Wednesday, April 8, 2015


1Night Stand series
Date published: 12-22-13
ISBN: 978-1-61333-639-7
M/F/M, M/M, menage, interracial, multicultural
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4

Lauren is sent to Alaska to help her aunt at the Castle Lodge resort there. Also sent there for the grand opening is Jorrell, who hates the cold weather and is close to achieving a vice-presidency in the Castillo resorts. The third member is Zach who lives nearby and is a fishing guide. Each has their own issues and problems to work through but these all seem easier to deal with as the three bond as good friends.

There are some little hints earlier on, but the reader doesn’t find out that Lauren is pregnant until halfway through the book. I really think talking about it and the possible adoption in the first line of the official blurb gives away far too much of the storyline. Why read the book when the main conflict from Lauren’s point of view is clearly spelled out in the blurb? The men do have conflicts as well, but they are dealt with much more lightly in the blurb whereas Lauren’s is spelled out thoroughly.
Ms. Richards is an excellent writer and details the landscape, the weather, the characters and the plot very well indeed. The touches of humor about the various characters’ attitudes to the weather is well done indeed, and very accurate to people’s tastes.

The book is good fun to read with a hot sex scene (although it isn’t really fully-fledged ménage sex), a neat plot, and an excellent grounding and atmosphere. Paul and Rex and Andie are back again for cameo roles in this novel which will also endear it to previous readers of Ms. Richards’s work.
In my opinion the only thing wrong with the book is the official blurb. I hope Ms. Richards changes it very soon and in future hints but doesn’t tell in her blurbs. This is one case where less absolutely is more.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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