Stardoc and its sequels, collectively known by the title of the first book, are a series by American romance novelist S.L. Viehl that are best described as part Space Opera and part Medical Drama.The ten books in the series are:
Plague of Memory
Dream Called Time
Viehl's duology Bio Rescue and Afterburn, the stand-alone novel Blade Dancer, and several short stories are set in the same universe, and have some overlap in cast.
Abusive Precursors: The Jxin. You don't find out the full extent of their status as such until fairly late in the series.
Accidental Marriage: First, Cherijo Grey Veil and Kao Torin. Later subverted by the son of the Patriarch of Furin: The proposal is an entirely symbolic act of (entirely feigned) gratitude.
Burial in Space: Jorenian tradition, as seen in Stardoc, is for the dead to be ejected from the ship on a course that will result in cremation by stellar or planetary atmosphere. As seen in Plague of Memory, it doesn't always go as planned.
Clone by Conversion: In Plague of Memory Cherijo's long-dead first love, Kao Torin, is sighted on the Hsktskt homeworld. He turns out to be a genetically altered Hsktskt, created from DNA extracted from Kao's corpse which was buried in space by Jorenian custom.
Ret Gone: Cherijo and Duncan go back in time to retcon the meddling of the Jxin. They end up creating an alternate timeline in which the only real evidence of their existence is the fact that...well, they're there. And so, somehow, is Marel.
Romantic False Lead: Kao and arguably Xonea (although it was pretty clear from the outset that the latter was a matter of convenience and going nowhere) for Cherijo. One could stretch a point and call Jarn one for Duncan.