Paranormal Romance, Werewolves, Holidays
Ebook $2.99 (short story, DECADENT PUBLISHING)
Bethany Johnson grew up one of the only humans in a pack of werewolves. She didn’t have an easy time and her self-confidence was almost non-existent. Finally, after some serious psychotherapy and the help of weight-loss surgery, she is feeling like the Bethany she has always wanted to be. But now she has to say goodbye to the werewolves in her life. Out with the old and in with the new this year…
Luke Denarius is the new Alpha of the Delta pack. He’s never met Bethany but the second he scents her he knows she is his. No way is she going off to Italy for adventure and hot sex with other men.
With the help of Madame Eve these two will find that a mating is in the works for Christmas.
Author Site: rebeccaroyce.com
A 1 Night Stand is Not Enough! (3 stars)
Left emotionally damaged by a childhood growing up one of few humans amidst a pack of werewolves, Bethany has finally found a bit of backbone. After a quick holiday visit to her half-siblings she bids them farewell, she's gotten control of her body and wants to start a new life. But when Luke, their new pack leader, catches her scent he's not about to let her get away so easily. She is destined to be his mate and her scheduled one night stand facilitated by the mysterious Madame Eve is his ticket into her life. This Christmas Bethany will realize that not all wolves are as big and bad as she's been lead to believe but is she ready to be Luke's mate?
This was my first 1 Night Stand read, one I wasn't quite sure how to approach since I know each entry is very different. But I'm glad I did. Royce managed to bring me a heart warming smile in one very short story with her wonderful hero. I won't spoil anything but if you're a more pack-oriented werewolf fan this one will please.
That said Royce did tread on my one HUGE pet peeve in a sensual scene... there was too much talking! It was a bit painful. It killed any heat I felt coming from the pages quickly. There also wasn't a lot of build up to the love making due to the short nature of the story so it did feel a little forced. What it did manage to do was sell me on Royce's writing and ability to come up with a good basic premise.
I'm not sure I would buy this one at full price because it is awfully short, I would perhaps recommend picking it up in the Madame Eve's 1 Night Stand Holiday Anthology as this really feels like it should be part of a short story collection. Overall, not without it's flaws but not unenjoyable either.
Notes: ARC provided by publisher.