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Monday, January 11, 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Brenna Lyons

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (101 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Two years after Robin’s fiancé dies in a car crash, she has sorted her priorities and decided to follow through with one of their plans. A baby. Of course, it would be best if that baby shared some of Zach’s genes.

Enter David, Zach’s older brother. He’s her best friend, her confidant, the one person who won’t dismiss her plans as insane…she hopes. And maybe sex with him will get David out of her fantasies, fantasies where he takes Zach’s place.

Or maybe they won’t. If Robin hadn’t been Zach’s when David met her, he would have stopped at nothing to make her his own. If she doesn’t hate him for giving her what she’s asking for, they might both get the Christmas gift they want most.

All I Want For Christmas Is You is an extremely moving and emotional story that will tug at your heart, heat up your blood, and keep you flipping through the pages from start to finish.

Conquering the lost lover/spouse/partner theme without teetering too far into the darker, more despondent undertones is tricky. Oftentimes, it’s difficult to fall for the current hero and/or heroine if they are overshadowed by a shadow lingering in the pages.

Fortunately, author Brenna Lyons has combined acceptance and loss, creating a stable place for the protagonists to come together and move forward with their lives. It’s apparent that both David and Robin loved Zach – his brother and her fiancée – but instead of being something they can’t move past, it’s written so that you ache with them – not necessarily for them. Happiness is often born from tragedy, and in this case, it seems only natural that David would yearn for the woman he’s always wanted, while Robin will reach out to the man she’s trusts above all others.

The chemistry between Robin and David is burn-the-tips-of-your-fingers hot, and sex scenes will have you melting in the reading chair. I love Ms. Lyons style of writing, as well as her ability to bring emotion to the page – even as she kicks up the heat. Robin isn’t willing to reveal how she feels out of fear of another loss, and David won’t reveal how he feels due to a fear of rejection. Can they come clean, be happy, and get their ultimate Christmas wish – each other?

Don’t miss this engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read. Be sure to put All I Want For Christmas Is You on your TBR list.

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