Friday, December 21, 2012

JOIN in the Reindeer Games!

DAY 8 (1/2)...Happy Hunky-Days!

Happiest of Holidays from the Guilty Indulgence Book Club. We are pleased to be with you every day and hope you will all join us for our 3rd annual Happy Hunky-days - Twelve fun filled days of Christmas where we treat you with gifts of joy and happiness (aka free books and very yummy eye candy!). All good readers who comment will get a chance to win some really great e-books from our featured authors! Seriously, you can even be quite naughty and still get free books - just remember to register at the bottom of this post with the rafflecopter and leave a comment!  

THE BOOK FEATURE TODAY IS ACTUALLY A DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS SERIES. The Reindeer Games has six books, each written by a different author but all about Santa's most important helpers... his reindeer. And nobody has anything on these sexy shifters! I've only read Drea Layne's Rudolf & Dancer and Avril Ashton's Dasher but I plan to read more just as soon as I can. The premise is unique and the story lines in both of these books are original, and not at all what one might predict. I'm most intrigued by the epilogue of each which flashes to Mr & Mrs Claus who seem to have their hands in the personal lives of their reindeer.

**To feel fulfilled, I'm recommending you read them all. Otherwise, individually they feel more like an appetizer... I think there's a tie that binds them together through Mr Claus.**

KUDOS to Secret Cravings Publishing for Running Off with these Reindeer Games!

After years away from home, her brother’s freak accident brings Donna Dancer home to the man who broke her heart. Time hasn’t diminished the lust and love, and emotions can’t be denied. Donna is sick of playing reindeer games with her mate, Paul Rudolf, but there are only so many rejections a girl can take.
It takes a dedicated man to lead the group of reindeer shifters responsible for bringing joy to millions of children, and Paul takes his job very seriously. Women were nothing more than a distraction he doesn’t need, but he now finds himself feeling lonely and hating the job he’s loved for so long. Rejecting Donna was the one decision he regrets more and more with each passing day.
Will this Christmas be as lonely as the rest? Or will Paul and Donna finally find holiday bliss in each others arms.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. The mates clearly have chemistry but the author provides enough conflict in this short story to make it interesting. Readers meet a lot of characters that provide a sense of who Donna and Paul are, adding depth to their characters. Then when they come together (in the woods!), it's majorly hot. And the sweet ending is the whipped cream on top of the strawberries.

Dasher, Avril Ashton
Exotic dancer Monroe Calliste recognizes the reindeer shifter eyeing her with open curiosity as she performs on stage. She remembers too well the one night they allowed themselves free reign over each other’s bodies. But he doesn’t recall their tryst, or maybe pretends not to. Either way, Monroe sets out to give him a refresher course.
Dasher Petrovic has no memory of the coffee-colored temptress insisting they shared more than their bodies at one time. Monroe’s eyes reflect a mutual burn, but she can’t be right. If he’d spent even a second in her bed, he’d know. His ice melts under Monroe’s fire, but the question remains, what happened to his memory?

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. The premise of memory loss always worries me since it really has to be done well. But the author pulled it off - once Mr Claus explained his role. The mates have an obvious attraction that is holy-hell-hot but the truth of their relationship as mates long lost is what pulled at my heartstrings. Readers get a short experience with Dash and Monroe and are left wanting more. This book, in particular, struck me as being too short because there were so many things that could've been explored with the couple. Still, it was a delicious read with solid characters and a smooth story line. The book is as sexy on the inside as the cover on the outside.

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