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The Romance Reviews (TRR) - One Night Ever After

One Night Ever After

Tere Michaels; Elle Brownlee; Elizah J. Davis
One Night Ever After
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Publisher
Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
October 2013
ISBN
9781627982870
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
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

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Oct 29, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
I don't think I've ever said this before, so here it goes--I enjoyed every story in this anthology. Every single one. They all made me swoon, laugh and get a little teary-eyed. I loved the common theme of the stories and the different takes on it. ONE NIGHT EVER AFTER was just plain good, really good.

Just a Drive by Tere Michaels

Wyatt finally got the guy he wanted, Benji, but just for one night because that's all he could commit to. It was one of Wyatt's "life rules" that he made for himself. He quickly broke his one rule when a family emergency came up and the only person around to help him was Benji.

Benji was so selfless and wonderful towards Wyatt. He went above and beyond what any friend would do, let alone just an acquaintance. He did it all without wanting anything in return.

Now Wyatt, no matter how much he tried to deny it, was falling head over heels in love with this wonderful guy who was helping him. Wyatt fought it every step of the way and had some serious jerk-ish moments, but the winning them back is always the most fun. I especially loved that Benji had a backbone, just because hot Wyatt wanted something from him, didn't mean it was happening. Good! Wyatt deserved to be shut down by him.

OMG. These two were so great together. Tere Michaels knows how to turn up the heat without an explicit scene. There is so much emotion between them, and no matter how much Wyatt wanted to deny it, they had Chemistry. That's right, with a capital C.

Just a Drive was my favorite story in this collection. Wyatt and Benji were so adorbs and they left me hugging my beloved kindle to my chest, grinning like a lovesick fool.

Just a Stranger by Elle Brownlee

Andrew and Michael are both looking for a one night stand and they found one. This wasn't something either of them normally did, so they fumbled through it together.

Let me start with the awkwardness of the first sex scene. It was so awesomely awkward, I loved every second of it. There was fumbling, weird dialogue and rambling, and eventually some pretty hot sex. But I enjoyed their weirdness in the beginning; it was really cute and endearing. It made me love them instantly.

Now on to the rest of the story. There were some really big misunderstandings in the beginning, but I was so happy that they didn't last throughout. It was resolved and we were able to get a pretty great romance. Andrew has some complications in his life, but that doesn't stop Michael and Michael's family from being there for him every step of the way.

There was a great sense of family in Just a Stranger; it was all very sweet but was almost too sappy for my tastes. I kind of wanted the family to just go away for a little bit and let Andrew and Michael be. I would have liked some more scenes with just the two of them.

Although I wanted some more alone time with the couple, Just a Stranger was a great, feel good romance from a new-to-me author that's now on my radar.

Just a Weekend by Elizah J. Davis

James and Devin meet at a bar and end up going home together for what was supposed to be just one sexy night. Instead, they find themselves snowed in for the weekend, having to babysit James' two little nieces.

Yeah, this was really cute. Guys taking care of kids usually are and this was no exception. There was just a lot of time spent on the babysitting. I would have preferred some more alone time between James and Devin. I don't feel like I really got to know them as a couple before their HEA, therefore it wasn't all too believable to me. Totally cute, but not necessarily realistic. Really though, I can't stress enough how cute it all was.

Despite my lack of connection with the couple, I definitely liked Just a Weekend. It's my least favorite of the three, but still worth it.

So, there you go. My first anthology where I can genuinely say all were wonderful romances, and I would recommend every one of them.
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