Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: December 1, 2019
Length: 28 pages
Reviewed by Sammy
Thinking he’s up to the task, droll Irishman Donnell, who is new to Australia, has almost completed assembling a model steampunk flying machine for his nephew’s Christmas present. Then an accident involving a parachute, some superglue, and his mouth lands Donnell in the emergency room with two of his fantasy men… only one of whom is real.
Donnell just wants time to move forward so he can redo his shop and make it into a one stop place for those needing a tasty sandwich or a hot coffee—currently it’s a disaster--but not for much longer. So he can’t blame the handsome guy who buys a sandwich and then dumps it into the trashcan right outside his shop. In fact he has good taste as far as Donnell is concerned since the current sandwiches taste awful. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the guy is also awfully nice on the eyes—who could get angry at such a gorgeous man? In fact, Donnell is still wondering about the man later that night while working on a steampunk flying machine for his nephew’s Christmas gift. He’d like to find him and ask him out but he has no idea where the guy works.
When Donnell tips over his beer during the critical gluing process he manages to save a tiny painted figurine from being ruined by popping it in his mouth while he mops up the spill, completely forgetting he has put on the glue to cement it to the ship. Then he goes to spit it out and realizes his mouth is glued shut. A few hours and a trip to the emergency room later Donnell comes face to face with the guy from his shop and wonders if it’s kismet or insanity to try and get his phone number and maybe a date as well.
A. Nybo give us a meet/cute setup in The Great Aerodynamicist, one of the Dreamspinner 2019 Advent Calendar stories. Coming in at around thirty pages this sweet story moves swiftly and is quite a funny read—particularly since the tiny figure that Donnell accidentally glues to his lips is an action figure of a male star he quietly lusts over. But it’s the hospital scene where Charlie ends up as his doctor that really is wonderfully humorous and full of double entendre. From there it’s a swift dose of dating with a potential happy ever after.
I liked how the author didn’t make this an insta-love kind of deal but rather just left us with the impression that these guys were on the road to a serious relationship together. All in all The Great Aerodynamicist was a really nice little holidays tory that made me laugh and left me feeling happy and satisfied.
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