Jade is at a crossroads in her life. No longer able to ski professionally due to an injury, she’s also short a fiancé. Her manager/fiancé abandoned her when it was obvious she would not be profitable anymore. Feeling lost and useless, not to mention undesirable, Jade’s sisters come to the rescue with a wild idea. Giving her a questionnaire for Kidnap Fantasies Inc. they dare her to fill it out. Which she does. But then it disappears. Worried that the cleaning lady will find it, Jade eventually forgets about it. Then Caydon shows up and is too good to be true.

Caydon Minnelli is on a mission to fulfill a fantasy. Hired by her sisters, he’s half in love with Jade before he even meets her. Once he does, he hesitates to reveal who he is and why he’s there. What they have is something he’s never felt before and he doesn’t want to reduce it to a transaction. But the truth always comes out. Have they gotten close enough in their short time together to get past the pain and betrayal of secrets kept?

This is part of the Holiday Heat Anthology. Jade’s sexual frustration and loneliness come through loud and clear. Caydon is no smooth operator and that endears him immediately. It lent some questions as to how often he had done this, and the obvious answer was never. Who he really is is a revelation for the conclusion of the read. The chemistry between Jade and Caydon was immediate if not graceful. Their quick immersion into one another sexually leads to more intimate encounters of the emotional kind. Love isn’t measured by days. As hot as expected with a touch of Christmas magic and a good dose of happily ever after.

Book Blurb for Jade

In the land of the rich and famous, people fulfill their deepest sexual desires by calling Kidnap Fantasies Inc., a top-secret kidnapping and fantasy organization.
When Jade Hart’s two sisters give her a Kidnap Fantasies Inc. questionnaire, Jade is aroused at the prospect of having sex with a stranger whose only job is to fulfill her every sexual fantasy. Although she knows she’s too shy to mail it in, she secretly pours her deepest wishes into the questionnaire. Soon it mysteriously vanishes and Jade’s fantasy man appears in the form of a well-hung handyman who gives her an erotic sex-toy-filled Christmas holiday she’ll never forget.
Publisher’s Note: Novella originally appeared in the Ellora’s Cave anthology Holiday Heat.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2010 4.00