Sunday, December 2, 2018

That Turtle Story by C.S. Poe – Warmest Wishes

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

As a Key West resident, I LOVE the fact that That Turtle Story is set in Key West. There was a nice mix of “Oh, I know where that is!” and “Wait, does that place actually exist and can I go there for lunch?” moments as I read Nor and Eugene’s holiday romance. I adored how C.S. Poe managed to bring the quirkiness that is Key West, especially during the holidays, to life. That the two met and bonded over a turtle’s nest is perfect fodder for a future local legend, which merely adds to the realism of the story.

Nor is perfectly adorkable as a mini-Christmas Grinch who’s trying to put a bad breakup behind him. That he finds his resolve to guard his heart and his personal stance on one-night stands tested by an ab-flashing tourist who’s concerned about one of the most important things in Nor’s life – a turtle’s nest full of unhatched eggs – is a delightful touch. Watching the two guys get to know one another over a handful of days and seeing just how enamored Nor becomes with Eugene kept a smile on my face for most of the story. While I’m not always convinced of the effectiveness of miscommunication as the main conflict in romances, in That Turtle Story it made complete sense on so many levels that I empathized with Nor’s failure to broach the subject. After all, if you don’t ask the question you’re not sure you really want the answer to, then you can keep on hoping things will work out and living on the corner of ignorance and bliss. Fortunately for Nor, Eugene is just as enamored with him and isn’t willing to let Nor walk away without a fight, especially when they have the perfect meet-cute story to tell their family and friend. And seriously, Nor is the cutest nickname and a shortened version I’ve never encountered before for his name – yeah, you gotta get the story to find it out for yourself.

Now, because I couldn’t figure out where to work it into my review, I’m closing with my favorite line from the book… He whispered with absolute seriousness, “Eat the cheese.”

C.S. POE is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.

She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: That Turtle Story by C.S. Poe to read and review.

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