Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: 'Christmas With Caden' by Nikka Michaels


Paige hates her annual office Christmas party. Everyone goes to a club and gets completely drunk, then tries to either screw each other silly or pick up random strangers. Totally unprofessional and a pain in the ass, in Paige’s mind. The fact Harry Davis, her boss, and one of her boss’s sons both love such social events doesn’t make working life easier for Paige. But Caden Davis, Harry’s other son, is completely different. He’s sexy in an understated way and far more Paige’s style. They get talking and suddenly the evening of the Christmas party doesn’t seem like something to merely be endured anymore.
This fun short story is full of holiday cheer and a cringe-worthy Christmas party that turns unexpectedly good. I was a little surprised at how quickly things moved between Caden and Paige. There was no middle step or breathing room between Paige fighting off Caden’s brother’s unwanted advances and then Paige and Caden sexy dancing together and getting in the mood. As a reader I felt I needed a bit more time between those two events to get my head around the scenes, especially as they were both emotional scenes but in totally different ways. Having said that, I thought the rest of the story was really well paced. Caden and Paige don’t just jump right into bed, there is some seriously sexy dancing and what I felt was a decent exchange of conversation for two people who already knew each other superficially.
For a very short story I thought this ticked many boxes. Caden and Paige are interesting characters that are well drawn for the small word count. I found the sex scene to be hot and descriptive and although the plot is thin, for such a quickie I can understand how difficult anything more complex would have been. A delicious little bite of a story for when you only have an hour or so to enjoy a quick read.

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