Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: January 18, 2020
1. Strange Love - Kindle
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He's awkward. He's adorable. He's alien as hell.Thoughts on Strange Love: I am very much a mood reader and my mood lately has been pretty solidly in the "alien finds love with a human" range. I believe I can emphatically say I have a fair amount of literary experience in this particular scenario at this point in time. So when I say OMG! ZYLAR AND BERYL ARE SO FREAKING FUN you're just going to have to trust me. THEY ARE SO FREAKING FUN!
Zylar of Kith Balak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he'll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This 'human being' is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.
She's frazzled. She's fierce. She's from St. Louis.
Beryl Bowman's mother always said she'd never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn't know what the hell's going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.
They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.
Our alien hero is seriously sweet, sort of prim and repressed when all is said and done, and very, VERY desperate for a mate. Not because he has anyone he wants, exactly, but more because this is his last chance at procuring one and he's not exactly thrilled at the prospect of becoming a drone if he fails. Being the rule-follower he is (at least in the beginning), he doesn't fight against becoming a drone, but it's not what he wants. Despite his desperation, he's always up front with Beryl as to her options while on the planet.
Even if those options aren't him.
As for Beryl, she's a pretty good sport about the mix-up that lands her on Zylar's ship. In fact, she's darn open-minded about almost everything that gets thrown in her path after Zylar accidentally abducts her. Her dog can talk now thanks to alien technology? Cool. She's on an alien planet? Right on. She has to compete in a series of potentially deadly challenges if she wants to stick with Zylar? No problem.
That sounds really flippant, but Beryl is pretty chill about it all. In a good way. When things get awkward between her and Zylar, she opts to talk it out instead of letting things stew. Considering they're from two VERY different backgrounds, I think this is key in the two of them connecting. Frankly, I like when they connect, both emotionally and physically.
A little danger, a family member who is THE WORST, more than a touch of heat, and two very different individuals trying to figure out how to make things work between them. I like!