Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Brayton’s a lone wolf. He’s also a “jack of all trades”, roaming the country fixing problems for the supernaturals who call on him. A call from a friend sends Brayton to supernatural town of Midsummer’s Night where a curse on the town’s gremlin threatens all things mechanical and worse in Midsummer’s Night. It should be a easy job, find the person responsible, have them break the curse and the gremlin and the town’s problem is fixed. But nothing is ever so simple in Midsummer’s Night.
Ferdinand (Ferdy to friends), the town’s adorable gremlin, is miserable. His passion and nature is to fix and tinker with all manner of things mechanical. But someone or something has put a curse on him and now everything he touches falls to pieces…coffee pots, cars, clocks…everything. His only hope lies in the gorgeous werewolf who has just arrived in town to fix his problem. Ferdy has just broken up with his boyfriend and doesn’t want another. So why can’t he get Brayton out of his head and heart?
Brayton’s stymied. Everyone seems to love Ferdy and no one can figure out why he’s been cursed. Something peculiar is going on and Brayton is determined to get to the meaning of it all. But all he can think of is Ferdy, how the endearing pint sized gremlin smells and giggles. What is happening to them both? Only time and a keen nose will sniff out the cause of their problems and much, much more.
Who knew gremlins could be so endearing? Obviously Megan Derr, because with Ferdy she has created a pint-sized character full of vulnerability, sweetness, and a innate need to tinker with everything that has gears and mechanical moving parts. With Ferdy and the reader its love at first sight. For others it might take a sniff or two before a powerful connection is made. That’s where the other wonderful character of Brayton comes in. Brayton is the odd were known as a lone wolf. He wanders without a pack on business brought to him by word of mouth (or whatever parts necessary). Brayton is snarky, self assured, and powerful in his own right. Ferdy’s total opposite or is he? That’s one of the real delights of this story.
The chief plot of Midsummer Curse is a mystery. Who and why cursed Ferdy so that everything mechanical he touches falls immediately to pieces? As he is the town’s chief mechanic and handyman, this poses a huge problem for all. That is hurts Ferdy horribly only gradually comes out as well. There are other small plot threads woven through this story that are equally enjoyable and twisty. I love it when that happens.
Midsummer Curse may just be my favorite of the series. A romantic duo of werewolf and gremlin? Be still my heart and let my feet find a path to Midsummer’s Night and more stories to come.
Cover art by Megan Derr. Love the car, now where’s my wolf?
Sales Links: Less Than Three Press All Romance eBooks Amazon Midsummer Curse
ebook, 57 pages, also available in audio
Published January 2010 by Less Than Three Press
Midsummer Series in order they were written and should be read (available in print, ebook and audio):
- Midsummer Moon
- Midsummer Curse
- Midsummer Law
- Midsummer Baker
- Midsummer Days (Print collection of all stories)