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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Arrested Holiday by Lissa Matthews



Arrested Holiday by Lissa Matthews
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (113 Pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Holiday ‘Holli’ James looks forward the week between Christmas and New Year’s. This is her one chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of her successful decorating business. The plan this year is a trip to New York City to see the sights and the lights. The plan doesn’t include a side trip to a small town jail in the middle of Pennsylvania. Nor does it include Officer Hunky.

However...

A single police officer, Michael is working the holidays -- again. With no local family and no interest in accepting the pity invitations to Christmas dinner from his married friends, he’s content to work and earn extra cash. Besides, this year looks to be as uneventful as ever. Until he pulls Holli over for speeding, only to discover she’s wanted on charges of fraud.

Sexual tension spikes as Michael begins to investigate and discovers Holli isn't who her record says she is. While they await answers, Michael is granted permission to remove Holli from the jail and place her under house arrest.

Only his idea of house arrest is much more personal than the law ever intended.

Holiday James planned her trip carefully, going to New York City to spend Christmas and New Year’s with her friend Charlotte for some fun and relaxation. Because of a minor clerical error, Holli ends up spending Christmas in a small town jail, with no way out until after the holiday weekend. On the up side, at least she has Michael, or as she thinks of him, Officer Hunky, to gaze at through her cell bars.

When Michael is able to get Holli released into his custody, he gives her a choice; house arrest at a local motel, or at his place. To Holli, there is no choice, and so she spends her time with Michael, and grows to care for him. Michael finds Holli attractive, and close proximity leads to a hot and sex filled weekend. But Michael is feeling more for her every day, and wonders if she could be ‘the one’ for him. Holli starts to feel more than lust for her Officer Hunky as well, but is there enough to base the future on? Can one little clerical error lead to a happy ever after for these two?

This is a delightful and sexy holiday story, different and quirky, with lots of hot and passionate sex, and sweet romance. I loved that Lissa Matthews gives us characters that are a bit older than the usual twenty-something group. These are mid-thirties, and Holli admits to being a bit on the ‘chubby’ side of things. I also loved the interaction these two had throughout the story; the sense of fun and even the silliness they shared.

Holiday ‘Holli’ James is successful in her chosen career, but she prefers to spend the holidays in less traditional fashion. No big family get-togethers, but rather a road trip to meet a friend in the city for Christmas and New Years. I loved her sense of adventure when she realized there was nothing she could do about the situation, and her ability to roll with the punches that came her way.

Michael is a single officer, so he works the holidays and lets the family men spend time at home. He is handsome, sexy and on top of everything else, he cooks up a storm for Holli once she is in his home. He sees a sexy woman when he looks at Holli, especially he ample curve are just what he wants. I like that Ms. Matthews gave us more mature characters in this, and Michael is a great example of the hot and sexy cop, wanting more than a fling.

I enjoyed watching these two explore their feelings, and I liked how Ms. Matthews let the emotions build realistically. I watched two people who were attracted to each other learn to be together, and enjoy each other’s company, just a real and honest relationship. I also liked that they didn’t swear undying eternal love after just a few days, but took the time to let the relationship grow. This is that rare and terrific combination of a love story and a hot and sexy tale coming together in perfect symmetry.

This is for all those holiday lovers who want something just a little different. I even liked the cover that Valerie Tibbs designed, giving just a hint of the story, without too much given away. Altogether a very enjoyable reading experience, but beware: there are more than marshmallows heating up here.

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