Nor O’Brien spends his days in sunny Key West caring for and rehabilitating sea turtles. He doesn’t need anything else in life, expect maybe a significant other to cuddle with after a long day. But recent heartbreak has left Nor salty, and he’s not in the mood for anything, Christmas included.
Then Eugene Montgomery walks into Turtle R&R, claiming to have found a clutch of eggs in distress. Nor is smitten with the tourist at first sight, and at the suggestion of his screwball colleagues, indulges in some no-strings-attached fun. Nor and Eugene are quick to get along, happily enjoy each other’s company, and take in the island’s unique holiday pleasures together.
But Nor would never leave his turtles, not for any man. So when his rebound fling turns into strong romantic feelings for Eugene, it’ll take a Christmas miracle to keep the two together forever in Key West.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar "Warmest Wishes."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
That Turtle Story is a cute holiday short story which takes place in a unique locale. I enjoyed the Key West setting and the turtle rescue aspects that drew Nor and Eugene together. As I’m always up for opposites attracting, I was excited about these two getting together. Overall, this ended up a bit of a mixed bag. The dialogue throughout That Turtle Story was certainly fun and light-hearted, making this one that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Unfortunately, I was a little on the fence with the couple. I liked them together, thought they had decent chemistry and some smoking physical scenes, and yet it felt lacking. Then the dreaded fall back of the miscommunication leading to a “break-up” happened. Regardless of how it plays out, this point of conflict always dulls my enjoyment and here it ended up making me more frustrated than charmed with Nor’s self-doubt. While this wasn’t a favorite of mine, I think plenty of readers will enjoy this addition to the advent stories. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*