To Feel Again

It's been a year since Mark died in service in Afghanistan, leaving Leah alone with no future to plan. Finally pulling out of her grief she determines she needs to break free at last and having a one-night stand with a vetted stranger is the way to do it. Enlisting the online dating service of One Night Stand is just what she needs to move on with her life, without Mark.

Jackson runs the hotel that provides rooms for One Night Stand's clients. Utterly discreet and high-end, Jackson never has to get involved. Until Madame Evangeline "threatens" to move her business elsewhere unless Jackson goes on a date Evangline has deemed him perfect for. With a lot of money at risk he'll do it, but he won't like it. You can't make him.

When Leah and Jackson meet for the first time, for sex no less, it is understandably tense. Neither expected their "getting to know you" chat would change into desire and then sex that turns both their worlds upside down.

Fantasy rarely lives up to one's expectations. Leah finds that out, but also that she can get more than she bargained for as well. Jackson was a force of nature, and I enjoyed him more than Leah. His character and personality were much more defined for me, and his handling of the day after was a work of art and swoon worthy. While not a completely fleshed out romance, it was a good tease of a relationship in the making even though the beginnings were less than ordinary.

Book Blurb for To Feel Again

When Leah loses her fiancé, Mark, in Afghanistan, it takes nearly a year to get to the point where she’s ready to live again. Although she doesn’t want an emotional commitment, a night of consensual sex, even with a stranger, might help bring her some closure after Mark’s death. Enlisting the services of Madame Evangeline’s high-end, online dating service, One Night Stand, promises exactly what Leah is looking for—sex with a man she doesn’t have to see again, but one who will satisfy her physical needs now that she's ready to move on with her life.

Jackson Castillo has no desire to go on a date with one of Evangeline’s clients. One Night Stand uses his hotel for its client’s rendezvous, but otherwise, he never gets involved. When Eve threatens to take her business elsewhere unless he helps her with a particular case, he’s no fool. He’ll go on the date. But he won’t sleep with the woman.

When one thing leads to another, his good intentions to stay out of the bedroom with Leah are shattered. The sex is phenomenal, but there’s more to Leah he wants to explore. After she leaves the next morning without a goodbye, he’s both disappointed and royally pissed. Will he let her go or find a way to convince her she’s ready…to feel again?

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2011 3.50