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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leap by Cindy Jacks

Leap by Cindy Jacks
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephantois

Just when Lila has resigned herself to the fact the most exciting chapters of her life are over, a blast from the past walks into her bakery. Six feet of gorgeousness named Gavin drops by as she’s closing up shop. They were once high-school sweethearts and it’s been more than twenty-five years since they’ve seen each other, but time hasn’t diminished the sweet heat between them. Soon enough the sparks—and the frosting—begin to fly.

As they rediscover each other’s bodies, it’s clear Gavin’s no longer a boy as he shows Lila the man and skillful lover he’s become. Though Lila knows this whirlwind romp could be an act of insanity, his touch unleashes the sensual woman she’s forgotten she could be. And she thinks—maybe—she has one more leap in her.

Lila runs her own bakery and, as the story begins, is trying to get over a broken relationship. When the store closes one evening and she hears someone entering the front door she thinks it’s a customer but is shocked to see an old love, Gavin standing there.

Some of my favorite stories are about two people reconnecting. I liked both Lila and Gavin from the beginning of this story. You feel Lila’s pain of her broken relationship and you get the sense that work at the bakery is how she’s dealing with it. Gavin comes across as very sexy and you can see why Lila has liked him all these years. The dialogue is very natural sounding and the pacing very swift in these 32 pages. My only complaint with the book…I wanted it to be longer. Once you’ve invested your interest in Lila and Gavin you want to know what happens next.

Besides that, if you’re looking for twenty minutes of pure escapism with a sexy story of two reunited lovers, Leap might be your ideal read.

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