Party Favors by Erin McLellan
Series: So Over the Holidays #4
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 1st, 2020
Subgenre: Queer Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Holiday Romance
Amanda Ellis knows three things: she’s tired of doing what’s expected of her, she hates her job at her family’s business, and the last thing she wants to do is attend her parents’ boring New Year’s Eve ball with a date her mother picked. A few days of fun with her online best friend is exactly what she needs to ring in the New Year on her own terms.
Wren Rebello is impulsive and always ready for fun. A last-minute girls’ getaway sounds like the perfect way to spend New Year’s. But even Wren isn’t prepared for the spark of attraction she feels when she meets Amanda in person for the first time. Good thing Wren loves popping Amanda’s cork.
After days spent sharing end-of-year resolutions and the one bed in their cottage, the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on their time together. As Amanda and Wren go their separate ways, they leave new resolutions unfulfilled. Is there enough New Year’s magic left to turn their online friendship into real-life love?
“Come on, pretty girl. We’re going streaking.”
An array of emotions passed over Amanda’s face, from disbelief to fear, but her expression ended on thrilled.
“Yes?” Wren asked. Her insides were still all jumbled from their interrupted conversation. She’d poured out her heart for Amanda to see, and Amanda had accepted it like it was precious.
But Wren didn’t know if she could trust it. Her last major heartbreak had happened because her partners—a married couple—had moved away. They didn’t think it was serious enough to try long distance with Wren. They’d told Wren that they didn’t want to stifle her fun and carefree spirit by tying her down to something so difficult. They’d thought she was too wild and silly to even try.
Now, Amanda was telling her she wanted the live-in-the-moment Wren. The rowdy Wren, the Wren who had been rejected over and over again. And Wren was going to give it to her, but she was going to protect her heart too because she wasn’t a dumbass.
This was a vacation hookup. A tiny drop in the bucket of time before Amanda went back to being the perfect daughter and heiress, hopefully armed with a little grit to stand up for herself.
Amanda stood and untied the peignoir, letting it fall open and loose around her breasts.
“God, you’re so hot like that,” Wren said, unable to help herself. “Leave that on while we run.”
“What if someone sees us?”
“They won’t.” Wren had walked around before Amanda had arrived yesterday. Those trees were just beyond the back porch with the hot tub, which was definitely designed with privacy in mind. There was no reason anyone would be back there.
“It’ll be cold.”
“Yep. You in?”
A slow smile tripped over Amanda’s gorgeous lips. She took a deep breath, then spun on her heels and sprinted to the back door. Wren laughed and ran to catch up with her.
The back door led to the enclosed back porch, where there was another door and two steps to reach the ground. Amanda made it outside first. She hitched the skirt of the peignoir up over her elbows and glanced back over her shoulder as Wren made it down the steps.
The cold hit Wren like a sledgehammer. The breath left her lungs, and she gasped out, “Oh my fucking fuck!”
Goosebumps sprouted up all over her body as her bare feet hit the snow. She covered her boobs with her hands out of instinct because it was freezing, but her hands were little ice cubes, so she dropped them.
Amanda turned and jogged backwards, laughing like she was having the time of her life. The cold had turned her cheeks bright red, and her bare tits bounced as she moved.
Wren wished she could spend an eternity tracing Amanda’s tight nipples with her gaze, but it was too fucking cold to linger. This was an amazing idea, and it needed to be over ASAP. Wren took off toward the trees, and Amanda matched her stride. Their fingers brushed the branches of a blue spruce at the edge of the forest at the same time, and they seemed to turn back to the cottage as one.
Wren slipped when they were about twenty feet from the back door, and Amanda caught her wrist, managing to right her. Then they were running, breathless, with their hands locked. The day was as fresh as new snow. Full of infinite hope and opportunity.
They tumbled into the enclosed back porch, and Wren rushed to the hot tub. She slung the cover off, jumped in without taking her boxers off, and dunked her head to warm up her frozen ears.
Amanda slipped the peignoir off her shoulders and folded it over a chair with extra care even though she was hardcore shivering. She also took her thong off, so as she slipped into the hot tub, she looked like a naked winter goddess.
“Oh my god. It’s so nice,” Amanda groaned. She pulled a ponytail holder off her wrist and twisted her hair up into a messy bun. The steam licked around her cheeks and immediately curled the fine hair around her ears and temples.
“Yes.” Wren swanned across the hot tub until she was in Amanda’s space.
“That was the most fun I’ve ever had,” Amanda said, her voice hushed.
Amanda grabbed Wren by the back of the neck and yanked her closer. So close their lips touched.
It had been wonderful in the middle of the night, but this was better.
Amanda controlled the kiss, sucking sweetly on Wren’s lips and turning her head just right to slip her tongue into Wren’s mouth.
“Oh,” Wren gasped and pressed closer, straddling Amanda’s lap.
Their wet naked skin melted together in the hot water. Amanda cupped one of Wren’s small tits.
“I didn’t expect the piercings when you took your shirt off earlier,” Amanda said, gently tugging the barbell shining in one of Wren’s nipples. That tug went straight to Wren’s clit. Amanda lifted Wren’s body until her breasts were all the way out of the water. “We should have gotten naked last night. Does this feel good?”
“Yes.” Wren arched into Amanda’s touch and dropped her head back.
“I love boobs,” Amanda mumbled against the soft slope of Wren’s breast.
Wren laughed. “Yeah. They’re great. You’ve got a rocking pair.”
“I know. Still awesome.”
Amanda’s arms tightened around Wren’s waist. “Thank you. Can I use my mouth on your piercings?” Amanda asked.
“Yes. Gentle, though.”
“Always.” There was a smile in Amanda’s voice that made Wren laugh.
“You don’t always have to be gentle with me. My clit likes it … oh fuck me, yes.”
Amanda ran her tongue lightly around Wren’s nipple, catching on the balls at the end of the bar. Her warm tongue, the steaming water, and the cold air outside the hot tub scrambled Wren’s synapses, her nerves on high alert.
“How does your clit like it?” Amanda asked. That should have sounded dirty, but it didn’t. It sounded like innocent interest, which made it infinitely hotter.
I loved this book! I love that they were online friends for a long time before finally meeting each other. That first meeting is one of my favourite scenes. A bit awkward but so perfect.
Wren and Amanda have this sizzling chemistry on page. Add in some super hot sex scenes and there’s nothing more I could ask for. They are adorable together and a bit kinky. Also I love how sex-positive this book is.
We also meet couples from the previous book and it was lovely seeing Benji and William. It’s written it dual POV and can be read as a standalone. I’d highly recommend this if you’re looking for a fun and sexy f/f romance set around New Year’s Eve!
* ARC provided by the author via A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
About the author
Erin McLellan is the author of the Farm College, So Over the Holidays, and Storm Chasers series. She enjoys writing happily ever afters that are earthy, emotional, quirky, humorous, and very sexy. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska and spends her time dreaming up queer contemporary romances. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, gardening, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows.
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