Joint Review: PAYBACK by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

We are bringing you another joint review today! Candy and I read Payback as part of Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey’s newsletter. Yes, they provide free short stories to newsletter subscribers and then publish them. How cool is that? Want to get in on the action? Sign up here.

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Review by Candy

In Payback, Trevor and Cassie Bauer are working hard on a case, spending hours upon hours in front of their computers. As the saying goes, all work and no play makes for a boring life. Trevor suggests a walk through a nearby park and a movie. After some prodding,  Cassie agrees and while on their way to the movies, they grab some ice cream. Cassie puts on quite a show while eating it and Trevor decides that a little payback is in order when they get to the movies. Just how far will he go to get back at his wife?

11705509_835401953224208_4441194331447308691_oAll I can say is WOW. This quick short story will have you squirming in seconds. If a normal love scene is a small campfire,  Almeida and Aubrey dump a can of gasoline on it and then skip away leaving you wanting more. It’s that hot.

Trevor is in full Alpha Geek mode in this short. He knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. There is  great narration about how Trevor has learned what Cassie likes and how he uses all of the tricks to exact his payback. It is the perfect cocky response to a situation that readers have grown to love and expect from Trevor.

Aubrey and Almeida have added another great short story to this scorching hot series. This is not a standalone novella. You definitely have to have read the other books in the Countermeasure Series to appreciate this story. For fans of the series and of the Bauers,  this is a delicious way to see more of our favorite couple.

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Review by Amy

Payback,is another Bit of Life where we get to follow married couple Trevor and Cassandra on yet another steamy little adventure. Trevor and Cassandra are the hero/heroine in the full length novels in the Countermeasure Series and reoccur in just about all novellas and short stories thereafter. The Bits of Life are short stories that give us a glimpse into the couples’ lives when they are not hunting down a clue about Trevor’s missing parents or consulting on a case for the NSA or CIA.

You will quickly understand why Payback is the title of this book and why Cassandra is more than willing to accept the payback Trevor decides to unleash on her. Something I adore in each of the Bits and Bytes of Life with these two is how they continue to grow with one another. Marriage does not slow them down. Trevor is always challenging Cassandra to live a little outside of her spreadsheets. Not everything in life should be planned. Sometimes there are risks one takes that have very satisfying rewards.

Payback proves to be one of those rewarding situations. Trevor pushes Cassandra to partake in a wild and hot little adventure in a public place. This guy. You can’t help but love him. The great part about his crazy plans is that he always has his wife’s best interests at heart. It’s all about her pleasure. Don’t we all love that in a romance hero?

Almeida and Aubrey are very adept at writing intimacy with such careful detail that you find yourself squirming while reading. You literally have a physical reaction to the books because you are pulled into the passion of the scene. Who doesn’t love that? I don’t want to give away too much about what happens in the book, but just know that it is smoking hot and most likely you will be thinking about Payback the next time you go to a movie theater. Enjoy!

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About the Book:

Title: Payback (Bits of Life, #4)

Authors: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

Release Date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Éire Publishing

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received via authors’ newsletter

Book Summary:

It’s a beautiful day for a stroll and a movie. Ice cream, a dark theatre, a man, a woman… They all combine in a perfect storm of cinematic shenanigans for Trevor and Cassandra.

Trevor’s latest blockbuster will literally keep Cassandra on the edge of her seat. Will she follow his lead as Trevor directs her to new heights of pleasure or will Cassandra request a rewrite of her part?

Stay tuned as Trevor raises the bar and the action plays out on and off the big screen.



2 thoughts on “Joint Review: PAYBACK by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey

  1. I realllllllllllly enjoyed it as well…you got to see a playful side of Trevor and Cassie! The way Trevor got Cassie to let go and go to the movies was BRILLANT!!! I give this 100000000000000000000 Stars out of 5 lol! If you haven’t read Countermeasure Series I suggest you do!!!!! BRILLLLLANT!!!!

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