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Posted December 24, 2012
Posted December 19, 2012
An emotional erotic that is a must read for the Holiday Season
An emotional erotic that is a must read for the Holiday SeasonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I found this novella during a mini-reading-slump about a week ago. Usually this close to Christmas I’m chomping at the bit for Christmas Romances. I Eat. Them. Up. But, alas, this year nothing was calling to me. The synopses seemed forced rather than jolly and not too many reviews had me clamoring for an impulse click.
Until Breath of Embers.
Wow. You can purchase this novella as part of a holiday anthology (Red Hot Holiday) or as a single title for 2.99. This novella was just what I needed. Technically categorized as an erotic romance the amount of feeling and emotion in these pages surpasses many a chick-lit or general romance title.
People, I teared up during this read!
No sex scene was gratuitous. Each one gave me deeper insight to the characters. To see Thea fighting so hard to stay emotionally dead with her husband. To see Ronan fighting so hard – not to erase the memory of Thea’s lost love – but to show her that she’s not dead physically or emotionally. Learning how Thea was as responsible for Ronan’s own rebirth after the loss of those close to him. Watching Thea realize that she has something special in her life. Something worth living for. Oh my. The scenes were lovely and enthralling both in and out of the bedroom.
“I’m not trying to fix it for her…There is no fix for this. She has to endure it, and somewhere along the line she has to learn to live again. Surviving isn’t the goal. Living is. This is a battle between me and her grief, and I’m going to be the last man standing.” (Ronan, 196)
Calhoun has managed quite a feat. An erotic romance as delicious for its sex (hello, expensive lingerie store sex!) as its emotional breakthroughs (candles and carols). And I must bow down to the woman who created a threesome that brought a couple closer! rather than distancing them apart. Never was a scene so hot and heavy from both the sexual side and the emotional side. Filled with Christmas scenes that don’t feel forced or fake. this one is a must read during the Holiday Season. Perfect for the erotic romance regular as well as the fist-timers. Well written and beautifully developed characters abound.
Rating: 5/5 An emotional erotic that is a must read for the Holiday Season
Posted December 10, 2012
This is the first book by Anne Calhoun I've read. Can I just say WOW? This book contains almost every fantasy one could possibly want. You should definitely be prepared for a cold shower or two.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Thea and Ronan are two very likeable characters. I fell for them both immediately. Thea is pretty much "dead" to the world because her husband was killed in a car accident shortly after Thanksgiving two years ago. Thea and her late husband Jesse loved the Christmas holidays. Christmas was a big thing for them and both of their large families. Ronan is a firefighter who has the classic “rescuer’s syndrome”. He lost his uncle, who he was extremely close to, on 9/11 and his best friend, a fellow firefighter, three years ago during a building collapse.
Thea’s family, including her in-laws have absolutely no idea how hard the death of her husband has been for her. No one understands how hard it is for her to deal with Christmas and the holiday season while she has to watch them go on with their happy lives. They are constantly pushing for her to move back to the city where her hopes, dreams, and pretty much her whole world came to an end.
Ronan knows Thea is using him to avoid dealing with her issues and problems. To a certain extent he is or was okay with that, but not any more. Now he wants more. He thinks they both deserve more.
Thea and Ronan are two people who need each other. They met almost two years after Ronan lost his best friend and he is coming out of his own fog, ready to start living again. Thea made Ronan feel alive for the first time in years. She needs Ronan to teach her how to live and love again, without all of the darkness surrounding her.
My favorite quote from the book isn’t romantic or heated, but it’s truthful. “The second year of grieving. It’s harder than the first. Everyone remembers the first anniversary without a husband or the first Thanksgiving without a father. By the time the second one comes around, you’re supposed to be over it. Everyone else is, but you’re not. So it’s harder. Lonelier.”
Oh silly me...I forgot about about the other man, not really. He’s 6’5” how could you possibly forget him? Tim Cannon is Ronan’s good friend and fellow rescuer. Yeah, he seems like a jerk at first, but he really isn’t. It’s all just an act he puts on. Unbeknownst to Thea, Tim helps to provide the start of the turning point in her life. Because of him, he realizes what Ronan means to her.
I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Anne in the future.
Rating: 4 ½ (I really liked it.)
Source: Net Galley
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews blog
Posted December 10, 2012
Spicy & Sweet
This was my first from Calhoun and it was read as part of the Red Hot Holiday anthology I had purchased for Leah Braemel's story I Need You For Christmas. (which btw is great) Thea is still grieving her husband's sudden death two years ago. She feels emotionally numb and unable to actually live. Ronan was supposed to be a fling to take her mind away from her pain, but he has other ideas and desires something more meaningful than unattached physical pleasure. The chemistry between these two in the bedroom is off the charts, but Thea is fighting any type of emotional entanglements. Ronan is willing to give her anything she desires just to see the pain in her eyes disappear. I fell head over heals for Ronan, so I wanted to shake some sense into Thea when she kept wanting to push him away. The sex scenes in this book were very hot...especially the dressing room one, but the menage scene was a bit lacking for me because it just felt a bit awkward. This coupled with the way the author is overly descriptive about streets and locations detracting from the story is my reasoning for my lower rating. It was a solid 3 1/2 stars. What is it with holiday romances always having to have one of the main characters getting over the loss of a spouse? This stuff aside, I did enjoy the story over all so definitely give it a read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2013
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