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Friday, October 31, 2008

Informally Yours

Informally Yours by Beth Caudill
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday, Halloween
Length: Short
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Calla Lily

Each day Melinda Jenson goes to work at Formally Yours, a high-end formal wear store, unaware the customers and owner are members of the local supernatural community. On Halloween night, Melinda's boss asks her to make a simple delivery. Unwilling to disappoint her niece and nephew, she arrives late and has an unexpected encounter with a wolf. Now she’s chasing cute, furry forest creatures, and mated to a man she barely knows. “May you live in interesting times,” just took on a whole new meaning.

Halloween is my favorite time of year, so I was excited to read “Informally Yours” by Beth Caudill. The main character, Melinda, works at a high-end formal wear store. On Halloween, Melinda’s boss asks her to make a simple delivery to a male client. Since she already had plans with her niece and nephew, Melinda arrives late to her delivery. This is when things get strange for Melinda; she has an encounter with a wolf. Now she finds herself running in the woods and mating with a man she hardly knows.

I enjoyed this short story very much. Melinda is a very likable character. The story opens with Melinda bored at work, waiting to hand out candy at her sister’s house for Halloween. She couldn’t wait to see her niece and nephew so time felt like it was moving in slow motion. When her boss offers to let her leave early if she does a favor, Melinda jumps at the chance. Since she already promised to help her sister, she decided to make the delivery after. Then things really get strange for Melinda. She will find her life totally changed after this evening. The story is a fast paced, quick read. I love the way Beth Caudill writes such detailed passages. You can picture everything that Melinda sees throughout the story. I would recommend reading this sweet and sexy Halloween tale.