Purple Haze is the second book in the Aliens in New York series and the books are meant to be read in order. This review may then reveal plot points that occurred in the first book.
It’s been six months since Dillon met Lang and that meeting changed both of their lives. They know they are better together and living together has made their lives easier in many ways. The events that followed Dillon finding out where Lang is really from have had a lasting effect on Dillon and he’s about to find out just how much his life is going to change.
Dillon is excited to be opening an art school while Lang continues his business ventures, but Lang knows that his ultimate mission is becoming futile. The men don’t venture out in public much, but when they do one night, a camera flash temporarily blinds Dillon, setting off a course for who he is to become, or who the elders of the clan want him to become.
It seems there is no choice but for Dillon to do as the elders want and go where they want him to go when he learns new truths about himself and his world is turned completely upside down. But even though Dillon is now part alien, his home is on Earth and his life is with Lang. It may take everything they have to keep that dream alive.
I was interested to see how Dillon and Lang’s relationship would progress after the first book, which was the main reason I picked up this second story. While I enjoy the storyline of aliens living amongst humans in New York, the storyline of Lang’s mission and then his history didn’t come together for me well in the first book and this book continued that problem. Dillon and Lang don’t spend all that much time together in this book and I found most of it to be slow and ultimately not satisfying.
After the events of the first book, Dillon’s DNA was altered causing him to develop new abilities. The elders then come and whisk him away. The clans and the elders weren’t explained to my liking in the first book and it wasn’t any better here. It wasn’t overly clear what they wanted from Dillon and it made most of the book overly slow and drawn out for me. Dillon has no idea what’s happening and Lang is worried about him and missing him and Dillon’s time away wasn’t pieced together well for me at all.
Dillon is really close to his family, but this is the book where one conversation between Dillon and his mother would have alleviated so much turmoil and that’s not a plot device I enjoy, especially since it was clear from book one that his mother knew a whole lot more than she was saying. Lang also was sent to Earth for a specific mission and at the end it’s not clear what his next move will be and what his ultimate health will be continuing to live on Earth. The personal relationship was added in between all the clan business and then hijacked by Dillon’s mother and grandmother and I just didn’t care for the way this story played out. If you have read Uncommon Ground and enjoyed it, this may work better for you, but this one didn’t work out well for me.