Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stranded (Night Calls, #1) by J.C. Valentine Review:

Goodreads Book Blurb:
Burned, Felix Sinclair has all but vowed never to get seriously involved with another woman as long as he lives. After a long day’s work, Felix is looking forward to getting back to his luxury apartment in the city. When he detours onto a road less traveled in order to shave off some travel time, the last thing he expects is to wind up stranded in a roadside ditch in the middle of a downpour–or to fall into the arms of a beautiful woman.

Recently divorced, jobless, friendless and utterly alone, Poppy Montgomery is struggling to convince herself that single life is what she wants–needs. Then a handsome stranger staggers into her life and sparks fly. Riding out the storm together, their instant connection seems like the perfect opportunity to explore a night of passion, but will one night be enough to satisfy their craving for one another?

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Stranded is the first in an interconnected series of erotic romance. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but you will find that each new character has been previously introduced in some way. As an introduction to the series, Stranded is a novella, but rest assured each new addition will be a full length novel worth sinking your teeth into.

Genre - Adult Fiction/Romance/Short Story

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3.5 Stars!
Short, Steamy and Sexy! 

Stranded (Night Calls, 1) is a Short Story/Novella Romance written by J.C. Valentine. I read this as a R2R with Fifty Shades Support Group at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

The Review: 
This was a terrific little read, about 57 pages, and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it considering I don’t normally go for short stories/novellas unless I’ve been invested in its series because I can never connect with the characters or story. But the author packs a great deal of information into this short read and allows you to connect with the characters and their chemistry with scenes that were steamy and exciting. The idea of a one night stand based on being stranded after a wreck is questionable in real life. I would find it difficult to let in a strange man this day and age even if he was drenched with rain and looked pale. But that’s not the idea of this story. It’s a fantasy and one we could all indulge in even if in its not realistic and for that purpose, I found this to be an incredible read. I loved the writing, I loved the characters and I loved the idea.

My only real qualm was the ending just didn’t satisfy me. It was to abrupt and I think with a page or two more, it could have been much better.

The Wrap Up:
I did enjoy this read so I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future works from this author.



  1. Great review! I think I may need to read this one. :)

  2. Thanks Ashley! It was a really quick but steamy read. I think you'd enjoy it. Let me know if you get a chance to read it and what you thought :)