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A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar

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 Eug
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ebook, 1st edition, 46 pages
Published December 10th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 1st 2018)
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* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Hearts!

It’s not surprising Nor is a bit grumpy this Christmas, as he’s newly single after a particularly bad breakup. He’s so not in the mood for any holiday cheer, but when handsome Eugene walks into the turtle rescue center where he works, Nor just might have to reconsider his resolutions.

Poe for sure delivered last year with New Game, Start, and I was not disappointed this time around either! Both Nor and Eugene each had their own endearing special charm, and I was tickled by their sweet, f
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Meags
3.5 Stars

A cute, funny, and feel-good story about Nor the grumpy turtle preservation guy and Eugene the sexy personal trainer.

This one is quick and quirky, with a fast moving plot (and relationship), a dash of wit and snark, and some exquisitely steamy sexy-times to heat things up.

Nor’s female co-worker, Gus, drove me a bit batty, but aside from that, this fun and festive read put me in a good mood.

Plus, baby turtles, y'all!!!
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Amy
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, holiday-reads
OMG, that was so cute!! Just what I needed tonight :)
Sara
5 Hearts

GAH! Fucking adorable but I wouldn't expect anything less.

Rambling review on the blog and then here!

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Rachel
4 Stars

C.S. Poe is joining author Clare London as one of my favorite holiday treats! Both have a delightful way with creating happiness, humor, and heart.

Spending time with these holiday stories makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Pure comfort reading!
Debra
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was such a fun story. Once again C. S. Poe delivers snappy dialogue and endearing characters.

Nor may be a bit grumpy this holiday season, but hey, he's still dwelling on the ex nobody liked. Never mind that all his co-workers are all up in his business about getting out there and getting some already. When hottie with a huge heart Eugene walks into the rescue center to report a clutch of turtle eggs, Nor can't deny that he'd do that. Maybe a rebound fling with a tourist is just th
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CrabbyPatty
This book features turtles, turtle eggs, love when you last expect it, and the sun and sand and water of Key West, all mixed together into a lovely holiday read. Nor works at a turtle rescue and when Eugene walks in, claiming to have found a nest of turtle eggs at a popular tourist beach, Nor sweeps in to protect the little eggs. Along the way, he and Eugene share some wonderful moments like a Christmas parade as only Key West can do it and a haunted trolley tour. This story has a bit of spice, ...more
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


C.S. Poe has a way with creating endearing, quirky characters and she delivers another charming set of MCs and story in That Turtle Story. Even though Nor knows he’s better off without his childish boyfriend, dealing with the post-breakup blues during the Christmas season has left him acting a bit grinchy.

That Turtle Story is a good blend of cute, funny and delightful and is a great holiday read.

Read Jovan’s review in its entirety here.
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⚣Michaelle⚣
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars

Another adorable (and sexy this time) addition to my holiday read-shelf. CSP has a real talent for making short stories (especially the characerization) feel complete in so few pages. Also, I almost expected to run across Aubrey (from Southernmost Murder) - but didn't - because the Key West setting is so well-described and there were a couple other really quirky characters. For some reason he seems like he'd be friends with Nor.

(So glad Hoopla has these Warmest Wishes books for me to bo
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Melissa
Cute, cute, cute. I really need to read more short stories because they are often cute and drama free. I am a huge fan of CS Poe and am making my way thru all her titles. She has a real talent and I highly recommend all her books. And if you love turtles, these babies are adorable! :)
Ami
3.75 stars rounded up

Nor still hasn't ready to open himself to chances, after experiencing a bad break-up. But then Eugene walks into the Turtle R&R where Nor works, claiming that he sees a clutch of turtle eggs unattended and well, Nor finds himself rather smitten. Even if he doesn't know how to deal when Eugene leaves Key West after his vacation is over.

TURTLES!!! Turtle eggs!! Baby Turtles!! The turtles are one of the highlights of this story, for sure! *laugh*. Well, the story itself is ador
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Eugenia
ADORABLE!!!! Total Turtle Fluff! I absolutely LOVED this short story from CS Poe!! Grumpy turtle guy, ab-a-licious personal trainer hottie, turtle eggs, Santas on bicycles, and the magic of Key West at Christmas!!

Highly recommended!!!
Karen
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-read
Today's Dreamspinner Advent Release...

‘That Turtle Story’ is just one of the stories included in this years advent calendar by Dreamspinner Press. Each year they put out holiday stories created by their authors. It’s a great way to check out some new authors, visit with some old ones and kick off the holiday season.

For me ‘That Turtle Story’ is a chance to read something but an author who’s become a must read for me. C. S. Poe is taking us to Key West for the Holidays where we’ll meet Nor O
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HEChapter -Tina J
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by its Cover < <
Cutesy cover shows a young man standing before the ocean/gulf with the sun touching the horizon and a random sea turtle lounging on shore. Overlayed is the DSP Anthology coverup. Synopsis was cute.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> First person (Nor)

Still recovering from the heartbreak of being dumped, Nor puts his energies into Turtle R&R. His obnoxious volunteer, Gus, suggests a fling but that’s just not who he is – besides, the p
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Deeze
A sweet and fun read.

I didn't get much of a Christmas vibe but I still enjoyed this tale of stranded turtles and love.


Thanks Monika
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Jules Lovestoread
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, funny Christmas fun. I was pulling for Eugene and Nor, and of course for the turtles!
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Eugene Montgomery comes to the Turtle R&R to report he found a nest of turtle eggs on the beach and it appears some eggs are already damaged, biologist Nor O’Brien rushes to save them. He can’t keep from eyeing the gorgeous eye candy either. Nor is single and frustrated. Small and nerdy, the 28-year-old is hoping to find the man of his dreams—someone who might look a lot like Eugene—big, buff, and, hopefully, interested in turtles. But it’s apparent Eugene is on vacation, and Nor doesn’t do ...more
Heather Martin
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by DreamSpinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

There are two things I’m not typically a fan of when it comes to my reading material (well, there’s more than that, but for this purpose) and that’s short stories and Christmas stories. But, no one can do a short story like CS Poe which is why I was eager to read That Turtle Story. It is short, but no one packs a story like she does!

We get the awkw
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Kristin
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in sunny Key West (same as Southernmost Murder), this was a fast, fun and delightful read. Nor is still a bit of a crabby pants a month after his breakup with his ex. With Christmas right around the corner, he’s just not in the mood for all the festivities.

In walks Eugene – literally. Eugene has the sun-kissed looks of a tourist catching some December rays before returning to northern climes.
Nor and Eugene bond over baby turtle eggs, and we get to see just how devoted Nor is to the sea tur
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Lelyana's Reviews
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dsp, arc, holiday, short, 2018, mm

So, after a bad breakup, Nor didn't really want to have any serious relationship, except casual. And it was kinda hard in a small town finding a gay guy for him, even for a 'casual'.
Then enter Eugene, and Nor made assumption about him from the get go.
You know one thing about assumption, right? It's a mother of all fuck-up.
Good thing is, Eugene is 'that guy', you know the guy of your dream and liked to talk than make assumption.

This was funny, adorable and heartwarming. I liked to read how much N
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Erica
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I don't know why this annoyed me. Maybe the humor was just a little off for me? Plus it seemed a little meta. Like, we'll do the whole miscommunication trope, but that's okay, because we'll be all self-aware about the miscommunication trope so it won't really be the same as all the other miscommunication tropes out there. ...more
Apolishedreader
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute short story. I would expect nothing less from a story with turtles in it!
I loved how awkward Nor was. Eugene was sweet and charming.
A great read in this package.
Lena Grey
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nor O'Brien is just coming out of a painful breakup. Christmas or not, he's in a rotten mood which is being exacerbated by his coworker, Gus, who is currently singing Christmas songs. The last thing Nor wants to be is “jolly”. Gus suggests that a one-night-stand might make Nor feel better, but Nor doubts it will help. He's not that type of guy; he wants a monogamous relationship. While stewing in his malcontent, he's distracted by one of the most handsome men he's ever seen coming into the turtl ...more
JenCW
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars!

Nor spends his days rescuing and caring for sea turtles. His recent breakup has soured his mood about almost everything including Christmas. His coworker suggests that he get laid to get over his ex, but Nor isn't interested. Then Eugene walks into the clinic. Eugene helps Nor rescue some turtle eggs from the beach and flusters Nor at the same time.

I liked Nor, even at his grumpiest. He loves his work and wants the best for all the turtle they rescue. When he's flustered, he's absolu
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Ann
4.5 Stars

Who doesn’t love a man who loves animals? Another gem of a story in Week 1 of DSP’s 2018 Advent Calendar. I expect it with C.S. Poe and I always look forward to her contributions to these collections. The banter between Nor and Eugene, well, Nor and anyone really, was tops. He’s such a funny faux curmudgeon, which is the best kind of curmudgeon to be. I appreciated how the author took the miscommunication trope and used it for good in The Turtle Story. Nor owned his misguided idiocy bri
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Carrie
Was 3.5/5 but I dropped half a star because one of the MCs vaped (fruity pebbles flavor). It was cute otherwise and I liked the turtles.
Katherine
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very cute and quite a lot of fun! With a fling that is determined to be a get over it rebound thing, Nor takes a leap and goes out on a date with the hottie who brings at risk turtle eggs to attention. But not only does it help him get over his ex, Nor quickly finds himself getting into Eugene. Soon Nor is realizing that he isn't great at flings, that Eugene is everything he's ever wanted, and that he can't deal with a long distance relationship with a tourist. Figuring out how to get t ...more
Angela Goodrich
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

As a Key West resident, I LOVE the fact that That Turtle Story is set in Key West. There was a nice mix of “Oh, I know where that is!” and “Wait, does that place actually exist and can I go there for lunch?” moments as I read Nor and Eugene’s holiday romance. I adored how C.S. Poe managed to bring the quirkiness that is Key West, especially during the holidays, to life. That the two met and bonded over a turtle’s nest is per
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Serena Yates
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sunny Christmas, set in Key West, Florida, is not all that awaits Nor, who works at a turtle rescue, and Eugene, a personal trainer. Nor and Eugene are hoping for a Christmas miracle of a slightly different kind, and as they share their days (and a few very hot nights) together, it becomes clear that both of them want more than a holiday fling. Except Nor just had a bad breakup and is the dramatic type, so he blows everything (including his own lack of courage to ask for details) totally out o ...more
Penumbra
That Turtle Story is about Nor O’Brien who works at Turtle R&R in Florida, and Eugene Montgomery, who walks into the turtle rescue office one day asking for help with some eggs he found on the beach. This is told in first person through Nor’s pov.

This story was so much fun to read. I normally dislike first person narratives, but the author did an excellent job with Nor’s voice. He had a self-deprecating sense of humor and his love for turtles came through loud and clear. The banter between Nor a
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C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.

She resides in New York City, but has also called Key West and Ibaraki, Japan, home in the past. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—M
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