Locked and Loaded by Samantha Cayto
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal sex
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Hibiscus
Former army-turned-ER doctor Grace McKinnon is through with going to bed with nothing more than fantasies and a yearning to resurrect her personal life. She’s determined instead to take the Cougar Challenge with a flesh and hot-blooded younger man. She discovers the perfect opportunity steaming up the curtain of exam room four.
Captain Mark Bennington has been locked and loaded—ready for action—since meeting Grace. He’s on a mission to heat up the Boston nights while on leave. This sexy older woman is lighting his way, fulfilling double-time every sex wish he’s ever made. But it’s going to be the toughest fight of his life to convince her to take a chance on more than just a fling.
When one can blend age and health issues with comedy and sex just right, a wonderful story emerges. Ms. Cato has done that with Locked and Loaded. A delightful tale that combines cougars, PTSD, Spanx and a wish list.
It all starts when West Point graduate, Captain Mark Bennington brings his friend, Sean Conroy, into the ER to have his hand checked by ex-Army Doctor Grace McKinnon. Grace immediately realizes that Sean is suffering from PTSD. Sean’s family doesn’t want to deal with this issue and just tells him to man up. This sensitive issue is dealt with in a very compassionate and caring manner. Sean’s PTSD plays an important role throughout the storyline. It also brings front and center Grace’s Purple Heart. With three tours overseas, her reluctance to speak of what happened over there once again rang so true to life.
Dr. Grace McKinnon is forty-two years young and single, but old in life experiences. Grace has a brother-in-law who thinks she should marry him. His grown children feel them same way, since Grace raised them when her sister died. I loved her ethics argument with herself in the ER when she was fantasizing about what she wanted to do with Mark. To forget about Mark, Grace decided to have one of my favorite things, a Johnny Depp movie marathon.
Her neighbor, Danny, adds levity when Grace is feeling down. Though Grace calls Danny a child molester for liking Orlando Bloom, she compares Mark to Orlando’s younger, blonder brother. Danny’s witty quips had me smiling throughout the story. I especially loved when Danny went through Graces books and came up with his “Ding, ding, we have a winner” comment.
Mark, who’s thirty, defends Grace when Sean calls her old enough to be his mom. There is also a running nickname of Dr. Mom given to Grace by Sean. Then again, if not for a dare from Sean, Mark may not have called Grace for a date. I also enjoyed how Mark was up front about the age elephant and got it out of the way at the beginning of their dinner date. There was a cute scene later that night about Grace’s Spanx, humorously comparing it to Kevlar armor. Ms. Cato also dealt with how to take it off in an efficient, realistic way.
When I read Locked and Loaded, I got not only a delightful Cougar book, but a sophisticated story that tackled many sensitive issues in a realistic and compassionate way. If you have not read any of the books in the Cougar Series, I highly recommend starting with this fantastic story.