Just One Night


Title: Just One Night
Author: Jack Harbon
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: September 17th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 11 000 words
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Twenty-something love and romance “expert” Cam is having a bit of a hard time. Not only is his ex-girlfriend shamelessly showing off her new boyfriend online, but his boss is breathing down his neck about writing something more interesting than “23 Chick-Flicks to Watch when You’ve Been Dumped.”

It isn’t until a sizzling night with a stranger that Cam comes up with something new to write about, and to his boss’s surprise, readers love it. The problem? Cam has to make sure he has enough sexy, steamy experiences with this stranger to keep the fans happy. He’s in a tight spot, and not necessarily the good kind! (less)


Cam broke up with his girlfriend after she cheated on him. Seeing evidence of her having moved on already Cam feels the need for a hook up to end his depressive state of mind. The perfect opportunity comes in the form of a weekend in Las Vegas with his friends. Unfortunately Cam doesn’t have a very good track reckord of hooking up as his nerves gets in the way and he avoids talking to people instead. This evening out, Cam actually goes home with a stranger.

This is a pleasant enough story but my issues with it left me not feeling it. The description of Owen as having shaggy hair with a mustash and Cam imagining Owen as being someone’s dad coupled with how Owen himself told Cam how he’d been watching him. Innocent enough, but I couldn’t help getting a wary vibe about him, it completely felt like someone chatting him up to get into his pants only. So, I guess a typical hook up. I liked how hesitant Cam felt of getting in touch with the man who by the way is only five years older than Cam.

For being a novelette there are too many things we’re told instead of shown. We’re told Owen and Cam are hot and handsome. We’re told Cam’s interesting and funny. But we’re also told Cam’s nerves gets the best of him causing him to avoid talking to people when he’s out. Well it certainly wasn’t the case here, Cam seemed to do just fine. I also didn’t feel any chemistry between the two men.
Except for wanting to have been shown more and having the characters more developed, then the writing was good and it’s written in third person.

For me this story didn’t hold much interest because I felt the plot was lacking and therefore I’m not recommending it as of now but if there’ll be more then who knows it might change. Maybe you’ll like it instead?


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