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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Holiday Bound by Beth Kery

Holiday Bound by Beth Kery
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

The Oedipal Complex has never been so sexy…

Alex Carradine can’t believe his father wants to come and visit his ski resort. Could it be that after so many stormy years, “slick Mitch” Carradine wants to offer an olive branch? Maybe the old man is mellowing, settling down with the new lover he’s bringing along.

Then Alex realizes the acid truth. This is no warm family visit. His father’s new conquest is none other than the woman of Alex’s sexual fantasies, meant only to dangle tauntingly in front of his face. At least an unexpected blizzard has frozen his father out of the picture entirely.

Angeline Kastakis was looking forward to taking the next step in her relationship with Mitch. Too late, she realizes she’s been led into a familial battle zone. Now it’s Christmas and she’s marooned in a blizzard with an insolent, gorgeous hunk of man whose blazing blue eyes tell her loud and clear he wants her in his bed. Preferably tied to it with a bow.

There’s no escape in sight. But as Alex stirs her secret longing to be mastered by a man, escape is the last thing on her mind…

Beth Kery has written a complex story of romance, and pleasure, and family dysfunction at its best. I found this to be an interesting and complex tale of love, desire, and confused loyalties.

Angeline wants to think the best of Mitch and his intentions, but she also realizes she wants Alex any way she can get him. But she doesn’t trust Alex when he says that he cares for her, and is not just using her to get back at Mitch. Can Alex convince her he wants her for herself and not as punishment for his father’s past treatment? As Angeline gets to know Mitch in the isolated cabin, she realizes Mitch misled her about Alex in many ways.

I enjoyed watching Angeline learn about Alex, and lose some of the preconceived notions she picked up from Mitch. Angeline is a smart, strong and independent woman, and the things Alex makes her feel are new to her. She shows courage, by not running away, even while she doubts the motives behind Alex’s actions. When the confrontation between Mitch and Alex comes, as we all knew it would, it is a revelation to all of them. Does Angeline find her happy ever after? Of course, but the journey there is so hot, I couldn’t understand how they could keep the snow from melting. This is definitely a different holiday story, but one well worth reading.

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