Rescued by the Married Monster Hunters by Rook Bird
Queer Rep Summary: Lesbian/Sapphic Main Character(s), Gay/Achillean Main Character(s), Bi/Pan Main Character(s), Genderqueer/Nonbinary Minor Character(s), Trans Main Character(s), Ace/Aro Main Character(s).
*I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review of this book.
RESCUED BY THE MARRIED MONSTER HUNTERS is a bloody story with a lot of insect-adjacent body horror as the married monster hunters and the disguised monster work together to stop the other monsters and fall in love along the way. It's funny and visceral with excellent worldbuilding and really great characters. It was the chitinous slow-burn fighter romance I didn't know I needed but I'm very grateful to have read. While at times the descriptions of the dungeon setting was skirting the boundaries of what is or is not an infodump, the characterization was really subtle, letting me realize what different comments meant for characters identities as much as halfway through the book. The premise for how one is chosen to become a monster hunter was really cool, it makes me want another story set at one of the Cairns. All three MCs have distinct voices and it was easy to tell them apart. I love the dynamic between the married couple, and the careful way they relate to the third MC.
Read this if "queer chitinous monster fucker dungeon crawl" sounds like a great time.
CW for sexual assault, body horror, violence, torture, child death (not depicted), major character death, death.