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Review: When a Man Loves an Alien – Chloe Archer

When a Man Loves an Alien - Chloe Archer

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

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 (96k 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!

Warnings: sex involving tentacles, some violence

About the Series

Tentacular Tales is an M/M sci-fi rom com series that follows the adventures of humans falling in love with aliens who are living incognito on Earth–in the wild and fabulous, Las Vegas. Of course that’s where aliens would be hiding right under our noses! Enter a world full of plenty of geeky humor, zany shenanigans, sexy aliens, and tentacles galore! Think Men in Black meets The Princess Bride–but hella gay! Note: This series should be read in chronological order.

The Review

We pick up after book two, with Kai and River worried about the assassin hired by River’s mother’s family to kill him. River has adjusted to the fact that he is half alien and half human, and is working hard at the Alliance. finding a way to allow the aliens who cannot integrate with humans due to their appearance to belong. So many oof them must live in hiding, something River plans to fix.

In book two, he figured out how to create an alien exotic dance group and an alien Elvis impersonator. Humans believed these were all men in costume, unaware of who and what they really were.

River and Kai are now engaged, and of course River wouldn’t be River if he didn’t come up with a new nickname for Kai. He always calls Kai or Boo, so why not Boo-ancé?

Kai has finally gotten used to all of River’s strange terms, especially his constant referrals to Star Wars, Star Trek and anything else space related. River gets extra protection when it becomes evident that the assassin is now on Earth. His first attempt at killing River is a failure and then he discovered that as a royal, he had a survival gene, so killing him would be difficult.

Kai is dealing with a problem of his own as an Internal Affairs Agent comes to investigate something he did without permission. In addition, after two hundred years, Kai has become the first male to suffer from Mating Fever, a condition that can strike him without notice.

Kai and River have a lot to deal with, but River never loses his desire to help those he loves with any problems they might have. He has also become quite a match maker, beginning with Kai’s brother Mal and River’s Uncle Benji. If you have been reading this series, then you are very familiar with Uncle Benji – the maker of magic brownies.

The love Kai and River have for each other keeps growing, and their desire to care for each other, putting everything else aside, is wonderful.

This is a series that must be read in order, since the next book begins where the last one ends. There are some major surprises, and I mean major.

Of course, there is tentacle sex, if you have read the previous books then you know exactly what I am talking about. There’s also edge-of-your-seat suspense, amazing characters and some laugh-out-loud moments, courtesy of River. He has no filter, so when his mouth opens, it’s anyone’s guess what will come out. He’s the main reason I love this series. 

I can’t wait for the next book to learn what else is in store for River and Kai – hopefully it won’t be a long wait.

The Reviewer

I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.

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