Vanilla – Free Christmas by Doris O’Connor, Sandra Bunino, Giselle Renarde, Seleste deLaney, Lila Shaw, Vanessa Devereaux, Raven McAllan, R. Brennan, Jorja Lovett


Vanilla – Free Christmas by Doris O’Connor, Sandra Bunino, Giselle Renarde, Seleste deLaney, Lila Shaw, Vanessa Devereaux, Raven McAllan, R. Brennan, Jorja Lovett
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (197 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

This Christmas, the best gifts are waiting for those who have been naughty…

And the toys under the tree are not for children. Sexy Santas, naughty elves, and dominant shifters are ready to spread some very kinky Christmas cheer. It’s a good thing the ladies in our stories are looking for anything but vanilla.

This anthology gives us nine hot short stories. Each one burns up the pages with its contents.

Santa’s Beard gives us Joanna’s story. Does Santa really exist and can he truly give Joanna what she really wants or will she be spending another Christmas all alone? At least she has her two cats to keep her company but it seems that her cats are much more than what she thinks. I enjoyed this magical story about wishes coming true.

The Olympian has Olympic hopeful Rachel Stanton trying to blow off some steam and continue training but a wrong turn has her sharing a cabin with the new Crimson Mountain’s Operations Manager. Rachel is stubborn and arrogant to a fault. She finds her pushiness and rudeness does nothing to push Erik away, it only makes him more interested. This was a hot story about two people finding each other.

Three in a Tub is a sweet story of an older woman and a younger man. When Cathy has a new tub installed in her home she finds herself in a position she never thought she would be in. She loves Jeremy but cannot see why he would love a woman like her. Jeremy surprises her with more than one surprise on this day. This is a sweet story that shows how much love can make everything better.

In the story A Few of My Favorite Things we meet Autumn and Storm. Working for Santa in more than one way, Autumn finds her release in private. When her dreams come within grasp she is afraid that she has ruined it all. This intriguing story gives the reader one hot romance.

The Man Inside is a story about hiding our true selves. Coworkers Sam and Jonah are in for the time of their lives at the office holiday party. This story takes you on an adventure with these two. I never expected it to take the turns that it does. Love will always win and this story shows us this.

Who’s Been Naughty and Nice? Has Laura giving herself a Christmas present, instead of spending it alone she takes matters into her own hands. An unexpected turn of events has Laura enjoying more than she paid for. This story shows us that love will find a way no matter what.

Secrets Santa gives us Marian’s story. Finding a man to give her what she needs is a losing battle but tonight someone has a surprise for Marian. Her past has finally caught up with her and Marian is more than willing to let it catch her. This was a hot read that gives us a glimpse at a wondrous world that Marian longs to be part of.

Faith’s Gift has a young woman who can never say no to her friend and this time it has Faith meeting Richard. Having just ended a relationship has Faith a little gun shy but it seems that Richard knows the entire right thing to say and do to bring her out of her shell. I enjoyed visiting with Erik and Laura. Watching Laura let go and enjoy herself was a nice read.

A Very Furry Christmas is one of a different kink. Caitlin has one and is afraid to share it but Jason makes her want to share. Can the two enjoy themselves or are their kinks going to keep them apart. I loved that these two decided to try and give things a chance.

Each of these stories takes the reader into a magical world filled with love and trust. While these stories all were hot and heavy and entertain the reader I did not really connect emotionally with many of the couples. The stories were much more on the lines of titillation for me. Even though this anthology was not a favorite of mine I did enjoy each authors writing and will be sure to check their works for that one that is my favorite. Trust, love and lust play a prominent role in these stories and as hot as they are the romance shows through in each story.

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