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Review: Tasting the Alien – Nessa Claugh

Tasting the Alien - Nessa Claugh

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Lesbian

Reviewer: Xanthe, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Where do humans fit on the human-alien cuisine menu?

Aliens had weird food. At least that’s what Joan told herself when she went to find the four-armed alien pilot who’d helped get the stranded humans settled onto the Relief. Finding her was one thing. By the end of their meeting, she found herself with a job cooking for the humans on board, an alien sous-chef with no kitchen skills, and a crush that wouldn’t go away.

This is a short story set in the RAGRIM CONFLICT series. It can be read alone but is best read after ENSNARED BY THE ALIEN MEDIC. It is a short F/F slice-of-life story that takes place in space.

The Review

Tasting the Alien is a novella set in the Ragrim Conflict series, which I haven’t read. You can absolutely read it as a standalone, though some of the other characters and what they have been through may be more clearly understood if read after Ensnared by the Alien Medic.

Here we meet Joan, who decides to take it upon herself to start cooking for the rest of the humans onboard the ship they’re on because of how bad the food is that they’re being given. She enlists the help of Bosth, a four-armed alien on the ship’s security detail.

Though short, the two quickly grow closer as they spend time in the small kitchen and work out which foods. I found it to be sweet in the build-up and then heated once the two women took the next step. I liked how we got to interact with a couple of characters from the previous book towards the end, it made me intrigued to go back and start the series. To see how human women ended up on the spaceship of aliens. The author has created an intriguing world with different species/groups of aliens and humans having to get used to this new world they’re now a part of whilst reminiscing about the things they enjoyed in the past, like The Twilight Zone.

A very quick read but I found it enjoyable and a good way to get someone interested in the series if they haven’t read it before.

The Reviewer

Hello all, my name is Xanthe and I am excited to be a reviewer for the PRG.

I read a lot, every night for at least 4-5 hours and I love to get lost in the world that an author has created. The best ones leave you wanting more and at a loss for words to describe just how good it is but I’ll try my best.

I live in a small town in South West England, just me and my dog Bonnie. I work part time in administration and really enjoy my job and the people I work with which I am very aware is not always the case!

I’ll read pretty much any sub genre within the mm genre. Since discovering it a few years ago, I rarely read anything else. One thing I won’t touch is horror, a definite no no for me!

Never ask me what my favourite anything is as I’ll have to give you a list of about ten or twenty things. How am I able to pick one food, book or film out of so many that I love?!

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