REVIEW: Alien Eyes – Storm Caywood

Alien Eyes - Storm Caywood

Title: Alien Eyes

Series: Alien Love Book 2

Author: Storm Caywood

Genre: Sci Fi, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Publisher: Carnation Books

Pages: 173

Reviewer: Starlight

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About The Book

After Adil and Esihle met on a space station orbiting alien refugee Esihle’s home planet of Yalaphor, their relationship of lust and intensity gradually blossomed into love. 

Now on Yalaphor, the two care for Sehthe, a young girl who has been orphaned by the same war that cast Esihle out of his home. 

To keep their new family safe, Esihle and Adil must come face to face with the worst of Yalaphor, each other, and themselves. 

This heartfelt follow-up to Storm Caywood’s debut novella Alien Hands is emotional and sexy, exploring how two beings from different worlds fit together and forge a life together while facing extreme obstacles. Alien Eyes continues a story of redemption and love as it moves from sparks flying on a space station in isolation to domestic life on another planet. 

The Review

After Adil and Esihle meet on a space station orbiting alien refugee Esihle’s home planet of Yalaphor, their relationship of lust and intensity gradually blossoms into love. Now on Yalaphor, the two care for Sehthe, a young girl who has been orphaned by the same war that cast Esihle out of his home.

To keep their new family safe, Esihle and Adil must come face to face with the worst of Yalaphor, each other, and themselves. This heartfelt follow-up to Storm Caywood’s debut novel, Alien Hands, continues a story of redemption and love.

Review:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to get my hands on the sequel. 

While the first book was a sizzling love story, Alien Eyes delves deeper into the relationship between the protagonists, showing their adjustment to life on Esihle’s home planet of Yalapha and cheering them on as they clear the hurdles necessary to begin a family. Sethe is both adorable and complex, and the author does a beautiful job of painting her relationships with both Adil and Esihle, as well as the larger family dynamic.

What I love most about this author is the way she portrays intimacy, both physical and emotional, and this book excelled in that regard. Relationships between characters were fully explored, encompassing issues such as the impact of Esihle’s past on his family, Adil’s wonder in raising a child of a different species, Sethe’s trauma and growth, and Adil and Esihle’s struggle to keep the spice in their relationship despite the demands of parenting (spoiler: the spark is definitely still there). The burgeoning family dynamic is beautifully painted, and both realistic and lovely. And Sethe’s relationship with her dragon is beyond adorable.

The author does an excellent job of using plot points to further each character’s personal growth. Esihle’s unique journey is full of emotional tension, and their relationship is tested as he deals with his own demons as Adil faces struggles and feelings that are completely new to him. In the end, their deeper understanding of both themselves and each other strengthens the bond between them. And the happy ending was well earned and so, so satisfying.

Alien Eyes is well written and engaging–a great read and I highly recommend it!

The Reviewer

Starlight Barque  is the author of Service to the State, published by Carnation books (getbook.at/service). When not writing gay erotic fiction, she can be found tinkering with her impressive collection of musical instruments, stopping to pet strange dogs on the street, and pondering tidbits on tumblr such as “when robots take over the world, will the revolution be fought in captchas?“ She plays a mean game of classic 80s mario brothers, binge-watches science fiction like a pro, and is hopeless at cards against humanity. Service to the State is her first work for Carnation Books, and she is hard at work on a sequel.  

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