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He's cute. He's cranky. His code is sleek as hell. What's an amnesiac AI doing in a place like this? Helix has no idea. He knows he planned to build a life for himself on Gravas Station, but he has no clue what he's been doing for the last half cycle. Nor does he understand why his ship crashed. A genius Tiralan scientist saved him by copying his code into an organic host, He's cute. He's cranky. His code is sleek as hell. What's an amnesiac AI doing in a place like this? Helix has no idea. He knows he planned to build a life for himself on Gravas Station, but he has no clue what he's been doing for the last half cycle. Nor does he understand why his ship crashed. A genius Tiralan scientist saved him by copying his code into an organic host, and after meeting her meddling mothers, it seems like his problems have only just begun... She's clever. She's creative. She claims that he's her mate. Qalu has no interest in relationships. She'd much rather be working in her lab, innovating instead of socializing. Problem is, the Tiralan believe that one cannot be happy alone. When a solution literally falls from the sky, she leaps at the opportunity to advance her research and teach Helix how to be Tiralan while calming her mothers' fears. It might be unconventional, but she's ready to break all the rules for a little peace. They agree to pose as each other's mates for the most logical reasons, but love always finds a way.


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He's cute. He's cranky. His code is sleek as hell. What's an amnesiac AI doing in a place like this? Helix has no idea. He knows he planned to build a life for himself on Gravas Station, but he has no clue what he's been doing for the last half cycle. Nor does he understand why his ship crashed. A genius Tiralan scientist saved him by copying his code into an organic host, He's cute. He's cranky. His code is sleek as hell. What's an amnesiac AI doing in a place like this? Helix has no idea. He knows he planned to build a life for himself on Gravas Station, but he has no clue what he's been doing for the last half cycle. Nor does he understand why his ship crashed. A genius Tiralan scientist saved him by copying his code into an organic host, and after meeting her meddling mothers, it seems like his problems have only just begun... She's clever. She's creative. She claims that he's her mate. Qalu has no interest in relationships. She'd much rather be working in her lab, innovating instead of socializing. Problem is, the Tiralan believe that one cannot be happy alone. When a solution literally falls from the sky, she leaps at the opportunity to advance her research and teach Helix how to be Tiralan while calming her mothers' fears. It might be unconventional, but she's ready to break all the rules for a little peace. They agree to pose as each other's mates for the most logical reasons, but love always finds a way.

30 review for Love Code

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hearts And Tea Cups

    For those wondering why you can't find the book on Amazon, it's because it only comes out in 2021. Currently there are two free chapters on Ann Aguirre's website and the subscribers will receive two new chapters each month of this year. For those wondering why you can't find the book on Amazon, it's because it only comes out in 2021. Currently there are two free chapters on Ann Aguirre's website and the subscribers will receive two new chapters each month of this year.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    Oh my heart! This was such an utterly delightful and satisfying story. I felt so happy after I finished it. It had humor, steam, and incredibly thoughtful consent. Truly, how does Ann Aguirre making head tendrils touching so hot?? Plus, A+ queer rep. (Saying this as a cishet reader but confirmed by two bi friends with whom I buddy read and discussed.) Qalu has four mothers and she’s either bi or pan. Asking about pronouns is common. Tiralan choose their gender when they reach maturity, although Oh my heart! This was such an utterly delightful and satisfying story. I felt so happy after I finished it. It had humor, steam, and incredibly thoughtful consent. Truly, how does Ann Aguirre making head tendrils touching so hot?? Plus, A+ queer rep. (Saying this as a cishet reader but confirmed by two bi friends with whom I buddy read and discussed.) Qalu has four mothers and she’s either bi or pan. Asking about pronouns is common. Tiralan choose their gender when they reach maturity, although they can choose to remain in their neutral state. Helix initially decides to use “he” but by the end, decides the neutral state is a better fit and opts as “they” for their pronoun. This does mean “he/him” is used for the bulk of the book but everyone adapts quickly to the switch. I’m curious to know what nonbinary readers make of the representation. Helix and Qalu were the aliens of my dreams and I loved watching how their relationship grew from scientist-prototype to friends to lovers. (OK yes technically Helix is an AI but they were given a biosynthetic body that looks Tiralan and so they are therefore also an alien.) Aevi really stole the show for me, much like Snaps in Strange Love. She’s basically a cat-bird hybrid and wants to murder anyone who would hurt Helix. Same here, Aevi. Zylar and Beryl also make an appearance and it was fun to see how they’re doing, as well as see Zylar and Helix reconnect. Very much looking forward to the next book featuring bounty hunter Toth Krag! The moment he appeared on page, I was all in. Character notes: Helix is an AI who is given a biosynthetic Tiralan body after their spaceship crashes. They are an artist. Qalu is a femme Tiralan scientist and she is bi or pan. Aevi is a Pherzul (species native to Tiralan that is cat-like but with feathers instead of fur) with implanted technology that allows her to talk. CW: spaceship crash (off-page but Qalu reflects on finding it and rescuing Helix’s data), heroine is kidnapped and rescued, xenophobia toward AI, human kept in cage as part of menagerie exhibit, reference to family who was sold into servitude for gambling debt, reference to fatal virus that wiped out most of Tiralan centuries ago

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kazen

    2.5 stars I'm so sad that I didn't like this book as much as the first. All of Aguirre's awesomeness is here - inclusiveness, an alien race that can choose its gender and sex from more than two options, consent, an adorable talking companion that goes beyond a "pet" - but the conflict didn't work for me. Both Helix and Qalu do the 'I'm pushing you away without discussion because it's for your own good' thing, which I can deal with maybe once, definitely not repeatedly. This installment also felt 2.5 stars I'm so sad that I didn't like this book as much as the first. All of Aguirre's awesomeness is here - inclusiveness, an alien race that can choose its gender and sex from more than two options, consent, an adorable talking companion that goes beyond a "pet" - but the conflict didn't work for me. Both Helix and Qalu do the 'I'm pushing you away without discussion because it's for your own good' thing, which I can deal with maybe once, definitely not repeatedly. This installment also felt more like a serial, with each two chapter section standing a little separate from the work as a whole. Something happens with 50-ish pages left that made me lose interest completely so I marked the book as DNF here. I was fine with that until I saw the hero of the next book, had no idea how that would happen, and decided to speed read the rest to see how we get there. I'm definitely reading the next book, and love what Aguirre does in general, but this didn't live up to my expectations.

  4. 4 out of 5

    mara0b

    3.5 This was nice! And tender! And existential! I love Ann Aguire's concepts for books, she really just takes alien romance to a whole new level and I really really vibe with that! The only thing I didn't like was how convenient certain plot points were, they got resolved pretty quickly and without much trouble, the stakes were high but they never felt like so. Can't wait for Renegade Love, my man deserves some affection!!! 3.5 This was nice! And tender! And existential! I love Ann Aguire's concepts for books, she really just takes alien romance to a whole new level and I really really vibe with that! The only thing I didn't like was how convenient certain plot points were, they got resolved pretty quickly and without much trouble, the stakes were high but they never felt like so. Can't wait for Renegade Love, my man deserves some affection!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hidekisohma

    So this book was recommended to me from TBR (Tailored book recommendations) and.....eh. it wasn't that good. It's strange. this book is about an AI and an alien romance, so you'd think it would be a love story that hasn't happened 14000 times already but, ironically it's very standard romance fare. The biggest issues i had with this book are the main characters. They are BORING like really really boring. The AI turned Avatar body main guy's entire personality is "I love this woman so much! i dep So this book was recommended to me from TBR (Tailored book recommendations) and.....eh. it wasn't that good. It's strange. this book is about an AI and an alien romance, so you'd think it would be a love story that hasn't happened 14000 times already but, ironically it's very standard romance fare. The biggest issues i had with this book are the main characters. They are BORING like really really boring. The AI turned Avatar body main guy's entire personality is "I love this woman so much! i depend on her! but should i put her in danger? I can't do that! she means too much to me! But i'm going to be clingy and possessive!" and the lady alien's is "oh, i loved him immediately! i want him to be mine! but i can't say that because it'll feel like i'm taking advantage! (throws arm over tendrilled face) oh whoa is me!" So be it to say, there's no romantic conflict in this book and they are in love with each other almost immediately with no other explanation than he likes her because she took care of him and she likes him just because. These two main character's personalities are as interesting as old wet sand paper and equally as useless. The main "conflict" in this book is that a bounty hunter is after the AI. So i'm thinking "oh, well maybe we'll get a cool action scene where something other than...you know NOTHING will happen. Nope. nope. even with a mandalorian-esc bounty hunter, nothing happened. I'd say the only good characters in this book were the bird creature that followed the two around (who was fun comic relief) and the human who was in the book for a while on the ship named Bojack. Those two characters actually had some semblance of a personality. It was nice to see someone in this book who didn't act like they were filled up with Ben Stein extract. The book, while being short (only 210 pages) you felt every one of the pages. and it isn't like i didn't know what i was getting into with romance novels. i've read them before and have liked a few quite a bit, but there was NOTHING in this book that made me care about these two's romance. it was basically instalove and the two just kinda farted around running away from a problem that could have been solved in 2 seconds, but of course it couldn't because main guy had "partial amnesia". I have to admit, i zoned out a lot during this one. i didn't really care about the locations, or really anything the main characters did because even if i zoned out for 3 pages at a time, upon reading the next paragraph i realized i missed absolutely nothing. I see what the author was trying to do, but sadly, it just didn't work. If the author could have just given them SOMETHING of a personality i would have liked it more, but everything came off so dry and dull, that even their emotional outbursts came off like a half broken speak n'spell. All in all, i kept reading in the hope it would get better, but sadly, it didn't, as every other side character had more personality than the main characters. hell, i would have rather hung out with the bounty hunter instead. But no, i was stuck with these two dorks. Hopefully they'll go off and have an extremely boring life together. oh hell, i don't have to hope. i know they will. 2/5.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosario (http://rosario.blogspot.com/)

    Such a disappointment. I loved Strange Love. It was fun and exciting and romantic, and I basically laughed my head off all the way through, right till the moments of strong emotions, which really affected me. Unfortunately, Love Code was nothing like that. The characters were superficially drawn, and their relationship was a mix of instalove and each trying to make decisions for the other in order to protect them. The action felt disjointed and episodic. It's basically "this happens, then this h Such a disappointment. I loved Strange Love. It was fun and exciting and romantic, and I basically laughed my head off all the way through, right till the moments of strong emotions, which really affected me. Unfortunately, Love Code was nothing like that. The characters were superficially drawn, and their relationship was a mix of instalove and each trying to make decisions for the other in order to protect them. The action felt disjointed and episodic. It's basically "this happens, then this happens, then this other thing happens". And what was going on just wasn't too interesting. Also, zero humour. Even the cute pet felt irritating, and I have a high tolerance for that stuff. There were some interesting ideas there, but they didn't help much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked the first book in this series. This one is good as well, but has a much quieter tone, which I like too and makes sense. Helix is learning so much about his new body and what even having a body means. There is eating, keeping clean and then the whole horror of voiding yourself. lol It seems like with each new skill he learns he is either amused or alarmed. Then there are all the feelings he is suddenly experiencing and having to learn about those. Qalu is the perfect person to help I really liked the first book in this series. This one is good as well, but has a much quieter tone, which I like too and makes sense. Helix is learning so much about his new body and what even having a body means. There is eating, keeping clean and then the whole horror of voiding yourself. lol It seems like with each new skill he learns he is either amused or alarmed. Then there are all the feelings he is suddenly experiencing and having to learn about those. Qalu is the perfect person to help him, she is endlessly patient and often surprised herself when she has to explain things that just are, like how do you know you are hungry, how do you know you need to go to the bathroom, how do you go to sleep, things people just know as they grow up. Things got a bit wacky when they realize someone his looking for Helix and there is a bounty on his head. The two of them do what they need to to protect Helix, which is run. They get some help along the way, discover and underground settlement for other AI's. It was here that Helix finally remembered what was blocked in his mind and that changed everything. It put them on the run again, but this time without their helpers. Helix was able to come up with a great plan, one that seemed like it would work and then he would be free to live his life. Things worked out, always a good thing, but in this case it was even better because before going home Helix and Qalu decided to visit Zylar and Beryl. Their visit was great, nice to see things settled and a new relationship being built between the two couples. But the best was when Helix and Qalu went home to start their new life, ready to life happy and free.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jrooknroll

    I adored Strange Love so I was really excited to read this book. This one started off strong and for people who love sweet, cinnamon roll characters and consent porn this book is a dream. However, for me, it started to lose momentum as the story jumped into lots of space opera, sci fi action, escaping from bounty hunters etc. Which is weird because I usually love that stuff, but I felt like this book was at it's strongest in the quiet moments when the two MC's were getting to know each other. Al I adored Strange Love so I was really excited to read this book. This one started off strong and for people who love sweet, cinnamon roll characters and consent porn this book is a dream. However, for me, it started to lose momentum as the story jumped into lots of space opera, sci fi action, escaping from bounty hunters etc. Which is weird because I usually love that stuff, but I felt like this book was at it's strongest in the quiet moments when the two MC's were getting to know each other. Also, I feel terrible saying this, but I got a little tired of these two tip toeing around each other. It was adorable at first, but it started to wear thin. I love when character's talk about and respect boundaries, but it got to the point where I felt that without the authors finagling these characters would never get together because they were far more focused on not upsetting the other or hurting their feelings? Maybe a me problem. Still it was a solid read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    Ann Aguirre rly is that bitch and I love it

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

    Gentler and slower than Strange Love, but just as generous, respectful of boundaries, and attentive to the representation of sexualities and gender. Ann Aguirre keeps surprising me from book to book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    I discovered Ann Aguirre’s writing by chance when STRANGE LOVE, bk #1 was first released in early 2020. I was enchanted with it and have been waiting for LOVE CODE, book #2 ever since. LOVE CODE is about personal discovery; finding that special someone who accepts you for who you are; then sticking together against the odds. LOVE CODE’S two main characters (Qalu from planet Tiralan and Helix an AI being) quickly endeared themselves to me and I so hoped they would get their HEA. I loved the vario I discovered Ann Aguirre’s writing by chance when STRANGE LOVE, bk #1 was first released in early 2020. I was enchanted with it and have been waiting for LOVE CODE, book #2 ever since. LOVE CODE is about personal discovery; finding that special someone who accepts you for who you are; then sticking together against the odds. LOVE CODE’S two main characters (Qalu from planet Tiralan and Helix an AI being) quickly endeared themselves to me and I so hoped they would get their HEA. I loved the various “worlds” Ann created for Qalu and Helix and could barely turn the pages fast enough. I sighed at the end, and would gladly purchase another book in this world. ❤️ LOVE CODE is a unique, adventure-filled Space Opera Romance novel. I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy Fantasy, Sci-fi Romance, and/or PNR Romance. LOVE CODE is bk#2 in Aguirre’s Galactic Love series and can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone title. The 2 main characters featured in bk#1 return briefly (Yay!) and there is a continuing story arc, yet LOVE CODE focuses on a new couple with their own personal discovery, an adventure with no cliffhangers and a sweet HEA. LOVE CODE is touching, original, a bit quirky, and an absolutely delightful Sci-fI adventure. I loved it! There is also a small dog that talks as well as a cat-like being with strong opinions of its own. ;) (Although LOVE CODE can certainly be read alone, STRANGE LOVE, #1 is unique and fascinating in its own right, IMO adds to the overall enjoyment, and simply is too delightful to be missed). READER CAUTION - VIOLENCE - Not graphic. Perhaps a G/PG Rating (less graphic than Marvel movies). PROFANITY - Very rarely, < 5? SEXUAL SITUATIONS - The 2 main characters develop a growing, committed relationship together which develops into intimacy (of a nonhuman variety). This intimacy does occur on-scene several times very briefly which could be skipped over by those who wishing to do so.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Qalu isn’t interested in relationships, at least she’s not interested in any of the prospects her mothers try to set her up with. She’s happiest in her lab where she creates an organic host, her ideal Tiralan, that just needs a brain to bring it to life. And then a ship crashes and a beautiful AI needs to be saved, and she has the perfect solution. When Helix awakens in the organic host with no memory of how he came to be on Tiralan or how to navigate the constraints of a meat vessel, he’s a bit Qalu isn’t interested in relationships, at least she’s not interested in any of the prospects her mothers try to set her up with. She’s happiest in her lab where she creates an organic host, her ideal Tiralan, that just needs a brain to bring it to life. And then a ship crashes and a beautiful AI needs to be saved, and she has the perfect solution. When Helix awakens in the organic host with no memory of how he came to be on Tiralan or how to navigate the constraints of a meat vessel, he’s a bit cranky, but the more he learns of the situation, he realizes he should be grateful for being saved and makes the best of his new situation. Qalu suggests he pose as her mate to keep her mothers from matchmaking, and it’s a good solution for Helix, as he learns how to navigate this new world. The story started out a little slow as Helix is mostly learning how to operate his body, with the walking, eating and other bodily functions that must be done. Then when danger threatens, Qalu doesn’t hesitate to jump in to help Helix and things really picked up as they went on an adventure away from the only planet she's ever known, accompanied by their talking companion (don’t call her a pet), the Pherzul, Aevi. Qalu doesn’t want to take advantage of Helix, even though she's tempted, since she’s the only person he’s really interacted with, but he’s pretty much made up his mind about what he wants. It was fun seeing these two figure things out, and no matter what happens, they always talk it out and come to an understanding, which was refreshing in a fantasy relationship. I understand there’s one more book coming in this Galactic Love series, and I look forward to reading it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Helix was the helpful AI from the previous book Strange Love. He is being chased by the bad guys he crossed when he crash lands on a planet near Qalu, a scientist who just happens to have the know how to transfer his 'files' into a living flesh prototype. Helix doesn't have access to everything he was capable of before and is horrified that his corporal body requires so much maintenance. All that required sleeping is a waste! All that eating for fuel. Okay the eating may not be so bad, especiall Helix was the helpful AI from the previous book Strange Love. He is being chased by the bad guys he crossed when he crash lands on a planet near Qalu, a scientist who just happens to have the know how to transfer his 'files' into a living flesh prototype. Helix doesn't have access to everything he was capable of before and is horrified that his corporal body requires so much maintenance. All that required sleeping is a waste! All that eating for fuel. Okay the eating may not be so bad, especially that roasted root dish but don't get him started on that necessary evil of defecation. But eventually he even discovers that the body can also experience passion and he's all in. Unfortunately his past actions have set a bounty hunter on his tail and he and Qalu must flee her home planet. From there it becomes a bit disjointed and hectic but I still loved the interaction between the two. The uncertainty about each other and their feelings were the major focus of course. I liked this one but not quite as much as book one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Reading this book was so comforting. It was a wonderful place to escape to this past week. Qalu is a scientist working on the development of biosynthetic life forms. Helix is an AI, whose ship crashed near Qalu's home. She installs their code in one of her biosynthetic bodies. They get to know each other, fall in love, and run from bounty hunters. And it was such a delight. Worried about the power dynamic in that relationship? They discuss it. Worried about consent and physicality and boundaries Reading this book was so comforting. It was a wonderful place to escape to this past week. Qalu is a scientist working on the development of biosynthetic life forms. Helix is an AI, whose ship crashed near Qalu's home. She installs their code in one of her biosynthetic bodies. They get to know each other, fall in love, and run from bounty hunters. And it was such a delight. Worried about the power dynamic in that relationship? They discuss it. Worried about consent and physicality and boundaries when one of the lovers has never had a body before? They discuss it. Worried about how that conversation might change as the newly embodied gets more comfortable in their body? They discuss it. After Strange Love and now Love Code, I'm fully an Ann Aguirre fan. I can't wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy that comes out....next January.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. These books are worth the read just for the author’s note and odd google material at the end. I didn’t find this book as weird, or as funny, as the last one, but it was still enjoyable. Helix finds himself trapped in ‘meat’ after a scientist rescues his AI profile from a crash site. So it was fun while he adjusted to having moving parts, but lost the awkwardness as he grew more accustomed to his new predicament as the s I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. These books are worth the read just for the author’s note and odd google material at the end. I didn’t find this book as weird, or as funny, as the last one, but it was still enjoyable. Helix finds himself trapped in ‘meat’ after a scientist rescues his AI profile from a crash site. So it was fun while he adjusted to having moving parts, but lost the awkwardness as he grew more accustomed to his new predicament as the story unravels. There’s an adorable intelligent pet sidekick, and it plays nicely into the fake dating troupe. The characters from the last (and next) book make an appearance too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Prince

    Sorry to say I am DNFing this one. I feel as though the chemistry isn’t there as compared to the adorable ness of Strange Love. I really enjoy reading novels from this author (enjoyed the parts of grimmspace I have read) so this doesn’t dissuade me from reading her other works.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Coral

    I’m at 58%, my KU subscription is going to run out, and I’m just not into it. I liked the first part, but now that they’re on the run, my interest has fizzled out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I enjoyed the beginning, middle, and to the almost end but then Helix suddenly decides that his pronoun will change from he to “they”. What does this have to do with the story? Why would an alien society have issues with what pronoun someone uses? Also, in the last few pages Helix decides “they” are interested in finding more mates after spending the majority of the book expressing jealousy and an inability to share or maybe that was Qalu that felt that way. I’m not sure what the author was tryi I enjoyed the beginning, middle, and to the almost end but then Helix suddenly decides that his pronoun will change from he to “they”. What does this have to do with the story? Why would an alien society have issues with what pronoun someone uses? Also, in the last few pages Helix decides “they” are interested in finding more mates after spending the majority of the book expressing jealousy and an inability to share or maybe that was Qalu that felt that way. I’m not sure what the author was trying to do or prove with the last few pages of the book but I wasn’t impressed. The first book in the series was fabulous but the sudden changes at the very end of this book were jarring.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I really wanted to like this, but it was so disappointing after the first one. Not as easy to read, nowhere near as hot, and I found it harder to like the characters. Maybe because without the Games structure it just wasn't as sticky. I really wanted to like this, but it was so disappointing after the first one. Not as easy to read, nowhere near as hot, and I found it harder to like the characters. Maybe because without the Games structure it just wasn't as sticky.

  20. 4 out of 5

    BleuBelle

    I liked the firtst book in the series. But this one was not to my liking. I DNF at 30% after skipping some pages. The story didn't hold my interst. I didn't like the Heroine or the Hero. I liked the firtst book in the series. But this one was not to my liking. I DNF at 30% after skipping some pages. The story didn't hold my interst. I didn't like the Heroine or the Hero.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate W

    4.5 stars Content warning for (view spoiler)[ kidnapping. The hero and heroine were quite imperilled. (hide spoiler)] I think I loved this book even more than the first in the series, although there were more things I quibbled with in this book than the first one. I don't even know where to start. Maybe the romance tropes: I love me a fake relationship, forced proximity, a virgin hero (and this was really in the extreme, as it was his first time even living in a body!), and a grumpy hero who is ea 4.5 stars Content warning for (view spoiler)[ kidnapping. The hero and heroine were quite imperilled. (hide spoiler)] I think I loved this book even more than the first in the series, although there were more things I quibbled with in this book than the first one. I don't even know where to start. Maybe the romance tropes: I love me a fake relationship, forced proximity, a virgin hero (and this was really in the extreme, as it was his first time even living in a body!), and a grumpy hero who is easily shocked (kind of like Andrew in a Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...). But this book is so much more than a space romance. It's about what it is to be alive and to love, and to navigate between feelings and reason. It shows a vision for human love that is deeply consensual and respectful of all genders and sexualities (including asexuality!). It even had a beautiful apology that correctly emphasized the impact the apologizer's actions had on the wronged person. The Tiralan sounds quite utopian in terms of gender and sexuality. Tiralan people are born gender neutral and can declare their gender — or remain gender neutral — in their adulthood. "Love groups" can involve sexual or romantic love or platonic love, and all forms of love are honoured. It's basically built on the belief that people can't live without connection. But it also doesn't leave a lot of space for people like the heroine Qalu, who enjoys a lot of solitude and until the hero comes along, her only companion is a venomous, talking, feathered sort of cat-like creature. The hero, Helix, is an AI the heroine saved by putting him into a "biosynthetic" body. So the first half of the book is all about him learning what it is to be alive, and how our senses give rise to emotions. I highlighted so many passages that were just hilarious observations on the absurdity of having a body! Even just his horror at discovering his body, "Does that mean I am made of meat?" Or when he tries to move his arm for the first time: "This meat vessel is broken! It does nothing that I request or require. His reaction to learning about poop was perfect. "I will never consume anything again!" And at the end of his first day in his body: "Today is a day of wonders," he muttered. "I eat, I shall attempt to sleep. I'm a biological marvel." But also the commitment to consent that weaves throughout the entire book is just beautiful, starting with Qalu navigating Helix's sensitivity to touch: "May I?" "If you must." "That's not permission." It was all so good. My quibbles were about the romance part of the book. Around about 60-70% of the way through, the couple seemed to lose chemistry. I mean at that point, their lives were in peril so like I guess that's legit, but the reason I'm only reading romances is because shipping relationships is what keeps me turning pages. Also, they experienced quite a lot of jealousy, and given the possibilities in Tiralan culture and its values around love, I really wish we could see a relationship without jealousy. Also the ending was a bit cheesy, like maybe it could have ended just a little before dotting all the i's and crossing ALL the t's. But those are small quibbles really, and I really did love it. Also, just like the first book in the series, I loved the author's note at the end about her inspiration for the sex scenes. So good! The next book in this series is available for free serially, one chapter per month, but I'm not sure if I want to start it before it's all available because I'm a pretty fast reader and it might torment me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Real rating: 4.5 stars Originally read as a newsletter serial at the rate of 2 chapters per month. If you love this series, sign up: this entire book is gifted to you free until the release date of 21 January, 2021, and book 3 is going to start as the next serial soon. :) Another alien tale of love from Ms. Aguirre, this time telling the story of Helix, Zylar's AI, after the events of Strange Love. While this story happens after, you do not need to have read the first book to follow what is happe Real rating: 4.5 stars Originally read as a newsletter serial at the rate of 2 chapters per month. If you love this series, sign up: this entire book is gifted to you free until the release date of 21 January, 2021, and book 3 is going to start as the next serial soon. :) Another alien tale of love from Ms. Aguirre, this time telling the story of Helix, Zylar's AI, after the events of Strange Love. While this story happens after, you do not need to have read the first book to follow what is happening in this one. It helps to know who some of the referenced characters and species are, but not imperative. One of the things I most love about this series, is that because the aliens are so alien, Aguirre is free to be nearly clinical in explorations of power dynamics in relationships and consent. For a lot of readers, that will sound not-sexy, but it's quite the opposite. Seeing the amount of care her aliens have towards their love interests is really heart-warming, and seeing respectful discussions happen rather than dramatic misunderstandings is a nice change of pace in a genre that heavily relies on knee-jerk emotional overreactions and the presumption that all alien species will be OTT misogynist in their sexual dynamics. The species featured in LC is the Tiralan, and their family structures and sexual identities are quite different from ones most of us will be familiar with. The Tiralan opinions about the Barathi and their Choosing tradition made me giggle too, since it's more in line with how most of us probably felt when reading that one. Like the first story, this one also features a talking animal companion, but where Snaps was a sweet, though simple, dog, Aevi is a delightful and highly intelligent little predator. She's an adorable little nightmare beast, and I'm very much here for it. If you enjoyed the first book, there's no reason to believe you will not also enjoy this one. There's no human main-character element at play, but there is a human male side character for a portion of the tale, and the love interest for the third book is briefly introduced. (Though, I'm a bit sad this will be only a trilogy according to the end note, because poor Bojack. Maybe he'll find some more unintentionally abducted humans and find someone to love there.) I'm very much looking forward to the next story when it starts. These are some of my favorite stories to revisit, both in print and in audio format.

  23. 4 out of 5

    sonzaemon

    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The story begins with Helix, recently a spaceship’s AI, waking up in a physical body. His saviour, Qalu, is a reclusive and brilliant scientist on the planet Tiralan. She discovered Helix’s crashed ship, rescued his code, and imprinted it into a Tiralan body that she had grown in a vat (a bit Frankenstein-ish, that). At first, Helix is horrified at his “meat” body and its various functions. Soon, though, he’s more comfortab I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The story begins with Helix, recently a spaceship’s AI, waking up in a physical body. His saviour, Qalu, is a reclusive and brilliant scientist on the planet Tiralan. She discovered Helix’s crashed ship, rescued his code, and imprinted it into a Tiralan body that she had grown in a vat (a bit Frankenstein-ish, that). At first, Helix is horrified at his “meat” body and its various functions. Soon, though, he’s more comfortable with Qalu, her hilarious sentient pet, Aevi, and himself. Then Qalu’s nosy mothers pay a surprise visit, and Qalu and Helix appease them by pretending to be mated. Just when they begin to explore what their mating might actually be like, the budding romance is interrupted in the form of a bounty hunter. Someone wants Helix dead, and he can’t remember what he’s done. Qalu finds some pro-AI renegades who are willing to help, and she, Helix, and Aevi are whisked off to parts really unknown. At first glance, Love Code is a whimsical sci-fi romance, pleasantly light on both the science and the love. The action moves at a steady pace, and the story concludes happily. But take another look. The amazing thing about Aguirre’s writing is that it is absolutely seamless. Her aliens have limbs and tentacles, not arms and hair. They eat roasted nornroot, not potatoes and turnips. They measure time in darktides and spans, not days and months. At the same time, the story doesn’t get bogged down with nonsensical words that all look the same and are completely unpronounceable. On a deeper level, the various species’ sexuality is mostly non-binary. Tiralans choose their gender (or not) when they reach maturity, and then they form love groups with one or more others. I enjoyed Love Code almost as much as its predecessor, Strange Love. It’s not necessary to read Strange Love first, but it certainly enhances the experience. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it was Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series that served as my gateway to science fiction, and these Galactic Love stories may do the same for you. I strongly recommend Love Code to pretty much everyone who likes a good read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emmalita

    Ann Aguirre’s Strange Love was one of my favorite reads last year. Zylar of Kith Balek looked like the Predator from Alien vs Predator, but really he was a cinnamon roll of sweetness. He accidentally kidnapped the human, Beryl Bowman and her dog, Snaps, after being misled by his ship’s AI, Helix. Love Code is Helix’s story. Helix was kind of an ass in Strange Love, but I was interested to see how an AI was going to become a romantic main character. When Love Code opens, Helix is waking up in a co Ann Aguirre’s Strange Love was one of my favorite reads last year. Zylar of Kith Balek looked like the Predator from Alien vs Predator, but really he was a cinnamon roll of sweetness. He accidentally kidnapped the human, Beryl Bowman and her dog, Snaps, after being misled by his ship’s AI, Helix. Love Code is Helix’s story. Helix was kind of an ass in Strange Love, but I was interested to see how an AI was going to become a romantic main character. When Love Code opens, Helix is waking up in a corporeal body with no memory. How does an AI lose their memory and gain a meat suit? Once we get through Helix’s disorienting reawakening, we find out that his ship crashed neat Qalu’s home and lab, and she just happens to be a scientist who had perfected a biosynthetic form awaiting an artificial intelligence to house. As Helix struggles with being in a physical body, Qalu struggles with guilt that she put him in the body without his permission, though if she hadn’t, Helix would have ceased to exist. Though this was a more sprawling story than Strange Love, Aguirre take Qalu and Helix on a lovely journey. They work their way through Helix’s altered circumstances, his amnesia, his dependence on Qalu, the threats to his safety, fake dating, power dynamics, boundaries, social norms and so much more before arriving at a happily ever after. Watching a character learn how to human, or in this case, tiralen, is one of may favorite tropes. I really prefer it when the character learning to human starts off as not human. It’s less charming when an adult human has to learn how to human from their love interest. But that’s a rant for another time. As with Snaps in Strange Love, there is a small talking pet creature who cuts through humanoid manners in fulfillment of her id. Aevi has been described by the author as a small cat dragon. Yes, I do want one. I received this as an advance reader copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather M Jones-Lancto

    Advanced Reader Copy was provided for an honest review. This story contained an incredibly unique world filled with amazing and original characters. Amongst it all a quirky love story developed between two awkward beings you can't help but cheer for. I am completely overwhelmed by the level of skill Aguirre has as an author and creator. Other than the rare human cameo, everything about this story is new. On top of developing three unique characters, Aguirre also built several new cultures and the Advanced Reader Copy was provided for an honest review. This story contained an incredibly unique world filled with amazing and original characters. Amongst it all a quirky love story developed between two awkward beings you can't help but cheer for. I am completely overwhelmed by the level of skill Aguirre has as an author and creator. Other than the rare human cameo, everything about this story is new. On top of developing three unique characters, Aguirre also built several new cultures and these cultures weren't just at a surface level, they went deep. 'Love Code' is a sequel of sorts to the first book in the series, 'Strange Love'. You do not need to read 'Strange Love' to enjoy this story. I found 'Love Code' to be a futuristic spin on the story of Pinocchio. The main character, Helix is an AI who gets an organic body. Qalu, a Tiralan scientist attempting to perfect a bioengineered being uses her most recent research material to upload Helix's AI mind to. Upon their unique meeting both characters are incredibly awkward. Throw in the space equivalent of a pet dog who can speak and you encounter all kinds of disjointed social norms. The story was entertaining. I believe it to be realistic to the point that we all go through that strange time in our lives when we don't know how to traverse relationships, let alone romantic relationships. Usually for us humans it's when we are teenagers. 'Love Code' is just plain relatable. Aguirre is the consummate writer, there is no topic she can't make her own. I look forward to future installments.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, it is boy-meets-girl, they fall in love, & live happily ever after (romance trope). This book has Helix, a sentient AI, crashing his ship on the planet where an AI researcher has just built a body (of her own species, of course) and she manages to get to the crash site in time to save Helix's code from being lost. She downloads Helix into the body just when her parents are totally on her case, asking when she's going to settle down & get married. So, yes, Heli I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, it is boy-meets-girl, they fall in love, & live happily ever after (romance trope). This book has Helix, a sentient AI, crashing his ship on the planet where an AI researcher has just built a body (of her own species, of course) and she manages to get to the crash site in time to save Helix's code from being lost. She downloads Helix into the body just when her parents are totally on her case, asking when she's going to settle down & get married. So, yes, Helix becomes Qalu's instant boyfriend, even though he is new to both an organic body and organic emotions. Plus, Qalu comes with a sentient support animal (more than just a pet). I really appreciated how careful and respectful both Helix & Qalu were of the other's feelings. And then they discover Helix has an interstellar bounty on his head! Much action and adventure ensue! Highly recommended for a good love story with an interspecies twist and space opera action! Can't wait for the couple in book three of this Galactic Love trilogy!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Oh, man. This one was cute. Helix was a hot mess when he woke up without any tangible recent memory and stuffed into a meat suit with no idea how to do ANYTHING. And Qalu was the perfect person to teach him how to be organic. She was patient and kind and well aware of the boundaries she shouldn't cross seeing as how deeply he relied on her. I just liked them. I liked them ridiculous amounts. I liked her patience and willingness to give up everything for him. I liked his crankiness and how he had Oh, man. This one was cute. Helix was a hot mess when he woke up without any tangible recent memory and stuffed into a meat suit with no idea how to do ANYTHING. And Qalu was the perfect person to teach him how to be organic. She was patient and kind and well aware of the boundaries she shouldn't cross seeing as how deeply he relied on her. I just liked them. I liked them ridiculous amounts. I liked her patience and willingness to give up everything for him. I liked his crankiness and how he had to learn how to manage all the pesky things that come part and parcel with an organic body. I liked how they worked together to find a balance and figure out a way to be together. We got a lot of patient teaching, a little danger, an unconventional family unit, a few familiar faces, and an AI who finally sees what he put Beryl through when he pulled her off her home world and thrust her into Zylar's. Character growth, my friends. It is GLORIOUS! Alien/AI love. I AM HERE FOR IT! -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    As a follow-up to Strange Love, Ann Aguierre has come up with a totally different love story, featuring Helix, the AI best friend of the hero in the previous story. After Helix flees his planet to avoid being outed as an AI who has gained sentience, he crash-lands on Qalu's planet. Conveniently, Qalu has been experimenting on providing a physical body for sentient AI, so she transplant's Helix into an organic body in order to save him. From there, it's quite an adventure as Helix learns how to r As a follow-up to Strange Love, Ann Aguierre has come up with a totally different love story, featuring Helix, the AI best friend of the hero in the previous story. After Helix flees his planet to avoid being outed as an AI who has gained sentience, he crash-lands on Qalu's planet. Conveniently, Qalu has been experimenting on providing a physical body for sentient AI, so she transplant's Helix into an organic body in order to save him. From there, it's quite an adventure as Helix learns how to react to physical stimuli, including love and passion. I found this story to be much quieter than Strange Love, but the tone suited the story very well, as Helix has a whole lot of learning to do in order to accustom himself to his new physical presence, and Qalu is a scientist first, who prefers to analyze rather than just react. There's even a cameo at the end of the book of our favorite strange couple, Zylar and Beryl (and Snaps of course!). Apparently there's going to be a third book and I'm very excited for it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    Read : January 24, 2021 Rating : 5 Stars I loved the first book and I'm so glad this is, atleast, just as good. Completely different but just as amazing. Helix is the AI of the first book and I was wondering how Ann Aguirre would pull of writing such a "static" character but it worked beautifully! Aevi, the phurzal (I hope I got that right lol) is as fun a secondary character as Beryl's dog was, if not more so since Aevi is more evolved and has a higher reasoning capacity. I'm stoked that there wi Read : January 24, 2021 Rating : 5 Stars I loved the first book and I'm so glad this is, atleast, just as good. Completely different but just as amazing. Helix is the AI of the first book and I was wondering how Ann Aguirre would pull of writing such a "static" character but it worked beautifully! Aevi, the phurzal (I hope I got that right lol) is as fun a secondary character as Beryl's dog was, if not more so since Aevi is more evolved and has a higher reasoning capacity. I'm stoked that there will be a third book in this universe but I secretly hope that there will be more than the one. I think the author also did a great job with gender identification and pronouns as, for me, it did not distract from the overall story at all and was very fitting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Ann Aguirre continues her Galactic Love series in Love Code. Do you like aliens who science, AIs who art, and murderfloofs with feathers? Then you are in luck because this is the book for you. Helix crash lands without part of their memory luckily (?) near Qalu who is a cutting edge scientist specializing in biological AI interfaces who also just so happens to be able to grow a host body when the ship explodes. We get a lot of fish out of water hijinks as Helix's learns to be a bio-person. The m Ann Aguirre continues her Galactic Love series in Love Code. Do you like aliens who science, AIs who art, and murderfloofs with feathers? Then you are in luck because this is the book for you. Helix crash lands without part of their memory luckily (?) near Qalu who is a cutting edge scientist specializing in biological AI interfaces who also just so happens to be able to grow a host body when the ship explodes. We get a lot of fish out of water hijinks as Helix's learns to be a bio-person. The mystery of the memory loss leads them across the stars where we meet a host of characters who are sure to play a role in future books. Please note I received an ARC of this book.

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