One Hot Night
Author: Tatum Throne
Release Date: May 31, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Book Source: Author
Exactly one year ago, Samantha “Sam” Emery was nearly killed by her ex-lover. Now as an executive chef for Kalen Industries in New York, Sam has struggled to move on. At K.I.’s annual party, Sam is seduced to the dance floor by a man she only met once in passing. Passions ignite, and one dance leads to a fiery one-night stand with a man she thinks she will never see again. Sam is pursued by Austin, a man who knows something about her troubled past. Caught by Austin and the physical scars of her past, will Sam realize she has something worth fighting for before it’s too late?
What VampBard’s talking about:
One Hot Night, a slim novella (PDF said 83 pages) that takes on a difficult topic, was pretty much ‘sexy time’ from the beginning. There’s a lot of makin’ whoopie in this title.
Samantha has been through a lot. Her near-death experience has left her shaken and lacking the ability to trust in relationships. She is ashamed of her body – the scarring that remains as a constant reminder of the trauma. Beyond the body image issues, Sam seemed to be mentally working through the entire thing, still. I felt that Sam was definitely a wishy-washy lead female character. I want him…I don’t want him. The guy isn’t a daisy from which petals are being plucked. Since Sam is a chef, I was hoping to see more than powdered sugar ‘in the sack’ scenes.
Austin is a pretty primal, sexual, testosterone-laden male. In the novella, he’s described as a predator when he looks at Samantha. Several times. Despite this description, I actually liked Austin. He seems to have a heart that is full of passion and COMpassion. I felt sorry for Austin, because I felt that Sam treated him horribly.
I’m not sure whether the PDF I read is the same as those that will be sold… I hope this title went through another edit or two prior to release. In general, this IS a good story arc. I simply felt that there could have been more done with the story, and that the language used – especially during sexual acts – was predictable. I didn’t enjoy the self-defeating attitude of Samantha, and I didn’t like parts of Austin’s character. While the reader quickly developed theories based upon the foreshadowing, the end of the story was a let-down.
Finished it – take it or leave it (C)