Game Night by Darah Lace
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (39 pages)
Other: M/F, mild bondage, anal play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation
You don’t have to like the game to love the player...
Salena Martin isn’t into sports and she can’t tell one ball from another, but whatever the season, Friday nights mean gathering at her best friend’s to watch “the game.” Unfortunately, the players on the wide screen don't hold her attention like steamy fireman, Trevor Branson. If he’d only let her in the game, they’d both score.
Shy, pretty Salena Martin can't stop fantasizing about her best friend Macy's brother in law. He's at all the parties they have and that includes the one tonight: game night. It's another basketball night at Derek and Macy's and Salena's mind is on her hot fantasies of Trevor. She decides to leave early and try out her new sex toys that she bought at the women's party Macy gave earlier in the day. That is a new kind of adventure for Salena. It's been eight months since she's had a man in her life and the only one she can think about is Trevor Branson, but she is sure he doesn't feel the same about her.
When the game ends, Macy sends Trevor across the alley where Salena lives to put some food in her refrigerator, since hers is full. Salena, expecting Macy, rather than Trevor, is shocked when she hears his masculine voice behind her... but she's not as surprised as Trevor is to find Salena standing naked in her kitchen with her hand stuck down the garbage disposal, her bracelet hooked on a blade. He happily comes to her rescue, and finds that the object that Salena was trying to remove from the sink drain was a sex toy. A small metal ball. Before Trevor frees Salena's hand, he takes extreme advantage of the situation, causing a raging storm of sexual arousal in both of them. When he learns of the personal plans for her evening he decides to be of yet greater service!
This story just keeps getting hotter as it evolves, the desire between the lovers intoxicating in their passion. I enjoyed the natural way the story unfolded, with the tension building throughout and ending in a very complete and eloquent way. There is a happy ending here, but it isn't completely free of challenge. I was pleased with the abilities of the author in her storytelling, as well as the detailed execution of her craft. I recommend this story as a modern and realistic fantasy that I'm sure romance readers will enjoy, as I did.