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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Just For the Night by Tawny Weber

Just For the Night by Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Power outages happen, and you have to be somewhere—like in an empty store—with your ex. Who is still irresistible. And hot. And who knows how to make the most out of a dark situation….

Checklist for: Larissa Zahn

☑ Food

☑ Water

☑ First aid kit (With condoms. Be prepared. Very, very prepared.)

☑ Someone you're still overwhelmingly into (Jason Cantrell, I'm looking at you.)

☑ Plenty of time in the dark (Read: hot nookie. Lots of it.)

❑ The ability to walk away without regrets in the morning…. (Uh-oh!)

What does a giant koteka, painted on chocolate and guilt have in common? A man and a woman who fell in love so fast they forgot a few basic ingredients to a relationship and have a second chance to get it right.

I liked how the author introduced each character at their current point in their lives. I found it interesting that although these two people crossed paths before and went their separate ways, like a boomerang, they’re coming full circle. But have they learned anything at all in the intervening years? Ms. Weber did a good job of making me want to find out.

Larissa has dreams and is determined to make them come true. I found it telling that she was so nervous and jittery and full of self doubts. Her best friend is a wonderful sidekick in the beginning and comes through for her in a roundabout way further in the story. But before that can happen, a reader gets to see some interesting and revealing aspects of Larissa’s personality. How easy it is to feel justified about things when there’s no one around that can argue back. In this story, the heroine is about to be corrected on quite a few things – and reminded about some of the best.

Jason is also on a course correction in his life. He’s confident, he’s focused and he has a huge responsibility that is making him rethink a lot of things in his life. He’s also going to have to do some serious growing up during the course of this tale which was fascinating to watch. He’s a man who has done many exciting things in his life. He certainly knows his way around a woman’s body but he is flawed where it most counts. I thought it was so romantic that a woman who had the power to hurt him also had the power to heal and give him a reason to grow. Ms. Weber had him fighting tooth and nail against that happening and he certainly wasn’t above playing sneaky to get his way.

The conflict is strictly internal but there’s an external influence that forces the issue. Personally, I thought it was rather sweet. There really isn’t any actual sheet action because, well, there weren’t any bed sheets. The author sure was creative with what Larissa and Jason did have at their disposal. I thought Ms. Weber did an awesome job of creating sensual tension so taut, it hurt. I also liked that despite the bruised feelings and the personal angst they had to work through, there was plenty of humor and tender moments to make me believe Jason and Larissa were good for each other.

I thought the place of the blackout was unique and I enjoyed how the author explored the possibilities. I even liked Larissa’s internal dialogue pep talks. I giggled when she screamed and fanned myself with what came after but in between was pure emotion and sentiments that grabbed this reader’s heart.

Just for the Night is a romance with humorous zing spiced with delicious heat and heartfelt emotions. I was entertained throughout the entire book and it was a great reading experience. Ms. Weber’s sense of kink is honed to a fine edge with some tongue in cheek giggles thrown in to keep it lively; yet it never lost sight of the goal of having two hurt people find love and healing in the darkness. I really enjoyed reading this book and to top it off the happily ever after satisfied me. What more could a romance reader ask?

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