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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hot Ticket by K.A. Mitchell

Hot Ticket by K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Love’s the last thing you expect to find in the trash.

A Serving Love story.

Elliot Graham doesn’t make mistakes. So when he ends up serving community service at a recycling plant for inadvertently buying stolen property, he’s certain it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to him. That is, until he finds tickets to a sold-out concert in the trash, tickets that immediately disappear into the pocket of the hottest—and most exasperating—guy he’s ever met.

Cade McKuen has never been one to follow society’s expectations. That’s why he’s serving time sorting trash for destroying his cheating ex-lover’s car rather than apologize. Finding those tickets is an unexpected bonus to an otherwise smelly sentence. But when cute, sputtering Elliot claims a share, Cade decides community service might be the best thing that’s happened to him all year.

Cade is determined to keep Elliot off balance and tap into the passion he senses is hidden under that buttoned-down exterior. Elliot is fascinated by Cade’s outrageous way of thumbing his nose at the world.

Opposites attract, but can passion be the ticket to something lasting?

Who knew community service could be

When I want a story that’s hot, emotional, and satisfying, there is one author I always turn to. K.A. Mitchell. I know when I open a K.A. Mitchell story, I’m sure to squirm in my seat and root for the HEA. This book was no exception. The story flowed effortlessly from page to page, reeling me in and not letting up until the end. In fact, I found myself thinking about Cade and Elliot later when doing my own chores. But don’t get me wrong, thinking about them aside, there were parts that drove me crazy and got under my skin. To me, an emotional attachment is the mark of a great story. This one fit the bill.

Cade is a piece of pierced work. He’s not about to conform to any standards except the lack of standards. His need to be his own man was endearing. What I loved about him was his fallibility. He’s been through a bad relationship and bears the scars, but he’s still breathing, still going about his life. I had to hand it to him. Many people would crack, especially after the circumstances he’d lived with, but he didn’t.

Elliot is the character I wanted to cuddle. Seriously. Handsome, yes. Young, sure. But in his own way, he’d lived through odd circumstances. I wanted to know a bit more about his back story and his foiled attempts at relationships, but given the length of the story, I still enjoyed learning about him. His strength was what drew me to him. He appeared fragile at times, but it merely masked his true devotion to Cade. Great stuff.

I can’t leave out the love scenes. Ms. Mitchell writes carefully constructed love scenes that never fail to warrant a chilled drink and the need to hunt down that special person. I felt the love and lust between Cade and Elliot when even they weren’t sure the experience was more than just sex. The scene in the backseat of “Bucky” the Plymouth had me reading and rereading just to savor the experience.

If you want a book that’s sure to make you blush for the best reasons, you need to read Hot Ticket. I give this book 4.5 cherries.

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