Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: That Alien Feeling by Alessandra Hazard

That Alien Feeling
Banished by his parents to the third planet in the Sol system, Prince Harht’ngh’chaali of the Second Grand Clan is completely fascinated by its inhabitants. Assuming the human name “Harry,” he tries to pass for a human to survive, but being human is so much harder than Harry expected. Humans are so confusing.

Adam Crawford isn’t looking for love. Financially secure and good-looking, he’s in a good place in his life. He doesn’t mean to fall in love with the quirky guy working at the coffee shop near his office. Harry is ridiculous—and ridiculously endearing. He wears ugly shirts and flowers in his hair, and he has a kind word for everyone. Adam falls hard and fast.

Little does he know that Harry isn’t what he seems and anything between them is impossible.

Star-crossed love between a human man and an alien prince from a world half a galaxy away.

Todd's rating:

In spite of the deceptively YA-looking cover, I loved this story so hard. It'd been a while since I'd read a sci-fi story and this one truly made me smile.

was 23 on his planet, but their years were shorter, so he was somewhere just over 18 in Earth years, with Adam being 26.

After being taunted into reading his teasing sister's mind, Harry was banished to Earth as a punishment. And while working as a barista at a small London coffees hop, he met Adam, who he immediately befriended.

As a baby, Harry was mentally 'bonded' with his future mate, so he continuously told Adam that he was engaged to a girl back home.

Aaaaaand then he'd immediately hop in Adam's lap and cuddle like the biggest queen this size of West Hollywood.

Tres' confusing, folks, right?

But Harry's people, once 'bonded', are incapable of feeling any type of sexual attraction at all -- until their bond is sealed at age 25. And even then, they would only ever feel any attraction toward their bondmate.

Except Harry was a bit different than your run of the mill Calluvian.

Shortly into their friendship, Adam hated going to Harry's teeny-tiny apartment, so of course, the only solution was for Harry to move into Adam's second bedroom. Naturally.

So Adam continued to crush on Harry, while Harry continued to be clueless and cuddly, which eventually led to Adam putting and end to all of the touching.

Except when that happened, something in touch-starved Harry's psyche *snapped* and bond to She of the Arranged Marriage was no more.

Shut the bedroom door, time to get busy, right?
Spoiler: They totally did, too.

But just after the sexy times began, Harry was immediately and unceremoniously transported back to his home planet. Without being able to say a word to Adam, leaving them both heartbroken.

The rest of the story was mainly Harry finding a way to return, again, only to be whisked away, AGAIN. So one big ole' push and pull on the heartstrings for both of our devastated MC's.

I definitely found the feels in this story believable and gut-wrenching. Both MC's were just so amazing and perfect for one another, but this Huge Thing about their circumstances kept repeatedly yanking them apart, which was awful.

This story had the perfect amount of cute times and angsty drama for me.

My only real niggles were the fact that Harry  and that Adam tried a few things that made me sad while being separated from Harry for an entire year and trying to get over him.

The ending did have one huge "Oh, No He Did NOT" moment, which was thankfully resolved quickly, but completely pissed me off at the time.

But the guys do, of course, get their happily ever after, so I was thrilled to see that finally happen.

I'd rate this one at around 4.25 stars and recommend it to readers looking for an adorable sci-fi story with two great MC's that you'll enthusiastically root for.

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