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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shaken and Stirred by M.A. Ellis

Shaken and Stirred by M.A. Ellis
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Susanne is one final challenge away from winning a national beverage competition and reaching the pinnacle of her career—a management position with a very wealthy client. She’s intent that nothing will stand in her way. Not even the drop-dead-sexy cowboy who sidles up to her at the hotel bar.

Lucifer Treyton Ryder is under express orders from his uncle to find Susanne and do whatever it takes to have her disqualified. Trey plans to take her to bed and keep her there until the security team discovers them together. It’s against the rules. It’s a foolproof plan. Until the auburn-haired beauty shows more than a passing interest in a bit of yee-haw rope play.

Before Susanne realizes what he’s about, Trey has her hands expertly bound and she’s forced to make a choice—play it safe or allow the devilishly tempting man full rein for an evening of uninhibited loving? A “perfect” stranger and kinky sex? Susanne’s about to make a choice that could cost her everything.

Enter one cowboy bent on using a silky piece of cord to bring you your heart’s and body’s delight. Do you dare? Or do you run? Or do you like things Shaken and Stirred?

I am a huge fan of MA Ellis. I know when I open one of her books, I’ll be taken on a sensual thrill-ride. This book was no different. I felt like I was really there at the competition with Susanne and Trey. Ms. Ellis writes with such fluidity that I felt like I was part of the coupling and each little act of passion and submission could’ve been my own. From page one, I couldn’t put the book down.

From his entrance, Trey is the cowboy of my dreams—tawny, tall, and handsome. I could immediately see why Susanne felt drawn to him. I want one of him in my closet. Yes, he comes across as a bit overconfident, but his gentlemanly upbringing never wavers, even when he has her in his possession. And man, oh man, was it hot! My own cheeks blushed reading their exploits.

As a heroine, Susanne is unique. She knows what she wants and she knows her limits, but then again, when presented with a studly cowboy package, who would honestly resist? I liked that she gives in, but not just meekly—she lets loose with gusto. I could related to her initial apprehension. Bondage can be intimidating but her acceptance was exciting to watch.

And the ending! I totally didn’t see it coming and loved it. Trey made me melt all over again.

If you want a story guaranteed to singe your computer screen and leave you begging for more, then you need to read Shaken and Stirred. It lives up to its name. I give it 5 enthusiastic cherries and am adding this one to my keeper shelf.

1 comment:

M.A. Ellils said...

Thanks for the great review, T.L.! Glad you enjoyed that ending :)