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Series: The Snow & Winter Collection #1
Author: C.S. Poe
Published: April 8, 2021
Publisher: Emporium Press/Self-Published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Length: 149 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Blindness; Established Couple; Humor; Law Enforcement; HEA; Standalone
Interlude is a collection of short stories spanning the complete timeline of the Snow & Winter series, beginning with The Mystery of Nevermore, to after the conclusion of The Mystery of the Bones. They feature the point of view of Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter and consist of mini mysteries, as well as scenes from daily life.
Please note: While many of these titles were previously made available for free to readers, they have all since been rewritten, expanded, and edited for this collection. Several shorts are brand-new and exclusive, including Someone’s in the Wall, St. Louis What Now?, and Trope: Only One Bed.
Warning! Do not read C.S. Poe’s Interlude in the library. You will be escorted out, dabbing your eyes with a hanky, chortling loudly. Unfortunately, I started it next to a sleeping husband. By the second chapter, I was banished from the bedroom.
These are some of the funniest scenes I’ve ever read. Imagine a blow job interrupted four times, or a protracted apartment rental search, where the “ideal home” has its bathtub in the kitchen. (All Manhattanites will shudder in recognition!)
Is Interlude a standalone? I think so. It’s a series of short stories which intersperse through the Snow & Winter collection. Some time ago, I did enjoy The Mystery of the Moving Image immensely, but had forgotten the details, and still followed Interlude perfectly. And I suspect this would have been true without reading any of the installments. One thing for certain. I will be going back and imbibing the missing editions!
Do not read C.S. Poe’s ‘Interlude’ in the library. You will be escorted out, dabbing your eyes with a hanky, chortling loudly
Sebastian Snow is the sight-impaired proprietor of an antique store, a career which suits the shy, stuffy, old-fashioned man who can’t talk dirty without blushing. When a series of mysteries hit his store, he becomes entwined with homicide detective Calvin Snow, who appears to be a laid-back fellow. In book 1 of the Snow & Winter series , The Mystery of Nevermore, they fell in love and Snow came out as gay.
Sebastian and Calvin are yin and yang, which makes for stellar moments – of humor, eroticism and offers great perspective. Snow describes seeing Calvin: “The indescribable feeling that the personification of home was smiling at me.” Calvin may have been shot twice at work, but he admires Sebastian’s courage. “By refusing to hide who he was, being unapologetic of his interests… Sebastian really was a living embodiment of strength.”
Sebastian and Calvin make each other feel safe without any intrusiveness and encourage one another to take bigger risks. The arc of these stories shows how their love moves them past their vulnerabilities towards self-trust, moments and tidbits that are as much about love, itself, as the two characters.
And then there’s a crew of delightfully penned individuals, including Max, Sebastian’s assistant, a man with persistently bad timing, and Sebastian’s warm-hearted dad, a fountain of wisdom. In one short, Sebastian’s ex actually befriends Calvin! Though the stories are brief, I could describe and picture this supporting cast.
Throughout, I smiled, laughed and cried, inside and out.
If you’re literary, you’ll enjoy Ms. Poe’s nod to different authors. If not, her language and dialogue is so smooth, you’ll understand the references without having read those writers! And if intimacy is your thang, you’ll be fanning yourself! Sebastian’s embarrassment with speech doesn’t generalize to action. Dirty? Yes, eight ways from Sunday.
Each short story in Interlude is a perfect nugget, start, middle and end, as Sebastian and Calvin’s relationship grows through little kindnesses, from the rush of newness to domesticity and the respect which builds permanent trust. Throughout, I smiled, laughed and cried, inside and out.
A copy of Interlude was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by C.S. Poe, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.