Award-winning erotica writer Giselle Renarde is a queer Canadian, avid volunteer, contributor to more than 100 short story anthologies, and author of Anonymous, Nanny State, The Red Satin Collection, My Mistress' Thighs, and dozens of other books. Ms Renarde lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.
Out of the Cold (New Yearrxby Giselle Renarde
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Geeky Amira is desperate for fun. When she meets Keith at a first aid training course, she sneaks a peek at his registration form to get his email address. After exchanging some very naughty notes, they plan a get-together on New Year's Eve… but the man she meets up with isn’t Keith at all! Will Amira ring in the New Year with her online romance, or will she be left out in the cold?
WARNINGS: This title contains graphic sexuality, explicit language, and big surprises.
All week, Amira had postponed making contact.
"Not today; it’s Christmas Eve."
"Wouldn’t want to interrupt his Christmas dinner."
"Can’t now, it’s Boxing Day."
When she pictured Keith’s large hazel eyes contoured with thick, long lashes, and imagined standing on tip-toes to kiss him, she was more determined than ever. His caring gaze could melt the icicles from the eaves. She imagined those eyes staring back at her from the computer screen. The time was nigh. Now, where to begin?
No, too formal.
No, too casual.
Yes, that was perfect! Pulling her curly hair into a ponytail, she stared at the body of her email. Okay, so she had the first two words. What next?
My name is Amira. We met last week at the first aid training session. I was just wondering if maybe you might remember me?"
Man, this attempt at flirtation was “like, so totally boring,” as her little sister would say. Amira scrapped it all and started over.
Amira here, from the first aid course. I’m sure you must remember me, because I can’t stop thinking about you."
Well, how was that for ridiculous? There was no way good, quiet, respectable Amira could send anything so silly. It wasn’t her.
Although, come to think of it, good, quiet, respectable Amira never had much fun, did she? And why not? Because she was too afraid of looking foolish? Of being turned down? What kind of a reason was that to always play it safe?
Everybody needed a little bit of fun in life, and after years of self-denial, Amira was desperately craving amusement. Why not, just this once, tell someone what she was really thinking? If Keith thought she was a total moron, that was fine. She would probably never see him again anyway. But if Keith had the same thing in mind, Amira’s life might just become a lot more exciting…
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...packed with enough hotness to keep you satisfied... Short and packed with enough hotness to keep you satisfied, but more than a little bit quirky. My latest date, you ask? No, this is Out of the Cold by Giselle Renarde. Amira is quite taken with Keith, a stranger she met during a first aid class. After much internal debate, Amira sends Keith a steamy email about her sexual fantasy starring him. An email she swiped from the instructor’s sign-in sheet by the way. The fun begins when Keith responds with his continuation of her fantasy laced with sexy details that surpass Amira’s own. This is quite unbelievable to Amira because she never knew that Keith was aware she existed. His fantasy is just as hot as Amira’s. The big question that looms though: is this really Keith’s fantasy? Turns out it isn’t. Brace yourself for the quirky. When I first start reading, I thought OK, this is different. A good part of the story comes from Amira and Keith’s emails and their subsequent meeting. However, something just didn’t sit right with me with the story. This is a stranger that she met in a first aid class? Or did they know each other before? I had more questions than answers. In the beginning, it seems like he’s a stranger, but toward the end there are hints that perhaps they knew each other from school. (I believe they’re both students at University – a term used in Canada, the setting of the story.) However, I had more questions than answers which kept me thinking about the background instead of enjoying the exchange between the two characters. But the sex? Renarde definitely scores with the sex throughout this short 40 page turner. The sex throughout the email exchange, which ranges from believable to fantasy, has just enough mix of steam and rawness to keep you turning the pages. So, kudos on the sex scenes, but the smaller details, the ones in my opinion which are important, help to make or break a story and keep readers coming back for more, are missing for me. If you’re looking for a quick, winter read with some good sex scenes, but you don’t have lofty, high expectations, give this one a try. -Reviewed by Jaye