Book Reviews

Can't Help Falling in Love with an Alien (Tentacular Tales 2) by Chloe Archer

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Future Earth / Interspecies / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 22-May-2023

Book Blurb

A grumpy-sexy alien and his (mostly) human sunshiny mate find the road to happily ever after is paved with challenges, including a troublesome ex, alien refugees in need of help, unexpected mating instincts, and someone trying to expose alien existence on Earth. Tentacles and tarnation! Will they be able to handle everything in their way and finally get engaged?


Working for the Alliance is a sci-fi nerd’s dream–aka mine–come true. I’ve even won the heart of my grumpy-sexy alien boyfriend. Nothing can bring me down, baby. I’m walking on freaking sunshine! Except now one of Kai’s douchey AF exes decides to turn up like a bad case of crabs that he can’t get rid of. I don’t trust him one bit. But I’ve got even bigger problems to worry about. Like helping some awesome aliens in trouble, and maybe moving in with Kai, who’s totally going to propose any day now—right? Oh, and my shady relatives might be hiring an assassin to take me out. So, you know, a day in the life of River Sullivan. I’m sure everything’s going to be fine. Won’t it?


Just when we think we have a new lead on the drug dealer targeting extraterrestrials on Earth, we run into a major roadblock. And the longer this mess of an investigation drags on without answers, the less I like it. Outside of work though, things are going amazingly well with my adorable mate–dear galactic gods, how did that happen? But with an ex back in my life wanting to be friends again, and the threat of a potential assassin looming, things are getting a little complicated. I love River with both my hearts—and all five tentacles—but even I’m worried I might not be able to protect him from the dangers ahead. Also, I need to figure out how the heck I’m going to propose to him. River deserves something “epic,” and I don’t want to let him down. Am I going to be able to deliver?

Can’t Help Falling in Love with an Alien (Tentacular Tales #2) is a (116,000 words) M/M sci-fi rom com and the second book in the series. It should be read in chronological order. This installment features a pajama party date that will go down in infamy, inappropriate team t-shirts, a half-baked love poem, more Captain Starblade and Lord Vardox, drunken shenanigans courtesy of spaceship moonshine, unexpected mating instincts, plenty of new aliens with problems for River to solve, and tentacles galore. And possibly an epic proposal? This book has an HFN ending and no cheating. Never fear—there is a guaranteed HEA by the end of the series!


Book Review

Book two picks up right where book one leaves off. I had mentioned in the book one review that this is an over-the-top science-fiction romantic comedy and that still stands. ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with an Alien’ is a campy, silly, laugh-out-loud, high-sugar brain candy with “feels” read.


River is back in full enthusiastic force, quoting manically from Dr. Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek (just to name a few…) as everyone who is in his orbit is sucked into his rather amazing plans. It’s as if even the characters on the page need to see what River is going to do next. In this case, it’s Operation Re-homing Alien’s Lovingly (Plan O.R.A.L.), a way to ensure that aliens feel more welcome on Earth. You’ll have to read to see how that turns out…


Kai has been totally consumed by River’s gravitational pull and while trying to maintain a gruff exterior, he’s all squishy hearts on the inside. But loving River does come with a few embarrassing moments that you’ll have to read to see how those turn out…


Book one’s favorite cast of characters are back - Ellie, Maddox, Roxy, Zamir, Mal, Benji, Evan, and Chewy – with the addition of some new ones that will quickly become favorites.


My one quibble with the book is that River’s enthusiasm overwhelmed other aspects of the book and characters, especially Kai. Where Kai balanced River’s quirks in book one, in book two I felt Kai’s personality was just… lost. I missed his grounding influence and grumpiness. As relates to other characters, I was a bit uncomfortable with River pushing the newly homed aliens into things he deemed “perfect!” after one meeting. But that could be my own introverted personality coming through.


And! Lest I forget, there are the ongoing plot arcs of who is trying to assassinate River, what is happening to Kai’s hormones, subterfuge, and intrigue amongst Team A.N.A.L and will there be a wedding? You’ll have to read to see how that turns out…


But don’t worry! There is a book three!


Same as my first review – this is a perfect commute, vacation or unwind after a sucky day book. It’s a pure feel-good brain candy read that provides chuckles and good-humored groans. But don’t forget to read book one first!




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 116000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-December-2022
Price $5.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback
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