Series: #.5 Jackson: Girls Night Out
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on July 1, 2014
Okay, all you people who insisted that I just had to jump on this series because it was spunky, hot and fun, I finally got around to it. Y’all were right. I was so pleasantly surprised that this was an autumn romance. I loved the mature widowed firefighter hero and the divorced librarian heroine that were the close friends of their previous spouses living in a small town. Just so much goodness to grab hold. This one got to the point quick as it’s a shorter prequel novella. That being said, it didn’t skimp on the development though I admit that it ended abruptly.
The story opens with middle-aged Lauren Foster coming to an epiphany that she is tired of life passing her by now that her son has gone off to college and her ex-husband has moved on. She wants a fling so she takes a fellow librarian up on her offer of a girls’ night out to meet guys.
Widower, Jake Davis, comes to the same conclusion about his own life with the help of his grown daughter and her fiancé’. He loved his wife, but he really needs to move on and he knows just the woman he wants to make a try with.
Jake and Lauren know they have some sizzle between them, but there is also a lot of past and circumstances that make them realize that this gamble might go up in flames and leave them worse off than before. Lauren is particularly hesitant knowing that her sexual appetites, strong ways and less than sweet inclinations are the opposite of Jake’s deceased wife who was like a saint. Jake sees Lauren’s assertive, confident wild side and revels in it. Will something that feels good prove lasting?
I enjoyed the opening pages as these two lonely, uncertain people circle each other warily. They endure a disastrous first attempt and then have a frank conversation and an even more honest night of passion. There wasn’t a lot of page time to this story, but I was impressed with how much I was able to learn about and connect with both these characters and their situations. My only niggle was that it ended quickly. There was a strong indication of where things were leading, but I really wanted to be reassured with the words. Suffice to say, I’ve filled in with my imagination to compensate.
The next book is Sophie’s and I am so curious to learn all about her and read her romance after being introduced to her in this book.
All in all, it was a really good read and I recommend it to Contemporary Romance fans who like sizzling hot mature lovers, firefighter heroes, small towns and librarians who hide a lot of fire under their prim clothes.
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