Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala

TAILS
Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (140 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

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.

Sometimes all you need is a tail attached to a dominant man. As the primary human trader and linguist on an alien planet, Liam is quite happy with his life. His past forays into romance have always ended badly and he’s concentrated on burying that part of his personality. Instead he’s content pitting himself against his favorite Rownt trader and keeping his superiors happy. Ondry enjoys the verbal sparing with the human Liam but can also see much deeper. He recognizes Liam’s true submission and is determined to make the man his.

Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts is pure entertainment. It’s well-written, clever, interesting, witty, and filled with surprisingly hot sex. The two main characters, Liam and Ondry, are three dimensional and filled with a lot of subtle context. They come from different backgrounds and there certainly is a language barrier. However, the story knows how to play this up with both humor and sex appeal while allowing some miscommunication and learning. The men complement each other well and their path to learning about each other is fun and very interesting. Liam is a submissive yearning for someone to really dominate him and control him, someone that can appreciate his service. Ondry is that man and understands and values Liam even more than Liam does himself.

The additional context of different values, different cultures, and traditions are wonderful additions. It gives the story more edge and interest than just a basic D/s story. Instead there are many layers to every aspect. Even sex is not as straight forward but offers a very sexy alternative. After all tail sex is really so inventive and fun. There are the usual language barriers between different languages and cultures but here the writing truly shines in creating a way to examine those differences without feeling rote or stale. Instead the story makes it interesting and fun, even incredibly hot sometimes.

There isn’t really anything I can complain about in this short novella. It hits all the points I love about a book – fun, interesting, well written, hot sex, great characters. If anything I wish the story had gone on longer but for the size it is, a novella, it’s nearly perfect. This is a very easy story to recommend both to fans of the author and those new to her work. Check it out!

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