Tagline: the new Windy City transplant and the helpline guy (who is definitely not a turkey)
A sweet short story that reads quickly, it centers on a recent transplant from NorCal (Sacramento) to Chicago. Carson is a likable character (and just as inept in the kitchen as I was at his age), and readers who appreciate watching a totally clueless guy flail around in the kitchen might find him extra-endearing. The setting was cute, and the phone-flirting was nicely tempting while remaining relatively low-key. The first “in-person” meeting of the two was a little low-energy for my tastes, but their banter displayed a really nice, slightly-corny sense of humor connection that worked well for these two characters.
Being a transplant from Chicago to NorCal myself (the reverse of the characters), I loved the description of my hometown, from the L to city shopping to skiing down the streets after a massive snowstorm. (I once snow-shoed down the Chicago streets from my boyfriend’s apartment – located in the same area as the story’s protagonists – to a local supermarket after a particularly strong “storm-of-the-decade” blizzard shut the roads down.)
Another enjoyable, quick escape from Dreamspinner’s 2015 Advent Calendar. (3.5 stars rounded up to 4 on Goodreads for the sentimental Chicago snowfall and how the corny sense of humor worked for the couple)
Minor Chicago correction:
One very minor point of information for the author – unfortunately there aren’t any Safeway supermarkets in Chicago. For years Safeway owned Dominick’s, a major Chicago-based chain, but they never were able to work out a coherent labor agreement and marketing strategy. In 2014, Safeway eventually just folded their Dominick’s operations and sold all of their stores. So unfortunately there never has been “going to the Safeway” in Chicago, and won’t be for the foreseeable future.
Title: Talk Turkey
Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner (Dec. 2015)
Genre: Male/male romance
Format: Novella (58 pages)