Rating: 3 stars out of 5
DecemberCon 2017. John Perlan, aka YouTuber “SmileyNibor,” has come to the con for one reason and one reason only: to see his idol, actor Derek Kitow. And since Derek has announced he’ll be dressed as the original Aquaman, Perlan decides to come as the Aquaman reboot. It helps that he already has the beard and the bod to make a convincing Momoaman.
But when Derek Kitow makes his entrance, he recognizes Perlan from his tiny YouTube channel and wants him onstage! Has Kitow been following him online? Could SmileyNibor’s hero also be a fan? And what exactly does Kitow have in mind by inviting Perlan to meet him after the panel?
Trading Tridents is different than any other holiday story I have read before but it falls short to deliver a warm tale. The premise is interesting and the beginning promising until the action starts. Everything moves too fast and no amount of suspension of disbelief can keep the reader believing in the couple.
Yes, it’s a quick steamy read with lots of possibilities, an interesting cast, and an atypical story for the season, but unfortunately, it’s not enough. Perhaps, less kink and more sweetness would have worked better for such a short story. I do appreciate all the pop culture references and cosplay dynamics, though.
The cover by Paul Richmond is the standard for this year’s collection. Cute, but a bit too cartoonish for my taste.
ebook, 32 pages
Published: December 1, 2017, by Dreamspinners Press
Edition Language: English