Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities picks up where Claimings, Tails and Other Alien Artifacts left off. It had been awhile since I had read the first book in the series and it took a little while to remember where that was. However, once I recalled the important facts, I was quickly immersed in the story.
I really enjoyed the contrast in how Rownt viewed mating and sex as compared to humans, and how that made Ondry and Liam’s relationship non sexual, even though they shared, by human standards, a sexually pleasurable relationship. They were partners, two halves that fit together without being “mates” and yet there was love and romance too. There were scenes of tail sex (which were sexy) but they were few and not the core of this relationship.
In addition to the sweet, intimate moments between the two, there was a good story and fantastic world building. I loved the look into human psychology as compared, once again, to the Rownt way of life. The way Lyn Gala used the dialogue to illustrate the basic differences just by how human common tongue and the Rownt language differed; each was missing words for important ideas to others culture. This fascinated me and I loved the depth of detail provided. It came across very organic and flowed well, carrying the story along. Amidst all that was a little action and danger to keep things well rounded.
I highly recommend this book to fans of sci-fi as well as non-traditional m/m romance.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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