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Monday, February 6, 2012

Last Call by Olivia Brynn

Last Call by Olivia Brynn
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (71 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Dianthus

When sparks flare, stop, drop and roll with it.

When Eric Layton lunges for his ringing cell phone in the middle of the night, he’s halfway to the door before he realizes it’s not his chief summoning him to an out-of-control fire. It’s an out-of-control woman who’s too tipsy to figure out she’s dialed the wrong number. But the line goes dead before he can explain he’s not her brother.

His conscience won’t let him leave the woman to wait for a ride that’s never going to come. Yet nothing prepares him for the chemistry when he helps Joanne into his truck. She’s curvy, blonde, and vulnerable—a three-alarm warning to do the right thing and keep her at arm’s length.

Still keeping watch over her through the night sounds reasonable. Until she awakens, and desire burns reason to a crisp…

On a night out drowning her sorrows, Joanne goes just a bit too far and needs a ride home. When she dials who she thinks is her brother she gets the shock of a lifetime when Eric Layton comes to her rescue. Already dumped, fired and evicted, being picked up by this gorgeous stranger could just be the silver lining of her day. When the light of day comes, can these two make a go of it or had the rose-colored alcohol goggles made things seem hotter than they really were?

Getting called in the middle of the night is something that Eric is used to since he joined the fire house. But this is a phone call that he won’t soon forget. From the first breathy sigh and pleads for a ride home, Eric is hooked. He has to at least help this faceless woman get home. But after meeting Joanne and seeing just what a great person she is, it is taking everything that Eric has to keep his hands to himself. When the night becomes longer than Eric’s restraint, will Joanne regret everything that they share or will this be the best misdial that Eric ever had?

While this story was quite short, it was a good story that got the point across and made me want to get to know these characters better as each page turned. After a night of passion the world gets in the way of these two, but the time apart turns out to be the best thing for both of them.

Olivia Brynn is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised by this book that was packed full of heat and fun. I think if the story would have included a bit more about each of the characters I would have enjoyed the book even more. If you are looking for a quick read that is well thought out and fun, then this is the book for you.

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