Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Fighting Fair by Anne Calhoun

Fighting Fair
Fighting Fair by Anne Calhoun
Published: July 5th 2011
About the Book:
With a marriage in trouble, there's no such thing as fighting fair... 
Jersey girl Natalie Copeland is ready to give up on a decade of marriage. Her husband Shane disappeared into the long, stressful hours necessary to make partner at his investment firm, and now their once-hot sex life has gone ice cold. She knows fighting for the man she loves against the adrenaline rush of deals and dollars is a fight she can't win.

The fast-track to partner came a high price, but Shane's not going to lose Natalie over his work. He knows winning back his headstrong, passionate wife won't be easy. Proving he's in their marriage forever will take everything he's got…and on Wall Street and in love, there's no such thing as a fair fight.

12,000 words in length, contemporary erotic romance.

Fighting Fair is a short story only 38 pages long but it packs a punch.  It’s a story about a married couple who is still in love, but has grown apart.  I loved the realistic feel this story had, and the steamy reconciliation!  Whoa!

Natalie and Shane have been married for eight years and what started out as smoldering relationship has turned cold and distant thanks to Shane’s obsessive commitment to his job and becoming partner in his firm.  As a last ditch effort, Natalie signs them up for counseling.

“The truth hurt, made her ache inside when she let the possibility of their marriage failing enter her mind, but she couldn’t go on like this.”

Shane drags his feet until he realizes how close to breaking up they actually are.  When he figures this out, he has no intention of “fighting fair,” he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make things work.  He loves Natalie and he’s damned if he’s going to let her go.  He gets her home and plans on “melting her from the inside out,” and let me tell you, this results in a HOT and STEAMY encounter!!

“Tingles spread as he caressed her cheeks, her forehead, the tip of her nose, then her mouth. Her lips parted slightly and her tongue flicked out, chasing the stimulus but his mouth was there soft and hot and open. His tongue caressed hers while his hand gripped her hair. Sparks skittered into the pit of her belly, and she whimpered. The sound cut off when he kissed her again, hard and deep.”

That’s just the beginning, oh my!

This started out as sort of an antagonistic relationship because of the hurt involved, but it ended up powerfully sensual, and touching.  Any married couple will tell you that you go through ups and downs periodically, and it’s lovely to see an example of things turning around and getting back on track.  I loved this short story, and will definitely be checking out anything else Anne Calhoun writes.

As an extra plus, this story is a steal of a deal for only .99 cents at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

4 Suns

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