There’s so much Jonah Kendrick hasn’t tried, and so much he wants to explore. But just before Christmas he finds a ring box in his boyfriend’s desk. Jonah panics. He loves Evan and their sex is hot, but how can Jonah be ready for forever, when there are so many items on his Naughty Bucket List? Desires that might drive Evan away.
Evan’s noticed Jonah has been distant. His usually talkative and cheerful boyfriend is preoccupied. The seemingly straitlaced Evan stumbles across Jonah’s wish list of sexual kinks, and Evan realizes he may not have to hide his true nature from Jonah after all. The Dom in him wants to see Jonah on his knees, begging, submitting, but Evan isn’t sure Jonah’s ready to accept what being Evan’s sub would mean.
The two lovers must figure out how to share their hidden desires with each other before their secrets permanently damage their love.
Maybe Jonah would never be able to say for sure if the flashing lights in his eyes were because he’d finally seen the ball drop in Times Square, or afterimages burned onto his retina from coming so hard he’d broken something in his head.
Megan is a Mountie, and she’s spent the past few years in the arctic following her career dreams. Family obligations kept Ryan at home, but their love survived the distance thanks to several hot visits. A Mountie always gets her man, and Megan is bound and determined to keep Ryan.
Now Megan’s with Ryan for the holidays…but how long will this visit last? She’s always been willing to do anything Ryan desires, but will he finally tell her that all he needs for Christmas is her?
You’d think, given what I said above about the KA Mitchell story, that the miscommunication in this story would have bothered me – but it didn’t. I think it was that it was more of a gimmick and a fun secret, deliberately kept from one another as a surprise. And, it demonstrated that each of them was fully committed to their relationship and willing to make sacrifices for it. Ryan and Megan have been doing the long distance relationship thing for a very long time. I felt for them, being separated for long stretches. I respected them for being faithful to each other and for the choices they made at the times they made them. I liked how Ryan didn’t expect Megan to give up her dreams for him. I also liked that Megan felt the same way about Ryan. And the sex was very hot. This couple had a connection and it was noticeable right from the start. I always think novellas have a head start when the couple is established from page 1 and this whole anthology is proof of why actually.
Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.
Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?
The bit where the wall between Thea and her feelings comes down was very moving and I even got a bit teary. A rare thing in an erotic novella, for me anyway. I’d read Liberating Lacey by this author before so I knew she was a good writer and I had been looking forward to this story. It has a happy ending of course, but I wouldn’t call it a happy story – it is, essentially about grief. I liked that it wasn’t all hearts and flowers and I liked that Ronan was patient and kind and sexy as all get out. Plus – firefighter. Rowr.
Overall Grade: B