Mandy and the Tentacle Monster by Bebe Harper (2021)
Heat Factor: Sort of perfunctory
Character Chemistry: They are brought together by a series of epic misunderstandings.
Plot: Mandy is abducted by nefarious aliens who sold her to himbos with tentacles who don’t realize that humans are sentient. Mandy feels like a pomeranian until the translation implant is installed.
Overall: The plot is not really well-developed, and we had some feelings about the breeder kink, but the writing is so fun that we kind of didn’t care.
Stalked by the Kraken by Lillian Lark (2021)
Heat Factor: I can totally envision an octopus twirling its tentacle to make it fit in a, ah, space, and why is that so hot?
Character Chemistry: Him: “I want to woo her, let’s have convenience sex.” Her: “I am having an existential meltdown.”
Plot: She’s having business troubles. He’s on a treasure hunt. They’re having a lot of sex.
Overall: Fun and (depending on how much you like tentacles) sexy, but nothing particularly unexpected or surprising.