One Thing To Give by Lynn LaFleur
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (81 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation
Lindsay Cunningham’s 30th birthday is far from happy. Tired of always being meek, she picks up a man in a bar for a wild night of uninhibited sex.
The night was much more than simply sex for Sam McKeifer. He wants a future with Lindsay. Now he has to convince her the only thing he wants her to give him is her heart.
With only forty minutes left to go on her thirtieth birthday, Lindsay sits alone in the booth at the saloon where her friends left her earlier, after a nice girl's-night-out birthday dinner. Ordinarily Lindsay is a conservative person. Not one to take many risks. But tonight she wants it to be different. Tonight she wants a special birthday present. She wants to have wild, uninhibited sex with a man that she doesn't know. That man is the sexy young bartender that she's been drooling over all evening.
One thing that Lindsay has never done is to pick up a stranger for a one night stand. After the long dry spell of lonely nights following two badly failed relationships, she is ready to do something exciting and out of character for her. Hoping for a successful marriage or relationship after witnessing the failure of all the marriages in her family, not to mention her twice-broken heart, is no longer even an option for her. But she misses the passion and sex that she had enjoyed. In fact, she is lonely and hot.
Sam, the bartender and owner, is getting ready to close up for the night. The gorgeous woman in the booth has been nursing a coke all night since her dinner and Sam refreshes her drink before heading into the back room to restock. He hasn't been able to take his eyes or his mind off the lovely Lindsay all evening, and his interest is apparent when he goes to refill her drink. Busy Sam hasn't been intrigued or attracted by a woman for a long time. This one, for some reason, is special.
Gathering her courage, Lindsay gets up to follow Sam into the stock room. Slipping in quietly, she locks the door the behind her. The hunger and the heat that follows the two of them into the night turns out to be more than either of them bargained for.
This scorching hot story sparks and flames off the pages and doesn't stop burning until the last word. There is trouble in all this heat when the heroine gets a bad case of cold feet. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that the hero does rise to the occasion. My only complaint is that the author didn't take it deeper into the telling and make the story a little longer. Even so, she did an excellent job of setting the pace and of turning out an engaging, upbeat story with interesting, believable characters and hot, wild sex. I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it highly.