I had a nice experience with this book. Comfy Space Opera.
Captain Reese Eddings is a bit of a romance reader and her character is a typical romance heroine in many ways. The attraction to the mysterious albino space "elf" is instant and she habitually throws up roadblocks to the attraction. It's over the top the amount of denial she's in and her crew drags her along the path of most resistance for her own good (as well as the plot's).
Part of the charm of this book is Reese's awareness of so many romance novel elements around her without once accepting that she just may be in love with a certain someone. Another part of the charm is that she's the one often doing the rescuing, and being blind to this the few times when she's rescued.
The furry elements are nice and familiar from my last visit (Vols 1 & 2 of The Dream Healers) . A Centaur with wings, a Phoenix, a mating pair of bipedal felines, and a throw-pillow tribble with strong mental powers make up her crew. They are thrown together with whimsical balance, but still seem realistic; especially as we join them a well meshed crew. There is a comforting Alienness to each; a diversity that avoids stereotypes, but claims labels of diversity within diversity, if that makes sense.
Hirianthial is the Albino that comes to stir the pot, via a rescue. He's an Eldritch, a long living humanoid who looks too human but not quite. He's also telepathic. So, he has that going for him. Often, rather, against him.
It's a fun book without being overly comedic or dramatic. The only drawback is, I have to wonder about the economics of space trade/travel. The question came up briefly in Mindtouch, I think, but it was lamp-shaded early if it was. However, a slightly bit more is needed... space trade economics is exactly the point of several plotpoints... so, when Reese visits Mars with two others thru what is basically more of less public transport with minimum expanse, I'm rather floored.
There are other minor issues, but they all seem to relate to that sort of thing.
Overall, it's not the kind of universe that I'd be unhappy to find myself in. These are exactly the type of people that I would want to know and live with in that universe. I think that's a great part of the attraction here. It's the kind of place that makes me want to write fanfiction (but I won't by request of the author).