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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Merry’s Christmas Ménage by Eve Vaughn

Merry’s Christmas Ménage by Eve Vaughn
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Merry Holiday has fallen on hard times. After the death of her mother, Merry learns that everything has been left to a sister she doesn't get along with, including the house she has lived in most of her life. With her confidence shattered and her heart in tatters, Merry finds herself looking for a job and a place to live. When she interviews for a position as a live in housekeeper, she finds the reclusive Thorne Mordeaux, one of the hunkiest men she's ever laid eyes on.

Thorne Mordeaux has a secret. He's Darwaedd royalty from the mythical island Sayrea. He's left his island to escape the shadow of his overpowering brother Dax and the heartbreak of a lost love. Thorne falls for his sweet new housekeeper and as the winter grows colder, his feelings for her heat up, but he's doesn't want to scare her off with his advances.

A week before Christmas, King Dax makes an unexpected appearance to convince Thorne to come back to their island. It's obvious to Dax that his brother and Merry are in love, and just as obvious -- neither of them has the faith to act on that love. With the help of some Christmas Magic, Dax makes it his mission to give fate a hand and bring them together.

I like spicy holiday fare and this little book fits the bill when a reader is looking for a quick fix of fun and frolic.

What I liked most about this book was its gradual build up of sensual tension. I liked the interplay between Merry and Thorne. She yearns but feels it’s not her place to do anything about it. He craves but can’t figure out how to approach her. I found it very funny that for all of Thorne’s expertise with words he just can’t ever seem to say the right things to Merry. It’s that whole miscommunication thing between men and women and I think the author had a fun time exploring that quandary. I can tell you that I certainly had a good time reading it.

All the combustibles are there between the hero and heroine, they just need something to jump start their relationship, you know, a match to start their mating fire? That turns out to be a close family member of Thorne’s and he has a bit of unsettling news to impart upon the pair of would-be lovers. It doesn’t stay a stumbling block for long because it’s the impetus for just what erotic romance readers will be looking for when they dive into this tale. I think they’ll be pretty pleased with it.

I will say that the story seems fluffy in nature, by that I mean that there’s not too much delving into Thorne’s intriguing cultural back ground. It’s sort of glossed over because the focus in this story is on the relationship between Thorne and Merry and not much else. It’s a streamlined romance and for readers looking for that type of formula this book should deliver. In fact, it was just enough to be fun and entertaining without giving me any kind of stress over character angst. Sometimes, I need that amusing and enjoyable shot in the arm, a happy diversion from the stress of the holidays, and Merry’s Christmas Ménage is just what the doctor ordered. Well, if there was a doctor whose prescription was for me to read a lighthearted and optimistic romance because if so, I totally enjoyed the cure. I think others will too.

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