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Friday, July 2, 2010

All Alone in the Night by Michelle Houston

All Alone in the Night by Michelle Houston
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Other: mild BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Voyeurism, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Riana had almost given up hope of ever finding her lost comrades, and friends, when the Earth-Space Initiative finally decided to send her on a fact finding mission, almost two years after Braden and Davin had gone missing. They figured it was finally safe.

They figured wrong.

Now Riana is stuck on a strange planet, lucky to be alive after being sucked into a wormhole. And she wasn’t the only one stranded there; she had found the missing pilots. With no way home, and only themselves to answer to, they had plans for her; plans several years in the making.

Who knew crash landing would be a salvation?

I love books where the plot takes twists and turns I don’t see coming. All Alone in the Night is one of those books. Ms. Houston takes a situation that could be disastrous—it is in many stories—and turns it into something I wanted to read about. Her characters, though brash at times and meek at others, are memorable and I wanted to see them succeed.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a short story, but there is a lot going on. I felt like I was there on the foreign planet with Riana, Davin, and Braeden, learning things all over again, and dealing with the loss of most everything I knew. The ordeal is a heavy thing to deal with, but Ms. Houston writes it in a poignant fashion that captured me.

I loved the relationship between Davin and Braeden. The men have been through the wringer and managed to come out together. The passion bubbling between them is palpable and strong. The character I had the most trouble with was Riana. I realize she’s a stranger in a strange land, but there were times when she came across as not nice to be around. I loved seeing her structure and order peeled away to reveal the woman within. As the story progressed and she got to live a little, I really came to like her.

If you want a story with a hint of naughty, a lot of sex, and a healthy dose of “how would I deal in the same situation”, then you need to read All Alone in the Night/ I give it 4 cherries.

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