Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
On a planet in the middle of allied space, two species--human and hirsa--founded a joint colony. For crimes involving both human and hirsa, there is the Department of Integration. When a particularly vicious murder is committed, two partners will have to question everything they know to find the killer--and learn about each other along the way. More

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Thea Hayworth lives surrounded by snakes, gadgetry and reference materials. She is also incurably addicted to pen names.

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Ann C reviewed on June 24, 2019

I cannot rave enough about Thea Hayworth. Amazingly talented! One of my absolute favorites is "Integrate," a short but sensational alien buddy cop SF mystery rom. The world-building is fantastic! Beloved comfort re-read! So many warm fuzzy feelings paired with humor & snark. Love it!
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Autumn Johnson reviewed on May 14, 2019

I agree with everyone else on how wonderful the world building is and how well written the characters are. You can tell that much just by reading the sample to be honest.

Not gonna lie I found this because someone made a podfic of a Sezin pov fic that was just brilliant. I was a little bit afraid that the original story wouldn't have the same seamless world building and teasing relationship. I was fool. This plays into every writing style and trope I love.

If you've ever read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and thought "man, I wish there were more sci-fi stories with queer characters that don't just assume human social norms are standard and have an awesome external plot as well a romance" well you're in luck. Buy this right now. You should've read it yesterday and you're going to want to read it tomorrow.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Nmb29 reviewed on Feb. 15, 2018

(reviewed the day of purchase)
BonnibelLecter reviewed on Dec. 29, 2017

This was lovely, warmly written and a joy to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
M. Caspian reviewed on Nov. 15, 2016

Thea Hayworth is an absolutely fantastic author. It's apparent even in really simple things – "The elevator groaned its way to the fourth floor, spitting them out in a well-lit hallway that
hummed only a little from the din in the bar." – but the whole story sparkles. Gorgeous worldbuilding, wonderful plotting, just 100% fabulous.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Ris reviewed on May 3, 2015

Ah, once again my old problem when faced with a book written by Thea Hayworth (and there aren't enough of those by far) - I WANT MORE! I want more of this story (engrossing), I want more about these characters (interesting individuals and real aliens), I want more of this woldbuilding (what we get are just glimpses into a rich future/ scifi world), well, I just want more!
As for the "helpful parts" of a review, Kira Seyvah said averything relevant in hers, I can't add anything more.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
neverperfect reviewed on April 8, 2015

Engrossing and well written. I'd happily read more (and more and more) about these characters. Excellent worldbuilding.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Cay Seyvah reviewed on March 31, 2015

I loved reading this, and would love to see more set in the same universe.

The story is not only brilliantly written and very sexy in the kinky parts, but presents a truly engrossing murder mystery as the overarching plotline. The twists uncovered in the investigation and the actual outcome managed to surprise me, but were thoroughly believable and consistent in hindsight.

Overall, the worldbuilding and differences between human and hirsa culture are not only permeating the story as more than an exotic backdrop, they are essential to both the story and character interaction in a way that felt very natural to me.

The relationship of the main characters develops slow and sweet enough to satisfy the demand for romance that is more than just sexy times and some cheese. While the tentacles are there, and are definetely sexy, the spice of the relationship is the way their differences in both needs and what one might call dating conventions are handled.

Relationship delevopment and the unfolding murder investigation are expertly intwined.

Recommended for not just tentacle lovers, but most everyone who likes sci-fi, intercultural romance and is not squicked off by some alien anatomy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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