Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/24/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera
A desire for status has brought Ondry and Liam to a human world to trade, but dealing with humans has brought up all the old pain in Liam’s heart. Even though Ondry would do anything to protect his beloved palteia, he doesn’t know how to protect Liam from himself. Worse, Ondry isn’t sure how to shield Liam from the shifting politics on the Rownt ship where the Calti Grandmothers are nothing like the ones they left behind on the planet.
With everything in their lives changing, Ondry and Liam have only each other. If Ondry can’t find a way to defend Liam from the ghosts of the past and overcome the impossibly short life span of a human, their small family might be over long before either of them is ready to let go. Ondry has always been a dominant and possessive Rownt, and with Liam in danger, those traits are necessary as he challenges the world to protect his lover.
Sigh. Liam & Ondry. Me Happy.
When Ondry hovered over him, Liam felt so wonderfully trapped. He needed another word for it because trapped had such negative associations, and Liam loved this feeling. It was love and caring and safety and comfort all in one. Trapped was not fearing the future because Ondry would never let go. Every time Ondry pinned him down, Liam had physical proof that he could trust Ondry to always want him – always hold him close. Sometimes the old fears haunted him, but Ondry’s promise to never let him leave comforted Liam.
I love the way Liam’s brain works, the way he thinks. He’s got a good bit of that survivalist, life hard won part of him now mixing with some innocence (he’s allowing more of it to show now that he feels safe with Ondry) and his increasing knowledge of the Rownt, and it gives him confidence. Sometimes he recognizes and uses it, sometimes he doesn’t. It’s one of the changes in his life he’s still navigating. All of it allows him to embrace his need to feel and reveal vulnerability, especially with Ondry.
Ondry & Liam. Sigh. Steamy hot together, they be.
For Ondry’s part, he’s very proud and protective of Liam. He’s also working through the changes in his life, those related to Liam and those related to his changing status as practice on Prarownt. He’s also still carrying his arrogant streak, though less often and not on a trigger. He loves caring for Liam, loves challenging him, teasing him. Their relationship is progressing, and they’re more and more finding themselves on equal footing, behaving and working as partners, personally and in business. It’s a good thing because some serious stuff is going on here, some with galaxy-wide implications.
Listening to Liam verbally spar with a Grandmother, Ondry could not remember a time when he had been more proud.
Gala adds more layers onto the cultural part of her world building for the series in this book. She reveals more, strengthening connections, and gaining subtlety and a level of complication that allow for greater exploration of these characters, as well as this universe. It all made me feel more a part of it all, an intimate observer.
A significant difference between this book and the previous two in the series is that this takes place off of Prarownt, with many more humans in the mix. It changes the dynamic and provides opportunity for new experiences for Liam and Ondry, therefore giving me on which to sink my story loving teeth. All if the characters, minor and major alike, are working inside a relatively unexplored existence and the consequences are wide reaching.
Lawdy. Liam and Ondry. These two are beautiful and scorching in their intimacy, and their desire to learn more about each other, in order to better serve one another.
Something that is not at all different from the previous stories, and one in which Gala excels, is her ability to portray conflict within, as opposed to external causes of such. The challenges these characters face mostly result from historical emotional complications and the difficulty in handling them, as well as understanding them in each other. This goes for the differences between Rownt and Human. No huge gunfights, no space ship battle ballet, but instead internal struggles internally and interpersonally provide the main action. I was engaged. And I had loads of fun!
A special shout out to how Gala communicated awkwardness. There are all levels of awkward in this story and they’re honest, believable, and easily relatable.
For me, this is some of Gala’s best writing and storytelling. There is some (forgive me LOL) awkward phrasing here and there, with probably better word choices to be made, but those are traversed with little difficulty. This is a smooth read, emotionally on target, humorous, and logically plotted. A large part of this is the increased role of the various Grandmothers. That’s all I’ll say. I love them.
Will we get a story next from Imshee?? I hope so! Yeah, I’m not even gonna try and be subtle about that hint. 😀
If you’ve read the first two books in this series, I’m saying it’s a safe bet you’ll love this. If you haven’t started the series yet, you now have three books to enjoy all in one go. Now git to it! The first one is Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts, followed by Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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