There's no violence in this story, and none of the cruelty or humiliation that too often comes with taboo erotica, and yet this is one of the eeriest tales I've read - and that's a good thing! Writing a monstrous erotica story from the monster's own perspective is an ambitious touch, and having the monster not only narrate the encounter but draw the reader into it lends it an unsettling quality that's hard to describe. The language is vivid and poetic, the touches of dry humor here and there are all the sharper for being so sparing, and there's a compelling blend of darkness and gentle affection throughout the story. Dark erotica doesn't need to be brutal or degrading to leave a haunting impression, as this story perfectly demonstrates.
(reviewed the day of purchase)