Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Pages: 398
Date: 03/12/02013
Grade: 4+
Details: Received from Carina Press
              Through NetGalley

The blurb:

What’s on your wish list?
After indulging in twelve naughty nights in Mexico, a woman experiences an erotic epiphany. An adventurous elf has her eye on one very sexy Santa. A married couple hopes to find a very special marine under the mistletoe. And a holiday mitzvah leads a woman to submit to a man in uniform on Christmas Day. No matter your fantasies, this collection of four shorts will add spice and sizzle to cold winter nights.
Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:
Five Golden Rings by Jeffe Kennedy
Naughty Nicks by Christine d’Abo
Ménage on 34th Street by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis
Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin
Stories also available for purchase separately 

Five Golden Rings by Jeffe Kennedy (4)

The blurb:

On the first day of Christmas, my lover gave to me…

Matilda Campbell's plans to spend Christmas solo in the sun take an erotic turn when she encounters the handsome and enigmatic Miguel D'Oro on the plane to Mexico. As the CEO of a major firm, Tilda's used to being the one in charge—but now she'll have to learn how to take orders instead.

In the spirit of the season, Miguel offers Tilda naughty gifts for each of the twelve days of Christmas. There's just one rule: she must accept them—and fulfill his commands—or face the sensual consequences. Intrigued and aroused, Tilda agrees to let Miguel take control of her pleasure.

What follows is a week unlike anything she's ever experienced. From choosing her sexy new wardrobe and naughty accessories, to pushing her boundaries with BDSM play, Miguel satisfies every forbidden craving. But as their time together runs out, she must decide if there's room in her real life for her holiday lover and her newly discovered kinky side.

This was a fun and very kinky story. I loved the idea of ‘The Twelve Kinky Days of Christmas’ The plans Miguel has for Tilda are original and inspired, not to mention hot. My only ‘complaint’ is that the story felt a bit rushed at times, a problem no doubt caused by the length of this novella. The same is true for the short time span it takes these two characters to decide that they do want this to be more than just a holiday adventure, especially since for Tilda everything she experiences is the complete opposite of her normal persona.

 Other than that it was a pure joy to read this steamy story.

Menage on 34th Street by Elise Logan & Emily Ryan-Davis (4.5)

The blurb:

“Katrina and Owen Holland have the perfect marriage, a home in the trendiest part of Baltimore, and a scorching sex life. As another Christmas approaches, there’s only one thing still on Kat’s wish list: Hunter Croft. But she made peace long ago with his decision to choose the marines over their relationship. Until seeing him again arouses feelings she thought were in the past…

Hunter has spent a decade outrunning his attraction to both Kat and Owen. But now that he’s stateside, his self-control crumbles when he comes face to face with the two people who star in all his favourite fantasies. Their reunion is both erotic and emotional – and has Hunter wondering if three is really a crowd, after all.

Owen can’t imagine his life without Kat. But he can imagine a future where the three of them live and love under one roof. Owen and Kat have shared their bed with other men, but Hunter is the only one who could ever have a place in their hearts. And this holiday season, Owen intends to make their dream a reality.

I won’t say a lot more about this story because the full story-line can be found in the blurb. I will say that I loved it. The dynamic between these three people is fascinating and realistic. I was so happy that conflicts were resolved through conversation, and that, although there were emotional outbursts and reactions, common sense prevailed.

I’m very grateful that the authors didn’t make this story too easy. This wasn’t a case of they love each other so they’ll live happily ever after. No, even by the time the story ends you know that these three people will be in a relationship that requires work and compromise on all sides, that things won’t always be easy or smooth for them. And because these are three very likeable characters, you can’t help hoping that they will succeed and find a way to make it work. I’m delighted to see that there will be a sequel to this story and am very much looking forward to reading it.

Oh, and did I mention that this story is incredibly hot? Of course ménage stories, by definition, allow for a whole host of situations that can’t be achieved with ‘only’ two characters. Let’s just say the authors of this story give their readers an enticing and extensive idea of all those possibilities.

Naughty Nicks by Christine D’Abo (3.5)

The blurb:

Kim has been the coordinator at Naughty Nicks, home of the sexiest Santa strippers, every Christmas for three years—and for just as long, she's lusted after her boss. She enjoys their flirty banter and heated looks, but she's getting tired of Blake being nice when she's feeling naughty. This year, there's only one kind of Christmas bonus she wants.

With each passing holiday season, Blake's attraction to Kim has grown. But after a bitter divorce, he's not sure he's ready to jump into a new relationship, especially with an employee. One passionate kiss under the mistletoe and he realizes he's had enough of looking and not touching. Fortunately, he knows the perfect way to seduce Kim—a private striptease to prove she's the only elf for his Naughty Nick.

Novellas are strange things. Occasionally they’re just right but more often than not they feel too short, leaving me with the feeling that I would have gotten more out of the story if only it had been longer. Not so with “Naughty Nick”. I can’t help feeling that this story would have been at least as good as it is, if not better, if it had been a bit shorter. For me the whole will they or won’t they come to their senses went on for too long. 

Other than that, I enjoyed the story. The characters were nice and vivid; the heat level was high and the sex hot. I enjoyed this cute story and it most certainly got me in the mood for Christmas, not to mention a stripping Santa.

Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin (5)

The blurb:

Every December twenty-fifth, Rebeccah Rickman volunteers through her synagogue so that others can celebrate Christmas. Her usual mitzvah, or good deed, is assisting police officer Jeremy Kohler. But this year is different: this year, Becca is free to act on the attraction that has long simmered between her and the sexy cop.

Jeremy couldn't have asked for a better gift than discovering the woman he's fantasized about for five long years is single. But when he learns about the violence that broke up Becca's marriage, he's hesitant to pursue her. He fears his desires will scare her away—but can't deny his own need for control in the bedroom. Or his longing to instruct her in the fine art of submission…

Becca is shocked to learn that Jeremy is a sexual dominant. And despite her past, she's also aroused. But before she can explore what that means, she's going to have to put her trust in Jeremy—and her own fledgling desires.

Let me start by saying that I adore Jody Griffin’s stories. I love her Doms and the strong submissives she creates. Her books and stories, this one included are romantic, sexy and very hot. When she takes her readers into the world of BDSM she introduces them both to the dominating and the caring side of this dynamic. Her Doms, and Jeremy in ‘Matzoh and Mistletoe’ is no exception, are first and foremost loving and caring men who put the needs of the women who submit to them first. They may not be able to deny their need to dominate, they make very sure their submissives get what they want and need. Even if the woman in question doesn’t always know theat what she’s getting is exactly what she wants.

I loved the care Jeremy took with Becca in this story. Just as I loved Becca’s willingness to investigate what the man she had been interested in for five years had to offer, even if it scared her and brought back memories she’d rather forget. This is a tender love story first and foremost with BDSM the vehicle through which the tenderness is shared. It was wonderful to join Becca on her journey while she discovered what her fantasies – the same fantasies her ex-husband had shamed her for – where like when experienced for real. Watching Jeremy while he introduces her to the beauty of power-exchange, taking care to not push her over the edge, was heart-warming. 

I’m running out of ways to express how much I enjoyed this book, so let me finish by saying that it’s hard not to adore a book that combines a beautiful love story, with smoking hot scenes and a wicked sense of humor.

When I discovered that Jodie Griffin didn’t have any plans to return to her Bondage & Breakfast books my heart sank. Having read this book my worries have dissipated. I have ever confidence that this is one author who will not let me down; regardless of the characters she decides to write about.

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