Obey and submit. That seemed to be all he wanted from me. He expected so little, and yet, so much.

Hervé: I rule this planet. I will settle for nothing less than absolute control. And my tastes are dark. She is my pet. My plaything. I will train her for my use. I want her to desire the pain I will inflict. She only exists for my pleasure. Until she gets taken from me. Without her, my world is shattered. But make no mistake. I’m coming for her.

Kitty: I am a pet kitten. I have no name. From birth we are kept in captivity and prepared to be sold. My owner does whatever he wants with me. His rules? Obey and submit. When we are forced apart, I realize I need him. I crave his complete mastery. His pain. His pleasure. No one else can take the place of my owner.

Publisher’s Note: This is a dark sci-fi romance intended for adults only. It features total power exchange with some potentially triggering scenes along with an HEA. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

Excerpt

“Be calm, pet. This won’t work unless you trust me.”

How? How could I trust him? I was scared and out of my depth. He was suffocating me for his own pleasure.

“You are scared because you don’t know your own abilities.”

I widened my eyes.

“Your species is made for this. Let your body do what it does best. And trust me to know what you can take.”

He’d found the heart of the issue. I couldn’t trust him unless I trusted myself. And I was afraid my body couldn’t go without air for so long.

“I’m paying attention to exactly how long I’m inside you. Never think for a moment that I don’t know exactly what I am doing to you.”

A thrill shot through my core at the idea that he knew my body better than I did.

“I want to try again, master.”

“Good, because you don’t have a choice.” He fisted my hair and maneuvered my head until it was where he wanted it. I opened my mouth for him, and his cock plunged into my throat. The taste was slightly salty, utterly masculine, and like nothing I’d ever had in my mouth before. I tried to swallow around him, letting his commanding voice guide me. As he pushed all the way in, I found myself relaxing into his dominance.

Note from the author: Alpha’s Kitty

I had the idea for this book when I was visiting a wild animal cafe in South Korea last Easter. Unlike other animal cafes in Korea, this one was a place where wild animals had been rescued from irresponsible people who had illegally bought them, there were strict no-petting rules unless the animals approached people of their own free will. All proceeds from food and drink were used to help the animals. The creatures couldn’t be released back into the wild because they had grown up in captivity, and they were often thousands of miles from their proper habitat, over country borders.

As I watched the rescued wildcats and other animals exploring the environment around me, the idea of a human kitten, with real ears, claws and a tail, jumped out at me. I knew Kitty would be named by her owner. I also knew she would have grown up in a kitten farm, treated like a cat, and that she would only know how to crawl.

When Kitty first popped into my mind, she was drinking warm milk from a bowl and I only had a snapshot of the character, with no story to fit her. I had read a few petplay books, and even written a short story, but none of the stuff I’d seen seemed to take the concept of pets very literally, so next I had to figure out how this could work as a story.

I might have written this book a year ago, but the question that I couldn’t answer was, “what kind of a man buys a human cat, and how can she ever love him?” I may have actually said this out loud, to my husband, standing outside in the middle of a busy Seoul street!

I mean, seriously, who wakes up in the morning and goes to a shop to buy a person? How can that work as a love story? I just couldn’t figure out how to pull it all together without the male lead being horrible.

It took me a while to realize that, although I knew Kitty was an intelligent and sentient human, the people around her had no idea that she was anything other than a kitten who looked a bit human and who could speak in simple phrases. So they treated her the way people treat animals. Worse, in a lot of ways. This story gets pretty dark and pets have no protection under the laws of the planet they’re on. But I still needed someone special to take the lead in this story, and I didn’t have my main man, yet.

It was months and months before I finally got the idea for Hervé, the stern and demanding alpha who rules the planet, and who buys a kitten simply because every man needs a pet. 😉 He doesn’t know Kitty is anything more than an animal, at first, and he’s shocked when he finds out her true nature. But he doesn’t let her go, I mean, it wouldn’t be much of a dark romance, otherwise. As soon as I thought him up, I got started writing Alpha’s Kitty.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading the finished tale as much as Kitty finally enjoys her tail. 😉

Aria xxxx