Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities

Lyn Gala
Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
January 2015
ISBN
9781623005870
Series
Book 2 of Claimings
Genre
Alternate Universe, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Ondry and Liam have settled into a good life, but their trading is still tied up with humans, and humans are always messy. When political changes at the human base lead Ondry to attempt a difficult trade, the pair find themselves entangled in human affairs. Liam wants to help the people he left and the worlds being torn apart. He also wants to serve Ondry with not only the pleasures of the nest but also by bringing human profits.

Ondry has no hope of understanding human psychology in general, he only knows that he will hold onto his palteia with the last breath in his body, and he'd like to keep his status and his wealth too. Unfortunately, new humans bring new conflicts and he is not sure how to protect Liam. He does know one thing that humans seem to constantly forget—that the peaceful Rownt are predators and when their families are threatened, Rownt become deadly killers. Liam is his family, and Ondry will protect him with his last breath… assuming that he can recognize the dangers in time to do so.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Nov 08, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
127 people found the following review helpful
An excellent continuation of Liam and Ondry's story, the author took us deeper into their special relationship.

Ondry and Liam are enjoying their new lives together, but that's about to be interrupted by the humans. In the middle of a war, the humans need metals to fix their damaged ships. They have come back hoping that Liam can assist them with the trading. Since humans aren't logical people, the question is whether or not they can be trusted.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and I wondered where the author would take us with an already established couple. She definitely succeeded in her choice. We got both points of view, a better understanding of their connection to each other, and an idea of how they spend their days. It was nice to see how much Ondry and Liam utterly adored each other and tried to keep each other happy. We learned more about their jobs as traders. The play on words continued in this story, and it was interesting to watch how a translation was dissected. The excitement and tension for the story came from the officer that was sent to trade with Liam and Ondry. Her motivations weren't clear, which kept us on the edge waiting to see how it would all play out.

This is the second book in the series, and it definitely needs to be read after the first amazing story, Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts.

I really enjoyed this story about romance and the nuances of the spoken word.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 24, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
A Dominant/submissive relationship without ever mentioning BDSM and set in an alien world is the kind of book I love. The concept of Palteia is extremely alluring for submissives who yearn for the D/s lifestyle. This is the second book in this series and it can be read independent of the first book. There are a few events which happen in the first book which is referenced in this one, however, and a reader who is familiar with sci-fi/fantasy themes will have no problems catching up to speed quickly.

Liam is a gay man who has gone native. His assignment on the alien planet turned into something more and now he is the treasured Palteria of Ondry. Ondry is a kind of reptilian humanoid. He comes complete with a strong tail. The tail can also be used in pleasurable intimate pastimes. Ondry and Liam are just settling into their life when it's disrupted by earthling Captain Susan Diallo. She is a xenopsychologist and xenolinguistic. She is the type of person who should have been assigned to the alien world, Rownt. Instead, it is Liam's learning of the alien culture which humans rely upon.

The world building here is fabulous. What I love about Ms. Gala's world is how different it is from standard western human thinking. It reminds me a bit of the Vulcan logic from Star Trek. The Rownt are logical as well as drama free. The main driver for this alien world is quite impressive. When Diallo finally realizes how this world functions, it's almost too late. I love this Rownt world from several perspectives. First, their purpose in life in how they leave a legacy is quite beautiful. Second, the discipline required to increase rank is also attractive. Third, their definition of battle and how there is no term for war blows my mind. Lastly, the way they desire a submissive and how they treat one is beyond compare.

The dialog and loving play between Liam and Ondry is heartwarming. The protectiveness they have for each other as well as how well they communicate with each other is beautiful. The trust built between the two seems strong and through this adventure with Diallo, it becomes even stronger. The sex between Liam and Ondry is super nova hot. For those who enjoy tentacle sex or sex with additional appendages, this is definitely one to pick up. The rough sex with underlying domination is erotic, arousing and delicious. The way Ondry masters Liam and makes him groan with pleasure will heat up many a reader's libido. This book is not recommended for public reading. Read out in the open at your own risk.

This story does end with a possible follow up which would thrill me. After reading this book, I must go back and read the first one. The characters and world building in this book pulls me in and I loved it all. This is highly recommended for m/m sci-fi/fantasy lovers who wish the world could be a better place. This place is Rownt.
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