Title: Talk Turkey
Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Page Count: 58
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
Carson is a California transplant settling into life in the Windy City. On his first Christmas away from home, he assures his worried family he’ll be having a real Christmas dinner.
Recent culinary school graduate Tom Stockton earns some extra money giving out cooking advice at the Talk Turkey hotline. Tom’s honeyed voice and sharp sense of humor are attractive to the lonely Carson, and Carson finds reasons to call the hotline again and again. But on Christmas Eve, Carson’s call is less playful and more panicked with the big meal looming. Carson is just looking for advice, but Tom has a surprise in store that might lead to much more.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”
This was such a sweet and funny Christmas story.
Carson is forced to spend this upcoming Christmas in a new city. To appease his mother’s worries, he says that he’s expecting company and cooking turkey. It’s all lies, because Carson is all alone and totally clueless about how to cook turkey. But before panic sets in…
Tom Stockton , the turkey hotline responder turns out to be exactly what Carson needs, and not only thanks to his valuable cullinary advice. Carson keeps finding excuses to call him and these conversations become his only joy during the holidays. What he doesn’t know is that the feelings are mutual.
And when his fight with Terry, the turkey, proves uneven, because…
Tom is the one who comes to the rescue, and this time not just over the phone.
The conversations between Carson and Tom were hilarious and left me smiling. But I must admit that I felt the turkey talk was almost too much. All they talked about was that damn bird, and I would have liked to see them getting to know each other. So, when they meet for the first time it is only towards the ending.
That being said, this was a very pleasant holiday read. Not steamy at all, but fluffy and funny, with a nice HFN. Recommended!