Book Reviews

How to Make the Perfect Man (Some Like it Haunted 4) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shifters / Romance / Holiday / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Ro on 27-October-2020

Book Blurb

Love isn’t science. It’s alchemy.

Needing a date for the hottest Hallowe’en party in town, scientist Aubrey Waldegrave sets to work creating his perfect man. Unfortunately, the Adonis who emerges from his laboratory is a free spirit who has no time for Aubrey’s brogues and tweeds.


Alchemist Trismegistus Nimlet can turn anything into gold, but when his apocathery's alligator starts talking back and his werewolf allergy leaves him sneezing, it looks like Halloween might be a washout. Worse still, is Tris really about to lose the chap he secretly loves to a manmade surfer dude who’s more flash than Frankenstein?


With werewolves leaving fur in the ornamental fountains and a banshee making enough noise to wake the dead, Aubrey’s Halloween is going from bad to worse. All he wanted was to make his perfect man, but what if he was right there all along?


Book Review

This novella is, in a word, cute! We have Aubrey, a reanimation scientist who has been in love with his best friend of forty years, who is literally making himself a date for the Wizard’s Ball, the social event of the season. His best friend, alchemist Trismegistus, is also attending the ball. Coincidentally, he is also in love with his best friend of forty years, Aubrey. Neither one ever said anything and there is a lot of “he’d never feel that way about me.” 


Aubrey wants, just once, to walk into the ball with a hot guy on his arm. Since he can’t have Tris and can’t find anyone else, he uses his reanimation skills and makes a man he names Adam. “Although Aubrey could have wired the tank up to the mains, powering it using the awesome force of a violent electrical storm appealed to his sense of tradition.” He uses the storm to reanimate Adam and provides clothing similar to what he himself wears.


“He lives! Hurrah, I have a date for the party!” It’s such an exciting moment. Except, well, Adam doesn’t want to be called Adam, doesn’t want to wear tweed and khakis, and informs Aubrey his name is Kai. He talks like a California surfer. “Dude, I’m seriously hench. And hung!” Aubrey is horrified. Not only does Kai not act like Aubrey hoped, but he heavily talks dude and is so enamored with his “hench” body that he refuses to wear clothes.


When Tris shows up to pick them up for the party, he introduces himself and makes me smile. “Trismegistus Nimlet,” Tris replied, bowing slightly. “Alchemist, gentleman and wearer of clothes.” I have to put it out there that even now I am trying to say Trismegistus. Suffice it to say, it isn’t going well and I say it differently every time. Luckily, he goes by Tris. 


While Aubrey had hoped everyone would think he pulled Kai on his own, Tris immediately knows Aubrey built him. They’ve been besties for forty years, can’t put anything past Tris.


As they navigate getting Kai to wear clothes and attend the party, Aubrey is more and more certain he didn’t make the perfect man. He made an individual with his own thoughts and feelings. He begins to wonder why he made a young, buff surfer (and not from parts, but from fitness instructor DNA) instead of someone like the man he loves. Someone like Tris.


I won’t spoil the time at the ball, because it is funny and silly. Let’s just say a stuffed but reanimated alligator, a full-size werewolf who happens to be a Bichon Friese (who was also built by Aubrey), a wailing banshee, and some bullying werewolves who are put in their place made me laugh. 


When Kai shows what he’s really made of, it was a proud moment. The language in this book ranges from surfer to flowery to formal. It fits each character and it works. This is a sweet, silly, funny short Halloween story with an awesome ending.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 62 pages/15148 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-October-2020
Price $2.99 ebook
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