When the right space pilot walks into his bar, a desperate bartender uses all his wiles (and tentacles) to talk the man into business and his bed--but the spacer is still enslaved by his past and isn't sure he can deal with a two-handed lover, much less one with six.
As the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.
Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.
At the edge of the galaxy's spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
We have to be honest, seeing the word 'tentacles' makes me run. Usually, it is a mile or times ten, away. I and quite a few have been burned by that word, especially erotica works that involve, yes, tentacles. So why did I not run and instead took to interest The Klockwerk Kraken?
Well, I am a huge mythology geek, nerd, whatever you call it. Clockwork animals like those on The Clash of Titans where Bubba, the owl by Harryhausen, played a huge role and it fueled my imagination. Unfortunately, I was wrong to conclude this. There is nothing mythical about this story, and definitely, Bubba is not here. So what is?
Teo is a pod, a man genetically enhanced to have tentacles similar to an octopus, and owns a bar in a waystation. He needs constant supplies to cater to his clients but can find no one to trust. That is, until a shy man enters his bar.
Jimenez had been a slave but through some twist of fate, he is rescued and rehabilitated to function as a free man. No longer can he be forced to do others' bidding. No longer does he have to wear the slave collar. He is now free and seeking to buy a ship and contracts. Unexpectedly, the pod helps him out and rescues him from sure bankruptcy and eventual death.
The relationship that develops between human and pod is not unexpected, this is a romance novel after all. Fortunately for this reader, there is none of the tentacle horror stories here. Yes, this is kind of erotic but frankly, it is the sweet kind. Yes, the tentacles are put into good use, but there is none of the angst and fright associated with it. Furthermore, this was a truly romantic and light read it was impossible to put down.
That tells a lot right now for the many disappointing reads we've had to endure. Aidee Ladnier not only made me smile and tear up to the situation Jimenez had been in, she also made me dream of the Klockwerk Kraken as described in the book. The beauty of such a piece of work is incredibly visual and that is really what made me sit up straight and finish this in one sitting.
As for the action, anxiety and what nots expected? Yes they are are here, but the writer also made me dream of space ports and broken men who deserved not only a second chance, but a life of love in an alien world.
Jimenez opened the bar’s airlock and the urge to run out again washed over him like a splash of cold water. He commanded his frozen legs to shuffle forward and inside. This could turn ugly if he lost his concentration for even a moment. But he wouldn’t. He’d been practicing, becoming accustomed to groups larger than this for revs now.
He could be just like everyone else.
None of them would see the scars on his back or the brand of his tattoo that had marked him since puberty.
Men and women filled half the tables and booths, some laughing and drinking, a few puffing blue smoke. The gaming tables on the side were empty, while a lone player at the billiard table opposite pocketed ball after ball. The room rang with loud voices, clinking glasses, and raucous music.
Jimenez slid into an empty spot at the pale stone bar and caught sight of the clearest, happiest eyes he’d ever seen, a shade lighter than the man’s tousled brown mop above. A dimple quirked at the side of his full lips, mesmerizing Jimenez. The loud voices behind him slid away and for a moment, it was quiet in his mind. Jimenez flinched when his shoulder was jostled and the spell broke.
“Hey, you okay, buddy? First time? What can I pour for you?”
Jimenez blinked, realizing the tall bartender was speaking to him. The man’s smiling eyes crinkled at the corners of his bronzed face. Jimenez swallowed, and he ducked his chin, trying not to stare again, trying to hide his hot cheeks. He’d never been so close to such a handsome man.
“Did you want a drink?” The bartender quirked an eyebrow.
“Yeah… I mean yes. Whiskey neat.” His voice came out gruffer than he expected.
“Bourbon, Scotch, Rye…?”
“Surprise me.” It was a game Jimenez played. He’d order whiskey and discover what the bartender served. If he reached for the rail bottle closest to hand, it meant he would pour either the cheapest or the local favorite. If he pulled something from the top shelf, the bartender angled for a bigger tip. But if he grabbed a decanter off to the side or behind another bottle, he’d score the bartender’s personal pick.
“Coming right up.”
The bartender raised a tentacle in greeting, calling out to another patron.
Oh, God. The man was a Pod.
Of course he was.
In a joint named the Klockwerk Kraken, who better to tend the bar than a tentacled man?
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About the Author
Aidee Ladnier began writing fiction at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
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