The Klockwerk Krakenby Aidee Ladnier
When the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his
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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.
When 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?
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Hold on a sec I need to wipe my eye.. ok now then; I received a free copy of the book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Jimenez a free slave trying to reconcile being free and Teo a Celosian (a humanoid man with tentacles), come together when Jimenez still hurting for having ports implanted walks into Teo's bar. I am not too much into reading Sci-fi books but the blurb of this got my attention. It was a tiny bit slow to me in the beginning but once it picked up... holy cow it went from good to wow. Jimenez goes through so much in this book you can't help but to get misty eyes and tear up at the things he goes through. Teo and Jimenez both finally find a place together where they can both be happy and live together in their HEA.
** spoiler alert ** (This book was received free from the author in return for an honest review via the Goodreads Don't Buy My Love program.) Wow, absolutely charmed by this one. Loved Teo and Jimenez. Teo with his cheeky grins, fabulous bar, boisterous and loving family, and, well, tentacles. TENTACLES! Jimenez, a former slave who went through experimental reprogramming but still battled inner demons and his past. Storytelling here was really subtle and well done. Their periods of togetherness and then times apart allowed us to get to know each of them individually and their whole universe really. SO well done. Due to those periods apart, their relationship progressed slowly, moving from purely physical to more and then to much more. Really liked how there were flaws in each other that they had to overcome. Felt very real to me....like Teo thinking that Jimenez possibly couldn't consent and Jimenez pulling his disappearing act after their nights together when they first started. They were, tentacles or no tentacles, human and fallible and it made me love them more. While it was one of the more romantic books I've read in a while, it was also pretty hot. The vid that Teo sent? Just to say it one more time, TENTACLES! That. Was. Scorching! My personal favorite was the desire tattoo. “I may not be a slave, but having control over one’s body is never a bad thing. As long as I choose who pushes the button.” Well said my friend! Jimenez was really the star in this one for me. He was struggling to overcome his past but was still able to grab on to his future and, in the end, be content with Teo and with himself. Great read, highly recommend.