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Monday, January 3, 2011

Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas Anthology

‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas Anthology by Stacey Espino, Amarinda Jones, Ericka Scott, A.D. Blackburn, Rachel Clark, Seleste deLaney, Lauren Pilla, Gigi Brevard, Kerri Nelson, Skylar Sinclair, Emma Shortt, Misty Burke, Shannan Albright
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Full Length (281 Pages)
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/M, BDSM, Spanking, and Anal Sex/Play
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

‘Tis Christmas and everyone is stirring…

From the keeper of Santa’s naughty list, delightful little Elves eager to please, and the sensual love of a toy soldier—the holidays are filled with orgasmic cheer. Where wishes come true, Frosty is itching for a melt-down, fairies and angels are randy to grant your every wish, ‘tis the season to be oh, so jolly-filled.

Unwrap your darkest desires…for this is Christmas, and it will never be the same.

This is a holiday collection sure to heat up your nights and inspire many delightfully sinful dreams. Whether your interests are witches, elves, shape shifters, or just hot couples and threesomes, this one has something for everyone. This is a baker’s dozen of hot and sexy stories, sure to delight and titillate you at the holiday season. It might be best to read one every evening, just to make the pleasure last. Beware: this is a ‘keep the ice and a fan handy’ collection, and it will satisfy on many levels.

Santa’s Naughty List by Stacey Espino. Who handles those folks on Santa’s naughty list? That’s what thirty-six-year old Laura-Ann discovers when she finds ‘the other guy’ rummaging through her bedroom dresser. The guy who deals with the ‘naughty girls’ for Santa. Can this handsome hunk convince her he is who he says, and give her back some holiday joy?

My Boys by Amarinda Jones. Ella McLeod has a case of the Christmas blues, and heaven intervenes in the form of sexy and rebellious angel Matthias. Santa also sees her distress and he sends Harry to cheer her as well. Will the elf and the angel convince her she has a future, with both of them?

A Christmas Curse by Ericka Scott. For twenty years on Christmas Eve, someone lost their life by going out the window of Amanda Spaulding’s childhood home. Amanda herself fell from that window when she was just five years old, and now twenty years later, has come to revisit the past. There she meets paramedic Frank Moran, a man who has become obsessed with the mystery of death surrounding this apartment. Can these two discover the cause, and break the curse, and find a future together?

The Little Red Ribbon by A.D. Blackburn. For five years, since the death of his wife, James has continued to grieve, and buys her a gift each Christmas. This year, he seems to have lost the gift, and his foul mood affects all around him. Can his friend’s sister Maddy distract him, and can he help Maddy learn to enjoy Christmas again, even while he still hates the holiday himself?

Once Upon a Christmas Spanking by Rachel Clark. Newlywed Ally goes to her sisters Christmas party, a girls-only affair, and gets more than she bargains for with a decidedly naughty introduction to sex toys and their uses. When she goes home to her husband, he discovers her bag of tricks, and finds that, although sweet and gentle, there is a hidden side to his lovely young wife he is delighted to uncover.

Yes, Alana, There is a Santa Claus by Seleste deLaney. Money is tight this year, and Alana is grateful for her job working as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s. Although she is lonely, and dreams of Daniel the photographer, she turns down invitations to go out with the group after work, because she really can’t afford it. When her loneliness gets the better of her, she accepts, but it isn’t Daniel she ends up leaving the club with, but Brady, a fellow ‘elf’ and she quickly discovers he is much more than he seems.

Carly’s Delight by Lauren Pilla. Carly is an elf and she works at the North Pole. No she isn’t one of Santa’s elves, and she doesn’t make toys for good boys and girls. She makes edible sex toys for adventurous adults, and wants to be promoted to pleasure tester. When she finds that there is a direct link to happy elves means more sex for humans, Carly is determined to save Christmas, or at least make it happier. With the help of her brand new assistant Alex, she plans to do all she can to achieve her goal.

Kingdom of Sweets by Gigi Brevard. Dreams of nutcrackers coming to life, and visits to a magical kingdom are Clara’s fantasies. Clara is trying to get through her first winter break at college far from her home in Germany. As she continues to dream of her sexy nutcracker, can she accept that he is more than just a dream, and live her wildest (and hottest) fantasies with him?

Holly’s Clause by Kerri Nelson. Holly Marino is settling into her new home, and has the hots for her UPS delivery man. As Christmas nears, she goes on a spending spree, just so Liam Walsh will knock at her door. But just as she decides to act on her desires, she gets the worst news of her life-it seems when she bought her house, she neglected to read the fine print in the contract-and on the six month anniversary, she forfeits her soul to the devil. Can she spend her last night alive with Liam, and fulfill her every desire, or will there be an escape clause for her?

Hard for the Holidays by Skylar Sinclair. Jewell Dupree sees dead people. But it certainly isn’t a dead man she finds near her fireplace Christmas Eve night. No it is her fantasy come true: a tall, buff and delicious version of Santa, and he wants to do all kinds of naughty things with her. Will this be Jewell’s idea of a jolly good time with the Christmas elf?

The Christmas Fae by Emma Short. Isadora is a Christmas Fairy. It is her duty to find one person and grant them their Christmas wish. She knows who her assigned target is, but doesn’t know why he was chosen. All she does know is that she is required to grant his wish. Hidden by her glamour, she has the wings and pointed ears to prove who she is, but doesn’t want to show them to the human world. When Lucas meets Isadora, he knows she is the one for him, and makes his wish to have her. Will they go their separate ways after the wish wears off, or is this the real thing for them?

Jack Frost by Misty Burke. Molly left the small town of Winterville because she wanted all the things she saw the rich tourists had: money, important jobs, nice clothes. It’s only when she returns for the Winter Festival that she realizes that what she was searching for was right there all the time. And when she meets Jack Frost, she realizes there is so much more to life here in her small hometown.

A Christmas Wish for Laura by Shannon Albright. After losing her husband in a senseless auto accident, Laura Holt moves to Alaska to escape the pain. She is an artist and can work just about anywhere. When she starts dreaming of a gorgeous and sexy man, she sculpts him in ice, and refuses to offer the figure for sale. During a freak storm, a man lost in the storm shows up at her converted barn and lets himself in, coming face to face with the spitting image of himself, carved in ice. Elric Frosti is every woman’s dream come true, and the only question becomes, will she accept eternity with this man?

These are thirteen hot and sexy stories, each with a great set of characters and lots of humor and imagination. These are fun to read, and each has a unique holiday theme to it. I loved the different happy ever afters for each one, and I recommend lots of ice and maybe a few spare batteries.


Emma Shortt said...

Thanks for your lovely review.

Emma x

Amarinda Jones said...

Thanks once again for the review mate

Ericka Scott said...

Thank you for the terrific review! Glad you loved the stories.