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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Naughty List by Jodi Redford

The Naughty List by Jodi Redford
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Makin’ a list, and rocking it…twice.

Perpetual good girl Lacey McGuire has two Christmas wish lists. One suitable for public consumption…and a private one that’s too hot to handle. Right at the top: wild, wicked fantasies about her best buddies and business partners Ryan Hollister and Bram Colton.

Besides the fact they’re both poster boys for Hunks ’R’ Us, they’ve been there for her through thick, thin and the heartbreak of a cheating fiancé. So what if her boys will never know they star in her sexiest daydreams? In her fantasy world, her heart will never get trampled again.

Ry and Bram are pretty sure Lacey never meant to email a list of some of her raunchiest wants. Particularly the one that tightens their shorts—she wants a threesome. With them. Although they’ve loved her for years, they made a pact to keep Lacey off limits in order to protect their friendship. Now all bets are off. And the quest to give her all she wants—and more—is on.

This story offers a unique spin on the classic high school crush. For one, the characters have harbored their unrequited love well into their adult lives. Not one, but two boys are infatuated with Lacey, the beautiful heroine. They just so happen to also be her besties. With this type of poetic development, I knew Jodi Redford wrote a winner.

Lacey, Ryan and Bram have been fantasizing about one another for years. These types of naughty fantasies would normally put a damper on a friendship of this length, but for this story it seem to enhance their friendship. I think the conflict between keeping the friendship intact while developing it into something more really added extra spice to the plot. One thing I really appreciated is the characters' respect for their friendship over the romantic feelings. Their willingness to put their friend’s feelings over their own showed just how much they really cared for one another. I have always said friends make the best lovers and that is truly demonstrated within the story.

It is funny how Ry and Bram can seem so alike in one instance and so different in another. When it comes to Lacey they both seem to be on the same page and have the same wants, desires, and convictions. It’s like those relationships you see that seem just too perfect and accommodating. They make you envious in one moment and sick the other. When Lacey goes off stage and is out of the equation, you can really see their individual personalities demonstrated. Ryan's character stood out a bit more because Lacey and Bram were those he has continuously had in his life so it made the relationship that much more important to him. Additionally, he has an inner strength about him that just draws me to him.

The BDSM element was tastefully executed by the author and for the most part remains light and sensual. It was done in a way that even if BDSM isn't something a reader normally likes, they can still appreciate it, since it's such a driving force behind the relationship development. It allows Ry and Bram to nudge Lacey when necessary to keep the relationship moving forward. It also enhances the story because it is one of new developments and experiences. I was entertained by seeing Lacey trying new things with her sexy men and wish I would have gotten an invite.

Whether you like sensual love stories that leave you pining for more, or erotic naughty stories that leave you feeling overheated, you can appreciate and enjoy this story. You never know, it may inspire you to write your own naughty list.

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