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JOINT REVIEW: “Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders” by Cornelia Grey


Originally released in Weight of a Gun II Anthology, this story has been expanded.

Benjamin Pepperwhistle has one overriding desire: to handle the glorious machinery that is a gun. So when he decides to run away to join the circus, it’s only natural that he should seek out the legendary pistoleer, Cole Beauchamp, and beg to be his assistant. Life in the circus has definite ups and downs, but as Benjamin settles in to his role, he finds that some perks are even better than he’d anticipated.


First Eloquent Thoughts:

ILHEM: Oh, uh, hmmm, gasp, gnnnn, phew

AMI: WOWZA, yep, the sensual tension still thick and vivid!


Ooooh… If the Fantabulous Circus of Wonder showed up in my town, I’d buy tickets for every single damn performance, and I’d be right there in the front seat, smelling dark powder, tasting it, starting at the crack of gunshots, pricking up my ears to hear the thud of bullets on a wooden target, fingers twitching to grasp the tension between Cole and Benjamin, gorging on it, and overall shamelessly sweating and drooling.

Silly me, I just did!

This novella is a never-ending VIP pass, a full entry to pry behind the scenes, a bubble of fantasy, and an otherworld of wonders where everything is possible, even edgy sweetness! Cornelia Grey teases senses, builds sexual tension (woo!), diffuses it with cute awkwardness only to sharpen it straight away with edge play, and all along makes you feel the hot-cold weight of a gun.

Benjamin Pepperwhistle” somehow reconciles edge with cute, and it’s one of the best m/m/gun threesome I’ve read so far. It is also the proof that short reads can pack a very satisfying punch.

Hear, hear! Don’t miss it!


When Cornelia Grey sent this re-expanded version of her wonderful Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonder, honestly, I had doubts! The first time I read the original story, I was charmed. However, this was going to be a re-read! Even if Cornelia said that she added 7k words, I thought, “I already knew how the climax scenes would play out! How could she possibly surprise me again?”

Well, she did…

Cornelia shines in her ability to string you along as readers, in a fantastic journey that her characters are having. You experience things like they do. When she writes sensuality; it is like your senses being heightened. Yes, I know how the climax scenes felt – but Cornelia added another sensual scene (of Cole teaching Benjamin to shoot) that just got my skin all tingly and hot. It was like watching a movie in 4DX technology, where you felt every rhythm and beat. It was fabulous.

My rating for the original story was almost perfect (I gave it 4.75 rounded it to 5). For this one, I stick with it (and rounded it up to 5) because even with my knowledge of how things turned out, the story still able to make me all worked up. It also gave me the joy of being back in the world of circus that slightly isolated while still being deliciously flirty and edgy. It was a world I was gladly to be back to.

RATING:  4 STARS (Ilhem) / 5 STARS (Ami)


21449331Title: Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders
Author: Cornelia Grey
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 58 (Word Count: 22,700 words)
Release Date:  March 14, 2014 
Purchase Links: Storm Moon Press, Are, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

9 comments on “JOINT REVIEW: “Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders” by Cornelia Grey

  1. shelley
    March 25, 2014

    Oh my god girls?! You make this sound irresistible! I think I would love this too :)


    • ilhem3606
      March 25, 2014

      It’s delicious!


  2. H.B.
    March 25, 2014

    I guess I’ll have to re-buy this since it’s an expanded edition. I liked what I read in Weight of a Gun II but I hope it’s worth the re-buy.


    • ilhem3606
      March 26, 2014

      I didn’t read the anthology, but Ami is plenty satisfied by the added scene and *whispers* – she can be difficult to please. :)


      • Ami
        March 26, 2014

        Wait, WHAT? How the heck did I get that reputation?!?


        • ilhem3606
          March 26, 2014

          *whistles innocently*


          • H.B.
            March 27, 2014

            LOL, okay. Thanks for assuaging my fears that it won’t be worth it :)


  3. Cornelia Grey
    March 26, 2014

    Hi Ami and Ilhem,
    thank you so much for the great reviews – I’m really glad you enjoyed the story :)!


    • ilhem3606
      March 26, 2014

      Oh I did! Thank you.:)


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