chopped up the flow for me. But, this is entirely a taste thing with me -- I imagine most readers won't be bothered in the least by it. A very, very minor quibble on my part:)

The content and sexual themes of the book are reminiscent of Joey W. Hill's femdom titles, though Kayla takes the BDSM here to another level (in a very HOT way, I might add). Fans of Ms. Hill would be wise to add Kayla Stonor's books to their TBR lists.

Readers should heed well the warnings in the product description -- this is not light BDSM fare by any stretch of the imagination. Kayla fucking BRINGS IT here.

Overall, I thought this was an outstanding book; well-written, thought-provoking, smokin' hot, and ultimately, touching. For those of you willing to take a walk on the dark side of sexuality and experience a journey filled with lust, pain, pleasure, surrender, and love, you will not be disappointed with this story. Definitely recommended.
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Reading Progress

November 10, 2012 – Started Reading
November 10, 2012 – Shelved
November 10, 2012 –
page 97
"I can't stand 95% of femdom (F/m) stuff. There is just too much sissyfication and ridonkulous belittling and humiliation. NOT HOT. That said there is a sub-genre of FemDom that I call Alpha FemDom; the submission (forced or otherwise) of a normally very Alpha male to a strong female. Joey W. Hill IMHO is the progenitor of this sub-genre and nobody has ever come close to equaling her ... until now. Review soon:)"
November 10, 2012 – Shelved as: owned
November 10, 2012 – Shelved as: bdsm
November 10, 2012 – Shelved as: torture
November 10, 2012 – Shelved as: non-con
November 10, 2012 – Shelved as: alpha-male-submissive
November 10, 2012 – Shelved as: femdom
November 28, 2012 – Finished Reading

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