Acquainted With the Night
I hated the military…and now I’m an alien’s pet.
(MMMM, sci-fi/futuristic romance, m-preg, humans as aliens’ pets, M/s, angst)
Writing As: Lesli Richardson
Release Date: 12/08/2020
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(Originally published in 2010 writing as Tymber Dalton. It has been revised and expanded for re-release.)
I hated the Terran military. I didn’t volunteer, either. Like so many others, I was drafted as cannon fodder in the senseless Terran war against the Algonquans. Not like I had much of a future ahead of me, though, without a rich family to pave my way or even pay for me to have a wife.
Now, my entire ship’s been captured. If what we’ve been told about the alien race is true, I’ll never be seen again. I hope they don’t eat me.
Turns out the truth is far different than we were led to believe. The Algonquans aren’t vicious, insectoid monsters, either.
We’re now their pampered pets…and they’re using us to help replenish their population to win the war.
You know, maybe this isn’t the worst life after all.
Dale despised the Terran military. He was drafted, not a volunteer. He never expected to get captured by the Algonquans and sold as a breeder pet, either. He only prays his new owner is kind and doesn’t eat him. Then he meets fellow pet, Mark, who informs him getting captured was the luckiest day of their lives. Mark also hated the military and now spends his days in a life of sexual leisure, enjoying poetry and totally at peace with his fate.
Dale settles in and finds not only does he enjoy this life, he loves Mark, too. Despite tragedy striking too close to home in their protected world, they find room to love their Master’s newest pets, Cooper and Nate.
When the war ends and the Terran pets are granted their freedom, the men are faced with a choice: return, or stay with the owner they’ve grown to love?
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UGLY CRY ALERT! But it’s ok, really it is! An interesting sci-fi tale with lessons about love and acceptance. It really is a morality story that doesn’t seem as “far out” as it should be when addressing aggression, militarization, subjugation, and “othering” people. I finished it earlier today, and I think I’m still processing. Any book that makes you think, and one that sticks with you after you’re done reading, that’s a 5-star in my book!
When this book was recommended to me by a friend of mine, it was presented as a hot and sexy read. While it definitely is that, I didn’t expect the level of emotion from the book. I should have considering Tymber Dalton’s book always leave me with a sense of being changed after reading her books. In the best way possible. Acquainted With The Night is such a beautiful love story where the love continues to grow as new members are added to the family with the core couple being the Alpha men in the relationship. I loved the tie in of the title and where it comes from within the story. The book is long but I never felt like it lagged or lost its purpose. The book deals with some pretty heavy topics in a way that is respectful and doesn’t magically get batter. I was surprised it dealt with the topic of rape more than once but it was different each time where you didn’t feel like you were reading the same scene again. I want more from these characters and the world, but I know it can never be. Even if she goes back and writes about a different family, it wouldn’t have the same magic this story has. I both loved and hated the ending. It is how it should be but I cried big fat ugly tears when it was over. I won’t tell you why because I really think everyone needs to read this story. It’s absolutely beautiful.
This had such an interesting twist on mpreg. I'm laughing because I'm comparing it to the more mainstream mpreg that I've read. Yanno, because mpreg is such a mainstream trope in and of itself. 😉
Lots and lots of sex here. I mean lots, so if you're looking to get your menage on with a side of alien then pick this one up. It was very relationship and personality driven with less of an emphasize on plot but I found the characters endearing and the master/pet dynamic worked very well.
About the ending. I liked how it ended because it was perfect for how the men were viewed by the Algonquan aliens.
This is not your brother’s sci-fi!
Oh, my. Where to start? The sex is hot (always a good starting point), different (it is sci fi after all), m/m and ménage. Tymber Dalton writes with and about emotions so strong that the reader can become very attached to her characters and such is the case here.
Dale is an unwilling draftee in a space war between Terrans (earthlings from many planet colonies) and Algonquans from, well, Algonquan. Algonquans are unisex humanoids, 8′ tall, who don’t want this war and are trying to wait out the bloodthirsty Terrans. In the past 20 years they have captured tens of thousands of Terrans and there are many rumors of what happens to them in captivity.
Since Algonquans are unisex, they have to reproduce some way and it is a combination of pregnancy and egg-laying. The clinical details are, um, unusual, but thank you, Tymber for giving the gift of painful labor to men!
The Terrans are horny all the time, possibly due to their diet, and the Algonquans have invented masturbation machines that keep the Terran captives very, very happy. The frequent sex scenes involve human with human, human with Algonquan, and human on the masturbation machine. Any of these scenes are guaranteed to be hot enough to set fire to your eReader. Seriously! Not to be read at work unless you have a very private office.
After capture Dale is adopted by a wealthy Algonquan as his pet, much like we adopt dogs and cats. His Master has the means to adopt several pets who develop loving and sexual relationships with each other and with Master.
The war finally ends. There really isn’t any war action in the book, so if you are looking for that kind of story look elsewhere. The Terrans give up and come to Algonquan to pick up their MIAS, who don’t want to go home. The end of the story happens in fast forward mode without a lot of detail. Actually, that is probably a good thing since day after day details of we’re-still-happy could get boring quickly. However, as with all living things, there is a life cycle that must be played out. OMG! Can you say Big Box of Kleenex?
This is a story of love and life. Ms. Dalton can write the heartbreak of loss like no other. I couldn’t pick up another book for weeks after finishing this one because Dale, Master and the other characters wouldn’t be in it. I love, love, loved this book.
I’ve reread it several times and happily award it 5 Stars and a Guilty Pleasures Recommended Read!