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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Songbirds by K.J. Reed

Songbirds by K.J. Reed
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (98 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by: Anemone

Seduction in a song is twice as sweet…

Cross Strickland is the king of his empire. As the CEO of a major record label, his life is work and he leaves room for little else. Women are for stress relief and plus ones at events. Emotional attachments are for the weak.

Ava Monroe and Knight McKay are former lovers who remained best friends because they both realized the truth about their relationship—it was missing an extra spark. They turned their passions to music, and the duo is being granted the break of a lifetime when Imperial Records offers them a chance to land a contract.

The sexual tension climbs and Cross finds himself drawn into a threesome he didn’t see coming. It’s one thing to share a woman, but his attraction to Knight is over the line…isn’t it? The depth of feeling for these two scares him in more ways than one, and he makes a break for it.

But when tragedy strikes, the two songbirds have to make a choice. Move on, or fight for their man.

Cross Strickland just can’t seem to take his eyes off of Ava and Knight, two songbirds that are about to have a rocket ride to stardom. To most, he’s a cool headed CEO of a record company that never gets personally involved but with Ava and Knight, two musicians who are best friends, he can’t help but feel drawn in.

With a workplace romance in the works from the start of the story, Songbirds snagged my interest right away with the snappy dialogue. Who am I kidding? I was in it for the hot musicians but I was pleasantly surprised with how dominant and sexy Cross was, especially with Knight. Their attraction was forbidden, but temptation forced the CEO to submit to his own desires.

Ms. Reed has a great story here but in many places, descriptions were overly exaggerated and when it came to the sex, the scenes fell flat with me and the dialogue became awkward. Overall, though, the story had a great plot and that's what kept me reading. The beginning and in between parts were well written. I enjoyed the chemistry between the characters but the harmony between the sheets was a problem.

Songbirds was a good book and with a surprise ending I really didn’t see coming, I enjoyed it. Ms. Reed’s style was fresh and different and, with her wit and charming characters, I’m looking forward to her future works.

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