Twink by HC Brown

Twink by HC Brown
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (29 pgs)
Other: M/M, Spanking, Anal Sex, Flogging, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Raoul is the untouchable sub, the temptation few Doms get to taste. His pretty boy twink appearance and arrogance draws rock star Alec like a moth to the flame.

Master Alec loves a challenge and is determined to lure the haughty model into his dungeon and drive him to subspace.

For a few pages, this book really packs a punch!

I’d never read an HC Brown book up until I read Twink. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. Talk about a lot in a little space… This book delivered. The writing was sharp and I couldn’t put it down. Granted, the read took me less than an hour, but it was worth the time.

The characters are complex and have their secrets. I liked being able to peel them back little by little through the story. When they finally come together…there are sparks. Holy rock star, Batman. Alec, the gay rocker and dom, is just plain hot. He’s everything one might want in a dom. Then there’s Raoul. As much as he seemed like he might be irritating, he was my favorite character. Charming and sweet, while just a little shy, Raoul was just what Alec needed.

If you want scorch-the-reader hot, then this might be the book for you.

My Anniversary by Cora West

My Anniversary by Cora West
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (22 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism, Exhibitionism
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Victoria is celebrating her tenth wedding anniversary in Maui when her husband proposes they explore their hidden fantasies. She’s shocked when he tells her he wants to see her with another man. She admits that she sometimes fantasizes about being an exhibitionist. Add in one sexy, skimpy white dress and a few Mai Tais, and who knows what will happen…

While in Maui Celebrating their tenth anniversary Victoria and her husband start exploring their fantasies, finding themselves and their passion all over again.

After ten years and a set of twins later, they have come to Hawaii to find themselves and where they are in life. That’s sweet! But overall, The Anniversary is not a sweet book. It’s an erotic short story with a simple but deep plot.

It was absolutely nice to see their relationship at a place where they could share each other’s thoughts and fantasies without endangering their relationship and family.

It was eye opening to see Victoria and Eric rekindle their relationship. And they did rekindle it. The passion and chemistry was very much evident from the first page. The chemistry (and an understanding) was there between the new guy and Victoria, as well. And that in itself was a huge plus.

This is a pretty short story but I would have liked a little more detail. Some additional background on Victoria and Eric as well as ‘the guy’. Maybe even a look into the future. “A little more depth” might be the best way to explain what I needed. On the surface it’s a good, simple story. But it had potential for more. It’s a moment in time for this couple and as long as that’s all a reader expects, then it works.

Ms. West did a fabulous job of writing a story that, while believable, also made sure to satisfy this reader’s limits. Because My Anniversary is about fantasies that both of the main characters fulfill, with the help of a guy they meet while vacationing, the ending like a Happy Eve After.

I would recommend My Anniversary to readers enjoy short stories revolving mainly around a couple fulfilling their innermost sexual fantasies.

My Pirate by Cora West

My Pirate by Cora West
Publisher: Self
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (20 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

Pirate fantasy, anyone? When Nicole’s modern-day pleasure cruise is taken over by hungry, lusty pirates, she may have the opportunity to fulfill fantasies she never even knew she had.

Nicole looked forward to hanging out with her friend, Monica, sipping drinks and lounging in the sun. She was more than happy to leave Maryland’s frigid temperature in exchange for a few days in Florida’s blazing heat. Monica, being the more adventurous, dragged  Nicole around to her favorite hangouts and Nicole quickly saw how her fun-loving friend fit in perfectly with the partying atmosphere of Miami. And if drinking and dancing weren’t enough, Monica had booked a surprise cruise on day 3 of Nicole’s vacation. Lounging on the deck sipping rum and watching the shoreline fade away…what could be more perfect than that?

As Nicole dozed on the deck of their private charter, she thought about the abundance of gorgeous men in Miami. The slim pickings back home left much to be desired. Not that it mattered; her love-life had been pretty scarce of late. Her mind drifted and she toyed with the idea of relocating herself. But her pleasant musings were to be short-lived. Before she knew what was happening, their relaxing cruise turned into one of chaos and confusion. Seems the seas are not as safe as one would think, even in today’s modern age, for pirates had just overtaken them.

Despite their perilous dilemma, Monica seemed a bit too relaxed and smug; leaving Nicole to wonder what the heck was going on. While she had to admit, their captors were surprisingly attractive—as pirates go—but seriously? What they heck could they want? Their boat didn’t carry a hoard of treasure or gold, the only people on board were the captain, his first mate, and them. As she examines their bizarre clothing and listens to their historical slang, it doesn’t take long for Nicole to figure out that the men didn’t capture their charter for gold or jewels, they came aboard looking for a much more pleasurable type of bounty…them!

My Pirate by Cora West is an adorable gem of sex and adventure on the high seas. What woman doesn’t dream about being captured and seduced by a sword-swinging scoundrel with an equally impressive dirk down his drawers? It certainly helps when your kidnapper is drop-dead gorgeous with an awesome build and dressed as though he’d just stepped out of a historical romance novel.

While I’m not typically an advocate of one-night stands, I was happy to see that the writer involved the notion of practicing safe-sex. Despite being caught up in the moment, Nicole and Morgan still played things smart. The sole purpose of this tale was for the girls to get ravished and enjoy a bit of excitement in their life, and Ms. West certainly hits the mark. With the girls’ quirky humor and the guys’ eccentric acting, I found myself giggling several times. Ms. West even hints to the possibility that this might not be a wham-bam-thank-you-mam kind of tale after all. While their physical attraction was instant, Nicole and Morgan also spend some time just talking. As the day winds to a close, they make plans to meet again, possibility to see if the budding interest between might include more than just mind-blowing sex.

For a delightfully sexy and exciting read, be sure to pick up a copy of Cora West’s My Pirate. From saucy wenches to pillaging pirates, this contemporary story left me daydreaming about the days when swashbucklers roamed the seas, searching for other ships to plunder and hapless maidens to ravish. Okay, so maybe those times weren’t as magical for the poor hapless saps forced to walked the plank, but a girl can dream can’t she? I’d take a couple of Ms. West’s scallywags any day.

The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon


The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (146 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

A night lost in Paris finds two hearts changed—forever.

Sent to Paris on business, Nigel Warren doesn’t quite understand why his colleagues’ eyes twinkle as they tell him to meet them at a local night spot.

When he discovers it’s a drag cabaret and his acquaintances aren’t there, he realizes he’s the butt of a joke. Yet he finds himself quite undone by a singer dressed in an elegant gown, crooning a spellbinding ballad.

It’s not unusual for Jay, a former Londoner, to bring a new “friend” home from the cabaret, but he’s never had a guest quite like Nigel, whose straitlaced manner hides an unexpected passionate streak.

One romantic night on a rooftop under starry skies, followed by an afternoon enjoying the excitement of the 1901 Paris Exposition, bonds these opposites in a way neither can forget—even after they part.

Their spark reignites when Jay comes to London, but he’s not sure he can go back to hiding his true self, not even for the sake of love…unless Nigel is willing to shed his cloak of staid respectability and take a leap of faith.

Finding himself the butt of a rather rude joke while on a business trip to Paris, Nigel Warren decides that, since no one saw him in the all-male cabaret then no harm done, right? Not quite. All it takes is one glimpse of Jean Michel and he’s done for. Inexplicably drawn to this diva in drag, Nigel’s hopes and dreams are completely shaken up and rearranged. But will one night ever be enough?

Nigel Warren could not have had a worse trick pulled on him. Quiet, restrained, and overly discreet, a drag cabaret isn’t exactly his idea of a perfect night out. However, when he decides to relax and just enjoy himself, I think I fell a little bit in love with this poor, sad soul. As much as I adore historical novels, one of the things that always upsets me is that good, kind men like Nigel are forced to keep their proclivities to themselves and either sneak around or live a life of misery. I was certain that, even if he only got one night with Jay, it would be the best thing to happen to him. Simply because he got to be exactly who he really was for that one night.

Jean Michel – better known as Jay – is the complete opposite of Nigel. A true free spirit, he’s intrigued by this stuffy banker who seeks him out after the show. I was pleasantly surprised by how drawn he is to Nigel considering how different the two of them are. They make quite an odd couple, but for them, it works. I really enjoyed Jay’s drag persona, Jean Michel, nearly as much as I enjoyed Jay himself.

Once Nigel goes back to his day to day life in London, I was devastated for him. He got one fleeting taste of freedom, being able to do and love as he pleased, before being forced back into hiding. This made the middle part of the book very sad, but I had hope they’d find their way back into each other’s arms and I wasn’t disappointed. Although things aren’t all roses and sunshine for them, they manage to make it work in the best way they know how.

The Bohemian and the Banker is a roller coaster ride of emotional turmoil, taking you from embarrassed to happy to sad and everywhere in-between. A sweet and powerful love story, it will suck you in and carry you along until the very end, never giving you a chance to catch your breath.

Caught on Camera Parts 4 and 5 by Lily Harlem

Caught on Camera Parts 4 and 5 by Lily Harlem
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (104 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Part Four:

A bag of surprise props brings new spice to Reece’s life, but how does he feel about so many ‘firsts’ in public?

The filming of porn movie Slippery Slots is reaching its grand climax. Reece has stretched himself in the role of Timothy and given over to lust and desire in front of the camera many times. But when a host of new toys, including a flogger, are delivered as props for the final scene, he finds himself wondering if he’s hit the limits of his sexual, on-screen capabilities.

He must go to Odin’s Raven, a BDSM club in the backstreets of Las Vegas, and be strung up on a cross, naked for all to see. Now instead of a faceless audience, real people will be there to watch him flogged, whipped and buggered. He has to hold in his cries and gasps as he learns the beauty of pain mixing with pleasure. Can he do it? Will pain be pleasurable?

There is only one man he trusts for the job. One person who knows what Reece wants and needs, and how far he can be pushed. That person is Cade, the man Reece is falling for with every beat of his heart.

But will the beating finish Reece off or send him to that foggy, mindless sub-space of ecstasy? Only time will tell and everyone will be witness to the result. He has no place to hide.

Part Five:

Coming down from a high can sometimes result in a crash—but not if handled with care.

Reece’s experience filming the last scene of Slippery Slots has left him drained, satisfied and in need of some serious aftercare. He’s been branded, taken to new heights of pleasure and also been more vulnerable than ever before.

But all this makes for a great movie. The heat factor is at boiling point, the up-close-and-personal angles of the camera are deliciously shocking and the chemistry between Reece and his co-star, Cade, is explosive.
Of course, even porn stars have to live in the real world and for Reece, that means returning to his small flat in his English hometown. It’s hard to land in his old life and his need for Cade—not just in his arms but in his life—is more than he can stand.

So when Cade appears on his doorstep with a hot-off-the-press DVD that they’re the two main stars of, things are bound to get frisky, flirty and downright filthy.

Reece has never been happier or more terrified. He’s made his money, made a movie and made love to the man he can’t bear to be apart from.

But does Cade feel the same way, or was it all an act for the camera? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to remove the layers, the masks and ask the all-important questions.

Now that the filming of Slippery Slots, Reece’s first adult film, is reaching its conclusion, he’s ready for whatever the script can throw at him, no matter how outrageous. With one last epic scene left to shoot, he’s left preparing for the end of his wild adventure abroad. But will it be the end of his relationship with Cade, too? Or will that outlast the film and all the notoriety that comes along with it?

Part four of Caught on Camera leads Reece and Cade to a BDSM club in Las Vegas for a scene of intense sex and bondage. Although Reece is a bit intimidated by the whole idea, having Cade by his side for it all makes it both manageable and worth his while, which I found to be both sweet and a bit sappy. I got quite a laugh over the two women the boys meet at the beginning that went from wanting to hook up to becoming their biggest fan girls. Part five is our resolution, wherein all the filming is done and the boys are left to themselves. I felt really sad for Reece at first when his insecurities started to surface. Although I was certain they’d get their get their happy ending, I felt as unsure as he did. The little added twist at the end with the movie made me grin, it was an obvious but still enjoyable way to end their story.

Both Reece and Cade have come a long way during the course of the serial. I loved watching Reece become more sure of himself. Sitting back and observing as they took this insane idea of filming an adult film and turning it into an opportunity to find real love was quite a treat. I would highly recommend this serial to anyone who loves a good old fashioned love story with a not so traditional setting. Besides, most of it takes place in Vegas, baby. Odds are you might just fall in love with it too. I know I certainly did.

The Biker’s Pup by Sean Michael

The Biker’s Pup by Sean Michael
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Whip came to the Gay Riders Carnival fundraiser weekend looking for a good time, but what he found was infinitely better.

Whip always has a good time at the Gay Riders Carnival, and this year he’s hoping to meet up with some studs and top last year’s festivities. The last thing he expects when he walks into his cabin is to be nearly bowled over by a skinny lad with a bruised jaw.

Nick came to the Carnival with his so-called Master Dirk, but instead of having a good time, things moved quickly from bad to worse and Dirk responded to his safeword with a punch. Running away and hiding was Nick’s only option.

Broke, alone and not entirely sure how he’s going to get home, Nick thinks Whip is a dream come to life and he’s just waiting for the other shoe to drop. For his part, Whip is drawn to the sweet pup and falls hard for Nick over the course of the long weekend.

But what’s going to happen when the weekend is over?

Whip loves the Gay Bikers weekends. There was no need to hide his erection, and plenty of eye candy — of the flesh and bike kinds alike. When he finds a slim pup in his cabin, Whip is surprised. Curiosity quickly turns to protective anger when he discovers the bruise on Nick’s face occurred after he’d used his safeword. The pup is gorgeous, sweet and more than a little addictive — and Whip quickly learns he doesn’t want to let his pup go.

Nick is a gorgeous little sub and Whip is the perfect top for him. I greatly enjoyed their interactions from the very start. I liked how deep down Whip is a softie, despite his huge appearance, leathers and love of all things biker. It was clear from their first meeting Whip was kind and considerate, the way he paid attention to Nick’s body language, the protectiveness Whip showed immediately. While submissive, I loved how Nick still had his pride. It was a pleasure to see them grow fond of each other and come together. Nick and Whip are both strongly written characters and I was drawn into their story immediately.

The Biker Carnival was also a great backdrop. Having never been to one personally, I loved the feeling of being immersed into the party atmosphere and it was a pleasure to read about it, and the antics Whip and Nick got up to during their weekend. There’s a bit of kink in one of the scenes that I found really hot and tastefully written. I found myself cheering along for both Whip and Nick, and even intrigued by Trig — Whip’s best friend and a strong secondary character.

A great, fast read with plenty of smoking hot sex and enough romantic sensitivity to have me sighing with pleasure. An excellent book and one I will happily reread many times to come.

Black as Night by Shelby Morgen

Black as Night by Shelby Morgen
Special Outreach Services (S.O.S) Book 1
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Feral cats are disappearing all over Chinatown, and Special Agent Tom Katowski, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been assigned to investigate the case. Not that feral cats are really his jurisdiction, but the county’s getting way too many calls, and someone’s got to check it out. Who better than an old tom cat?

Officer Evaline O’Donnell thinks the Special Agent’s story is more than a little fishy, so she’s up to doing some investigating of her own. But will that Tom Cat strut get her so distracted she forgets who’s supposed to be wearing the handcuffs?

“I’ve had a lot of practice dealing with cats like you. I’ll never tell you where my stash is.”

The one thing that made me want to start reading is the feral cat part. I love cats and with the main character being a cat shifter, I had to try it!

Black as Night is the first book in the series and is an introduction to the S.O.S! Ms. Morgen has unveiled a shifter world of her own. This book is an opening to the S.O.S series and I expected to learn more about that organization in the story than just the name. The author did give a certain amount of introduction after the story, but I was expecting the ‘Special Outreach Services’ to be mentioned a lot more than it is.

The chemistry and passion between Tom and Evaline steams up this short story but Tom’s inability to be serious, other than in bed, made for a nice tension breaker. Hot and steamy with a side of humor.

The plot was good and while the writing could have been a lot more descriptive it wasn’t a deal breaker. The climax/ending was a very welcome surprise.

Anyone who loves their book boyfriend’s tall, dark and handsome, step right in and pick up this read!

Thunder Wolves: Clay by B.J. McCall

Thunder Wolves: Clay by B.J. McCall
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Kissa Troy mistakenly believes she’s safe in her identity as Beth Smith. No one knows she’s a mountain cat shifter and hiding from the Catamounts, a dangerous shifter cult. One day, a sexy alpha wolf walks into her life. Shaking off a determined wolf isn’t easy. When she’s tracked down by the Catamounts, Kissa turns to the wolf for protection.
Wolves and mountain cats are natural enemies, but all it takes is one breath and Clay Thunder is hooked. The sex is hot. The attraction is undeniable. She may be a cat with trouble on her tail, but she’s the one.

Still. A wolf — and a mountain cat?

This short story is a real winner. It has action, suspense, a riveting plot and a hero and heroine that are awesome together.

Ms. McCall impressed me with this novelette. Each chapter is packed with a lot of information. The author used the minimum amount of words yet she still provided the emotional connection between a reader and her characters and I really got into the story. I didn’t feel cheated or shortchanged in any aspect of this tale. Ms. McCall truly knows her craft.

The one aspect that stood out for me was the suspense. I bet that if I could see myself in a mirror, I wouldn’t be surprised to see my eyes wide and my mouth hanging open. It really got intense a few times making this one of the fastest read stories in months. I enjoyed every second of it and couldn’t stop reading until I finished it, in one sitting. Amazing!

I liked how the author presented Kissa to a reader in the beginning. It successfully garnered my sympathy and interest. And yes, even though the mating scent ploy is used, I liked how Clay and Kissa interacted. It didn’t come across as trite, fast, gratuitous or pat. It was natural, believable and thoroughly entertaining and satisfying. I kept waiting for the characters to say or do the one thing that would trip up the whole story and it never happened. This was a complete joy to read.

I will point out my niggle about Dan. Considering who he was and what has happening to the people in the bar, I have no clue as to why he was not targeted by the bad guys, because he should have been. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he wasn’t because he was a nice guy. He still was a perfectly good target and it never materialized. Considering how bloody efficient the bad guys turned out to be, that was a glaring oversight.

Since this is an erotic romance, it’d be remiss of me not to mention how delicious their sex scenes were. They were well done, well placed and were definitely a lot of fun to read. Clay and Kissa are wonderful together.

This review is a joy to write because I still have a happy buzz going on from reading Clay. This little gem is an easy recommend for all paranormal romance readers. Ms. McCall has written a keeper.

The Gilded Scarab by Anna Butler

The Gilded Scarab by Anna Butler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Steampunk, Alternate World, Historical, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (311 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, Cheating/Sex Beyond the Main Pairing
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

When Captain Rafe Lancaster is invalided out of the Britannic Imperium’s Aero Corps after crashing his aerofighter during the Second Boer War, his eyesight is damaged permanently, and his career as a fighter pilot is over. Returning to Londinium in late November 1899, he’s lost the skies he loved, has no place in a society ruled by an elite oligarchy of powerful Houses, and is hard up, homeless, and in desperate need of a new direction in life.

Everything changes when he buys a coffeehouse near the Britannic Imperium Museum in Bloomsbury, the haunt of Aegyptologists. For the first time in years, Rafe is free to be himself. In a city powered by luminiferous aether and phlogiston, and where powerful men use House assassins to target their rivals, Rafe must navigate dangerous politics, deal with a jealous and possessive ex-lover, learn to make the best coffee in Londinium, and fend off murder and kidnap attempts before he can find happiness with the man he loves.

An aeronaut loses his commission due to an injury, gets a new job as a coffee shop owner in the heart of Londinium—and comes face to face with more temptations and deadly dangers than he ever did in the Aero Corps.

A part of this story reads like steampunk Starbucks coffee wars. Amazing stuff, really. I loved every bit of this tale. Though it starts kind of slow, the length of this piece gives time and space for each character to develop into three-dimensional people. Besides, Rafe is sort of lost in the beginning, trying to find a place where he might fit in, so the tardiness belongs there.

The plot is slow to reveal itself. If you’re a perceptive reader, some of the plot twists won’t come as a surprise. But the way everything is handled, is unique and absolutely captivating. The Houses that form the powerbases of this Londinium and the Britannic Imperium have fascinating and complex ties, so you never really know who’s on who’s side. And while the princeps of these Houses are known by all, the other members can be anyone really. You never know.

This complex steampunk world is given to us through Rafe’s eyes, via his first person sarcastic British wit and dry British humor. As such, the sporadic explanations given, a detail here and another there, merely raise a whole bunch of new questions. Clever piece of writing indeed. Thankfully, to those in need, there’s a glossary of terms in the back and a map of the main plot area in the front of the book. Trust me when I say both will come in handy, even if the map should have been the other way around, I think. The technologies alone are a staggering concoction of real and fantasy armaments, vehicles, city powers, etc. They all read realistic though they are far from it. Delicious.

Rafe is a wonderful character, a member of a Minor House and overjoyed at having nothing to do with them and their schemes. He’s smart though a bit slothful, loving though professing to care only for sex, and able to form natural, lasting friendships even though he’s suspicious of people’s motives and ties to the Houses. In short, Rafe is a complex individual, realistic and relatable.

Rafe becomes acquainted with two men, Edward and Daniel, in a gay molly house, and he has sex with both of them in the story, though not at the same time. A fair warning if your consider that cheating. One of these relationships forms the foundation of Rafe’s new life, the other becomes the bane of his existence. It’s not difficult to tell which is which. But that epiphany is only the beginning of the story.

Add to these the likes of Mr. Pearse, the coffee shop’s former owner, Hugh, Rafe’s batman, Will, the pastry chef next door, Hawkins, the bodyguard fully prepared to kill for his charge, or Stravaigor, Rafe’s House’s leader—and you have an amazing pool of people to draw Rafe into the multi-layered plot. And those above are just a few of the eccentric characters prowling the streets of Londinium, mixing their affairs with those of Rafe who is just trying to find a place to call his own.

I give this superbly woven tale top marks and my highest recommendations to anyone who likes a slow-build M/M romance filled with suspense and intrigue, even if you’re not a fan of steampunk or historicals. The sex portions take place at the beginning of the book, while the suspense fills out the rest. I am honestly impressed with the level of detail, characterization, plot developments, and the writing that matches the subtleties of the created world with its uses of slang and steampunk parlance. I absolutely recommend this to everyone, regardless of your preferred genre.

Synchronicity by Shelby Morgen

Synchronicity by Shelby Morgen
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Bluet

Jody’s won the masquerade costume competition for four years running. She should be a shoo-in for first place this year, as well, except that she’s being badly upstaged by a tentacle monster costume. Tara’s got to come to the rescue or it’ll be one miserable drive home. Besides, Jody’s a fantastic costumer, and she deserves all the attention she’s not getting. When Tara springs into action to divert the audience’s attention, the last thing she expects is a chance to experience some real live tentacle play herself!
Only problem is, her Tentacle Monster’s costume doesn’t come off. He’s really a shape shifting alien on the run from some real live alien bounty hunters dressed in what look like leftover eighties costumes from the set of Flash Gordon, and now Tara’s got to help him escape, or she could end up crated off to Zenon to stand trial for aiding and abetting a fugitive.

Where are the Men in Black when you need them, anyway?

Tara is attending a costume fan convention, and has been tasked with luring away a man in a fantastic tentacle costume who is stealing the thunder of her good friend. Always up for a challenge, Tara easily entices the man to follow her. As the elevator they are riding in is stopped, Mr. Tentacles, whose name is Juxtan, takes Tara on a whole ‘nother kind of ride. This boy is an alien on the run, and those tentacles sure feel real!

Tara comes off as brass and ballsy, but she’s really putting on a good face after her self-confidence took a dive. Juxtan is in a dangerous situation, but he finds himself wanting to play the hero for Tara, who has entranced him in a very short time. They have an explosive chemistry together, but have to outwit the villains before they can have any kind of future.

This was a very hot and sexy short story. Because of its length, the reader doesn’t really have time to become invested in the characters. They meet, there’s heat, and then the chase. It was amusing, and poked fun at comic conventions, and the people who attend them. I loved the heroic and sexy alien, and this story flowed along without a dull moment. For readers who are into sizzling sci-fi, this novella left me smiling. Don’t be surprised if you go looking for an alien of your own.