Title: Alpha’s Christmas Flame
Author: A.J. Tipton
Date of publication: December 14th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Erotica
Number of pages: 88
Series: Bear Shifter Billionaire
Alpha’s Christmas Flame – Book 4
Where you can find this book: Amazon
When a beautiful bear shifter and a sexy fireman come together, the holidays get ho ho hot!
The brilliant bear shifter Donna Mechka has spent her life trying to live up to her wealthy family’s expectations. When a human ex-firefighter, Dean, walks into the lobby of her hotel on Christmas Eve, it seems she might have found the man of her dreams. But when Dean’s investigations bring him closer to discovering the hotel’s magical secrets, Donna must decide which is more important: her career or her budding love.
Dean Michaelson once loved Christmas, but no longer. When his new job as a fire inspector takes him to the ice hotel where Donna works, he fears he’s stumbled upon a nuclear deathtrap. When he suspects the lusciously curvy manager, Donna, is hiding the truth, Dean has no choice but to investigate on his own, unaware he is entering an underworld of danger and magic. Will the attraction building between Dean and Donna be extinguished before it has a chance to spark?
This paranormal romance for adults includes brave pixies, shouldering strip-poker, and a firefighter romance that’s too hot to handle.
This STANDALONE novella is part of the “Bear Shifter Billionaire” series which can be read in any order. There are no cliffhangers and each short ends as it should: happily ever after.
Dean Michaelson hates Christmas. He was injured fighting a fire last Christmas and his injury has landed him on a desk job. Not where he wants to be. He wants to be out there, fighting fires. Not going to upscale hotels, doing annual inspections of their fire and emergency precautions. And definitely not dealing with receptionists who are either ignoring him or buttering him up for something.
Donna Mechka is working the front desk at the Wondernasium Hotel when this totally hot firefighter walks in and tells her that he needs to do an annual inspection. She tries to put him off, explaining that they are short-staffed due to the flu and a bellhop who decided to join a motorcycle club. He checks into the hotel and, when Donna is distracted, he decides to go check things out….by himself.
Which ends up to be not such a smart thing. In his snooping, he opens a door called the electrical room and finds an enormous ball of light. And what does he think? He thinks that the hotel is harboring a nuclear bomb and calls his former Chief in for back up.
As he is doing that, Donna is sitting at the bar with Lola, having a drink, discussing Dean and wondering why their regular inspector sent a human. As Lola explains that Ben, the owner, has a fail-safe in place for events such as this, Dean shows up. Donna agrees to show him around, not knowing that he has snooped and he has seen the enormous ball of light in the basement….which he thinks is a bomb.
As he is telling her all of that, a fire alarm goes off. They get to the burning room and Donna says that she can recruit a guest to help with the fire. She orders Dean to get everyone out but before he could do that, they hear a woman screaming for help.
In the room, there are two people, a woman and a man. The man is clearly incapacitated with the woman trying with all of her might to help him. Donna makes a decision to get a hydra to help suck out the oxygen in the air. Dean, of course, is a little confused. It was at this point that the man passes out and Dean makes the startling realization that Moe is very, very heavy. Heavy enough that he can’t lift him up.
It is at that point that Donna reveals that Moe is a yeti and that the hotel is not what he thinks it should be. The crane he saw in the doorway of the hotel room ends up being an 8-foot tall lizard with around 50 heads. That he saw witches pushing cauldrons in the hallway, that the woman with Moe was a pixie and that Moe…well he was a Yeti. He also realized that the nuclear weapon he thought he saw was actually magic.
But it was when Donna shifted into a bear that his mind was blown. After Moe came too and walked away with his pixie girlfriend, Donna and Dean were alone in her office. After she gets dressed, Dean demands answers. Donna counters with a game of Five Card Stud. As they play, and she answers his questions, it turns into strip Five Card Stud and that gets interrupted by his ex-chief, Brody….who he had called in to help.
What will happen? Will Donna and Dean finally have sex? Will they be able to stall Brody? What. Will. Happen???
Want to know all that? Well, read the book.
I thought that this was a great book to wrap up the Bear Shifter Billionaire series. What better than with a hunky firefighter and a bear shifter?
Dean did bother me a bit. Normally, I like it when my hero is a bit grumpy but he had a huge chip on his shoulder and he was sneaky. Very sneaky to go off on his own instead of waiting for Donna to go with him.
I did like Donna. She was dealing with a very bad situation and took charge like a boss.
I had to laugh when Dean found the magic snowflake in the basement and thought it was a nuclear bomb. But, considering at that point he had no knowledge of anything magical, I would have assumed the same thing.
I thought Dean and Donna were a cute couple and loved them when they played strip Five Card Stud. I never thought of Five Card Stud as a game for stripping but thinking about it, it could be.
The end of the book was very cute and very….well read the book 😉
How many stars will I give Alpha’s Christmas Flame: 4
Why: I thought that this was a very fitting end to a great series. I did think that Dean was a bit of a sneaky grump who kinda got what was coming to him.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Sex, language. No violence.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**