The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth

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by Lilly Cain

Captain Susan Branscombe was the victim of brutal torture at the hands of terrorists. Though rescued, she's now facing an equally brutal accusation: treason.

The only way she can prove her innocence is to allow Asler Kiis, a Confederacy Examiner, to delve into the depths of her mind. Asler is Inarri, the alien race that made contact with Earth just months


Captain Susan Branscombe was the victim of brutal torture at the hands of terrorists. Though rescued, she's now facing an equally brutal accusation: treason.

The only way she can prove her innocence is to allow Asler Kiis, a Confederacy Examiner, to delve into the depths of her mind. Asler is Inarri, the alien race that made contact with Earth just months before. His duty is to find the truth, but when he explores Susan's mind he can't resist drawing her into a more intimate experience.

Susan takes comfort in Asler's heated sensuality. Their erotic sensory exploration chases away the darkness and her body aches for more. But as their desire reaches new limits Susan finds it difficult to suppress the memories she is desperate to forget.

Is the passion they share enough to let Susan push aside her fear and trust Asler, not only with her mind and body but with her ever-opening heart?

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"Fuckitall," Captain Susan Branscombe slurred as she woke to the sound of gunfire and running footsteps. She lay on the cold floor of an empty storage room; only the light from the force bindings on her arms and legs provided any illumination. She shivered then groaned in pain as the trembling motion brought cramps to her arms and legs. If they didn't unbind her and let her up soon, she wouldn't be able to walk.

She grimaced in the darkness. Even that tiny motion sent waves of pain across her face and down her neck. She wasn't sure she'd be able to walk anyway after the last beating.

Susan could taste blood in her mouth. The coppery tang would have made her retch if she hadn't strictly controlled herself. She wasn't certain how badly she was injured—one wound on her leg seeped and bled where she'd been burned, and her arm was definitely broken, along with several fingers. Dried blood caked on one cheek pulled as she grimaced, and her head throbbed. How bad is my face? They'd cut off her hair and sliced her cheek and nose.

Before she could begin to pity herself, the floor heaved in a sudden explosion.

They were under attack. Not surprising. She'd told them the way to the base and now she would die, along with the terrorists who held her captive. At least she could end it knowing her fellow Starforce Marines would defeat them. They were a kick-ass bunch, every one of them, and she was damn proud to be among them, even if this was how it ended.

Another booming explosion threw her against the wall of the tiny room. This is it. Soon the walls of the ship would rip open, and she would die in the cold void of space. Thank God. She was so tired of pain; death would be welcome. She waited, but a final explosion didn't come. Instead the room grew even blacker. She realized she was losing consciousness and fought against it.

Sue flinched as bright beams of light swept across the room and over her. A blurred face appeared before her, and rough hands reached out to grab roughly at the lapels of her ruined uniform.

"Get it over with, asshole," she ground out through pain. She resisted as she was lifted, but the blackness returned and stole away the last of her defiance.

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The Naked Truth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Jackie21j More than 1 year ago
A must read if you love science fiction romance. A good choice just for the romance part of the story.I give this book a highly recommended read.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As the second book in The Confederacy Treaty series, the action picks up seamlessly from the previous installment with humans and the Inarri still trying to forge a contract before a dangerous alien force comes to wipe out the Earth. Political intrigue abounds as there's a traitor trying to derail the treaty talks with their identity being well hidden. We were introduced to Captain Susan Branscombe in the previous book and saw a woman with strength and an abrasive and untrusting attitude. In The Naked Truth, Susan's been put through some of the most awful things imaginable after being taken by terrorists. The glimpses we see of her being tortured are intense and I felt that there were even more heinous acts done to her merely alluded to by the author. It's made her doubt herself and her actions and it's left her career in jeopardy. To prove her guilt or innocence Asler Kiis is assigned to sort through her memories which puts them in extremely close contact. The Inarri are a very sexual society and to discover another's hidden thoughts and feelings requires a lot of touching and skin to skin interactions. They also have no shame when it comes to nudity in public. When you take all that into account, it's no wonder Susan and Asler end up steaming up the pages as they unravel the truth about what happened to her. Their sexual interactions are intense and nicely spaced throughout the story. Not only do they connect on a physical level but also a mental level which adds to the intimacy of their time together. He brings a calming influence to her pent up feelings and would do anything to see her safe, even throwing away his own career. The action sequences are exciting and pulse-pounding and totally drew me in from page one. The technological advances are intriguing and add a sense of wondrousness to what the Inarri promise the inhabitants of planet Earth. Many of the secondary characters are also curiously intriguing and I can see many possibilities for more stories in the future and sincerely hope Ms. Cain has plans to keep the series going for a long time to come.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series is Alien Revealed. This book is not as overtly sensuous, not that it’s not sensuous it’s more subtle. Once again the Inarrii are present. They are involved in making a treaty with the Earth. During the treaty process, the ship they are meeting on is attacked, while it is defeated it is determined that a Starforce Marines officer is on board. To determine if she committed treason she is examined by the Inarrii examiner, who is skilled in mind speak examinations. Captain Susan Branscombe has many physical and mental injuries from her capture and torture. The Inarrii heal her body, and during her time on the ship her mental scars begin to heal. As she heals and works with Asler, the Inarrii Examiner, they begin to fall in love. For the first time in her life, Susan feels protected and safe but will forces in Starforce Marines tear them apart for good The book is tender, sexy, and seriously hot. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds and a chili pepper rating of 7. And, really, if you meet any Inarrii men, call me. If we are going to have company in this wide universe, may they be hot, sexy, and skilled ‘:) This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I continue to really like this series. This is book #2 in the series and takes place just a few months after book #1 when first contact was made between humans and the Inarri. The two cultures are in the midst of working out a treaty, but that has been threatened when Sue is kidnapped and tortured and reveals the location of a base which is then attacked. She's accused of treason and everyone is trying to get to the bottom of exactly who the enemy is. The Inarri have a foolproof way of questioning suspects where there can be no subterfuge...only honesty and truth so they take over Sue's questioning. The method though requires a deep mental connection that is strengthened by how close the two people are physically. Obviously sex is the closest possible physical connection so it makes sense to use it for this kind of questioning. The Inarri accept that as a norm...the humans, not so much. Sue is in a bad place. She's been tortured and broken, but she has an incredibly strong will, although it is taking further beating by this trial. To now have everyone questioning her motives is just a further slap to who she is. Asler is an empath and he immediately senses her vulnerability and is drawn to it. His automatic reaction is to want to shelter, heal, and protect her. How can you not fall in love with a guy like that? He's an alien, but the only thing truly different about them is their mental abilities and the nerve endings they have on the outer layer of their skin which look like tribal tattoos. For men of this race, these actually harden and raise when they become sexually stimulated. Can you say hot?? I have a thing for tattoos and these are used for sexual stimulation. That. Is. So. Sexy. Overall I am really enjoying this series. The third book, Undercover Alliance, comes out at the end of the month and I can't wait!
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