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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lipstick on His Collar by Inez Kelley

Lipstick on His Collar by Inez Kelley
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (65 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

He never thought his next wildfire would be wearing a red dress.

“Make me your goddess and I’ll take you to heaven.”

This sultry promise sparks a scorching, unforgettable one-night stand. The next morning Bram Winters awakes with a hickey and a head full of wicked memories—alone. His nameless goddess is gone without a trace, along with his shirt. And his heart.

Five months later, he stumbles across his mystery lady in a Laundromat, but she still won’t give up her name. Worse, she begs him to leave, no questions asked. Once he catches the spark of terror in her eyes, though, his firefighter training takes over—and he digs in for the duration.

Lady never wanted Bram to see her life’s ugly underside, but it’s too late—his socks are already in the washer. He was supposed to be her declaration of independence from her unstable ex, a bittersweet memory to carry into her new life.

Except the ex continues to stalks her. And Bram’s reappearance sends her emotions and desires tumbling over the edge. As the minutes wear on, sexual tension rises faster than the steam from a hot water wash.

And Lady’s ex watches from the shadows, growing more furious by the minute…

Bram can’t believe his luck when a nameless ‘goddess’ approaches him and takes him to paradise.

This story started hot and didn’t let up until the last page. The opening almost had a mysterious feel to it: who was this woman, was she even real? You know Bram is thinking the same thing, but when she disappears you’re asking more questions. It’s almost a relief when Bram runs into her again and learns she works in a Laundromat to pay her way through college. Things really heat up between them but no matter what happens between them she won’t reveal her name to Bram which I think really added to the mysterious nature of this story. Just when you thought you were figuring out this character, you learn she’s got an ex-lover who’s stalking her which adds yet another mysterious element to the story.

I would have loved to see this story longer just to see what happened to Bram and his goddess. Bram comes across as sexy and seems to really care for this young woman. The author does a good job of not making Lipstick on your Collar seem like it’s just sex between these two. The dialogue is great and the pace perfect for this short story which in fact is about fifty pages long (the copy includes a bonus story by Inez Kelley and another by talented author Dee Tenorio)

If hot, steamy stories are for you, I’d recommend Lipstick on his Collar.

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