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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bedtime Stories: Customer Service by Celia Kyle

Bedtime Stories: Customer Service by Celia Kyle
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (20 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Cilla lost a scale to the big bad Troll under the bridge. Without it, she can’t turn into a dragon. She’s stuck in human form. Five years, Troll said. Five years as a Customer Service Rep for Bedtime Stories Press and then she’ll be free. But instead of having her scale returned as promised, she’s handed over to Djimon, a vampire. She has to spend one day with him, twenty-four hours of sexual servitude, and then she’ll finally be free. Except… what if she doesn’t want to leave?

Celia Kyle creates the best characters. She uses such imagination and passion with each hero and heroine in her stories, and Cilla and Djimon are no exception. This Bedtime Stories short is such fun to read, and very hot too.

Cilla has been stuck in human form ever since she lost a scale to a Troll. She is a strong and determined character, and, as a dragon shifter, feels less than whole when she can’t shift. I laughed as she counted the days until the Troll returned the scale, and then to be so close to getting it back when the Troll changes the rules, I understood her anger and frustration. Cilla is angry at first, but when Djimon assures her that he will return her scale in just twenty-four hours, she realizes she has no other options.

Djimon is a hot and sexy vampire, but he has been in Cilla’s world as, of all things, an author of erotic romance stories. Djimon knows something that Cilla doesn’t: she is his mate, even though she is dragon and he is vampire. Once he gets her to his bed, all bets are off as to whether she goes or stays. The sexy activities that Djimon uses to win Cilla over to his side are way too much fun for this short a story, and my only wish was that it could have been longer. But I wish this about most books I read.

I love the way Ms. Kyle inserted herself into the story, in a not-so-subtle plug for her work. Do Djimon and Cilla get the happy ever after they deserve? Of course, and it is a hot trip getting there. I recommend this short for those who have a few minutes to fill, and need something different.

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