Up On The Housetop by Suzanne Rock
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Fern
Desperate to escape her controlling family, Chloe Bradford scrambles up to the housetop of her Texas home on Christmas Eve. There she discovers a sexy stranger cloaked in shadow. He convinces her to shed her good-girl image and give into her most secret desires. The man's low, raspy voice tugs at her memory as much as it awakens her passion. Is he a Christmas miracle, or some figment of her imagination? When he tries to leave, she follows him, eager to learn his identity.
Zach can't stop thinking about Chloe, or their reunion on the roof. His wolf-half urges him to reveal his identity and claim her, but he doesn't dare. For both their sakes, he must remain in the shadows until he can control his inner beast's bursts of rage. After a decade of struggle he thought he could handle his curse, but Chloe's presence causes his control to slip. As the moon-rages become more frequent, he knows he's slipping toward the insanity that claims many of his kind. Only Chloe can save him, but he broke her heart over a decade ago. Her forgiveness would be the real Christmas miracle.
After wrapping up Suzanne Rock’s sultry erotic story, Up On The Housetop, three things came to mind – hot, hot, and did I mention hot?
Chloe lost her brother as well as her fiancée in a horrific attack eleven-years ago. Even still, she continues to yearn for the love of her life, Zach. One night following dinner, she takes refuge on the rooftop. When a mysterious stranger appears who claims to know her, she gives into her repressed wicked side and takes him on a test-ride. From then on in, it’s a race against the clock. You know Chloe will eventually discover the mystery man is her long-lost Zach. But how will she react when she learns that Zach didn’t leave her willingly, but rather, was forced to stay away due to the curse that has placed a wolf beneath his skin?
Aside from a bit of danger that forces Zach to make a decision regarding a future with Chloe, there aren’t many twists and turns along this journey. Rather, the catalyst is the betrayal Chloe experiences upon discovering Zach’s identity. Obviously, she’s wounded to learn he’s been alive all this time and never contacted her. As he tries to carve out a place in her life, he’ll also have to prove that he’s worth the risk of hurt Chloe will face by loving again. I do wish more time had been devoted to his experiences following Zach’s change, his life in the pack, and what it truly means to mark someone. If Chloe remains human but is marked by Zach – who is now an immortal – will he die along with her when she goes? And what will her life be like among the pack that she’s been warned won’t welcome her with open arms? It’s alluded to but never fully explained, and because of that the ending falls a bit flat. I kept waiting for the dangerous mating that could potentially kill her, but was disappointed when it never happened.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy this naughty little romp, and I’m certain paranormal/erotica fans will as well. The sex scenes are scorching, and Zach is someone you’ll wish you could sink your teeth into. I loved the opening when the lovers reunite in shadow, and couldn’t wait until Zach revealed his true identity. As the ending is left open, I’m sure there is more to come, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Werewolf/shifter fans, you don’t want to miss Up On The Housetop.