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Monday, January 5, 2009

Only For One Night by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Only For One Night by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (New Year’s Eve)
Length: short
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Lilac

New Year’s Eve cruise……festive atmosphere…magical starry sky. Can wishes on a diamond-bright star bring together two lonely souls? Brant Mackay reacts as any firefighter would at a woman teetering on the ship’s railing—he pulls her to safety. But Callista Quinlan doesn’t need saving—she has to toss her late husband’s ashes overboard and get on with her life. A life that doesn’t involve living with a risk-taker.

From the moment Brant’s and Callista’s gazes connect, they’re intrigued and interest sparks. They make a pact to explore the ship’s entertainment—but only for one night. Before the night is over, Brant contemplates getting Callista to change her mind. Callista enjoys how well they get along until a shipboard disaster reveals Brant’s profession. Can she overcome her fear of danger to give their relationship a chance?

On a single’s cruise on New Year’s Eve, widow Callista Quinlan is determined to fulfill her late police officer husband’s wishes and scatter his ashes at sea before getting on with her life. Seeing the upset woman hanging overboard, firefighter Brant Mackay steps in determined to rescue her even though she doesn’t need it. Instantly attracted to one another, Brant and Callista decide to spend the evening together but agree to reveal no personal information. Together they explore the ship’s amenities and at the end of the night part. But one night isn’t enough for Brant and he is determined to learn more about the beautiful woman and spend more time with her. Unable to resist Brant’s advances, Callista finds herself enjoying her time with him. But when she discovers Brant’s profession, she worries that she shouldn't give her heart again to someone who risks his life every time he goes to work.

This was a wonderful story about finding love when you least expect it. Brant helps Callista heal as the two grow closer aboard the ship. I enjoyed the romance of the story and the easy relationship that Callista and Brant share with one another. They made a lovely couple and I would have enjoyed learning more about them.