Book Reviews

That Turtle Story (2018 Advent Calendar - Warmest Wishes) by C.S. Poe at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 02-December-2018

Book Blurb

Nor O’Brien spends his days in sunny Key West caring for and rehabilitating sea turtles. He doesn’t need anything else in life, expect maybe a significant other to cuddle with after a long day. But recent heartbreak has left Nor salty, and he’s not in the mood for anything, Christmas included.

Then Eugene Montgomery walks into Turtle R&R, claiming to have found a clutch of eggs in distress. Nor is smitten with the tourist at first sight, and at the suggestion of his screwball colleagues, indulges in some no-strings-attached fun. Nor and Eugene are quick to get along, happily enjoy each other’s company, and take in the island’s unique holiday pleasures together.

But Nor would never leave his turtles, not for any man. So when his rebound fling turns into strong romantic feelings for Eugene, it’ll take a Christmas miracle to keep the two together forever in Key West.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."

Book Review

Nor O'Brien is just coming out of a painful breakup. Christmas or not, he's in a rotten mood which is being exacerbated by his coworker, Gus, who is currently singing Christmas songs. The last thing Nor wants to be is “jolly”. Gus suggests that a one-night-stand might make Nor feel better, but Nor doubts it will help. He's not that type of guy; he wants a monogamous relationship. While stewing in his malcontent, he's distracted by one of the most handsome men he's ever seen coming into the turtle rescue where he works. It seems that the new guy, Eugene Montgomery, has found a clutch of turtle eggs and is concerned enough about them being trampled to come into the rescue for help. It seems far-fetched, especially so late in the year, but they can't take a chance of ignoring the notification. Since they are shorthanded so near the holiday, Eugene volunteers to show Nor where the eggs are and help rescue them.

It's obvious to both men that they are attracted to each other. Nor wants to take Gus's advice, but still isn't sure if he has the temperament to make it work. He and Eugene get along famously and it's not long before their friends with benefits arrangement takes a more serious turn. Nor tries so hard to keep his cool and be casual, especially since he knows Eugene will be leaving soon, but he overthinks it, panics, and decides to walk away before he gets hurt again.

I really liked this story, probably because it is about a rescue organization. I liked Nor even though I got frustrated with him overreacting without trying to sort it out with Eugene. I liked Eugene a lot; I especially loved how Eugene got so invested with waiting for the turtle eggs to hatch and how excited he is with releasing the baby turtles. Thanks, C.S., for the uplifting story and the happy ending.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 41 pages/11552 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2018
Price $1.99 ebook
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