Checking It Twice by Jodi Redford
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (232 Pages)
Other: M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Voyeurism, Exhibitionism Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove
’Tis the season for double seduction.
The only item on Jana Colton’s Christmas list this year is Kevin Monahan. Preferably naked in her bed. The delicious, hunky chef has been resisting her forever, but she’s pulling out all the sexy stops this holiday. Especially since his acceptance of an out-of-state job threatens to nix her quest to rock his boxers off.
Jana has always been Kevin’s personal Kryptonite, but giving in to her isn’t an option. Relationships are a four-letter word in his book. He cares far too much for Jana to let his emotional baggage ultimately break her heart.
With the arrival of his best friend, Nick Pappas, the balance of temptation shifts. From their past history of sharing women, Nick knows every dirty trick it takes to lead Kevin astray, and he’s not afraid to use them. Particularly since Nick’s convinced that Jana is exactly what Kevin needs to be happy and whole.
Their game of seduction quickly snowballs into something that feels an awful lot like love—in triplicate. But with Kevin dead set on leaving Michigan, there’s a real possibility it could be a blue Christmas for them all.
Jana Colton has only one thing on her Christmas Wish list this year: Kevin Monahan. He has been evading her attempts to seduce him for at least five years, but this year, she is determined to show him how much she wants him. Sexy master chef Kevin can’t afford to let Jana get close, because she is his one weakness, and he would die before seeing her get hurt. And with his sordid and shameful past, he can’t see things going any other way. Jana runs the adult shop in town, and when one of her suppliers surprises her with an in person sales visit, Jana discovers that love, in her case, comes in twos. How can she love Kevin so much, and still want the devilishly wicked Nick Pappas? Things get really complicated when she learns that Kevin and Nick were best friends for most of their life, until one misunderstanding and Kevin’s secrets came between them. Nick wants it all: Jana and Kevin, and a happy ever after with them both. Can Jana and Nick break down the walls around Kevin’s heart, and convince him he should stay with them?
In Checking It Twice, Jodi Redford brings us back to the world from her holiday book from last year, The Naughty List. The main female here is the younger sister of one of her heroes in that one. I enjoy visiting this world, with its friendly people, and hot adventures. I enjoyed catching up with Lacey, Bram and Ryan and their growing family, and watch as Jana tries to have what she wants, not just for the holidays, but for always.
Jana Colton is smart, successful in business, and determined to have it all. She isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, and pulls out all the stops to get a reaction from Kevin. I liked that she isn’t afraid of her sexuality, and puts everything she has out there, risking her heart and happiness, even though Kevin is determined to move to Las Vegas to keep from hurting her. I loved watching as she discovered things about herself that surprised her, but she accepted her exhibitionist side once Nick brought it out. I liked that she refuses to back off, and she fights dirty to keep Kevin in town.
Kevin Monahan has a painful and bitter past, with shameful secrets that haunt him and prevent him from giving in to Jana. I enjoyed watching as he fought to keep her at arm's length, and loved it when she was able to breach his defenses, time and again. Kevin’s secret kink is watching, and when Nick Pappas shows up in town, things escalate to sizzling in a hot minute. Nick’s kink is exhibitionism, and along with Jana’s similar streak, they batter at Kevin’s walls until they come shattering down around his wounded heart. Watching the lengths Nick will go to help heal his friend and bring love to both of them is a delight – and really hot as well.
Ms Redford doesn’t dwell on the secrets from Kevin’s past, other than to give a glimpse into what caused him to be the way he is, shut off from love. There are several tear jerker moments in this one as well, balanced with some laugh out loud moments, and lots of screaming hot sex in strange and sometimes public places. The characters in this are all deliciously detailed, and the fun in this is never knowing what these three will do next. This is a holiday story for those who want to heat up the holidays, and love their romance in multiples. One warning, though, be prepared for just about anything, and keep the fan on high.