Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Mating a 26th century Oracan Bounty Hunter with a 18th century pirate has its little glitches.
Bounty hunter Talos bows to pressure to bring his mate home for the completion of his strict warrior culture’s bonding ritual. Aidan, displaced 18th century Earth pirate— light-fingered, sly, charming and understandably naive about the new world he’s been thrust into— can’t wait. Even if it turns out someone wants him dead. The 26th century looks different, but it turns out to be a lot like his old life!
I will admit that maybe my review is colored by the fact that I’ve waited so, so, so, long for this damn book. I mean I read the first one back in oh, I don’t know either 2006 or 2007, when it first came out. Loved it! I mean there was a ginormous space alien on a hunt who talked like Sam Spade, then an 18th century swashbuckling pirate wooshed out of time and sea (literally) who becomes a naughty, captivating mate, and so much more. And oh, yes? Tentacle sex of a sort.
By the end of Details of the Hunt (Details, #1), I was just as ensnared as Aiden was. Thoroughly hooked on their romance, mating, and Laura Baumbach’s curious couple and her world building. She then promised us a follow up, because they had mated and there was a ceremony Aiden and Talos had to undertake on Oracan to be official, and there was still potential mysteries floating about. So yes, needed that next story. All the fans anxiously waited, sent texts, and waited some more. But the sequel never appeared. And years went by. I think most of us probably thought it was forgotten under the stress and pressures of running MLR Press.
So imagine my wonder at seeing that a finished copy was available at MLR. Be still my heart. Yes! Talos and Aiden were back! As was the intergalactic intrigue, the new bonding, the planetary politics, and all the other wild story threads Baumbach had left swirling around the couple. So many things to remember that I needed to go back and reread my paperback copy of the first book as a refresher. And I’m glad I did. (I’ll review it again soon.)
That’s the only thing that I can see will absolutely confuse people. This is not a standalone story. While the author did some back history here, it’s just not enough to completely bring a new reader up to speed. At certain times, they will feel totally “out to sea” as Aiden still does. There’s also multiple povs that carry over from the first story, again you need to know who they are and where they fit in with Aiden and Talos. I’m not sure this book let’s the reader in on those elements with enough depth to make those people as real as they were in Details of the Hunt.
What this story does is give Talos and Aiden their acceptance among the Ocacans and Talos a long awaited homecoming. You get more of a feel for their society and culture during the highly anticipated bonding rituals (which I wish were extended a little more), and only whetted my curiosity for more of them. I loved the Oracans I do see, I wanted more of the planet and history,and of the couple after the ceremonies. From those Baumbach gave us, those pieces of Oracan culture, like the inking, were interesting touches that begged for the reader to be let in for more. More time, more information, just more. I bet Aiden felt that way!
It’s hard to address certain aspects of the story without giving away spoilers. I guess after all this time, I’m just so happy to have it, that my biggest complaint is that there is more of it. I could have used double the story. No real way to be objective on this one. Maybe after a longer amount of time has passed and I can revisit it again. Until such a time happens, I’m just so thrilled to have them back. Just make sure you read the Details of the Hunt first, then onto Genetic Snare. Lucky you!
Cover art by Spacepixel carries over from the first story which I liked very much.