Sweet Caroline by Lissa Matthews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Short Story (88 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
The second time around is even sweeter…with cherries on top.
Blue Jeans and Hard Hats, Book 1
Buck doesn’t do personal projects. Until he runs into a woman wandering the aisles of the local home-improvement store, looking lost and confused. Just the way this fantasy looks at him nearly buckles his knees. In a hot second, the successful owner of a contracting company becomes a simple handyman, ready and willing to get as personal as the lady will allow.
Since her less-than-golden marriage to the local golden boy ended, Caroline’s declaration of independence includes her own business, road trips…and nipple piercings. Now it’s time to cut the last tie to her old life, but the house needs some work before she can unload it and move to her dream cabin in the mountains. Hard as it is to admit, she needs a little help.
Over the next few months, he shows her his toys, like hammers and drills, and she shows him hers—like floggers and paddles. And their attraction is the tinder that could send Caroline’s plans for an independent life up in flames…
Utterly delicious, devilishly sinful, and impossible to forget are a few ways to describe Lissa Matthew’s latest release, Sweet Caroline; a story that is equal parts heat and heart. From the moment I started reading I was hooked, drawn in by a woman who is older and wiser following a painful divorce, and the younger man who brings her back to life. It’s both wicked and sexy, with enough emotion and story to entertain those who enjoy having a bit of conflict in their erotic romance.
Caroline was a heroine I could identify with on many levels. She’s finally standing on her own after a twenty-year marriage that ended when her husband began seeking out other women for private play versus the sharing Caroline had become accustomed to. Determined not to let the circumstances of her divorce break her, she vows to find her own path in life. So when Buck, the sexy handyman who is a few years younger than she is expresses an interest, it’s impossible for her to deny their mutual attraction. I enjoyed watching her growth as a character and felt the progression was very natural, as well as scorching hot.
Equally memorable is the hero, Buck; a man who knows what he wants and goes after it. His assertive manner and dominance in the bedroom is made all the more delicious by his gentle treatment of Caroline. He knows she’s been hurt and he’s determined to show her exactly how important she is as a person, a woman, and his lover. Their sensual scenes are nearly as potent as the sexual ones and managed to bring out the romantic in me on more than one occasion.
The writing is fantastic and while the story does deliver on heat Ms. Matthews also directs her focus to matters of the heart. Sweet Caroline is a definite must read for the TBR pile and is a story you can escape into when time is limited but you want something exiting and enjoyable.