Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is EXACTLY what I want out of a holiday short story! Sweet, funny, and leaving me with a smile on my face when I finish it. I frequently find short stories leave me feeling unsatisfied, like they could be better if only they were longer, but this one was Just Right.
Adam Tyler is a nerdy web designer who moved from Portland, Oregon – a place with familiar, benign flora and fauna – to Phoenix, Arizona, to be near his sister and her soon-to-be-delivered daughter. He plans to be the perfect uncle, but when he came to inspect his new house, the menacing scorpion in the bedroom had him rethinking his decision. After screaming like a little girl, he escaped to the safety of his pool (scorpions don’t swim, right?), finished hyperventilating, and commenced calling exterminators. But since it is only a few days before Christmas, everyone is busy.
Except Strong Exterminators. That’s a good name, right? Garrett Strong came over right away, and not only rescued Adam from what turned out to be an average Phoenix plague of scorpions – and I am so very happy I live in Florida after reading this story, ha ha! – but showed extraordinary patience with Adam. Adam was charmed, as was Garrett, and they went on their first date right away. When other desert creepy crawlies threatened, Garrett was there to save Adam again, and Adam saved him right back by seeing right to the kind, generous core of a guy who truly was an Everyday Hero.
*Happy Merry Christmas Sigh*
Cover art by LC Chase could not be more perfect! That is exactly how I pictured Adam and Garrett, right down to the clipboard 🙂
ebook, 54 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English