Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Erotic Romance
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words
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“Silence O'Shea lives in a tiny woodland town in the extreme Northern U.S., where the lusty locals generate enough heat to melt the polar ice caps. As in any good Catholic town, dirty deeds are afoot behind closed doors. Some people just have to share their exploits--and Silence is a superb and trusted listener. She’ll never spill secrets, but that doesn’t mean she can’t use the naughtiest bits and most colorful characters as inspiration for her work.”
“Before she can say “male strippers”, Cait finds herself not only the caretaker for the men of Fire from Lancashire, but also falling for one of the gorgeous dancers. And Oliver would happily take her six ways to Sunday, if he weren’t contractually bound to keep his hands off. Then his mate offers a solution: Their employer might fire one man for ravishing Cait…but certainly not all of them. Right?”
This was a fun change of pace for me. I thought I would dip my toes in to see what I thought. I enjoy sexual tension as well as the next reader and this author stated in the bio on her blog that she would appreciate any feedback advice, suggestions, support, compliments, angry fists of rage raised to the sky. She also referred to herself as a "Purveyor of Sassy Smut". So, I immediately liked her style.
This novella is well paced, and while it is erotic there was a story and the characters are realistic to a point, it was a fantasy come true. Caitlin needed a career change, one with a lot less stress. She found one, basically being a mother figure for five gorgeous Male British strippers in Vegas. Things were great for the first couple of years. She gained their respect and admiration as she kept them on task and in line. She worked out with them, lost weight, and developed true friendships with them all. The banter between the guys and Cait was entertaining, engaging, and comical. You are able to get a real sense of each of their personalities. Then during the Christmas season she ended up caught under the mistletoe with Oliver. Secretly he was her favorite, and after that one amazing kiss things got complicated for the whole troupe.
The angst was believable, although the solution was not the best, but that was also where the story took shape. Of course it didn't work out as planned in the long run. But it was one hot night for Caitlin and all the stakes were changed. After that night was where the story pulled me in the most, it was the journey the characters take that drew me in, not the sex by itself. I mean sure the sex was hot and fun to read but it was after that steamy night that I enjoyed the most. Caitlin was insecure, like most women are, and her coming into her own made this a worthwhile story. The fact that most of the guys were gorgeous and supportive was icing on the cake.
Explicit sex and language that may not be acceptable for all readers. Some British turns of phrase and slang were used but they were not hard to follow.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars