Jo Masters gave up her party-girl life years ago when adult responsibility came crashing down on her shoulders. But now, at her niece’s wedding, she’s got a chance to revisit those fun times if only for a night. And the father of the groom has certainly been checking her out all night. Gregory Stark knows that he shouldn’t be looking for a hookup at his son’s wedding, however he can’t keep his eyes off of the woman who introduces herself as “Josie”. A few tequila shots under their belts give Jo and Greg all the courage they need to act on the tension that’s been simmering all night.
While I’ve seen romance novels starring a hero and heroine in their 40’s and 50’s, this is the first novella with middle age characters. I liked that and its message that age doesn’t matter when it comes to finding love. It was refreshing after having read so many books where the main characters were in their twenties.
I thought that the premise of the novella was plausible. It made sense how Jo and Greg flirted at the wedding reception before hooking up later on, and I enjoyed both the internal and external conflict that came with that (a tad of “I’m too grown up for this” and a run-in with an ex-boyfriend). For a 70 page novella, it pretty successfully showed how their relationship developed literally overnight.
The only thing that would have made the novella better–and I understand that it’d be tough in such a short story–would have been to develop the characters more. Both Jo and Greg felt very flat. They certainly had conflict to keep the tension and the story moving, however I didn’t get a sense of their personalities. Jo was simply a straight laced woman with a party girl past, and Greg was a single father. Nothing else. I think that it would have made a good romance story great.
This would be great for a reader interested in a short, hot romance story.
**I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.