"The Bytes of Life offer an almost illicit, forbidden glimpse at what goes on when no one else is supposed to be looking!" ~Mark Woods, Author of Fear of the Dark and Time of Tides
**You can also find Christmas Wish in the Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Anthology
Lives bound by love...
In the seventh Byte of Life, newlyweds Stephan and Jessica Connellan are solidifying their relationship while expecting their first child. Nothing will stop Stephan from protecting the dream he's always yearned for--a family--but his concerns for Jessica and their baby's health could be more harmful than the eye can see.
Jessica's joy in the new life they are creating together is crumbling. As her pregnancy progresses, Stephan appears distant, detached. Worried that their whirlwind romance is about to explode in her face, she's anxious to bridge the distance between them. Will she be able to remind him of what they have together before his promise of forever slips through her fingers?
****18+ GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND ADULT SITUATIONS****
**Character-driven novellas and short stories in a thrilling, romantic suspense series!
Interview with the Authors
Q - So what makes the Countermeasure Series special?
A - Countermeasure pulls in the best of Erotic Romance, Adventure and Suspense into one single series. We also aim to write about people, not characters. They are true to life and flawed, also someone you feel you can connect to and invite for a coffee just to shoot the breeze. The series has two separate, yet connected sets of books. The novels develop the bulk of the mystery and adventure in the plot. The short stories and novellas develop the characters and bare the characters' souls to you. All of their dreams, disillusions, fears are exposed in the short stories. The short stories and Novellas are also what we call Romantica. They are stories portraying a day in the life of the characters after their "I do". A mix between Romance and Erotica where you are the fly on the wall during the married couples' intimate moments. If you enjoy high heat, spicy reads involving married couples, you got to the right series.
Q - What order should I read the books?
A - We recommend you read the novels and novellas in the following order. Please note the short stories and novellas are not mandatory reads to understand the suspense arc in the novels.
- Uncharted (FREE prequel with subscription to our newsletter)
- Ecstasy by the Sea (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume I Bundle Deal)
- Cuffed at Midnight (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume I Bundle Deal)
- Take Me
- Passion at Dawn (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume I Bundle Deal)
- Something Crazy
- To Russia with Love
- Blindsided (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Bundle Deal)
- Roaming Pleasure
- Lost to Rapture (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Bundle Deal)
- Christmas Wish (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Bundle Deal)
- Alternate Connection
Q - Why should I give these books a try?
A - Because the Countermeasure Series books take you on a fast, fun and thrill-filled ride that will leave you wanting for more from all of our characters. Readers who are not skirmish about adult scenes and language appreciate the books greatly.
Thank you for reading!
For more information about the series and how the books connect, reading order and upcoming stories, please visit the series' official website.
Countermeasure Series Categories
- Erotic Romance
- Contemporary Romance
- Steamy Romance
- Erotic Contemporary Romance Series
- Racy Romance
- Hot Contemporary Romance Short Story
- Erotic Contemporary Romance Short Reads
About the Author
Writing had touched Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey’s lives in different ways throughout the years, but never took flight until 2010, when Chris and Cecilia met and began roleplaying online as a hobby. It was through playing fictional characters in a sort of improv written theater that writing took a central position in their lives. The transition from roleplaying to novel writing was smooth, and they attribute the ease of writing realistic characters to their ability to live the scenes through roleplay.
Chris and Cecilia have several short stories and novels published under their own label, Éire Publishing, and are vocal supporters of independent publishing. They’re currently working on the next novel in one of their series. Through all the chaos and laughter, they still hold true to their roots, bringing their favorite characters and stories to life.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stephan and Jessica are about to celebrate their first Christmas together as husband and wife. However, their happiness is put to the test as they face their inner fears, in preparation for their bundle of joy. Will they be able to open up to each other, or will their first holiday season also be their last? Readers are first introduced to the romantic possibilities between Stephan and Jessica in To Russia with Love. In Christmas Wish, readers will fall in love with this couple, as they connect with the newlyweds on a deeper level. Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey have managed to turn 70-ish pages into an emotional, realistic journey that will satisfy the reader's need to know more about this secondary couple. Christmas Wish is like a present wrapped with a bow for fans of the Countermeasure Series. Notes: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
In this novella, we get to check in with Stephan and Jessica: Stephan is a pseudo-uncle / father figure for Trevor: he was Connor’s best friend. Stephan is a wonderful man: a bit too buttoned up and control-freak for his own good, even though those traits combined with his ability to compartmentalize his life and emotions have served him well in business. Jessica is Cassie’s friend and employee – she’s a whiz at ‘finding’ people, and she’s got that whole grab for the brass ring attitude about life and love. Jess saw and went for Stephan, despite his initial protestations and attempts to fob her off, and now 7 months pregnant she is about as happy as can be. Well, almost. See there’s one problem. Stephan is an utter dolt. And I love Stephan, but like most men who are into ‘controlling’ situations, he has realized that there are TONS of things out of his control: from random accidents to Jessica’s increasing desirability, which completely freaks him out even as every moment she tempts him. So, he does what all people afraid of emotions and sharing do – he avoids. And poor Jessica is thinking he doesn’t want her, he’s disgusted by her now “fertility goddess’ shape. It’s bad enough when “your ass is a magnet” and you can’t get out of a chair, but to think that Stephan doesn’t want her or the baby is just one thing too much. She’s very connected to his “I’m in control” attitude, and she’s unaware of just what sort of power she has where Stephan is concerned, but all that will change. Walking away quietly is not a Jessica move though, so after one of the most addlepated, unfeeling and childish moves ever as Stephan rejected her advances, she waddles him down and sets the stage for confrontation. Oh he capitulates, in some ways learning a lesson (but knowing him, it’s a short-term memory and he’ll do this again with something else) as he shares his deepest fears, concerns and emotions with Jessica. Oh – and need I mention he’s read every single book about pregnancy, focusing on the “what could go wrong’ bits? *sigh* Men. See, Stephan is not an ‘emotionally connected’ man, deep emotions send him off balance and make him feel out of control, and he has carefully constructed his façade to be inscrutable and enigmatic. Now, when the time comes, facing those emotions is even more frightening – but to lose Jess would be world-ending. Yet, he can’t let go of the information that he has absorbed like a sponge – all worst case scenario issues that he never shared with Jessica. Her chasing him down to confront him is the push off the cliff he needed, to trust that she will be there to catch and reassure him. Yet another peek into lives of the secondary (but wholly enjoyable) characters. The emotion and connection between the two is palpable, and while there is some incredibly steamy smexy moments, but the emotional honesty, trusting in one another when the very idea scares you silly, all work to forge a deeper connection. These are hallmarks of the writing and character development in this series and why they stay with readers long after the last page is turned. I purchased an eBook copy of this title for my own personal library. I was not obligated nor compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This sweet short refers to other characters of the Countermeasure series but you don't have to know the other books to enjoy this steaming hot story. This novella is mostly internal as Jessica and her 'Charming' Stephan adjust to a lot of physical and emotional changes all at once. Their polar opposite methods of coping causes problems. The characters are wonderfully written and I felt like a close friend. I found myself wanting to slap them both and tell them to get it together. This story didn't leave me with a smile, it left me with a big goofy grin and a happy heart.
Lovely. Simply lovely. Christmas Wish by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey is the seventh novella in the Countermeasure: Bytes of Life series and is one of my favorite Bytes so far. Christmas Wish features Stephan and Jessica who were introduced to us in Countermeasure and their love story begins in To Russia With Love. This book is a side story and continuation of their romance. I get so freaking excited when authors write novellas like this so I don’t have to let my favorite characters go. Stephan and Jessica are newlyweds and parents-to-be so we get to peek in on what life is like for them right now. The authors do a phenomenal job in general of writing about couples who have been together for a long time. It is not easy coming up with new story ideas with the same characters, but I am always surprised when I read a new one from Chris and Cecilia. Their stories are real and engaging. Christmas Wish is no different. I enjoyed the simple scenes of everyday married life between Stephan and Jessica just as much as the bigger parts of the story. There was a very heartwarming scene where the two of them are just talking in bed and it makes your heart swell at the openness of it. It’s so refreshing in fiction to have the real substance of life that isn’t heartbreaking, but joyful. Everything is not all sunshine and rainbows for this couple, though. Stephan is worried. Fearful. And going a little out of his mind. He is so scared of losing Jessica and the baby he thought he would never have that he takes things to the extreme. He inadvertently pushes Jessica away and this only causes concern from Jessica. She has been down this road with him in the past and really doesn’t want to travel it again. The scene in which everything comes to head is genius. It is real and raw and emotional. Your heart breaks for both Jessica and Stephan as they deal with their own personal version of hell. It is a fantastic scene that results in some incredibly passionate and steamy intimate moments. There is so much hope for this couple when you see the way they can work things out. My favorite quote is from Stephan spoken to Jessica: “You awe me. And you scare the hell out of me.” It is a loaded statement and you really want to read the book to find out how he explains it to her. You might just swoon. Christmas Wish is a captivating romance that draws you in from the first page, tangles with your emotions and leaves you both satisfied and wanting more at the same time. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend you get started now. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and then bought a copy.*