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Friday, March 18, 2011

Cirque Caprice: Tarot by Julia Talbot

Cirque Caprice: Tarot by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Aventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

PI Jake Stanley thinks he's on a routine case when a father asks him to track down an errant daughter. There's nothing routine about Cirque Caprice, though, or its mysterious owner, Victor. Most traveling shows are all smoke and mirrors, but there's something about Caprice that makes Jake think he ought to stick around and investigate. Victor thinks Jake ought to join them on the road, too, but for an entirely different, and more pleasurable, reason.

I must say this story wasn’t what I originally expected when I choose to read it. That being said I was very pleased. Despite its length it had well developed characters and a fast paced story line that kept me reading until the very end.

Jake Stanley is a PI investigating a case of a missing woman when he finds something he didn’t know he was looking for, a possible relationship with Victor Grange. Victor is co-owner of Cirque Caprice, and traveling with the circus has lead to Victor living a lonely life. When Jake comes looking for information Victor is more than willing to help the man and sort out the false rumors surrounding Cirque Caprice. With Victor's help Jake learns there’s more to Cirque Caprice than a bunch of parlor tricks, and comes to respect the type of performance these circus workers put on. In spending time together both men come to realize they have more in common than just chemistry.

Like I said I was very pleased with this short story, sometimes when you read a short story you don’t always get enough information to really get a glimpse inside the characters lives. Both these men were written as strong and honest male leads, who at their core only want to be able to help other people, and just may be find their own piece of happiness as well.

This story had it all mystery, drama, sex and love. A good combination for a short story you can read over your lunch break.

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