Title: That Turtle Story (2018 Advent Calendar Daily Warmest Wishes)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Page Count: 46
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5
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.”
Set in sunny Key West (same as Southernmost Murder), this was a fast, fun and delightful read. Nor is still a bit of a crabby pants a month after his breakup with his ex. With Christmas right around the corner, he’s just not in the mood for all the festivities.
In walks Eugene – literally. Eugene has the sun-kissed looks of a tourist catching some December rays before returning to northern climes.
Nor and Eugene bond over baby turtle eggs, and we get to see just how devoted Nor is to the sea turtles. As Nor and Eugene share a Christmas parade, a haunted trolley tour, cuddles, and Nor’s love of turtles, Nor decides it’s too much after his recent break-up.
And that’s where my review is going to stop. Nor is a hopeless romantic. Eugene is a delightful counterpoint to Nor. The back up characters keep things from sliding into sticky-sweet candycane land. And the turtles! Turtles are awesome. The story is awesome. Go grab a cuppa hot cocoa and marshmallows and take a hour and a half to sit back and enjoy.