Book Reviews

Tangling with a Colossal Squid (Beneath Aquatica's Waves 7) by Charlie Richards at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-January-2020

Book Blurb

Arthur Nesky values control and order in his life. Imagine his frustration when he finds himself the focus of a stalker. After a close call, he visits a friend up north, hoping to get away from his pursuer and gain some perspective. Meeting a sexy man who lights up every nerve ending in Arthur’s body is the epitome of bad timing. Then he finds out who Kaiser is…and the secrets he holds…making him wonder if he’s jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Kaiser Roush is nearly three hundred years old, the alpha of his pod, and a successful businessman. Over the years, he’s learned the value of hard work, how to make harder choices, and what it takes to overcome the odds. When Kaiser meets Arthur Nesky, his mate, it comes as no surprise that there will be obstacles to overcome.

Even if Kaiser can get Arthur to accept his nature, can he discover and remove the stalker threat as well?

Book Review

Returning to World of Aquatica, its shifter family and especially Kaiser’s story, filled me with happiness. I adore this world the author has created focused on an aquarium and theme park in California where the majority of the animals are all marine shifters. I feel as if I’ve been waiting for their alpha’s tale for a long time. Kaiser has held my attention throughout each of the stories and finally seeing him get his happy ever after was well worth the wait.

Kaiser was everything I expected him to be: dominant, sexy, in charge, and in control. Arthur, however, was no pushover, and it was nice to see how well their personalities matched. Of course, when Fate chooses you as mates, I think you’re just about guaranteed the person who is perfect for you. Kaiser flubbing the paranormal reveal was humorous seeing as he should have been on top of this considering his position within the pod.

I really would’ve enjoyed this addition being longer and more in-depth. Kaiser is such an important part of the pod and him finding his mate is a huge deal. Arthur’s acceptance of paranormals and Kaiser’s squid was almost too insta for me and I struggled with that. The “drama” revolving around Arthur’s stalker was predictable and could have definitely been written in a way to keep the suspense flowing. However, that is only my opinion and I’m sure it’s not the predominant view of this story.

I have no idea whether the author plans on writing any more within this world but I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more excitement.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 78 pages/21545 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-January-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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