Every December twenty-fifth, Rebeccah Rickman volunteers through her synagogue so that others can celebrate Christmas. Her usual mitzvah, or good deed, is assisting police officer Jeremy Kohler. But this year is different: this year, Becca is free to act on the attraction that has long simmered between her and the sexy cop.
Jeremy couldn’t have asked for a better gift than discovering the woman he’s fantasized about for five long years is single. But when he learns about the violence that broke up Becca’s marriage, he’s hesitant to pursue her. He fears his desires will scare her away—but can’t deny his own need for control in the bedroom. Or his longing to instruct her in the fine art of submission…
Becca is shocked to learn that Jeremy is a sexual dominant. And despite her past, she’s also aroused. But before she can explore what that means, she’s going to have to put her trust in Jeremy—and her own fledgling desires.
Worldbuilding: Lovely contemporary setting, I especially loved the police-world sections (cause I’m a total geek for men in uniforms, of course 😀 )
Characters: Bec was fun, witty, had a nice sense of humor and I loved her volunteering habit. I can’t say I truly connected with her though, I’m not sure why – it just didn’t happen. Her back story was interesting and I had a lot of respect for standing up for herself, she was very likable.
Jeremy was cool too, fun, thoughtful, romantic, plus a cop equals uniform equals hotstuff – but for some reason I didn’t respond to him as I usually do to Dom types. I’m not sure why, I mean the man was incredible, including the five year waiting & wanting thing and his moral backbone, total crush material. But it didn’t happen for some reason.
I loved them together and they had very hot one on one with some BDSM spice, though I’d say mild (keep in mind, I read hardcore stuff so my mild might be quite out there for you if you’re more of a beginner, lol).
Plot: The story was very sweet, despite the BDSM spice the actual romance was kind of fluffy and adorable.
Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. I loved their voices and descriptions in the read were rich & effective.
Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb – compulsive buy material for the Hot Holidays season 😀
All in all, this was a good read, I loved the story and the characters were well built and very likeable, but I didn’t have a crush on either of them. Maybe it was the almost fluffy flavor of the romance despite the kinkeh element that didn’t do it for me. Though the characters were tortured enough, it was more of a recovery from that past kind of story. I’m a fan of the suffering-through-the-tough-part kind of story – evil reader4life – so maybe that’s why I didn’t get as into this as I might have.
But if you’re looking for a sweet and hot story, with strong characters and lovely writing, do give this a shot. I recommend it for a Hot Holidays read for sure 🙂
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