Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities (Claimings #2) by Lyn Gala (5 Stars)

An excellent continuation of Liam and Ondry’s story, the author took us deeper into their special relationship.

Ondry and Liam are enjoying their new lives together, but that’s about to be interrupted by the humans. In the middle of a war, the humans need metals to fix their damaged ships. They have come back hoping that Liam can assist them with the trading. Since humans aren’t logical people, the question is whether or not they can be trusted.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and I wondered where the author would take us with an already established couple. She definitely succeeded in her choice. We got both points of view, a better understanding of their connection to each other, and an idea of how they spend their days. It was nice to see how much Ondry and Liam utterly adored each other and tried to keep each other happy. We learned more about their jobs as traders. The play on words continued in this story, and it was interesting to watch how a translation was dissected. The excitement and tension for the story came from the officer that was sent to trade with Liam and Ondry. Her motivations weren’t clear, which kept us on the edge waiting to see how it would all play out.

This is the second book in the series, and it definitely needs to be read after the first amazing story, Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts.

I really enjoyed this story about romance and the nuances of the spoken word.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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.

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