Claimings, Tails and Other Alien Artifacts

imageTitle: Claimings, Tails and Other Alien Artifacts
Author: Lyn Gala
Cover Artist: Mina Carter

Buy Link: Amazon.com Genre: M/M Science Fiction / Bdsm
Length: Novel
Rating: 4.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: An out of the ordinary, careful examination of what it means to be submissive in an imaginative and unexpectedly tender relationship between a human and a very alien, alien.

Blurb: Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. He won’t risk letting anyone come too close because he won’t risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age. This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him.

Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam’s past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to love.

Claimings Series

Review:

Lyn Gala has created two very individual and memorable characters in this delightful space set romance. This is an anthropological or rather xenological based exploration. Not an exploration of that final frontier, but of the delicate relationship between two beings who have surprisingly complimentary needs.

This story had me hooked with the very first glimpse of Ondry,

As Liam came around the corner, he noticed his favourite trader leaning against one trellis wall with a thumb stuck in his belt and his tail wrapped round his right leg.

There is always a problem when creating an alien hero that he often simply becomes a human with superficial cosmetic differences. Ondry is a fully realised alien with a very different and integrated belief system. His appearance, skin colour, and tail is distinctive enough to be intriguing. His, incompatible with human, genitalia cleverly emphasised the unexpected priority Liam put on his own requirements for a successful relationship. Ondry is a thoroughly believable personality, his recognition of what Liam’s nature is and what he needs is an engaging interpretation of what it means to be a Dom. I loved his strength and his protective proprietary instinct. His caring carefulness is established in this conversation,

” You don’t know what will hurt a human psychologically,” Liam pointed out…….
………” Then you will have to tell me when I am in danger of that. You must tell me what you feel, so I can tell you what I feel. ” Ondry said.

I really liked Liam’s mix of hard won competence and vulnerability. Here is a man who has had to learn how to make the best of an indifferent if not cruel universe, but he has not lost his essence, just hidden it away. His fragile hopes for a better life were subtly played out.

The knowledge we receive about this world is slanted towards trade specific diplomacy. This gave a fascinating bias that reflected the main culture and concerns of the Rownt, the native population. I thought this focus worked really well creating both intimacy and allowing for intriguing gaps of knowledge. So we joined closely with Liam as he gradually learnt a lot more about the Rownt than he’d expected. The explanations of translated linguistic nuance all added another layer to the intensity and fun of this story.

Ondry hummed in Liam’s ear. ” You smell delightful. ” In Rownt that version of ” delightful ” was a powerful word – a word that suggested desire strong enough to inspire injudicious trading.

Lyn Gala’s imagination has created an entertaining, amusing and emotionally satisfying story in a cliche free universe.

Recommended

24 comments

  • This one wasn’t on my radar, but I think I’ll give it a try. It sounds like the science fiction aspect is well done, and I like the kind of BDSM you describe.

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  • Agree with your rating and comments Raine! :blove2: Not usually a fan of BDSM, but this one didn’t go there in any way that wasn’t enjoyable for me! Just enough and not too much of anything…fun and entertaining (even somewhat addictive)!

    Great world building and excellent characterizations, I’m really hoping for a sequel :hearts02: In the meantime, I’ll have to check out this author’s backlist!

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    • Hey Denni,

      so agree with you about the addictive, it’s going to be a reread for me. The characters have just stayed in my brain. As I said in earlier reply, I have really enjoyed other books by this writer. So exciting when you discover great new author. :hurrah:

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  • Hi Mercedes, I would say that the Bdsm here deals with psychology, power and fetish, it is not the usual full bells and whistles stuff. Such an interesting change. 🙂

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  • I am not big on sci-fi but I am big on BDSm. This one seems to have the elements I enjoy reading about so I am going to approach it open-mindedly.
    Thanks for the review!

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  • Great review, Raine! The characterization sounds complex and appealing, and this is an terrific line:

    In Rownt that version of ” delightful ” was a powerful word – a word that suggested desire strong enough to inspire injudicious trading.

    I have this book and will have to move it up the TBR list. 🙂 Thank you.

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    • I really liked the focus on the linguistics and trading relationship, it was followed through into the culture really nicely. Thoughtful writing, Val.

      Hope the whole thing pleases you. 🙂

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  • I will put this book higher on my TBR due to your review Raine. The blurb appealed to me because of the background in trading as well as the alien world – just the type of story that I love to read. Your review will inspire me to read this soon rather than later, if only to see how their incompatible physical parts worked. 😆

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    • This was a real treat to read. I really liked the thinking behind the incompatible bits here. The solution isn’t hard to figure out, but actually it is the connection between the characters that makes what sex there is really work. So hope you think so too. 🙂

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  • What an awesome review.i enjoyed it when I read it – thought it was in the 4 range but even though few weeks passed since I read it I remember it as well as yesterday so today I will grade it higher :). Brain sharing strikes again. Characters were very vividly drawn and for a shorter novel the works building was pretty good. Thanks Raine.

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    • Really pleased we share brain on this one Sirius. It is going to be a reread of mine. I was a bit anxious cos it is a short novel, but I think the close intimate focus really gives the story depth that makes the length irrelevant for once. 😀 In joke for those who have read this!

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  • I will have to get this one!…I liked the excerpt and thought it would be good, but you confirmed that for me (I also have Lyns’ “A Line in the Sand” as one of my favorites), so I do enjoy this author. 😀

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    • I really loved her first two books, was underwhelmed by the werewolf story, like you I thought LITS was excellent, but just didn’t fancy the S/F duo. This one I really really enjoyed. Hope you do too. 🙂

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