Book Reviews

When a Man Loves an Alien (Tentacular Tales 3) by Chloe Archer

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Aliens / Future Earth / Interspecies / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 31-May-2023

Book Blurb

A grumpy-sexy alien and his (mostly) human mate are just trying to get married for goodness sake! But the road to matrimony is riddled with obstacles that could prove deadly...


Being engaged to my adorable alien boo is a dream come true. Too bad there’s a target painted on my back. Come on universe, quit messing with true love! For reals. Kai and I need to plan our wedding—which is going to be hella quirky and fun, because I say so.

Cue Shilgar the Deadly, who’s screwing up everything—what with trying to kill me and all. My life is becoming even more unbelievable than my fictional characters, Lord Vardox and Captain Starblade.

There’s no way I’m not walking down the aisle with Kai, so help me! I fully intend to ‘get me to the church’—I mean Vegas wedding chapel—on time. This fool of an assassin thinks he can mess with my dreams of wedded bliss? I don’t think so. He’s about to learn he’s met his match in River Sullivan!


My relationship with River is solid and wedding bells are in the air. Unfortunately, other parts of my life are…less stable. Between juggling a highly inconvenient Mating Fever that can strike at any time, and dealing with an investigator from Intergalactic Alliance Headquarters, I’m finding it hard to hold onto my usual equilibrium.

When Shilgar the Deadly finally shows up on Earth, gunning for River, the control I cling to is stretched razor thin. I’m desperate to do whatever I can to keep my mate safe—but I’m not sure if I can.

Yet things aren’t all that they seem. New secrets come to light and we’re all left reeling. Apparently, that famous Earthling playwright was correct when he wrote, “the course of true love never did run smooth….”

When a Man Loves an Alien (Tentacular Tales #3) is a (100k words) M/M sci-fi rom com and the third book in the series. It should be read in chronological order. This installment features an assassin who just won’t quit, little old ladies at slot machines who should NOT be messed with, a zipline action-hero moment, shocking secrets and revelations, a death-defying climax, and just maybe…a zany Vegas wedding? 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 three continues where book two leaves off. As I have mentioned in previous reviews, this is an over-the-top science-fiction romantic comedy – these are silly, laugh-out-loud, high sugar brain candy with “feels” (River’s words) reads.


River and Kai are on high alert for an assassin who has been contracted by River’s mother’s home planet to eliminate River – deemed an undesirable half-human half-alien by his mother’s family. River and his Alliance teammates have decided to go on the offensive and bait the assassin into making a move. It goes massively awry, of course, and the group is on the defensive again. Meanwhile, there is a wedding to plan!


This installment brought little pops of surprises that better balanced out River’s sometimes overwhelming personality. I am totally not revealing any of those little gems but be prepared for more than a few happy “feels”.  


My quibble with this book was the matchmaking and I admit this is totally my quirk. River – and to a lesser degree Ellie – try to pair up everyone and I found that to be more pushy than enjoyable. I like my romances to be organic between characters, with less “You’re PERFECT for each other!” while shoving two people into each other’s orbits and the subsequent “tell me EVERYTHING!” after they do connect. Yes, matchmaking was in the first two books as well, and it might have been a cumulative effect to hit my quibble radar.


All the awesome supporting characters are back, more new characters are introduced and there are a handful of surprise characters. But wait! There’s more! Yes! There will be a book four! Because the mysterious Sanctioning Ceremony has not happened yet! 


Grab this series for that commute ride, vacation read, or end of the day pick-me-up. This is a no-angst, sci-fi rom-com, and perfect for unwinding. 




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 362 pages/100000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-May-2023
Price $5.99 ebook
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