Flirtasaurus, an all-new quirky and fun, laugh-out-out romantic comedy from debut author Erin Mallon is available now!
My name is Calliope and “I bone for a living.” Kidding. I am studying to be a paleontologist though. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be, and I have finally landed the perfect museum internship to make all of my dino-loving dreams come true.
Trouble is, everyone wants me to be a gentle, loving sort of creature, but I’m more of the T-Rex type by nature – the kind who is determined to stomp and tear her way through any obstacle in order to get what she wants.
But when a sexy, rumbly-voiced astronomer plummets into my orbit and threatens to break open my hard little heart, my career and my whole way of looking at the world is suddenly on the line.
The dinosaurs didn’t see their asteroid coming.
And I sure as hell wasn’t prepared for mine.
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“I literally have no idea what you’re—”
“Your asteroid friends killed my dinos!” I say with a bit too much force, I’m guessing. Yup, my buzz can now officially be promoted to drunk.
“Ohhhhhhhhhh. Okay. Yeah, I guess that’s… Wait. You’re mad at me for that?”
He takes a moment to consider his response. And then he shocks the hell out of me.
“What else can I say to you then, other than… I am incredibly sorry, Calliope?”
“I don’t think a guy has ever said that to me before.”
“What. That he’s sorry?”
“It’s pretty… um. Well, it’s… it’s kind of. It’s really sexy behavior.”
“Oh. Well, in that case… let me take it a step further then. I, Ralph Anderson, take full and complete responsibility for the death of your dinos.”
“Shut up, dude,” I say, laughing.
“No, no, really! Had I known that a massive asteroid would strike this planet and wipe out the creatures you so dearly love, and if I had the power to go back in time and stop it… I would.”
“Well, how in the hell would you have done that? That’s impossible. That’s—”
“Go with me here, will ya? I’m letting myself be unscientific and non-literal for just a minute.”
“You called me Callie.”
“I did. Is… that okay?”
“Nobody really calls me that. But, yeah. It’s okay.”
“Cool,” he says with a smile. “So, Callie. I guess what I would have to do… You know, after I time traveled back a few millennia—”
“Alright, more than a few. I’d have to invent a rocket since they wouldn’t be invented just yet, shoot myself up to the heavens, then circle the Earth’s atmosphere until I could hitch a ride on that bastard ball of flaming rock dead set for your dinos. I would latch onto it with my brute strength and push that mammoth motherfucker off course until it found some other planet and some other life form to obliterate. Then I’d fall back to Earth like a feather, land back on a cozy couch with you and our pet, Troodon, since Troodon is obviously and by far the most precious dinosaur to ever walk the planet, and we’d watch Friends, drink Yoo-hoo, and laugh our asses off together until the day we died a peaceful non-apocalyptic death.”
“What was that? Did you just do a little jig?”
“Of course not. I just had a-a, uh…. a charley horse situation.”
“Really? I thought those only happened when people were sleeping.”
“Oh no, they can happen anytime.”
Truth? I was so turned on by him at that moment, I did a lusty little leg shake to get those warm and fuzzy feelings moving right back where they came from.
It didn’t work.
Flirtasaurus is a impressive debut romcom from popular romance narrator Erin Mallon! Ralph and Calliope were such sweet, quirky characters, and I liked them very much. From the hysterically awkward meet-cute and beyond, their story was a joy to read.
So why only 3.5 stars? This story had great bones (pun intended!) but the conversations between all of the characters were super wordy. After a while, that got to be a lot to take in. Some dialog was unnecessary and wasn’t necessary to the conversations. I felt that made the story drag at times and like i was pushing through jibberish and it made some of the conversations awkward.
But, the overall story of Ralph and Calliope was super entertaining. They have great banter, and they are likable characters. Even the supporting characters were fun and interesting. I am looking forward to what Erin Mallon puts forth in the rest of this series.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Erin Mallon‘s debut romantic comedy novel, Flirtasaurus, releases in July 2020. She is an award-winning narrator of over 450 books and an accomplished playwright and producer in New York City. She has written over 40 plays, which have been produced Off-Broadway and all over the country, including These Walls Can Talk, a raucous theatrical love letter to the romance audiobook community. She lives in a little yellow house on the outskirts of NYC with her husband and Three J’s.
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