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Friday, January 20, 2012

White Hot Christmas: Wrapped Around by Megan Slayer

White Hot Christmas: Wrapped Around by Megan Slayer
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (25 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Luc loves his role fronting the band Glow. He loves the adoration of the fans, the energy in the crowd, but it's Christmas. No one likes a Christmas alone.

Taygan's free spirit resists taming -- except when it comes to Luc. Luc's one hundred percent human. Taygan is all air elemental. He needs his space and freedom, but he'll do whatever it takes to make Luc happy, including giving up his space and freedom to make Luc's holiday one he'll never forget -- complete with the real Santa, peppermint candy, and lots of hot sex.

Megan Slayer has brought back the band Glow, this time focusing on Luc and his lover Taygan, an air elemental.

It’s Christmas, and all Luc wants is to be with the man he loves. But Taygan has been gone for a while, and Luc plans to head home and be by himself this Christmas Eve.

When his sister and Zac drag him to the after concert Christmas party, they insist he sit on Santa’s lap and tell him just what he really wants for Christmas. Luc feels like a fool, but does it anyway, just so he can get away and go home to be alone.

Taygan is an air elemental, and needs to be free to follow his element. Too bad he also loves Luc, and doesn’t feel complete without him. That is why he set up the whole Santa thing, so he could surprise Luc, and try to work out their differences. He’s even brought rope and a peppermint stick to use for some, shall we say creative play? Can a full human and an elemental find middle ground to be together? Is Luc the counterpart to Taygan, his true mate? Can these two settle their difficulties and find happiness together?

I love the unique mix of fantasy and reality Ms Slayer brings to her stories, and this one is no different. I enjoy seeing where each of her characters is going, and the openness of their feelings and relationships. I like that she sets her stories in a real location, Ohio, and not some mythical land of fantasy and magic.

Luc is fully human, and the talented front man for Glow, the local and successful band. He writes the songs, and does the pyrotechnics for the band, but has no magic in him. He loves Taygan, but realizes he can’t hold him when his element needs to be free to move like the currents of air around them. I love Luc’s mix of sensitivity and domination, his kinky side so compatible with his humanity.

Taygan is an air elemental; needing to be on the move, to follow his element. But he loves Luc, and wants to find a way for them to be more than just occasional lovers. He needs the control that Luc brings to the relationship, and yet, he needs to let his element be free. I enjoyed the way he was able to surprise Luc, using Santa to bring them back together. And I loved the candy cane creativity, the unique way Luc and Taygan put it to use.

This is a love story, one of lovers reuniting for the holiday, and finding what they want for Christmas. The characters are well defined, and both men are hot and sexy. I enjoyed seeing Atria and Zac again, and look forward to more in this unique world that Ms. Slayer has built around Ohio, and the band, Glow. This is a great short read and something to warm up a cold winter night.

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