Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5 (rounded up to a 4)
Freelance journalist and romance author Sam Crowe’s life is full but quiet. With characters dancing around in his head and deadlines to meet, Sam doesn’t have much time for anything else outside of his apartment. But life has a change in store for Sam when a new renter appears on his doorstep.
High School Football coach and history teacher, Casey Sanders, picks winter as a time for a new job and a move into the third story apartment. But a slip on the ice brings the type of complications into his life he can appreciate when adorable Sam Crowe comes to his rescue when Casey sprains his ankle moving in.
An offer for help from Sam and temporary quarters in Sam’s apartment brings an instant heat and liking into the equation. Sam isn’t sure that it isn’t the medications when Casey starts in with the flattering words and flirting but Casey knows that the compassionate and cute Sam is the one he wants. Now all he has to do is convince Sam.
Son of a Fish is the debut short story from first time author Kenzie Cade. A part of Dreamspinner Press’ Daily Dose Anthology it charts the beginning of a romance between introspective Sam Crowe and outgoing, athletic Casey Sanders. They meet cute in front of their apartment building with Sam as an established resident on the first floor and Casey a new arrival with an apartment on the third.
An armful of boxes and an icy spot in front of the building result in a sprained ankle for Casey and a rescue by Sam. And Casey’s inability to make it up to his third floor apartment in his condition gives them both time to get to know each other much better to our delight and theirs. Cade’s dialog is charming and each character’s voice comes through clearly. The title comes from Casey’s idea of cursing without using offensive words, therefore son of a fish instead of son of a…well you get the idea. Started as a way to please an ailing mother, it is continued as a balm to his pain over her loss. It’s the little touches like that will pull you into the story even at such a short length. You just can’t help but like these two characters the more you get to know them, individually and as a pair.
This is a drama free zone. It’s a sweet, lighthearted, romance between two characters you will find charming. The jump into bed was lightning fast but attraction can work that way. At least there was no “instant love” involved.
I would love to see Kenzie Cade use this as a springboard for a longer story about these two to see how their romance evolved from such a meet cute beginning. Looking for a fun, quick read? Son of a Fish, the debut story by Kenzie Cade might just be the thing for you.
Cover Art by Catt Ford, Cover is just as cute as the story.
ebook, 25 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 31st 2014)
seriesMended 2014 Daily Dose Anthology