Title: Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities (Claimings #2)
Author: Lyn Gala
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Genre(s): Sci-Fi M/M
Page Count: 225
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Ondry is an alien, a Rownt. Liam is human and his palteia. This is kind of like a submissive, except a palteia is highly valued in the Rownt culture.
In this Liam is still very happy als Ondry’s palteia. But the military still hasn’t let go of Liam completely and they try to trick him into coming back. Ondry must protect his palteia at all cost..
I absolutely loved Ondry. I love how dominant he was and how he would do anything for Liam.
There are lots of true hurt/comfort moments in this series, and those made me so so happy. Liam was a true submissive, but definitely not weak. I loved how strong he actually was. But he was afraid to trust his own judgment because of mistakes he made in his past with trusting people.
I also really love the psychology in this. Especially because Liam often needed to explain human behavior to Ondry and Liam was still learning how the Rownt did things.
I never expected to read about such a loving relationship between a human and an alien, but here we have it. The Rownt don’t consider sex pleasurable and don’t have the same organs as humans. But that doesn’t mean there is no sex, because there definitely is. Ondry has a very bendable tail and he knows how to use it! Those scenes were so hot.
If you’ve ever considered reading an M/M alien book, this series is definitely where to start.