Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Adverse Effects
Author: Alicia Nordwell
Series: Saving Caeorleia #2
Heroes: Dade & Yaseke
Genre: M/M Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: 290 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 23, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Dade, human-Caeorleian hybrid and ex-military grunt, doesn’t fit in—not with humans, not with aliens, not anywhere. He’s always on the outskirts, angry, and people aren’t sure they can trust him. When he encounters a compatible tziu named Yaseke, secrets, misunderstandings, and attacks nearly prevent the two from making a connection Dade sorely needs. Even after they unite, Dade and Yaseke face challenges that two newly joined males should never have to endure.
From traitorous council members, to sadistic aliens who plan to sell them as slaves, to meeting a mysterious race of revered aliens called Collectors, Dade and Yaseke manage to stay together—and even rescue two youths related to Yaseke, who’ve lost their parents to the same betrayer.
Someone from Dade’s past is at the root of everything he’s suffered. No way can he let them get away with what they’re planning, but Dade isn’t sure he can stop them on his own. If he doesn’t let go of his isolation and risk the pain letting others in will bring, he’ll never save Caeorleia in time.
Dade might have been saved from the evil scientists experimenting on him but that doesn’t mean he’s happy about being on Caeorleia around a bunch of aliens. He doesn’t trust them and their weird cultures, not to mention how much baggage he already has. But when he meets Yaseke, he can’t stop his curiosity from wanting to be around the alien more and more. So when Yaseke asks Dade to accompany him on a walk, Dade’s all too eager to get away from everyone and spend some time with Yaseke. As Dade and Yaseke get closer together, they also get closer to danger and before they know it, they’re thrust into one situation after another where they’re running for their lives and just trying to survive.
Okay, I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I kept my recap pretty vague. What I’ll say is, if you enjoyed The Experiment, then you’ll definitely enjoy this one. I really loved how intriguing Dade was. I didn’t expect him to be so vulnerable or to be empathic. It was a complete, but pleasant, surprise and I really enjoyed him learning to use that ability. As for Yaseke, I found him intriguing as well but he’s still somewhat of a mystery because most of the story is told from Dade’s POV. I really liked how Dade was very adamant about not wanting to be bonded to any of the aliens but ended up taking his bonding to Yaseke pretty well. Besides that, I liked how everything played out from Dade’s ability to Yaseke’s family to the ‘conflict’ of the story. Add to that, this one had a surprising amount of suspenseful, which was quite delightful!
I really, really loved this book! But there was just waaaaaaay too much sex for me. I loved that Dade got so close to Yaseke but I wish there was more of them getting to know each other instead of having so much sex. Aside from that, I wish there had been more of Yaseke’s POV within the story so we could have gotten to know him more.
In the end, though, I ADORED this book! I loved getting back to Caeorleia and seeing Dade get his story. But I also loved Dade and Yaseke together and really liked how the story played out. It was interesting to learn what exactly Dade has gone through and how his ability worked but I also liked seeing other worlds too. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series but I’m also really looking forward to listening to Adverse Effects in audio. If you like sci-fi/fantasies and smut, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*