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No Tentacles. No Porn. But, the Title Is Still Apt
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2017
If you ever doubted the value of browsing Kindle freebies and Kindleunlimited for gems, well, this wonderful book will restore your faith. This was an entertaining and worthy find, and I congratulate you for finding it.
If you are going to have an alien-nerd rom-com bemused adventure you need the right alien and the right nerdy everyman. Cawdron gets that part just right, and so everything else falls nicely into place. It's important that our nerdy everyman be in touch with the "hero within" because unrelenting nerdiness gets old fast. Here, our hero is confused and conflicted, but also smart, resourceful, observant and sometimes dropdead funny. This is a guy you can root for. The alien is, of course, a total babe, but Cawdron makes a big joke of that and moves beyond the babelicious jokes to sketch a remarkably appealing profile of an earnest alien contactor. The result is an especially engaging teaming up, with enough misunderstandings, pratfalls, and goofy action/suspense to keep the book screaming along.
The book starts at a frantic pace, with our hero waking up in a psych hospital and then descending into a confused and bizarre memory of impossible things. All of this is cleared up pretty quickly, and our plot gets nicely on track. MILD SPOILER. Basically, this is a First Contact story with a romantic/comedy element. Cawdron doesn't hide information or make the alien reveal a long drawn out affair. We get our hero, we get our alien, we do some space traveling, we avoid governmental types, we have adventures, we have some quiet moments, and we get a touching upbeat little romance.
There are a few "People of Earth, Hear Me!" speeches, but even that is done with a light touch that was upbeat rather then gummy or syrupy. There is a hilarious set piece in which our hero has to soap up the naked alien so she can sneak and slither somewhere, and our hero is so conflicted about whether his lustful feelings are good or bad or smutty or noble or something else that you just have to admire the author's ability to create such a nutty/thoughtful/decent/horny hero character. This is good stuff, and way beyond what I expected.
So, this is remarkably engaging, and very funny, with a consistently upbeat tone and a zippy pace. Just an excellent find. (Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)