Title: A Tender Curiosity
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Length: 90 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
Take a journey into the past and meet the men who laughed, lived, and loved in a bygone era. This collection includes three short but sweet tales of infatuation, adventure, humor, and even a dash of the paranormal.
When Love Walked In
Private investigator Bruce Shannon’s cases of missing persons and infidelity don’t inspire warm feelings around Valentine’s Day. Luckily Bruce is quite happy with only his cat for companionship—until handsome Jace Scarret wanders off the street and into Bruce’s life.
In His Corner
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jessie “the Demon” Dalton needs a cornerman, and Eli jumps at the chance, hoping for answers about why Jessie broke his heart years ago. It soon becomes clear that Jessie needs Eli in his corner—and in his life. Now all Eli has to do is convince Jessie.
Believe Me, Beloved
Robert Bradley dreams of singing on the radio, and when he attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no idea his dream is about to take an unexpected paranormal turn.
I am a massive fan of Charlie Cochet’s writing, she has a way of telling a story that puts you right there in the book. This collection of three short stories are no exception, I simply loved them.
We go back into the past with a private detective, a boxer, and a hopeful singer. We have FDR references and woman being called dames. We have men falling in love and hiding who they are because they wanted to live. These stories are charming and sweet, but they also show us how far we’ve come. I smiled while reading these books and thought about them for hours afterwards. We have come so far as a society, we’ve become more open to love in all its forms.
We still have so much work to do though, we must continue to press forward. For every private detective, boxer, and would be singer, we must celebrate love. I look at Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Tom Daley, and Neil Patrick Harris (just to name a few) and I want to tell Bruce and Jace, Eli and Jesse, and Robert and Gabriel that it will get better, that loving in the open is coming. I absolutely loved these stories and I hope you will too.
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