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One Night Ever After

OneNightEverAfterTitle:  One Night Ever After

Authors:  Tere Michaels;  Elle Brownlee;  Elizah J. Davis

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Rating:  B+

Quad Shot of Love

Quad Shot of Love

Length:  254 pages


Just a Drive by Tere Michaels

After weeks of flirting, “One Night” Wyatt Walsh spends a fabulous night with his shy coworker, Benji Trammell. As Wyatt tries to sneak out the next morning, he receives a call from his frantic, very pregnant best friend Raven—she needs him immediately. With no other way to get from New York City to the Pennsylvania town where Raven and her husband live, Wyatt accepts Benji’s offer to drive him there. Wary and unsure of each other, they start the trip at odds, but as time goes on, the barriers that usually keep people at a distance fail. And what started out as “just a drive” becomes a step toward romance.

Just a Stranger by Elle Brownlee

The excitement of meeting a stranger in a club can’t be beat. Loud bass sets the rhythm to Michael Wiercinski’s primal urges as he flirts with Andrew, a cute guy offering the promise of a hot night with no strings, no complications. Still, when their night is done, Michael admits there was something about Andrew that left him wanting more. Months go by with no sign of Andrew until Michael moves back home to help after his father’s heart attack. Once there, Michael is completely amazed to find Andrew Lucas living in his hometown. Despite surprising “complications” in Andrew’s life, Michael vows to take advantage of this second chance to make Andrew more than just a stranger.

Just a Weekend by Elizah J. Davis

James is a homebody in a predictable, if not altogether comfortable, rut. He’d rather stay in with a book than brave the Seattle bar scene. One night, after allowing his friend Kara to coax him out for drinks, he meets Devin—charming, gorgeous, and way out of his league. With a little bit of help from Kara, James leaves with Devin to indulge in a night together, which is as much time as he’s bound to get with a guy as hot as Devin. He doesn’t expect the easy rapport that quickly develops between them, and when the weather conspires to keep them together, James wonders if this could be more than just a weekend fling.

Review:  My name is R.W. Beans and I am an anthology junkie. There is nothing I like more than to open an anthology and find new for me authors. A well done novella is an art form. Getting the right amount of story and character building while allowing the pace to move quickly enough that you get a complete story in a short amount of words is incredibly difficult. I loved this themed anthology collection.

In Just a Drive we meet two co-workers, that because of life’s many obstacles, are thrown into a situation of forced togetherness. This is an interesting take on the story of a one night stand. Wyatt is jaded and afraid of love, and Benji drops everything to help someone who he has crushed on, but who has hurt him.

The pain of both of these men is difficult to read, but I couldn’t put the story down. There is tremendous growth in Wyatt. He has to learn forgiveness and love before he can understand the deep compassion that Benji gave him.

A wonderful novella full of depth.

Just a Stranger was surprising. The one night stand was beautifully written and I was broken hearted when Andrew walked away. They had seemed to catch and match so perfectly.

Then the twist… and they reunite! I was sucked in. Michael was endearing.  The total devotion to showing Andrew who he really was and the levels he went to have a relationship with him made me cheer in my seat.

Michael’s family adopted Andrew’s family and showed them love. Unconditional love poured from them. I adore a story that shows the fight for the happily ever after. I liked that nothing was perfect, but that was alright, they had each other.

In Just a Weekend  we get to meet two men in very different places in their lives come together for a little longer than expected. They don’t get the weekend they dreamed of, instead they get to spend time getting to know one another.

James didn’t believe that Devin was really into him, but Devin saw past James insecurities to an amazing man. One he doesn’t feel he deserved.

I liked seeing past the bar clothes and hookup, moving deeper into their dreams of a future. They both had to come to terms with that weekend to remember so that they could do some healing and work on themselves afterwards, and deserve that beautiful happy ending.  In the end they were both in better places to pursue something neither one could have dreamed of.

If you are waffling about whether or not to pick up this collection or your favorite author’s next release I encourage you to swipe this up.  You may discover a new favorite author along the way.

Reviewed by Beans


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