Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/13/2010
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Asking for help can be a challenge for even the best of us, and so it’s doubly intimidating for quiet, introverted Tommy Roth. An online exchange leads to a meeting with a psychic who assures Tommy that his naturally subdued aura is to blame for his timidity. Blue and violet tones are out, and shades of yellow and red are in!
Of course it’s a bunch of baloney, and to make it worse, the intimidating shop clerk overheard the whole conversation.
Just when it seems like Tommy’s life can’t get any more dreary, a colorful character drops out of the sky. Nathan’s so vivid, he seems to good to be true. Is he?
What a nostalgic feeling reading this novella was – the Petit Morts Series was among my first m/m reads. Not all of them, I admit; I got into the series late when it was already far longer than its originally intended five volumes (in the end, there were seventeen Petit Morts storys) and I’ve actually never read the beginning. Although “beginning” is a relative term since the single novellas are at best loosely connected, so it’s not necessary to read them in order or even to read all of them (which, however, I consider an act of omission on my part and am doing my best to remedy)
This is the first book in the Petit Morts Series, authored by Jordan Castillo Price. Other series authors were Josh Lanyon, Clare London, and Sean Kennedy.
Anyhow… to the book.
The blurb sums it up nicely; I don’t have much to add content-wise. Except that there’s a slight paranormal/ supernatural element to the story, insinuated as only JCP can do it. And likewise this wouldn’t be a JCP story if it didn’t have a hint of creepiness– in the form of an old, half-decrepit movie theater as one of the locales and in the person of Chance, the chocolate shop clerk.
It’s all very subtle, like a trace of red chili pepper in dark chocolate, and equally enjoyable. Short, sweet and yet with some bite, just right.
I can warmly recommend the series as a whole as well as this opening novella.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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