Love, Marriage and a Baby Carriage by C.S. Poe ~ Book Review by JJ

Love-MarriageTitle: Love, Marriage and a Baby Carriage

Author: C.S. Poe

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/01/2016

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Humor/Comedy


Theodore Reinhart is a young man looking for love. In San Diego. At a convention. For penguin shifters. WaddleCon is the go-to event of the year when looking for your life partner, but Theodore isn’t comfortable with the game they’ve turned dating into, nor does the convention provide for the gay community. A mistake in speed dating table assignments puts Theodore in front of Wesley O’Neill, a handsome and confident model who lets it slip that he’s definitely noticed the spark of attraction between them.

A perfect date ends prematurely when Theodore finds an abandoned egg in a bathroom trash can. Unable to leave it behind, Theodore and Wesley play a mad game of cat and mouse across the resort trying to keep it safe, all while growing closer to one another. Wesley may be the forever partner Theodore came looking for, but their relationship won’t work if they don’t make room for a little addition to the family.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side”.

My View:

This story is just gorgeous, sweet and funny and it features penguin shifters looking for love – what more do you want?

Okay, I’m not always a fan of cute shifter stories, but every now and then a special one comes along and I find myself going: awwww. C.S. Poe definitely made me go: awwwww…

Theodore is a penguin shifter looking for love, true love.  In an effort to find ‘the one’ Theodore attends WaddleCon, yes, that’s right, WaddleCon. It’s a convention for penguin shifters looking for love – what else could it be?

Poor Ted, from the start the poor guy is on the wrong foot. The event does not cater for gay penguin shifters, the airline has lost his luggage, and he’s left wearing his new experiment in fashion.  Power clashing? Not a good look.

A speed dating event is the last thing he needs, but things improve when Wes is accidently shuffled to Ted’s table.  Things really start looking up when these two meet, Wes is everything Ted has been looking for and hormones are in overdrive. A few minutes into their date though Ted finds a penguin egg abandoned in a rest room. Well, he can’t just leave it in the trash, can he?

Without giving anything away, Wes and Ted find themselves on the run with the egg, well, at least around the resort and environs.  This is a lovely, funny story that put a grin on my face.

More penguin shifters, please.


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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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