Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Strangers in the Night
Authors: Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone
Series: Strangers #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 51 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 11, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Army veteran, Slade, stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark, night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.
Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.
Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
Review: This was a really interesting little story showing a lot of long-term potential. I didn’t realize it when I read this, but I was really excited to see that this was the start of a series.
Slade is lost, in more ways than one. He’s been injured, discharged from the military, hitchhiking across country ending up in the boonies where he stumbles upon Callum’s cabin. Callum offers a skittish Slade a place to sleep for the night, and though Callum is a bit intrigued, he keeps to himself. That is, until a nightmare wakes Slade and Callum can’t help but console him.
Through all of this, little things set off sparks – the hint at restraining Slade quickly sets Slade at ease, which, in turn, wakes Callum’s dom side. After a discussion the next morning, Callum suggests of some other activities, etc. that could help Slade given what Callum’s seen of his issues (PTSD, grief, etc.) and his signs of submissiveness. Slade’s eyes are opened and he believes it is what he needs, but not knowing and not wanting to assume if Callum is even interested in giving it to him long-term, he is determined to find it elsewhere. So, miscommunication is now the name of the game. Eventually, these guys were on the same page, and I’m really looking forward to reading more of their story.
This was a quick read, but it is full of emotion. At first, things seem a bit cliché, but the rest really didn’t play out that way. I loved getting glimpses into these guys’ backgrounds and really hope to learn more as the story progresses. I’ll definitely be in line when the next one is ready.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*