Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Creature Feature #1: Pet to the Tentacle Monsters by Lilia Ford

** Creature Feature is a special here at Black Heart, dedicated to the stranger side of romance. **

Release Date: July 9, 2014
Publisher: LiliaFord Romance LLC
Genre: Erotica
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★

It’s been more than twelve years since the alien invasion wiped out much of the human population and forced those who were left into Refugee Communes. As far as Benji Tucker is concerned, a life devoted to bare survival is boring as hell. But when a stupid prank threatens to bring disaster down on the entire commune, the Galactic Enforcers show up and announce Benji is now eligible for adoption—by the invaders!

He wakes in a plain white cell to find three very different monsters determined to make him their pet.

Warning: Adult Readers Only. Contains plenty of hot, non-consensual tentacle action, including but not limited to tentacle spanking, tentacle gagging, and tentacle-sex. Quite separately, it also contains an adorable pink-rainbow-sparkle tentacle monster. Those who dislike adorable pink rainbow sparkles or hot tentacle action should definitely not read this book.

Let me set the scene of Pet to the Tentacle Monsters for you.  The world has been invaded by aliens. Aliens that are unseen but have Enforcers who have basically corralled all humans into these refugee camps.  Food is rationed, people are ranked based on their behavior and what they do for the community.

Benji does very little for his community, at the age of eighteen.  He's gained no rank, he's bottom of the barrel, little more than a pain in the ass to his uncle who is his only surviving family member.

After a foolish teenage move on Benji's part that causes damage to his camps crops, an Enforcer comes to claim him for "adoption".  This means he is fitted with some strange eye lens that enables him to see the aliens that have always been there.  The tentacle aliens.  Adoption also means you go live with these aliens, leaving your community behind.

Here is where the strange really starts to happen, you know...because that all wasn't strange enough.

His abduction leads him to contact with three tentacle monsters. He gives each a name as they can't introduce themselves. They can't speak, no mouths, just tentacles.

Kitty - the small, shy one who likes to play and cuddle.

Black - the large ominous one that seemingly enjoys jacking Benji off while secreting some sweet fluid into his mouth. Repeatedly.

Silver - the one who really likes to beat Benji into submission by simultaneously mouth and ass raping him.  Also, Silver enjoys rubbing around in Benji's snot (is that some new fetish?).  Repeatedly.

"When it discovered the snot leaking from Benji's nose, it became excited. Whether it was from curiosity or a desire to humiliate his prey, the creature couldn't get enough of the tears and gook, seeming to revel in smearing them over Benji's face like a child finger painting."

Benji must reconcile his new life and his new surroundings, which become increasingly more comfortable the more he complies to the tentacles. And the more comfortable it becomes the more he wants to stay with his Rapists? Friends? I don't know what you'd call them.

The writing was surprisingly not bad.  When it comes to 'monster erotica', I'm used to something a lot rougher.  I won't say this was a literary masterpiece of writing, but it wasn't horrible and there was a world developed.

But it wasn't sexy.  I know what you're thinking. I can hear you silently judging.

Yes, I realize they are tentacles and in what way can tentacles be sexy? But this is labeled erotica so the point is to be sexy. If you write erotica, it needs to be erotic in some way.

Pet to the Tentacle Monsters just wasn't.   Perhaps it is that the characters were lacking.  The tentacle monsters don't speak through most of the book, if there had been more conversation maybe the relationships they formed with Benji could have brought more to the story.

However, it was entertaining.  It's a short read, only 50+ pages, getting through it wasn't a hardship, I wasn't bored.  I just wasn't particularly excited either.  But for those of you in the world of unique turn on's, perhaps this is the book for you. 

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