Afternoon Delight: One Steamed Night by Lara Nance

Afternoon Delight: One Steamed Night by Lara NanceOne Steamed Night by Lara Nance

Genres: Steampunk Romance
Published by Decadent Publishing on January 21, 2014
Pages: 34
Format: eBook
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four-stars  

I love the 1NS series and all the creative ways authors tell a romance story that begins as a one night stand through Madame Eve’s matchmaking.  In this story, it’s doubly enchanting because Madame Eve provides a woman with her impossible dream.

Mina Davis is tired of being disappointed each time she puts herself out there to meet a man and have a relationship.  After meeting another loser, she admits to her friend Reggie that she must have been born a century too late.  She wants a swashbuckling adventure where a true gentleman fights off the pirates and sweeps her off her feet.  Reggie decides to give Mina her wish as a birthday present.  Mina is skeptical, but finally agrees to try.

And what follows is exactly the wish come true and she isn’t sure if it’s real or if she is dreaming when she finds herself on a steam-powered airship with a dashing captain as they fight off pirates.  What follows is beyond her dreams…

This was a shorty, but it wasn’t lacking.  The story had a nice build to the end and a complete finish.  The descriptions of the Steampunk world were well done as was Mina’s character development.  The dashing Captain Ross is a bit of an enigma, but that is necessary.  Mina and the captain connect in just the short time they have right down to enjoying some sexy time in the captain’s bed.

As with many of the 1NS stories, there is an air of mystery and a somewhat open-ended finish, but yet I didn’t feel that anything was missing.  This was an enjoyable quick read that I recommend to lovers of Steampunk or Time Travel Romance and well…I think pretty much any romance lover who can appreciate a short story will enjoy this one.

Delighted Reader Afternoon Delight

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • At first glance I wouldn’t have thought this was Steampunk!

    Happy V-Day, ladies! xoxo

    • I know! She looks like a scientist to me. It was certainly a quick story for sure.

      Happy Valentine’s to you too, Braine!

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I love these 1 Night Stand books but haven’t read one in a while.

    • Me too! Sometimes I’m just in the mood for something quick and I love that all sorts of scenarios are offered.

  • Ahh I’ve yet to read a 1NS! I have a handful on my tbr list though. This one sounds so fun 🙂

    • This was very light and fun. Like what you need when you only have a little time, but need a distraction. Not all the 1NS are light, but many are.