Title: Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts (Claimings #1)
Author: Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Genre(s): Sci-Fi M/M
Page Count: 104
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
Now, this was a very different take on BDSM. This book was just amazing. (Relationship) angst free and with a lot of feeeeels.
This story revolves around Liam, a human sergeant stationed on the planet of the Rownt. He is responsible for the trading business the military handles there.
He attracts the attention of Ondry, a Rownt trader. When Liam is asked to attend a ceremony there, he cannot refuse. When he suddenly wakes up from this ceremony, he is in the home of Ondry and his ankle is chained to a wall. Ondry explains that Liam is his now. He is Ondry’s palteia, his submissive. Palteia are greatly respected by the Rownts and any Rownt would be lucky to have one.
Liam feels his submissive side emerge more and more with the dominant yet loving way Ondry treats him. But there is the fact that Rownt and humans are not sexually compatible… So Liam is getting a bit desperate physically while his heart is slowly falling in love with Ondry…
This master/submissive relationship was so incredibly tender. I loved it. I loved how Ondry took care of Liam, how he cherished him. This is most definitely a romance, despite the differences in species. Ondry showed his love for Liam in everything he did. And Ondry loved to pleasure Liam in any way he could (hint: he has a very bendable tail). The sex scenes were surprisingly hot and very sweet and loving.
This was a very captivating sci-fi hurt/comfort story and I can’t wait to read more about Liam and Ondry.