Bed, Breakfast & Bondage

Author: Riley Shane

Publisher: Loose Id

Release Date: November 13, 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Anaya doesn’t know what to do when her best friend and business partner goes into labor early, leaving her to deal with twenty-two B & B guests for a booked Thanksgiving holiday dinner. She’s toxic in the kitchen and doesn’t have a choice but to accept the help of her ex, Devlin Levi, a famous chef,
who is home for the holiday festivities. Anaya might be desperate enough to let him into her kitchen but that doesn’t mean she’s letting him get close enough to break her heart again.

Getting close is exactly what Devlin plans and he wants eight nights of passion and fantasies that will change their relationship forever. If it doesn’t work, they part for good. Despite the possibility of another broken heart, how can Anaya say no when, after so many tries, this time they might find a way to stay together? It’s a chance she has to take.

Where to start? I don’t know about you but when I pick up a book by a new author I always wonder if it’s going to be a waste of my time. Well, I’m very happy to report that BED, BREAKFAST & BONDAGE is a fun and entertaining holiday gem. It may be the first book by Riley Shane I’ve read, but it won’t be my last. Please note that, despite the expectation due to the title, this release has some kinky elements and only a little light bondage—think padded handcuffs. It’s also the first release in a new series, EMERALD VALLEY.

I knew when the first page had a phone call with Darth Vadar theme music, which pulled Anaya from an erotic dream, that this attention grabbing opening would keep me turning the pages. And I was right. I just couldn’t stop reading this one. Anaya’s a hoot; Devlin’s too sexy for words and together—think combustion. The author did a nice job with the personality development of both characters and interjected their past relationship throughout the story in well-placed snippets. The dialogue is fun and snappy, the imagery vivid and the plot fast paced. On top of all that you have two holiday settings (Thanksgiving and Hanukah) that are perfect for this time of year.

These two are made for each other and while Ms. Shane has them periodically snipping and snapping at each other, the chemistry radiating between them is intense. And it should be. These two have known each other since childhood and have tried unsuccessfully to be a couple for years. Anaya has pain, anger and disappointment to work through and Ms. Shane handles all these underlying emotions. The idea of eight nights of sexual fantasies to determine if they can make their relationship work isn’t original, but the author makes it fresh and new—it works. Anaya’s best friend, Leah, plays an important role but actually only appears in a couple of scenes. Otherwise, she communicates by phone due to her pregnancy bed rest. It’s an unusual tact but works beautifully here. Good job, Ms. Shane, for the unexpected. If you enjoy romances with interesting characters, fast-paced plots and fun premises set at the holidays, I suggest you give this one I try. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Gayle

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