Scalded by Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Reed Brody is head of the geek squad for the local police. At work, he’s intense and driven; after hours, he can’t help but use that same drive in his sex life. Too bad he can’t find a woman interested in a few bondage games.
Halli Wilson is a quiet coffee shop owner who also hosts sex-toy parties on the side. Too bad she can’t find a guy man enough to tie her up and take her down.
Halli only bargained for a month. Reed’s never wanted forever. Two people determined to keep it light make the biggest mistake of all by falling in love.
Single white male looking for a friend for a fun night. Toys, fetish, and a little kink preferred. Single white female with more than one hang up about sex looking for a nice house and a future... not necessarily in that order. Toys in possession... but usage? Maybe.
Have I piqued your interest? I should’ve. Scalded is worth more than a passing glance. Much more.
Desiree Holt and Allie Standifer have created a great little set of stories guaranteed to make your cheeks blush. I needed a cold drink and a fan for this one. I felt like I was right there with Halli and Reed as they fumbled through the motions of a relationship. I felt their emotions as if they were my own and didn’t want this story to end. If I had any issue, it was that the ending was quick and I wanted more! I need to know what happened next. Although it moved with a brisk pace, it was satisfying and left me smiling.
Halli is a fun character. She’s human and has issues. She sells sex toys, but she’s scared to use them. Imagine being eyeball to eyeball with a sex toy that’s larger than life. Yup, her apprehension is palpable. But I loved her sense of adventure. Reed isn’t the type to just let her go about her business. He’s alpha through and through. There were times when I thought he was almost too forward, but it was endearing because it was who he was down to his bones. And when these two get together, holy moly! It’s hot and sexy and you don’t want it to end. Yeah, it’s that good.
If you want a story to get you in the mood or for a chilly night, then you need to read Scalded. I give this book 4.5 cherries.