A Countermeasure Bits of Life Short Story
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"The Bytes of Life offer an almost illicit, forbidden glimpse at what goes on when no one else is supposed to be looking!" ~Mark Woods, Author of Fear of the Dark and Time of Tides
A business trip. Unlimited roaming. What can possibly come out of it?
When Trevor and Cassandra are apart, the heart grows more than fonder....
Interview with the Authors
Q - So what makes the Countermeasure Series special?
A - Countermeasure pulls in the best of Erotic Romance, Adventure and Suspense into one single series. We also aim to write about people, not characters. They are true to life and flawed, also someone you feel you can connect to and invite for a coffee just to shoot the breeze. The series has two separate, yet connected sets of books. The novels develop the bulk of the mystery and adventure in the plot. The short stories and novellas develop the characters and bare the characters' souls to you. All of their dreams, disillusions, fears are exposed in the short stories. The short stories and Novellas are also what we call Romantica. They are stories portraying a day in the life of the characters after their "I do". A mix between Romance and Erotica where you are the fly on the wall during the married couples' intimate moments. If you enjoy high heat, spicy reads involving married couples, you got to the right series.
Q - What order should I read the books?
A - We recommend you read the novels and novellas in the following order. Please note the short stories and novellas are not mandatory reads to understand the suspense arc in the novels.
- Uncharted (FREE prequel with subscription to our newsletter)
- Ecstasy by the Sea (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume I Bundle Deal)
- Cuffed at Midnight (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume I Bundle Deal)
- Take Me
- Passion at Dawn (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume I Bundle Deal)
- Something Crazy
- To Russia with Love
- Blindsided (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Bundle Deal)
- Roaming Pleasure
- Lost to Rapture (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Bundle Deal)
- Christmas Wish (also available in Countermeasure: Bytes of Life Volume II Bundle Deal)
- Alternate Connection
Q - Why should I give these books a try?
A - Because the Countermeasure Series books take you on a fast, fun and thrill-filled ride that will leave you wanting for more from all of our characters. Readers who are not skirmish about adult scenes and language appreciate the books greatly.
Thank you for reading!
For more information about the series and how the books connect, reading order and upcoming stories, please visit the series' official website.
Countermeasure Series Categories
- Romantic Suspense
- Erotic Romantic Suspense
- Romantic Thriller
- Mystery and Suspense
- Mystery Series
- Crime Thrillers
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Hot, Hot, Hot!
Holy crap! Roaming Pleasure by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey has me speechless. Seriously. I sat here for about 5 minutes trying to put into words the feelings I had about this extremely sexy short story (or maybe I was trying to let my heart rate return to normal). The heat in this little Bit of Life is off the charts and main characters Trevor and Cassandra aren’t even together. It goes to show that you don’t have to be with the one you love in person to feel the love emotionally and physically.
If you had told me what Roaming Pleasure was really going to be about, I would have wondered how the authors could write it in a way to make it hot and not awkward. Almeida and Aubrey have a way of pulling so much emotion out of the reader that you can’t help but get caught up in the scene right along with the characters, forgetting everything else. Oh, and it was 100% not awkward. Are you curious yet?
Roaming Pleasure has Trevor and Cassandra (main characters from the Countermeasure Series) apart since Cassandra is on a business trip to the United States while Trevor is back home in Ireland. They miss each other. Terribly. Trevor decides to describe to his wife just how much. Cassandra receives his messages in a less than private location but is still affected just the same.
Almeida and Aubrey are able to take such an incredibly personal act, wrap you into the story and leave you feeling as though you just experienced the same thing as the characters. Quite talented of them.
I don’t want to give too much else away or it will ruin this short story for you. If you have read the Countermeasure books and know Trevor and Cassandra, you will want to read Roaming Pleasure. It has the same great writing, stimulating story line and passion between the characters we all love. If you haven’t read the Countermeasure books yet, then this will be a nice sample for you. It shows you the emotional writing with which Almeida and Aubrey bring to everything they create and you get a glimpse into the relationship between Trevor and Cassandra. I highly recommend you give it a try.
*I read this short story as part of the authors' newsletter.*
a voyeur’s viewpoint into a relationship that ticks all the boxes
If you’ve ever paid attention, you know that RomSuspense isn’t a favorite genre of mine, but Almeida and Aubrey smashed through that reluctance I have for reading that genre into teeny tiny shards. I adore their Countermeasure series, and love the characters for their smarts, their loyalty and their love. Even the recurring characters that annoy the heck out of me (Nathan), I remember and want to make justifications for their behavior.
Part of the hook that holds me so tightly to this series is the two selections of ‘shorts’ that peep in on different characters in their ‘down time’, giving us a glimpse at their private moments, their relationship struggles and the connection that binds them together. These short stories are loaded with emotion and heat: both fueling the other to the nuclear range.
In Roaming Pleasures, the latest Bits of Life short, Cassie and Trevor are apart. They don’t do well apart: these two truly are halves of a coin, and proximity is the touchstone to which they find solace, warmth, acceptance and focus. With Cassie working in the states while Trevor takes care of business at home in Dublin, he’s restless and sleepless. Work can only put off thoughts of her for, oh, a nanosecond, even deep in code he is always attuned to the lack of her presence.
Total technophile that he is, he starts setting a scene, via text, that he hopes she will find intriguing, as he puts his fantasies to work on Cassie’s limited resolve where he is concerned. Far more than a racy (think Formula One or Bugatti-level racy here) exchange, this quick alternating POV story shows that being away from home doesn’t always mean lonely AND unsatisfied! These shorts give you a voyeur’s viewpoint into a relationship that ticks all the boxes on every level, even though you are seeing just a small snippet of time. Longing, desire, enjoyment and playfulness are highlights of this short, giving readers a moment of OOH that will take some serious time to come down from. It’s been 3 years since I read the first book, and while I don’t always remember every plotting detail, I can’t let go of these characters or stop wondering just what will be next for them. The Bits and Bytes keep me fueled with nibbles of information that answer questions while I wait.
I received an eARC copy of the title from the publisher via Substance B for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Wonderful, Amazing and steamy
Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey just blew my mind away with this story.
Yes it's short and I wished it just kept going. It was steamy and hot and okay
steamy and hot are basically the same word but I just don't know what else
to say. They definately made the time Trevor and Cassandra were apart special
and just WOW. Taxi rides were never that much fun for me *grins*
Almeida and Aubrey have this way about them. When they write, their characters
are just so believable, I feel like when I read one of their books I can actually
see what they are describing. They never disappoint when I read one of their books.
If you've read the Countermeasure books then you will just LOVE Roaming Pleasure.
If you're a first time reader then welcome, you are going to love love love them.