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A Cook's Tale (Ship Logs of the Santa Claus Book 2) by [Ramblings, Mann]
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Ship Logs of the Santa Claus: Book Two
The trials and tribulations of the crew and passengers of interplanetary transport vessel, The Santa Claus continues in A Cook’s Tale.
After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless. When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstances and join the crew. On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron's arrival. The least of which is the reason the pair haven't laid eyes on one another in over twelve years.
As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member. Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James. Despite Erron's cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair.
But there’s something about Gamin…
Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings?
Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3544 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (27 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017I26RXG
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #342,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gamin. Oh, Gamin. 27 November 2015
By johanna - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I began to read this with trepidation. The blurb speaks of a menage yet it also speaks of an erotic older lover which personally, I have a known weakness for.

I read The Luxorian Fugitive and I liked it. A Cook's Tale is different. I fell in love with Gamin. (Yes, the older lover.)

Erron came outboard The Santa Claus because he didn't know what else to do. He went there so he could survive after getting kicked in the butt and heart by his lover who chose a different path. No home, no apparent future and stuck with green hair, Erron applies and gets the job as a cook and hopes to reconnect with a family friend who went away: Gamin.

We first meet Gamin on The Luxorian Fugitive. He is a chef on board the Claus and described as a heavyset man who loved to sample his own cooking. He was jovial, courteous and much admired by the crew especially as he was the one who fed them well. In this installment, Gamin does not only look different, he is also different. He is still the heavyset man but he is more muscular if Erron were to tell it. There is also an air of sadness in him. Not to spoil a tale told so well, I leave that for you to find out the back story. (Hint: you need to read.)

Erron loved Gamin as a young boy growing up and Gamin had been his mentor. He has no idea what led Gamin to leave but now that they are on board the same ship, might as well get to know the man again. But first, there are Barrus and James who seem to really like Erron.

As Erron journeys forward with Barrus and James, there is a sort of disconnection going on. Erron does not know why, but Gamin is not acting right and seems to sink into a gloom of depression. Barrus and James find it difficult but eventually realize Gamin is part of Erron and are a package. What the two do not realize the relationship is much deeper.

This book is really Erron's tale just as the title says. It is his tale of how he grew up and matured on the Claus. It is the tale of Gamin who finally finds his voice and make known what he wants most in the world. It is also a tale of two lovers who are once again seeking a third.

I fell in love with Gamin, I said that. I also fell in love with Barrus and James and I really want more of their own tale. As for Erron. Well, this is his tale and it's best you read on so you know who he really is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2nd story of which I hope there's more. 17 February 2016
By OJCast - Published on
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Personal Tags: War; Hot Angst; Hot Sex; Alpha types; Space Traders; Science Fiction; Not Really Taboo; Older Man/Younger Man; Three Ways.

A Cook’s Tale

I had read the first book in this series, Ship’s Log of the Santa Claus, and had thoroughly enjoyed its premise and the way the whole story carried through. The pace of the first book is well done and the plot unfolds just right. So when I saw there was book two I bought right away. Unfortunately life happens and I couldn’t get to it as quickly as I wanted. Finally, here it is, the further stories and escapades of the crew of the Santa Claus, a trading ship and home to the unwanted veterans and survivors of the Centauri Civil War.

Erron knew the decommissioned ship had once housed over a hundred and fifty soldiers while transporting supplies and vehicles. For the thirty or so current members of the crew, it must be fairly spacious. After the Civil War, the Santa Claus had been purchased by Captain Danverse and populated primarily with a host of men whose military contracts had been bought out after being marked redundant.



With a wolfish grin, Erron peeled his shirt over his head, catching the complete attention of all the players. As his flat, tight stomach came into view, all conversation stopped. Every male in the room projected his need at Erron without a single syllable. He tossed his shirt into the pot before he unbuckled his pants. A collective gasp went through the room as he peeled his clothing down his lean, taut thighs and depositing it on top of his shirt. Erron stood before the men in a pair of snug, wine colored briefs that molded obscenely to his form. “Holy s***, the new boy is packing!” Priest shouted.

… He’d never be large and imposing, his frame didn’t allow it. A lean body and smooth skin could still turn heads. The treatment responsible for his hair growing in green made all the rest on his body the same color. Jade colored hair on his arms and legs was too odd and a green pubic zone made him feel like a perverted clown, so it had to go.


Tall and thick, with coarse hair on his arms and legs, Gamin’s size and sturdiness were a stark contrast to Erron’s smaller stature. Wisps of fur reached around the sides of the chef’s rounded belly that matched the meaty globes of his behind. Everything about Gamin was solid and manly. The peppering of gray on his head and beard fit him as well.


A large man chuckled at the top of the steps. “A little anxious to get on board?” His head was shaved to the point of stubble, matching the growth framing his jaw. Dark eyes and a wide smile made Erron look twice. Strong and confident as he descended the steps, the man wore a snug T-shirt and breeches lined with pockets down the side. He was thick and muscular with a little padding around the waist. Obviously, the man knew his way around the gym, but enjoyed his food as well.


Barrus and James were good together. Slightly mismatched, Barrus was large, wide, and slightly gruff to James’ lean and kept appearance. … A wave of vertigo hit him as gravity upended itself and the ladder was no longer under his foot. He braced for impact, but found himself caught in James’ arms. James may have been leaner than Barrus, but the man was strong and, damn it, he smelled good.


This is a really good M/M Science Fiction story with a solid plot and great characters. All of our favorite characters from the first book are back, the MCs as SCs this time and some of the SCs are now MCs, as it should be. The focus changes from Captain Danvers and Sergeant Jacks to Gamin, the chef, and his story which is intertwined with Erron’s story. Gamin was Erron’s mother’s best friend, until they had a huge falling out and never spoke again, some twelve years previous to Gamin and Erron reconnecting. Erron’s mother was a woman, unlucky in love, who had Erron and Gamin became his father figure as he was growing up.

As Erron joins the crew the angst over his nascent, unacknowledged, feelings for Gamin come in conflict with his feelings for Barrus and James, an open relationship couple with a somewhat, although really incorrect, tawdry reputation onboard. It is this interaction, intertwined with Erron’s reaction to the anti-space nausea medication that sets the stage for a truly heart-warming story.


Mann Ramblings delivers with his easy flowing, comprehensible style of writing. The story arc flows at a natural, progressive pace without any rough edges or unpredictable jumps to distract the reader away from the emotional, exciting story. The sex scenes are really smoking hot, in an intense M/M way, reminiscent of the first book. Gamin and Niven’s story, Niven being Gamin's first husband, is told in such a tasteful, emotional and happy manner that I truly felt this enormous sense of loss, adding so much hot angst to this story. The characters are well developed with a complete wholeness about them. I can feel Erron’s mishaps and his feelings, Gamin’s gut wrenching sense of loss and Barrus and James’ interplay and interaction in their relationship. A truly solid, well written book.

I hope we are treated to a third in the series: Barrus and James’ story begs to be told.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars...A fun read. 4 December 2015
By Sinfully - Published on
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3.5 Stars
So picture this – the metallic bulk of a spaceship against the star-studded deeps of space, speeding across the galaxy, carrying essential cargo and facing danger with gallantry.

Yeah, me too.

I have to admit that I hadn’t read the first book in the series but I plan to remedy that after reading this cheerful relationship driven sci fi adventure from Mann Ramblings. This is a post war story, set in a period where hurts are still raw and military men, bereft of their purpose and too uneasy to settle back into their pre-war activities have to find something to do and a safe place to do it.

The good ship Santa Claus is one such safe place. The Captain selects the best, most expert candidates for his crew but every man of them has to be gay. It saves trouble, he explains to newest potential recruit, Erron. Erron is pretty, slight, has the latest accessory – bright green hair – and is an expert chef though lately he has been unemployed and homeless. Erron made the mistake of becoming completely dependent on a man who had no qualms about sacking him and throwing him out of their shared home when he tired of him.

The illustration of Erron on the cover of the book is a pretty good depiction of his attitude – unhappy uneasy and giving the side-eye to the world. A billet on Santa Claus is just what Erron needs to give him some stability and a increase to his self esteem, even more so when he discovers that in his new position of cook’s assistant he’ll be subordinate to Gamin Wells, the only father figure he ever knew. Gamin, an impressive figure still despite being in his 50s, has his own problems which become apparent as their voyage progresses, but his care for and support of Erron is unwavering as he makes his place amongst the crew, endures the necessary hazing and finds love. It goes both ways too, as Erron soothes Gamin’s wounds and allows him to find peace.

In addition to Gamin, there are several important secondary characters – Security Officer Jacks and his beautiful partner Hadrian, Medical officer Carson, the lovers Barrus and James who welcome Erron to their bed, the predatory pilot Priest – whose interactions deepen the complexity of the plot. Because basically it is quite a simple romance plot about how people who have been deeply hurt can learn to trust and to love again.

The setting has all the trappings one might expect of a shipboard sci fi romance, but the plot is so sound it could be moved to virtually any confined all male setting. In fact there a moment where Erron approaches the Santa Claus for the first time where I was reminded of Ishmael boarding the Pequod, right down to the weathered navy blue peaked cap. With that image in mind I could imagine this plot on a square rigger with the enigmatic Captain Danvers as Ahab, or for that matter on an Antarctic scientific research station or Camp Bastion. The atmosphere on board ship is pretty much as one might expect when populated entirely by gay romance heroes, there are minor scenes of purely recreational sex and of violence as tempers run high, but there’s caring and tenderness too.

It was a fun read and I think even people who might have been put off by the sci fi tag would probably enjoy this story of incredibly manly men.

Reviewed by Sally for Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel to an amazing gay scifi series 28 November 2015
By Alina Popescu - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Unlike the first book in the series, A Cook’s Tale is not a fast paced adventure with lots of fighting. Yet it is just as compelling as a gay science fiction novel. Erron’s is a story of growth, self-discovery, and a long and complicated road to finding love. Betrayed and dumped by his ex, Erron comes to the Santa Claus to find his only remaining family, Gavin, his father figure since childhood till he turned nineteen.
On the ship, he has to deal with everything from health issues, a new crew, catching up with Gaving, trying out a throuple with Barrus and James. In a nutshell, he has to deal with his past pain and build a new life all at once. As we accompany him on his journey, we discover more about the history of the Santa Claus and the crew’s past. We meet characters we fell in love with book one, The Luxorian Fugitive, and it leaves us wanting more.
A Cook’s Tale is a brilliant story that I read in one sitting, as I just couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it to all lovers of science fiction and gay romance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 January 2016
By RICHARD D. WILLIAMS - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved both books, would read a sequel.

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