Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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
I’ve read many different types of stories from Megan Derr but never a love story between a unicorn and a kraken. So Wriggle & Sparkle was a definite first. But as expected Megan Derr delivers not only a wonderful offbeat romance but several unusual cases for these partners at the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Security and Investigation to solve.
Its all about the Wriggle and the Sparkle, as in Lynn the kraken and Anderson the unicorn. Neither will fit your idea of what a typical kraken or unicorn should be, In fact they don’t fit most of the paranormal world’s idea either. Lynn is a gender shifter, sharp dressing, detail oriented crack detective…who can’t keep a partner for longer than a flick of a tentacle. His newest matchup? Anderson…a slutty, sparkly unicorn who goes against what most unicorns (and the paranormal world) think unicorns should be. He’s also snarky, intelligent, and appreciates the finer points of the kraken in front of him. Things start to spark and sizzle immediately between the two, but peculiar cases both pull them together while pushing them emotionally apart.
This is a collection of cases so it doesn’t always flow as naturally as I wanted it too from chapter to chapter but as I have a tendency to like that format it didn’t bother me as it might others.
I loved the natural history that Derr created for her kraken species. Its fascinating and Lynn comes with a sibling who has an important role in his life and in this story. The fluidity and naturalness which with Derr folds her background and world building works so well here that I found myself believing in her krakens and unicorns wholeheartedly. Even down to the tentacle sex.
This is not my first story with tentacle sex. The way Derr handles it feels exactly right to the species involved and the body type they are in at the moment. Yes, these are shapechangers with all that entails. I have to admit most of the time with such disparate species I tend to roll my eyes a bit. Not here. Derr more than makes her case for interspecies love and then seals it with a resounding “hell yes”.
Along with layered characters, as I said there are some interesting paranormal cases to solve. Some weird, some heartbreaking…but all will command your interest. I easily could have had several more to read about. But then again I feel that about about almost all of Megan Derr’s stories.
The reason why is here on display. Its her attention to detail. In compiling a natural history for her kraken, very little is left out, right down to offspring and incubation. I loved that. It pulled me in and let me connect emotionally to the couple and the events as they occur. From the dialog to the clothes to the very hot sexy scenes, Lynn and Anderson were a couple I found I could fall in love with and root for. Which I did all the way to the end of the page.
I think you will do the same.
I highly recommend Wriggle & Sparkle by Megan Derr. Its romantic, suspenseful, intriguing and fun. And of course, sexy. Check it out for yourself.
Cover art by Aisha Akeju works for the character of Lynn and the story.
ebook, 260 pages
Published August 10th 2016 by Less Than Three Press (first published January 2014)
Original TitleWriggle & Sparkle