“I met you when you were chubby and had frizzy hair and acne.”
A gasp escaped her lips. So she’d had a bit of an awkward phase. Bringing it up now was hardly gentlemanly. “Shut up, Caine.”
“My point is, I wanted you then. I still want you now. When I walked away from you all those years ago, I knew that wanting would never stop.” He tucked a strand of hair—sleek, not-frizzy hair, thank you very much—behind her ear. “Prettiness helps, Tatiana, but you and me? It’s always been more.”
I loved that there was more to Wyatt’s attraction than just the physical. And it was the same for Tatiana. Their connection was far more complicated than lust.
This is an erotic short so there’s lots of (hot) sex. But there’s also some beautiful writing and lyrical concepts which elevated material beyond the ordinary.
When he was young, he could remember playing at his mother’s feet with a mechanical toy she’d treasured from her own childhood. After it was wound up, a pair of skaters would dance around the perimeter of the circular surface, come together for a brief moment for the crescendo of the song, and then skate off again for the chorus.
When he and Tatiana had called it quits, part of him had hoped they’d never meet again. The pain of the breakup was that excruciating. Another part of him—a secret, hidden part—had wondered if they were like that mechanical couple. Crashing together, twirling around, maybe drifting off. But always returning.
There is also some wry humour, a sex positive and body positive vibe (with a healthy amount of realistic occasional insecurity) thrown in.
She’d never been that self-conscious about her body. She worked hard to take care of herself, running daily even when she was in the grip of a feverish new design or project.
But since Wyatt’s head was right at the level of her pussy, she couldn’t help but be a little self-conscious. Should she have waxed? Shaved? Added sparkly jewels? Maybe installed a music box?
My sense was that they split a decade before not for lack of love, but for lack of good communication and maturity. The thing that both have to work out now is whether there is sufficient maturity and communication to make a relationship successful now.
By the end, they agree to see where it goes – which I think is absolutely where the story had to go. There will be other stories which map their relationship (the excerpt from the next book made me want it NOW) but this story had to end where it did. To do otherwise would not have done justice to all that had gone before. So, it is a hopeful HFN with more to come. Win.
Also coming soon, my review of Defiance by Stephanie Tyler. It’s a NA, dystopian, Motorcycle Club book.
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood, narrated by Susan Duerdin – B- I reviewed this one for Speaking of Audiobooks also.
The Autumn Bride by Anne Grace, narrated by Alison Larkin – B- Another I reviewed for AudioGals.
Untamed by Anna Cowan
Never a Hero by Marie Sexton
Warrior’s Apprentice (audiobook) by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley
Tangled by Emma Chase
Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley