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Kayla Stonor is an Erotic Romance writer.
Crazy Bird Publishing
on July 29, 2013 :
This was a fun, quick sci-fi/romance with decent plot and good characterization. I have to admit, the twist near the end did surprise me, and I'm not easily surprised. I would've liked more world-building, especially in the beginning, but since the majority of the story is set afterwards it really doesn't hurt it. Plus it's not long Ebook, probably novella length. Just enough to enjoy for an afternoon or evening without a long commitment. It was straightforward writing and kept me turning the pages, so that's a definite win. I have it on my erotica shelf, but to me it wasn't overly detailed, to others it probably would be... so be warned. I have high tolerances and love me some shock and awe. :o)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2013 :
Book exchanged for an honest review
This is second book in Surrender Series. I didn't think Ms. Stonor could top the previous book boy was I mistaken. Ms. Stonor shows that she knows how to write books on surrender so completely. I didn't think the heat could be ratched to another level yet I was proven wrong time and time again. Here are my thoughts on this exceptional book:
Earth is in trouble General Jaden knows that the Qui will stop at nothing to destroy his beloved world. General Jaden has proven time and time that he can stop the Qui from doing any more damage. The Qui Ambassador Sonil is offering Earth one final chance to submit to their rule or face annihilation of Earth. Ambassador Sonil wants General Jaden to submit to Qui training but she doesn't just want his submission but also his heart too. General Jaden is learning that it's not just his submission that Ambassador Sonil wants but he's not sure even he can submit to her demands even to save Earth from annihilation. General Jaden is subjected to things he's never experienced before but he's growing to love Sonil which confuses him. Will General Jaden submit to protect Earth? What will the Qui be like? Can General Jaden be what Sonil wants? Your answers await you in Under By Treaty.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading Locked in Torture by this author. Yet I think I need to find my hubby for some special one on one time. Laters!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 22, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 13, 2012 :
The description of this novel pulled me in, so I decided to go for it. Once I started reading I could hardly stop. Our hero Jaden is in a really bad spot. Being a guy reading this stuff, it got really intense for me. It would be very difficult for any man to survive/withstand the things that happen to Jaden in the course of his enslavement-domination.
Jaden is not a punk to submit lightly, especially considering his master-torturer Sonil is a member of the ruling family directly responsible for the invasion of Earth years earlier. He holds them responsible for his parents’ deaths. It’s an emotionally charged atmosphere between them.
The mission: to submit, for mother Earth. If Jaden can fully, completely, utterly, submit to the lethal and beautiful Sonil, without losing his sense of identity, then Earth is safe from invasion by terms of the Treaty.
Dude goes through hell, but he goes the distance. And he doesn’t do it for Earth, not really. In the end he does it for personal reasons. A fantastic sci-fi erotica journey of submission and domination. If you’re into BDSM and you like it graphic and violent, this is a must-read.
Prepare to hunker down for several hours once you start reading. You will not be able to stop till you finish. Seriously.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2012 :
Now this is a book which is filled with hot domination and alien lifeforms. Jaden is a 30 something General of what used to be the United States. 30 is young, but since the world has been decimated by the Qui, it's more plausible. Jaden is a strong man who's always in command. The leaders of Earth trust him and rely on his strategy. No one is more surprised than Jaden when the Qui offer to give Earth independence if Jaden surrenders himself. The term surrender here is loosely used. Basically, Jaden a dominant male needs to submit to any treatment the Qui determines necessary to break him and make him loyal and loving of the Qui.
So basically we have a male who is being sold into slavery and in order for this to work, he has to willingly fall in love with the ruler of this alien empire. In addition, the ruler may at any point share him with other aliens of both sexes to be sexually violated. I'm sorry, exactly how is this going to work? Obviously, the Earth's leaders (which all happen to be MALES) are horrified and say no.
Yet a couple days latter they agree and Jaden's been sold off to sadistic sexual slavery. I need to clarify, the sadism in here is really more torture than it is BDSM sexual lifestyle. This is more a BDSM fantasy story than a BDSM contemporary lifestyle story. Since this is a sci-fi type story, I figured that would be obvious, but just in case, I thought I'd make it a point.
Wow - Ms. Stonor certainly knows how to torture a man. I'm impressed with what she puts Jaden through to break him down. The turning of him from enemy to friends was really impressive. This is the best enemy to lover story I've read in a long time. The sexual tension was just right. The guilt and confusion Jaden felt was perfect. I didn't really like Sonil which is why my rating is only a 4 star. Still, the systematic training Sonil (the Qui) put Jaden through was great.
The worlds Ms. Stonor created is pretty interesting. It's not fully fleshed out, but there is enough there for those who read sci-fi to fill in the blanks. It would be nice if there are additional stories in this world. I would love to see stories about Sonil's brothers and her mother. It would be interesting to see how they find Earth. I'm seeing kinky F/f, M/m and even a menage for these three characters. They don't all have to find "slaves" on Earth. There were several other worlds mentioned. It would be nice to learn more about those other worlds as well as the aliens from those worlds.
Mostly, I enjoyed this book because the femdom aspect was HAWT! Sonil is not evil. She's strict and carries out exactly what she states she will carry out. She's not exactly unemotionally, but at times, she hard to relate to and I really wanted to just kick her several times. Still, the corporal punishment and some of the bondage scenes were tasty hot. I nearly pulled out a toy for some "fun" time while reading this book.
What is best is the twist in the end which I did not predict at ALL and I LOVED! It was awesome. I highly recommend this to all my kinky friends who enjoy femdom with an alpha male.
(reviewed the day of purchase)