Title: The Klockwerk Kraken
Author Name & Publisher: Aidee Ladnier (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 28, 2015 – 155 pgs
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?
This was a great novella to read this evening. I loved this book from the start. There’s action, suspense, love and romance all wrapped up into one nice, tightly written story. The characters are real, in depth, and saucy. You get to know them well.
My two complaints about this story are thus. The first has no bearing on the rating. I would have loved to see some of the side characters fleshed out a bit more, to have them have more personality and meaning to the story. These are two very independent characters, but even independence requires reliance.
Secondly, which this did affect the rating otherwise this book would have been a hands down five star! which I rarely give out, there was a point where the story slowed down. It was almost as if this was two separate short stories melded together with a lot of boring dating in the middle. I got bored between 25% to 55%, and it massively slowed down the reading of this piece and the pace of the story itself.
The characters didn’t move. There wasn’t any development for them. It was as though we were seeing every single step to a relationship, even steps that are unnecessary to see.
Like I said before, Teo and Jimenez are fast some of my favorite characters I’ve read in a love time, especially Teo. They both have rich backgrounds that support who they are in the moment the story takes place. The backgrounds come out slowly as the story develops, which is perfect.
And come on, who doesn’t love some tentacles!!
Aidee Ladnier (who also writes as Angelia Pitman) 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.
See also Angelia Pitman