McKayla’s a successful professional by day who likes a little tie-me-up, tie-you-down by night with her long-time boyfriend Kurt, whenever he’s in town. It’s not a secret that she loves him; everyone who sees them knows but she’s got a nasty hang-up about saying the words. If she can’t say “I love you”, it may destroy her relationship with Kurt. When he walks out on her after a long night of D/s play, she believes she’s lost the only man she could ever love.
Hot Pink Passion is the third novella featuring Kurt and McKayla – which I have unofficially dubbed the Hot Pink series. I read a book a day, so to be able to pick up a novella and remember a couple’s story when months have passed since reading the last installment is the sign of a dang good series for me. Granted, McKayla and Kurt’s escapades in the first book Hot Pink Condom threw me for such a loop that they’re a hard couple to forget and the storyline in Hot Pink Passion has merely cemented their spot in my memory.
Kurt and McKayla have one of the longest lasting long-distance relationships I’ve ever encountered in a series. But Kurt wants more. He wants a permanent spot in McKayla’s life and vice versa, but McKayla is happy with their relationship as it is and doesn’t want to rock the boat because she knows that will only lead to it sinking. In her world, LOVE is a dirty word that she can’t say, choosing to show Kurt how she feels about him through her actions. But Kurt needs more. He needs to hear McKayla say “I love you” and her refusal to utter those three words is driving a wedge between them. After a fight that had Kurt leaving McKayla home alone so he could figure things out and a failed attempt to get her best friend to see why she was right and Kurt was being unreasonable, McKayla heads out for some retail therapy. On her way home she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, being thrown into the back of van – bound and gagged, and not in the way she liked to be. But McKayla’s worst nightmare brings her the clarity of mind she needed to see that she was being the unreasonable one, resolving to tell Kurt she loved him if she made it out of the situation alive.
Like the previous books in the series, there was a twist to Hot Pink Passion. Because these books can be read as standalones, new readers won’t see it coming whereas Kurt and McKayla fans probably will. I figured out the twist, but not because it was predictable. Rather it was well within character for them and the series, and I would have been shocked had it not turned out as I expected. While McKayla’s kidnapping was all kinds of frightening, it forced her to realize who and what was important in her life. That there was something good to come out of the situation was a nice touch by the author and made the McKayla’s abduction palatable. As always, Kurt and McKayla’s bedroom time was off-the-charts steamy. But it was the ending of Hot Pink Passion that had me swooning. I enjoyed the heck out of this installment and can only hope that the author will write more about this couple now that life has given McKayla the metaphorical spanking she needed.