- Book Title: A Cook’s Tale
- Book Series: The Santa Claus Logs #2
- Author: Mann Ramblings
- Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (November 27, 2015)
- Book Length: 229 pages
- Genre: Romance, Action/Adventure, Sci-fi
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: January 17, 2015
Do you have a ‘type’? My male ‘type’ was tall, a full head of dark hair, green eyes (although I didn’t mind brown), muscled but not overly so, scruff, masculine, and rough around the edges. Oh, and I didn’t care about the colour of their skin. My female ‘type’ (I was lucky that way) was tall, dark (or olive or brown) skinned (Polynesian, Native American, African…), plump but muscled, long hair, soulful eyes, feminine without being ‘girly’, and smooth. My husband is a balding blond and putting on the pounds, tall but not as tall as I preferred, bearded (okay, that’s part of my later ‘type’), and nowhere near as masculine as I like; a far cry from my ‘type’… but, I guess that’s the things with having ‘a type’… we usually don’t wind up with our ‘type’.
Because, as they say, Love is blind, deaf and completely irrational.
Some say it’s because opposites attract. Others say it’s because you have the same interests or values and ideals. Others still say it’s because it was ‘written in the stars’ or ‘meant to be’ or ‘serendipity’. Whatever it is, it can really knock you for six… bowl you over… or scare you out of your wits. If the last one happens, don’t let it keep you down; before you know it, your chance may have passed. Or it may have fooled you and you find yourself with someone who is nowhere near worthy of you.
A Cook’s Tale, book two in the Logbooks of the Santa Claus series by Mann Ramblings, tells the story of two members of the spacecraft Santa Claus. One a long-time member of staff, the other a new recruit; they knew each other a long time ago but life happened and words got in the way.
Erron, betrayed by the man who was supposed to love him, finds himself homeless and without a job; the downside of living with, and loving, someone you work for. So, when he finds out the Santa Claus is looking for a cook, Erron applies and finds himself the newest member of staff. He has never been off planet before, but knowing former family friend Gamin is the cook on board makes it all worth it.
Having been burned before, love is the last think Erron is looking for but he finds himself the centre of attention as the newest crew member and the attention of couple James and Barrus proves too tempting. Before long, Erron finds himself encapsulated in the threesome but, although he has nothing to complain about, something is missing. And, there is Gamin… however, secrets are abound and Erron finds his health threatened.
Where book one, The Luxorian Fugitive, had left me wanting, A Cook’s Tale is everything I knew it should be. Often I found myself crying or laughing as the story unfolded itself. And I mean, proper laughter and serious waterworks; although it was the only thing he could do, when Erron broke their hearts I cried so much the lady next to me on the bus handed me a tissue. The characters, following on from their first appearance, have grown as individual entities. Even if most of the characters from book one only have cameo appearances. The setting, even more so than book one, is predominantly on board the Santa Claus but the little time spent on planet is well used and all locations are described eloquently; you’ll feel like you are part of the crew almost immediately. Dialogue feels natural and has all the nuances you would expect to find in real life conversations. And, I’m glad to say the editing is of a good standard.
Well, I guess by now you know I thoroughly loved this story… such an easy 5 out of 5 stars.
Ship Logs of the Santa Claus: Book Two
The trials and tribulations of the crew and passengers of interplanetary transport vessel, The Santa Claus continues in A Cook’s Tale.
After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless. When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstances and join the crew. On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron’s arrival. The least of which is the reason the pair haven’t laid eyes on one another in over twelve years.
As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member. Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James. Despite Erron’s cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair.
But there’s something about Gamin…
Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings?
Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs?