Roaming Pleasure: Bits of Life # 3 by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey
If you’ve ever paid attention, you know that RomSuspense isn’t a favorite genre of mine, but Almeida and Aubrey smashed through that reluctance I have for reading that genre into teeny tiny shards. I adore their Countermeasure series, and love the characters for their smarts, their loyalty and their love. Even the recurring characters that annoy the heck out of me (Nathan), I remember and want to make justifications for their behavior.
Part of the hook that holds me so tightly to this series is the two selections of ‘shorts’ that peep in on different characters in their ‘down time’, giving us a glimpse at their private moments, their relationship struggles and the connection that binds them together. These short stories are loaded with emotion and heat: both fueling the other to the nuclear range.
In Roaming Pleasure, the latest Bits of Life short, Cassie and Trevor are apart. They don’t do well apart: these two truly are halves of a coin, and proximity is the touchstone to which they find solace, warmth, acceptance and focus. With Cassie working in the states while Trevor takes care of business at home in Dublin, he’s restless and sleepless. Work can only put off thoughts of her for, oh, a nanosecond, even deep in code he is always attuned to the lack of her presence.
Total technophile that he is, he starts setting a scene, via text, that he hopes she will find intriguing, as he puts his fantasies to work on Cassie’s limited resolve where he is concerned. Far more than a racy (think Formula One or Bugatti-level racy here) exchange, this quick alternating POV story shows that being away from home doesn’t always mean lonely AND unsatisfied!
These shorts give you a voyeur’s viewpoint into a relationship that ticks all the boxes on every level, even though you are seeing just a small snippet of time. Longing, desire, enjoyment and playfulness are highlights of this short, giving readers a moment of OOH that will take some serious time to come down from. It’s been 3 years since I read the first book, and while I don’t always remember every plotting detail, I can’t let go of these characters or stop wondering just what will be next for them. The Bits and Bytes keep me fueled with nibbles of information that answer questions while I wait.
Title: Roaming Pleasure
Genre: Short Story
Published on: 21 July, 2015
Source: Substance B
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About the Book:
A business trip. Unlimited roaming. What can possibly come out of it?
When Trevor and Cassandra are apart, the heart grows more than fonder....
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A copy of this title was provided via Substance B for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.