Pillow Talk by Ruth J. Hartman

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Pillow Talk by Ruth J. Hartman
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (111 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

What happens when a tooth fairy falls in love with her dentist?

The dental community may never be the same.

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Trixie Trident has a secret. Everyone knows she creates one-of-a-kind jewelry during the day. It’s what she does on her night job no one would ever guess. She’s a tooth fairy. Not the tooth fairy, just one of many. It would take her whole life just to combat the many misconceptions people have about TFs. Like how nobody wears tutus or uses a wand. Or stands three inches high. Nope, Trixie looks just like any other woman in her mid-twenties. And she’d tell people all of that stuff. If she was allowed to. But she’d sworn a sacred tooth fairy oath that she’d never tell a soul. And she hadn’t. Except for her best friend, who would never breathe a word to anyone.

Gray Keebler meets Trixie when she comes to his dental office as a new patient. He’s had lots of single women patients before, but not one has ever sparked his interest like Trixie. What is it about her that’s so unique? He can’t quite figure it out but he’s determined to try, even when she turns him down for a second date. Trixie is attracted to Gray like she’s never been to any man before. He’s what she always dreamed of in a man. And they even have the subject of teeth in common. But a relationship with the gorgeous dentist can never be. How could it when she’s a tooth fairy? Not only can’t she tell him, but he’d never believe her anyway.

Some secrets are easy to keep. Others require a lot more effort. Can you guess which kind Trixie is dealing with?

Trixie’s awkwardness was endearing. It worked well with everything else that was revealed about her character, and it also made her relatable. It was especially entertaining to see how her flaws affected her attempts to flirt or even to socialize in a large group. Having special powers doesn’t guarantee that everything else in your life will fall into place after all!

There is a secondary character in this tale who consistently acts in a seriously unprofessional manner. At times it was difficult for me to suspend my disbelief and climb all the way into the plot due to the some of the stunts that she pulls. They were just too over the top for someone in her position, especially given how the other characters respond to what she tries to do. It would have been helpful if more time had been spent explaining what was going on in this subplot.

The chemistry between Trixie and Gray took a little while to show up, but once it did it was undeniable. Their personalities and quirks are so similar that it some ways it was as if they’d known each other for years instead of only a few weeks. Sometimes there’s something to be said for pursuing someone who acts and thinks a lot like you do.

I’d recommend Pillow Talk to anyone in the mood for something lighthearted and fairly short.

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