I loved reading this, and would love to see more set in the same universe.
The story is not only brilliantly written and very sexy in the kinky parts, but presents a truly engrossing murder mystery as the overarching plotline. The twists uncovered in the investigation and the actual outcome managed to surprise me, but were thoroughly believable and consistent in hindsight.
Overall, the worldbuilding and differences between human and hirsa culture are not only permeating the story as more than an exotic backdrop, they are essential to both the story and character interaction in a way that felt very natural to me.
The relationship of the main characters develops slow and sweet enough to satisfy the demand for romance that is more than just sexy times and some cheese. While the tentacles are there, and are definetely sexy, the spice of the relationship is the way their differences in both needs and what one might call dating conventions are handled.
Relationship delevopment and the unfolding murder investigation are expertly intwined.
Recommended for not just tentacle lovers, but most everyone who likes sci-fi, intercultural romance and is not squicked off by some alien anatomy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)