Title : Peek-a-Boo
Series : Josh of the Damned, Book #2
Author : Andrea Speed
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Paranormal
Length : 15 pages (e-book)
Published : January 9, 2012
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.
Peek-a-Boo sees us back at the Quick-Mart with our intrepid, slacker hero, Josh. Inexplicably, my reader thinks it’s entitled Peek-a-Book. Anyway, something huge and hairy comes in and places a dead skunk on the counter. It can’t talk and copies Josh’s gestures. Josh convinces it to go then cleans up the mess. He then gets himself comfortable with a magazine and waits for the rest of the night to happen. Then the Sasquatch(?) returns with a rotted log, then he watches Josh through the door. Eventually he seems to give up and go away. Josh’s night returns to normal. Okay, it returns to what passes for normal for a Quick-Mart cashier next to a portal to hell. Some customers come in and try to rob the store. The Sasquatch becomes enraged, attacks the would be robbers, and drags their bodies from the store. When Colin comes by to visit Josh he explains the Sasquatch is actually a Yeti, gender unknown. The Yeti was gifting Josh with some delectable eats, Yeti style! The simple life of the Quick-Mart clerk just keeps getting more complicated.
This book was hilarious! Josh’s inner monologue as he is confronted with ever stranger monsters is brilliant. Despite being young and a clerk at a convenience store he is an ambassador to the human world for all the creatures that wander out of the hell portal. His nonchalance about extreme, ludicrous, or extremely ludicrous situations is the stuff of classic comedy.
Rating to be added at Series Completion