Release Day: Working Out the Kinks

Working Out The Kinks
by Kiki Howell
Published by Rebel Ink Press
Genres: Pagan, Contemorary, Erotic Romance
Length: Short Story
Adult Content Warnings: Explicit Graphic Language and Sex Magic with BDSM Elements


Making an appointment with his ex-girlfriend under a fake name, David buys himself one hour to get her attention. Hoping to apologize and remind her of their time together, he intends to do whatever he has to in order to make Meredith, a practicing Wiccan, forgive him for being idiot enough to have listened to those around him which meant choosing his political aspirations over love.

Meredith is resistant to let David anywhere near her heart again. Desperate, David plays all his trump cards and suggests a sexual magick ritual which incorporates the BDSM lifestyle he and Meredith used to experiment with. The methods he uses may be unconventional, like sensory deprivation and sensation play intended to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness. But David is more than willing to do whatever it takes if he can just get Meredith to agree.

Working Out The Kinks Book Trailer Video

Meredith’s Playlist Description:

These are the songs Meredith listened to on her way to work the day her ex, David, showed up on her massage table. It was quiet an eclectic mix of break-up songs she had on her iPod: from angry to over you, from sad and slow to heavy metal, from oldies to new, they all struck a chord in her broken heart. Give them a listen and you will see why she would have a hard time letting him back into her life. Then read, Working Out The Kinks, to find out what exactly David has planned to win her back.

Working Out The Kinks EXCERPT:

“Your last client is in your massage room.” The receptionist tilted her head toward Meredith, giving a wry smile but then grimacing as she looked away.

“Thanks.” Meredith sighed, rolling her eyes as she rapped her knuckles on the door to announce her arrival.

What was that about? Taking a deep breath, she swept into the room. One more massage, and I can soak my tired muscles in a hot bath at home. 

“Hello,” she said to the body on her table while grabbing a bottle of oil.

She stopped short of turning back around. Cologne assaulted her. The potent mix of patchouli and musk with a hint of oak reminded her of the man who’d left her heart bruised and battered. Meredith blinked hard as if she could shut down her mind before some blissful memory could wallop another punch.

The client shifted on the table. “Hey, Mere.”

Swinging around like a moth drawn to a buzzing light, air whooshed from her lungs moments before the oil bottle hit the floor. “David?”

“Yes. Gave a false name when booking the appointment.  Now, I have your undivided attention for the next hour.”

She stepped back in defiance of her need to rush into his arms and retrieved the plastic bottle instead. “Why?”

“Because we need to talk. Here, this way, you can’t walk away.  I’ve already paid for my time.”

“Paying is easy for you.”

“You can begin the massage now. The clock is ticking,” he stated in a business-like tone.

Meredith sucked half her top lip into her mouth and bit down, every muscle in her face tight to avoid her unexplainable need to smile. David was tapping his wrist where his watch should be just as he’d done to her a hundred times before to get her moving. With a confident half-grin, he laid back down.

“Really? You want me to touch you?” She hadn’t quite meant for the thought to come out of her mouth, but she felt as if someone was pressing her to death.

With each step toward her ex-boyfriend, another stone was added to the imaginary board across her chest which had her laboring for breath.

But, he already tried me as a witch.

The idea of that, her conviction and thus banishment from his life, spurred her forward. Thoughts of getting even, of squeezing a sore muscle too tightly, loomed like a silver lining around a storm cloud.

Stop it! You’d never. Concentrate! Meredith reviewed the steps to a full body massage like she was back in school.  Use sensitivity when making first contact with your client’s body. Her hands floated above his skin.  The heat of his energy challenged her fingers, and she willed each tensed-to-the-point-of-shaking finger into a semi-state of relaxation as they moved an inch above the sculpted latissimus dorsi muscles of his back. Naming each superficial layer, she hoped would keep her on task.

“I miss you, Mere.” David’s voice was muffled from the table.

Blinking against the sting in her eyes, she lingered over his skin. The thought of her palms meeting with his flesh tightened her center, and her need warred with the nervous way her stomach rolled. Meredith wanted the rush of blissful sensuality despite the threat of emotional damage which slithered over her skin, a cold reptile squeezing the life from her already broken heart.

“Did you hear me?” He turned to her.

A tear slipped from her eye. Ripples of water down her cheeks had become commonplace this last month being separated from him. These tears came as no surprise, and neither did the warm anger bubbling up to the surface.

“What difference does it make?” she clipped, answering both his question and her reluctance to give in to the pleasure of stroking her hands over his skin.  What remained hidden from her view under the strip of the white towel over his butt was crystal clear in her mind.

Audiobook Review: Nanny Returns

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin: CD Audiobook CoverNanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Read by Susan Bennett

  • Pub. Date: December 2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc

New from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries , the highly anticipated sequel that picks up ten years later.

More than four million people fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of The Nanny Diaries —now she’s back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and renovating their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn’t be worse.

To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn’t come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents’ brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege.

After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan find she’s once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children’s well-being.

With its whip-smart dialogue and keen observations of modern life, Nanny Returns gives a firsthand tour of what happens when a community that chose money over love finds themselves with neither.

My Thoughts:

I am going to break this review into two parts: 1. The Story Itself and 2. The Audio Portion.


Overall, this was a very interesting story that had surprises at every corner and was surprising right up until the very end.  Nan has moved back to New York after travelling with her husband’s work for quite some time.  They have purchased a house in the city that they are remodeling, well trying to because the contractor never seems to show up and things keep getting worse and worse.  Her former employers child shows up on her door step begging for help and feeling that Nan owes him since she took off in the middle of the night.  Nan commits herself to help but had not idea what she is getting herself into.  She also pick up a great pay position at a school in the city but things just don’t seem right there and it is requiring a lot of time and puts her in the position of going along with decisions she is not satisfied with.  All the while, her husband is half a world away on business.  Leaving her to deal with the house and all alone.  it is just a roller coaster  of a life that Nan is living.  

I really enjoyed the story itself, while I did have some trouble relating to some of the characters because of their outlandish lifestyle and decision they made about their children.  It really made me take a hard look and how I treat those around me.


For the most part the reader on this books was good, but at times she overacted the parts just a little bit too much.  At times, it just felt over the top which is a bit annoying for me personally.  Please understand that this is just my opinion others might not even notices it.  Good pace of reading and it was clear and flowed well.

My Rating:

 Overall, a good story if a bit annoying at times.