Rate: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Genre: Sci-Fi, BDSM
Publication day: September 23, 2014
Length: 225 pages
Publisher: Loose Id
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.
My View: Commonly, the second book in a series isn’t as good at the first one, but in this case, that isn’t true. Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities it’s, in my opinion, more than a transitional book in a series. It redeemed the previous book with its attention to detail, not only withing the plot but within the power exchange relationship.
Ondry’s insightful POV added a depth the first book lacked. Giving the reader the opportunity to understand his race without intermediaries or communication problems. The language learning and cultural aspects still present but are now an intrinsical part of the events and not a barrier.
We even see a different Liam– less confusing and comfortable in his skin. The MCs now complemented each other, and their relationship grew with the story, leaving them at a turning point with the hopes of a strong HFN.
All the characters additions had a purpose and let the plot move forward, slowly, but forward. The main part of the story dragged, but fortunately, the author didn’t resort to using the events conjured by the Captain to add extra scenes. And the resulting length worked overall, even the travel time seemed eternal.
I’m going to be reading the next book, but not yet. I think I need a little distance to appreciate the last book.
What I liked the most: Ondry’s POV. It made the book more interesting.
I wanted more of: I wanted a little fewer conversations with the Captain, too much time was used to push concepts and additional information.
Who should read it: Fans of relationships between humans and aliens.