Little Nothings by Aurora Rose Lynn
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Other: M/F, bondage
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Dianthus
A strange, and very male, request in a lingerie shop can lead to trouble . . .
When a woman works in a lingerie shop, she can expect a few strange requests. But when Kitty McAllister is asked to model a little nothing for a complete stranger, refusal doesn't seem an option with such a handsome man facing her.
Can she make love to Colby Hewett although trouble from the past is looming above her?
Thanks to an attentive stranger, Kitty will go from "knows practically nothing" to "I want to try it all"!
Kitty works at “Intimates by Erica” and tends to stick out like a sore thumb while at work. She is quite reserved and extremely naïve about men and love in general. But her secret admirer, the man watching her from the food court every day, seems to see something in her. His stare makes her blood boil with desire. Kitty begins to consider if his eyes alone can turn her on than surely the man would be dangerous to her sanity up close and personal. Still, Kitty can’t seem to resist Colby and in the end giving in to the desires he raises is the best decision she has ever made.
Colby is healing after a hard divorce, being hung out to dry and scarred to his core. He isn’t looking for anything serious and is determined to focus on work until his heart starts to heal. After getting a glimpse of Kitty at work one day Colby is smitten and soon finds himself outside her work every day at lunch time eating horrible food court lunches just so he can watch her. But Colby has learned that most women only want him for his money. He doesn’t want Kitty to see him as only a meal ticket. Unfortunately, the only way for that to happen is to begin their relationship on a lie.
Can Colby really show his true self to Kitty without getting burned again, or does he need to live a lie to make her fall in love with him? As often happens, once they begin to get close Colby’s real world comes busting in making him decide what he wants more, Kitty or what might have been?
This was a good story with mostly believable characters that were easy to read about. While the plot of the book was able to keep me interested I found that at times the actions of the main characters were not that believable. Kitty is a quiet, reserved character in the beginning but out of nowhere this “sex goddess” comes out -- stripping in public and demanding sex with no boundaries, and then she goes back to being the sweet innocent type in the next paragraph. I wanted to like Kitty’s personality but the mood swings, for lack of a better term, just made her difficult to relate to. Colby was much easier to like and follow in the story and I found that in the end I was rooting for him to get the girl.
Sometimes I think plot was sacrificed for word count, as I found myself rereading several pages more than once to make sure I was keeping everything and everyone straight. But even so, I enjoyed the book. There is some pretty funny dialogue between Colby and Erica. They had me laughing out loud at points and in the end rooting for Kitty and Colby to get together. The chemistry was there even in the beginning before Colby and Kitty actually met, enough so that even random passerby characters seemed to notice, it was palpable. This is a book I would not have a problem recommending to someone looking to dip their toes into the romance genre. The sex was hot but not overt and the characters seemed to be in a good place for the majority of the book.
Aurora Rose Lynn is a new to me author but not for long. This novella had great potential even with a couple of stumbling blocks. Ms. Lynn is a clever writer and one that I'll be looking for in the future.