Affiliations, Aliens & Other Profitable Pursuits (Claimings #3) by Lyn Gala (5 Stars)

Another adventure in the interesting lives of Liam and Ondry.

I always enjoy the discussions between Liam and Ondry and the Grandmothers. The delicate choice of words and the thought that must go into each conversation is fascinating. It would be exhausting to live like this with every single conversation, but there are definitely advantages to being more careful with our choice of words.

Liam and Ondry are traveling on a ship as part of Ondry’s personal mission to find a cure for Liam’s short life as a human. Ondry is convinced that there is a genetic answer to this problem. It was nice seeing how well these two continue to work and live together. They are a perfect match and it shows in all of their interactions. I think my favorite new part of their relationship was Ondry discovering the delight of kissing.

The Grandmothers on the ship haven’t recognized Ondry with the rank of tuk even though the Grandmothers on his planet have already given him that designation. As Ondry works to prove himself, Liam is dealing with his own issues. Liam meets up with some of his former comrades and learns what has happened to them since he left. One of them is concerned that Liam is not in a healthy relationship. It was sweet watching Ondry try to help Liam deal with his emotions.

This is part of an amazing series and should definitely be read in order.

I adore this unique series with its sweet romance and a love for the nuances of communication.

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


A desire for status has brought Ondry and Liam to a human world to trade, but dealing with humans has brought up all the old pain in Liam’s heart. Even though Ondry would do anything to protect his beloved palteia, he doesn’t know how to protect Liam from himself. Worse, Ondry isn’t sure how to shield Liam from the shifting politics on the Rownt ship where the Calti Grandmothers are nothing like the ones they left behind on the planet.

With everything in their lives changing, Ondry and Liam have only each other. If Ondry can’t find a way to defend Liam from the ghosts of the past and overcome the impossibly short life span of a human, their small family might be over long before either of them is ready to let go. Ondry has always been a dominant and possessive Rownt, and with Liam in danger, those traits are necessary as he challenges the world to protect his lover.

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