Review: “A Tender Curiosity” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: A Tender Curiosity
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 90 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Take a journey into the past and meet the men who laughed, lived, and loved in a bygone era. This collection includes three short but sweet tales of infatuation, adventure, humor, and even a dash of the paranormal.
When Love Walked In
Private investigator Bruce Shannon’s cases of missing persons and infidelity don’t inspire warm feelings around Valentine’s Day. Luckily Bruce is quite happy with only his cat for companionship—until handsome Jace Scarret wanders off the street and into Bruce’s life.
In His Corner
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jessie “the Demon” Dalton needs a cornerman, and Eli jumps at the chance, hoping for answers about why Jessie broke his heart years ago. It soon becomes clear that Jessie needs Eli in his corner—and in his life. Now all Eli has to do is convince Jessie.
Believe Me, Beloved
Robert Bradley dreams of singing on the radio, and when he attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no idea his dream is about to take an unexpected paranormal turn.
In His Corner originally published by Torquere Press, Inc., September, 2012.
When Love Walked In originally published by Torquere Press, Inc., February, 2012.
Believe Me, Beloved originally published in Masks Off Anthology by Top Shelf, An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, 2012.


In Tender Curiosity by Charlie Cochet, the author invites us to take a journey into the past and meet the men who laughed, lived, and loved in a bygone era. This collection includes three short but sweet tales of infatuation, adventure, humor, and even a dash of the paranormal.

When Love Walked In
Private investigator Bruce Shannon’s cases of missing persons and infidelity don’t inspire warm feelings around Valentine’s Day. Luckily Bruce is quite happy with only his cat for companionship—until handsome Jace Scarret wanders off the street and into Bruce’s life.
I really liked the way the author was able to capture the feeling of the Great Depression for this story. I could feel the humanity’s despair, and she captured the creepy, sleazy, and lazy landlord perfectly. I liked how private investigator Bruce Shannon comes off as a blustery type of guy that doesn’t have a lot of patients and is cranky. But he shows his true colors when he’s ordered by the landlord to kick out the vagrant sleeping on the same floor as his apartment and instead he invites him in, feeds him, cleans him up, and gives him replacement clothes to wear. It showed just what kind of a sweetheart he really is. And that was before he saw how well Jace cleaned up. He even ends up offering him a job. I really enjoyed the chemistry between them. I also loved his advertisement for a replacement secretary.

In His Corner
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jessie “the Demon” Dalton needs a cornerman, and Eli jumps at the chance, hoping for answers about why Jessie broke his heart years ago. It soon becomes clear that Jessie needs Eli in his corner—and in his life. Now all Eli has to do is convince Jessie.
I liked this short story also. I loved how Jessie tried to protect Eli’s reputation when his reputation was being ripped apart after losing the heavyweight championship title. I liked that his uncle was Jessie’s trainer/manager and Eli got to hang out at the gym and watch his hero as he trained and that they became inseparable. I also liked that Eli came back into Jessie’s life just when he needed him and that they got a second chance at love. I also enjoyed that this story was set during the prohibition era.

Believe Me, Beloved
Robert Bradley dreams of singing on the radio, and when he attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no idea his dream is about to take an unexpected paranormal turn.
This was my favorite short story out of the three. I loved how naïve Robert is. He works in the mailroom, but all he dreams about is singing on the radio. He would really like to sing for the station owner Gabriel Chase that he has a crush on. When he gets invited as a coworker’s plus one he has no idea that it’s anything but the masked ball that it looks like. He has no idea that paranormal shifters exist or that the color of the masks has any significant meaning to them. Wouldn’t he be horrified to learn that the people in the silver and gold masks are the lowest of the low and are about to be hunted by the paranormals? It’s a good thing for Robert that his boss, Gabriel, has such a big crush on him. However, the only way to keep Robert safe from the guy that brought him to the party is to become Gabriel’s mate and bond with him. Well, I guess there are worse things that Robert could be forced to do besides having to mate with the guy that he’s been crushing on.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading these short stories by Charlie Cochet as it gave me a look at what to expect from her other series. I have a feeling that since I liked When Love Walked in that I will probably like her book Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue. And since I liked In His Corner, I will probably like her Fallen Rose series. And the same with Believe Me, Beloved. I can’t wait to start reading her Soldati Hearts series and her Thirds series. And I’ve already read some of her North Pole City Tales series, so I know that I will love that series. So if you’ve been trying to decide if Charlie Cochet is an author to take a chance on, then I would give this book a try.

It’ll give you a great look into her writing style.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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