A Review of the Josh of the Damned Books (Pretty Monsters and Peek-A-Boo)


From Riptide Publishing: “Josh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.

Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.

Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.”

And the Sequel also from Riptide Publishing:

“As night-shift clerk at the go-to Quik-Mart for monsters with the munchies, Josh Caplan believes he’s seen it all. Battling lizard men, werewolves chasing cars in the parking lot . . . nothing fazes Josh anymore.

Or so he thinks, at least, until a yeti with poor communication skills drops a dead skunk on the checkout counter. Josh can’t figure what a living, breathing shag carpet wants with him, or why it won’t leave him alone no matter how hard he ignores it. But hey, at least it seems harmless . . . if perhaps a little slow on the draw.

But Sasquatch is plenty fast when two of Josh’s human customers try to out-monster the monsters. Times are strange when creatures from the hell portal save the day, but in the protective hands of a lovesick yeti and a sexy vampire boyfriend, Josh realizes that maybe his new normal isn’t so bad after all.”

I breezed through both books, one right after the other, reading in absolute joy.  They are both very short but don’t stint on the laughs and marvelous descriptions.  What  can you say about a young man, working as a clerk at a Quik Mart, who takes each event and monster with aplomb.  Josh keeps a broom with a silver handle to shoo the werewolves who keep chasing the cars in the parking lot and a open mind when discussing the weather with lizard people in search of snacks.  And keep the lookout for the reason Josh thinks the zombies are so fond of the frozen burritos….ugh.

The  trouble I find when breezing through a series?  At the end, if it has been very, very, good, you immediately want the next one.  And now I immediately want the next one.