Title: Call Me Church
Series: Finding Home, #1
Length: 73 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (29 Aug 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: It’s the height of the Depression, and people are desperate for a distraction from their lives. Film director Church Chetwood wants to help them forget—and he manages it with his documentaries and travelogues. But when the saber-tooth tiger he captured escapes, Manhattan’s grave situation only worsens. Now Church is facing ten years up the river.
Black Tuesday left John Smith a homeless sixteen-year-old orphan, and in the past four years he’s survived as best he could. When his path crosses Church’s, Johnny’s looking for a meal, nothing more. Surely after all he’s done, no one could love him—especially not Church, who insists he isn’t “like that.” But Church does have a plan to get away. Maybe if Johnny’s lucky, Church will let him tag along.
Review: This is an interesting and relatively quick read. Tinnean is a new author to me and based on this novella alone, I am sold on the author’s writing style. It was just fun and really easy to read. Call Me Church is an interesting story – it is, essentially, King Kong meets Jurassic Park with a bit of Gulliver’s Travels thrown in. Although the mere mention of Hooterville in depression-era New York City also had me thinking of Doctor Who.
It’s not so much as a romance but as an adventure with a couple of guys who somehow manage to create a relationship by the end it of it. Church Chetwood is a larger than life explorer who made movies to entertain the masses stuck in near poverty. But one fatal and horrible accident destroyed his career and has him on the run from just about anyone. He found Jurassic Park (well, actually Iwi Po’o somewhere in the South Pacific) who he caught and brought back a living Sabre Tooth Tiger for all the public to see.
After many people were killed by the wild beast there were warrants for his arrest and multiple people looking to sue him. Then there is Johnny, he’s barely in his twenties and has been living on the streets since the age of sixteen after the great collapse of Wall Street. John is a survivalist for the most part.
Church and John have instant chemistry, although there is a lot factors working against them. John just wants to live for the day, though, even if he knows that anything with Church could break his heart. The guys are super fun and the pace is rapid, even if the plot and characters are not fully developed by the end of the story.
As I said, this is like King Kong, Jurassic Park and Gulliver’s Travels, so if you like these then you’ll probably enjoy Call Me Church.
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