Reviewed By Aethena Drake
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This is one of those books that reminds me why I say, “I will try almost anything once.” I am glad that I decided to give this one a try. Initially, this book has the feel of the traditional detective novel. Sloane is a private detective who is called upon to help uncover the individual who committed a brutal murder, but that is where the traditional detective story ends. This universe is filled with magic, ghouls, and tentacled old gods. There are tentacles, so many tentacles.
Sloane has dedicated his life to finding out who is responsible for the death of his parents, and he is beginning to give up hope of catching the person. When the man Sloane meets at a Halloween party appears at his office, Sloane’s life is drastically altered. He finds himself making new friends, gaining a romantic partner, getting closer to solving his parent’s murder, encountering old gods who may or may not mean him harm, and learning all of the various uses for multiple tentacles.
The author does a good job of reminding the reader that you should not pass judgment or make assumptions that are strictly based on surface observations. This is especially true, when you are reading a book filled with magic powered characters who thrive on misdirection. The mystery is interesting, but not too complex. The characters are entertaining. I really enjoyed Lynette’s no-nonsense approach to handling problems, and Azaethoth the Lesser is the definition of incorrigible. The setting is also nicely constructed. I had a few moments of confusion trying to sort out Loch and Lochlain and the two Roberts, but overall the story flowed nicely. I am impressed that a book filled with dark magic, terrifying old gods, multiple murders, thievery, and tentacles, could have so many sweet and cuddly moments.
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted mystery, powerful old gods, strangely sweet romance, and tentacles.