Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders by Cornelia Grey ~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

Who knew a gun fetish could be this hot?

benjaminpepperwhistle Title: Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders

Author: Cornelia Grey

Publisher: Storm Moon Press

Cover Artist: Lou Harper

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Benjamin Pepperwhistle has one overriding desire: to handle the glorious machinery that is a gun. So when he decides to run away to join the circus, it’s only natural that he should seek out the legendary pistoleer, Cole Beauchamp, and beg to be his assistant. Life in the circus has definite ups and downs, but as Benjamin settles in to his role, he finds that some perks are even better than he’d anticipated.

Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰’s View:


Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders is nothing if not gripping. Any author that can take a setting that shouldn’t be sexy and make it so while simultaneously taking a fetish that should be anxiety inducing and make it hot as all get out deserves notice in my book.

There is very little backstory on either of these MCs. Wait. Can we take a break to have a mini-wave for their names, please? Benjamin Pepperwhistle and Cole Beauchamp are STUPENDOUS NAMES!!! OK, moving on. We jump straight into their meeting and Benjamin trying desperately to become Cole’s newest assistant, so we’re left to largely guess on motivations. Cole is standoffish, asocial and has a reputation for zipping through assistants like a dull knife through hot butter. Why should Benjamin be any different? But he is and I think Cole recognizes this straight away, though it doesn’t stop him from putting Benjamin through his paces.

The UST was so thick between them in such a short period of time, I think it crystallized and formed a bridge the rest of us could walk on. Damn. Just… damn! It’s all told through Benjamin and does he ever have an imagination… 

I liked everything about this novella. The games between them, their dynamics, how Ms. Grey illustrated the circus and the secondary characters within it including Hugo, the lion, that Becca keeps purposefully messing up Benjamin’s name, the writing style, and the dialogue. The psychological aspects of this fetish were fascinating and Ms. Grey really puts the reader in the eye of the storm, so to speak. Everything was illustrated superbly, in my opinion. If guns were only used for this purpose I might be inclined to support the… NAH, don’t let me go to lying.

Now I’m really stoked to read Circus of the Damned!

One complaint. TOO DAMNED SHORT! Just when things were getting good, it ended. 

4.5 Stars. Excellent read. I’ve got my eye on this author now.

A version of this review was previously published on Goodreads.

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