Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SUSAN: BOOK REVIEW "Breath on Embers" by Anne Calhoun

Christmas is the perfect time for Firefighter Ronan O’Rourke to take things to the next level with his sexually adventurous girlfriend. He knows she has feelings for him—and he’s sure of his feelings for her—but when Thea refuses his invitation to sample Christmas in New York City because what they share is nothing more than sheet-burning sex, Ronan sets out to change her mind.

Deep down Thea Moretti knows she cares for Ronan, but she can’t move past her grief over her late husband. Loud music and sex with Ronan are the only things she’s got that her feel alive, so she takes as much of both as she can get. She knows Ronan wants more, but during the darkest time of the year finding her way won’t be easy.

Ronan gambles everything and challenges Thea: one night of passion with him and another man. Can he prove to her that what they share isn’t just great sex but an emotional connection strong enough to last forever?


I’ve made it no secret that I’ve pretty much crossed completely over to M/M books and have a hard time enjoying M/F books.  Too many annoying women characters snaking the hot, perfect man.  Not fair! (*stomps feet in a tantrum*)

But, I wanted to read something smutty and easy and felt “Breath on Embers” might be just the ticket. And for 6+ chapters, I was feeling it!  

Ronan is a HOT NY firefighter who is lookin’ for love.  Thea is a widow, still grieving, convinced she’s dead inside and just wants sex.  For 9 months they go on this way.  Reading through, I was falling for Ronan and rooting for him to convince Thea to give him a REAL chance.  

And then, it happened…the story was ruined…ruined by a ridiculous and needless ménage scene.  WHY do authors do this?  So un-freaking-necessary.  And then I was just over it. Argh...

Other than that, this book was fairly entertaining, sexy, and sweet for the holidays.

Decent panty-changing smut factor, HOT fireman, not-entirely-annoying female lead, ridiculous ménage. If you can get past that (and I know some of you pervs will actually LOVE it! Ha!), you’ll enjoy this.  

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