Finally Smiley gets his chance at a happily ever after. Smiley has been in many books but has never been the focus. In fact, I think this is the first book about a Species with primate DNA.
Our heroine Vanni has a “too stupid to live” moment or two but not too bad all things considered. Vanni’s bad choices mostly center around her choices in men. That is until she meets Smiley.
The story focuses on an anti-Species organization and how far they will go to discredit and inconvenience the Species as a whole. As I read about the lengths these nuts go to I have to wonder how they can fail to see they are the problem, not the Species. The Species live behind walls to protect them and don’t even try to integrate into society. Why would they? And if the human women who fall into a few lucky Species arms choose them as their life long partner, who is to say they are wrong?
This book seemed to move a lot faster for me without all the misunderstandings and lack of communications that I was finding trying in the series. The style of this book was back to the cleaner style I prefer by this author. Of course, there is sex and straight talk when it comes to a Species, and Vanni has a hard time with how open and genuine Smiley is, but quickly becomes enamored. And who wouldn’t? A man totally devoted to you AND who likes to cuddle after sex? Species really are a different breed!
Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father’s church is protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when they are both drugged.
Smiley doesn't want to believe the sweet human would dose them with the breeding drug. He's willing to trust her and determined to save her life. He'll hold her. Protect her. Offer up his body to distract them both from the pain. She is his female, even if she doesn't realize it yet.