Ryan Porter is a sculptor, and beneath his callused hands, even the most rigid metals bend to his will. So, too, does his girlfriend Megana confident, strong woman who delights in submitting to Ryan's dominance in the bedroom.
Megan is a Mountie, and she's spent the past few years in the Arctic following her career dreams. Family obligations kept Ryan at home, but their love survived the distance thanks to several hot visits. A Mountie always gets her man, and Megan is bound and determined to keep Ryan.
Now Megan's with Ryan for the holidays but how long will this visit last? She's always been willing to do anything Ryan desires, but will he finally tell her that all he needs for Christmas is her?
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"There's the beautiful Mountie who always gets her man."
That voice! That sexy, half-mocking, gorgeous, friendly voice. Megan Sullivan searched the crowd waiting outside the baggage claim area for its owner. His long legs clad in trademark denim, Ryan Porter stood in the middle of the concourse, his mouth pulled up on one side in the grin that caused her knees to wobble every single time.
Pulling her biggest suitcase behind her and wrestling with the carry-on she'd balanced on top of it, she battled her way through the throng and hurried toward him.
Once she rounded the barrier, he wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her off the ground in a full-body hug. "Hey, you. I've missed you."
Ignoring the amused spectators, Ryan lowered his head to capture her mouth with his. Pure male confidence, shouting to the world, "Yeah, she's mine," came through loud and clear from the hard press of his lips to the way his hands kneaded her ass.
When he finally pulled away, both of them breathless, Meg left her arms hooked around his neck, loving the feel of his body against hers. Her clit pulsed, needing to be touched by his long callused fingers. Her pussy heated and her nipples ached in anticipation of his mouth on them.
"That wasn't an I've-missed-you kiss." It had been a full-blown I-want-inside-you kiss.
"No, it wasn't just an I've-missed-you kiss," he corrected.
She rested her forehead against his chest, the long-seated loneliness that had plagued her up north finally leaching away. "I thought you were supposed to be in Montreal until tomorrow."
"Are you kidding? And waste even one day with you?"
Meg's breath stuttered when he cupped her head and kissed her again, this time softer, sweeter, showing none of the blatant possessiveness of the first kiss. This one whispered of need and desire. "I love you, Meg."
"I love you too." She loved the way he kissed, the way he felt against her, the way he made her feel feminine instead of the hard-ass bitch she'd been called far too often on the job. She loved the way he smelled of sawdust and... She leaned in and sniffed him deeper. "Why do you smell like roses?"
"Because Amy's into her nesting phase." His grimace and fake shudder made her laugh. "She's making homemade soaps and shampoos, claiming they'll be safer for the baby. So naturally she's using us as her guinea pigs. Her latest batch is some hippy-dippy rose petal shampoo so me and Derek and Noah all smell girly-girl. I tell ya, pregnant women are seriously dangerous to us guys." He dipped his head to whisper in her ear, his russet hair tickling her nose. "I'll pay you to convince her to make something more manly."
"You mean like new car scent or burnt motor oil?"
"Yeah, now you're talking." He rounded his free hand as if there were a basketball in front of his stomach. The laughter made his amber eyes almost glow though others might have blamed it on the bright sunshine streaming through the glass roof. "Wait'll you see her. She's out to here. Derek won't let her get behind the wheel anymore, she's gotten so big."
"I can't wait to see her again." Amy had been her roommate in college and they'd become fast friends. When Amy had started dating Derek, Megan had found herself on a double date with Derek's older brother Ryan. Though she'd expected to be bored when she'd learned Ryan was an artist, she'd been fascinated by his energy. After spending the night debating movies (he preferred art house movies where she loved action) and music (they both loved the same groups), he'd asked her for another date. Three months later, he'd asked her to move in with him.
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Just as I've come to always expect with Leah's writing, she has written a great emotional, sexy, and heartwarming story. Megan and Ryan have been together since college, but as she followed her dreams to become a Mountie, he had to stay and take care of his siblings after his parents died. This Christmas they are both determined to get what they want, and they are willing to make great sacrifices to make that happen. For Megan she is willing to give up one dream for a bigger one, and Ryan is willing to uproot his entire life just to be with her. Problem is that neither one has told the other about their plans. The chemistry between these two is very steamy, and Ryan's artistic inspirations in the bedroom make this novella one Red Hot Holiday read! But aside from that it is a very sweet and romantic read that leaves the reader with a smile. I highly recommend you read this!
I will start off by saying that Leah is one of my favorite authors so anything she releases I will read. This was a wonderful story about enduring love,overcoming obstacles and true devotion. Ryan Porter did something that so many wouldn't do today, he gave up his own life in order to devote himself to caring for his siblings after the tragedy of losing their parents. He put himself second and put everyone else first, you just don't see that very often and it's so nice to read about it. This story touches so many places in my heart that it might just become my favorite of all of hers. And the steam is HIGH HIGH HIGH in this one. I knew what to expect having read so much of Leah's work but I was still surprised and the level of dominance shown by this sensitive artist. I think the unexpectedness of it made it even steamier. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a good love story, a lot of steam and just a good book to warm you up on those cold winter nights.
LOVED this short; so many things made me want this story to continue. As I've come to expect, Leah can truly illustrate scenes to the point of actually feeling as if I'm there and witnessing the story unfold. The scene at the lake was one that will forever be imprinted on my mind. The drama, the stress, the emotions for all involved in that scene were so real. I felt that Meg and Ryan were well communicated as individuals and a couple; and I can understand the need for the hot scenes after being away from each other for so long. The marble and swing scene-- all that needs said lol. The family (especially the brothers) had me laughing; Christmas morning especially. And my favorite gift was the last one that Ryan gave Megan...it was a sweet moment and a wonderful way to end the story.
You can feel the love Ryan and Megan have for each other. Quick setup, Ryan and Megan met when Ryan’s brother Derek started dating Megan’s college roommate Amy. Ryan and Megan pretty much had their life together planned out until a horrible car accident changed their lives. Ryan’s father and stepmother were killed in a car accident and Ryan at the age of twenty-two, was left to be the guardian of his two brothers and sister. Ryan knows what it’s like to have your dreams taken away from you. He knows Megan’s dream has been and is to be a Mountie, thus he can’t ask her to give that up just to be with him. Now seven years later, he’s finally ready and able to live his own life. Remarkably, all of this time, Ryan and Megan were able to keep their love for each other alive, even though they were far apart. Now this Christmas, they each plan on giving the other the best Christmas gift ever, themselves. No more lonely nights. No more a week here or there, when they have the time. How romantic is that? Did I mention neither one has told the other about their plans? I really loved both the main characters and most of their supporting cast. This was one of those books where I wasn’t yelling at either the hero or the heroine to get their acts together. Well, maybe I was just a little bit. Did I mention that this book was HOT? I know I’ve said this already, but I really loved Ryan and Megan. I love the fact that they are each willing to give up their dream to be with the one person they love the most. What could be better than that? Rating: 4 ½ (I really liked it.) Source: NetGalley Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews blog