Two decades ago I read a lot of the old TOS novels. There was one novel where Spock was captured (on a planet iirc) and made prisoner of a female person/ alien. She equipped him with accessories like an earring or piercing, maybe even a collar. It felt a lot like an author self-insert. Spock even rationalized most of her decisions or demands, thinking they or his compliance were logical. What was the name of the book?

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Black Fire by Sonni Cooper

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The jewelry he had been made to wear was carefully chosen even to the earring in his right ear. He recalled the placement of the earring by Ilsa; it was then that he first experienced the full force of the restraining beam, which had held him immobile as she pierced his ear with a large awl and set the shining stone in place.

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    Yup, seems most likely. I haven't read it, but reviews generally find it to be a series of poorly-rationalized sexy Spock vignettes held together by a barely-there plot. Spock also orchestrates a prison escape and becomes a renowned space pirate.
    – hobbs
    Commented Jul 10 at 14:35
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    Original source (archive.org copy): archive.org/details/blackfirestartre00sonn/page/56/mode/2up
    – DavidW
    Commented Jul 10 at 15:22
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    Pre-Internet Spock fanfiction is a good way to summarize the book, I guess. That is indeed the book in question and you even found the paragraph where he gets his earring! Very impressive and thanks a lot! Commented Jul 10 at 20:49

My guess - "The Pandora Principle" by Carolyn Clowes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pandora_Principle

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. There's nothing in the link you provide that shows how it matches the question. Can you include any quotes or otherwise explain how it fits?
    – DavidW
    Commented Jul 10 at 14:21
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    No, this is not the one, but thanks for the suggestion. Commented Jul 10 at 20:50

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