Hot Shots by D.X. Luc
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
This is a pair of very short stories, one involving BDSM, the other not. In Spring Cleaning, Leanore wakes up to a spring day that just cries out for cleaning, but she can’t bring herself to do it-until she decides to clean and organize her “toy” collection. She begins by using one of the toys-only to discover the hot man she has been fantasizing about is actually in her apartment and begins helping her use the toys.
In Summer’s Break, Gordon Summer resents the verbally abusive coach who is in charge of his summer volunteer position and can’t imagine what to expect when he goes to pick up the coach’s wife from the airport. What he finds is a cougar who uses mild BDSM, including orgasm denial, to provide him with a memorable afternoon.
Both stories were very hot, and worked as short stories with HFN in each case. I always feel like short stories never tell me enough about the people involved, but as short stories go, these are both complete within themselves. The author brings the reader straight into the story and provides hot action and likeable characters. I would like to read longer books by this writer.
Reviewed by Karen H
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A Zombie Hunter’s Holiday
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paddles
A Zombie Hunter’s Holiday by D.X. Luc is a fast and fun read. The main characters are Raina and Carl, who have been friends since childhood. Carl has been talking about zombies and hunting them since the ninth grade and Raina has always indulged him. Fifteen years later, they’re still best friends and fighting underlying desires for each other.
Raina is dating a guy named Brian who Carl is not a fan of. He treats Raina badly but she thinks she needs to stay with him. One day, Brian proposes and Raina accepts and Carl can’t take it anymore. He ends up at her apartment and they end up in a hot table sex scenario with Carl running the show. Raina shuts down on him after that, avoiding him at all costs.
Christmas Eve arrives and Raina’s whole world turns upside down. Not only does it turn out that zombies are real and that Carl really has been hunting them but now her fiancé has been bitten by one! He is coming after her inside are apartment when Carl shows up to save the day. They make for the safe zone he knows about but can’t quite keep on course without pulling over for a quickie. They make it to the compound only for Carl to leave again to save his brother. But, it turns out Raina has to go and save the day. Once they get back, they discover how deep their feelings run and have a hot steamy session in the shower. Their life is forever changed, both in their acknowledgement of their feelings and the zombie outbreak.