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Sabralia, a queen from another planet, is an unhappy prisoner in a harem, given at age 16 to her cold, selfish husband, Sirn in a treaty between their two worlds. Only her cyborg, Qy, helps ease her isolation. When Sirn throws a party at the palace for his troops, the women of the harem are to be offered as "entertainment" to the officers. Sabralia steals away down the beach, hoping to avoid the inevitable rape by the soldiers. Qy travels repeatedly to the palace to bring back food and supplies. When the palace is attacked, Sabralia and Qy hide in a cave. After two days without his daily reprogramming, Qy regains his memories and becomes conscious of who he really is -- Kaistil, a soldier from a different planet who had been captured by Sirn's forces and mechanized as a cyborg, but Kaistril is nothing like Qy. When it becomes evident that a massacre is occurring at the palace, Kaistril/Qy engineers their escape in a stolen spaceship. And therein begins their adventure, and what an adventure it is.
The characters are very likable. I absolutely adored the passionate hero, Qy/Kaistril. He is very masculine, confident and take-charge, but also very protective and reassuring. Sabralia, having been confined to the palace, is less experienced, but she's also brave, caring, and willing to take risks to ensure their safety.
This book made me realize that good romantic erotica has, in addition to an entertaining story, desire, seduction, anticipation, excitement, and intense chemistry, and is not just a string of escalating kinky sex acts strung together. The things Kaistril says to Sabralia to seduce her are really hot.
The story is, IMO, original, without the lazy "destiny" and magical powers plot devices of too many romances in this genre. Kaistril and Sabralia had to struggle and think on their feet, which makes for good character development. And the story is so engrossing, the romance so passionate, that I could easily overlook the few vagaries and minor grammatical errors in the story.