Title: Wriggle and Sparkle
Author: Megan Derr
Series: – –
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 5 short stories/novellas
Lynn is a kraken shifter in every way: detailed, tenacious, resilient, and hard-working. Also possessive, vain, arrogant, and demanding. It makes him an excellent agent for the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Security and Investigation—and impossible to work with, as the long list of partners who have transferred away from him will attest.
His newest partner is a unicorn, possibly the worst type of paranormal for work that often turns ugly and violent. Everyone knows unicorns are too delicate for such things. Then Anderson proves to be a unicorn like no other, the kind of partner Lynn has always wanted—the kind of partner he wishes was more. But if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that the only thing harder to keep than a partner is a lover.
Warning: Contains tentacle porn
Publisher’s note: This was originally published as a serial at Yaoifix. It has been edited and revised for release with LT3, but nothing significant has changed.
Source: Review copy from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
Kinky kraken sex… is not something I ever imagined I’d find myself typing. However, if the sound of that doesn’t appeal to you in anyway, then this is not the book for you. If it intrigues or amuses you, then the rest of this book will probably do the same.
I had so much fun with this book. A kraken and a unicorn is amusing enough, but add in Lynn’s genderfluid changes, his snarky, obnoxious personality, his arrogance and adoration for high fashion, and you’ll see that he’s no ordinary kraken – if there is indeed such a thing. Anderson isn’t your average unicorn either. Oh, he might love pink and sparkly, pretty things and sweet, sugary food, but he’s definitely not all sunshine and butterflies, can be every bit as awkward as Lynn and is cynical at best when it comes to romance. Yet he has absolutely no problem with getting wrapped up in Lynn’s possessive tentacles, so that helps a lot.
The thing with this book is that it’s actually a collection of five stories (and an epilogue), each providing glimpses of the important moments of Lynn and Anderson’s relationship. We start with their first meeting, go through a few emotional hiccups and end… well you’ll have to read it and see. Each story also has a mystery (or some kind of trouble) attached to it, and while this is usually fun and has our somewhat difficult heroes taking down the bad guys, it does make this less of a standard romance. Their relationship develops in lurches, meaning we don’t get to see all the small and meaningful moments that make them a couple, or the everyday interactions which leads to love. They’re not a couple, then they are, then it’s love – and so on.
This isn’t entirely a bad thing, and I knew the format of the book going in, so I expected it, but despite the kinky sex, this isn’t really romantic (although it does have it’s sweeter moments). Nor is it about those mysteries either, because each segment is fairly short so they get solved pretty quickly, and they do have a tendency to end in a slightly anticlimactic fashion. I really expected more to come out of Lynn’s showdown with his brother, and everything about the story with Anderson’s family ended on a strange and slightly unsatisfactory note.
Mostly it’s about these two unlikely heroes, living their lives as they choose, regardless of what other people expect them to be, while trouble pounces on them from all directions. And I loved that. This book was so much fun. I loved the way it plays with stereotypes and adored how Lynn’s genderfluid body was never an issue, it’s just the way he is. On the whole I preferred Lynn’s POV over Anderson’s, just because Lynn seems to lose some of his snark power when seen through his unicorn’s eyes, but I loved how the pair of them worked together, and also sorted out their futures – in some more obvious ways than others.
There are also some interesting secondary characters, and I’d love to know more about Rudy – with or without Stern. In fact I’d love to know more about most of the creatures in this world. And if I happened to see more of those kelpies at the same time, I definitely would not complain.
So if you’re looking for a paranormal that is completely out of the ordinary, want it kind of fluffy, don’t mind plenty of sex – with and without tentacles – or just want something that will make you smile, then give this a go. It’s episodic, kind of ridiculous at times, but always good fun. Plus, a kraken shifter! How many of those do you see? Especially paired up with a unicorn. Add in that completely adorable epilogue and I can’t help but love it.
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