The Great Outdoors by Becky Moore
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: Short Story (40 pages )
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aster
Tallulah Murphy is a busy woman. As the newly appointed Director of Education for the Atlanta Art Museum, she has a thousand and one things to do on any given day. Dating is not high on that list; in fact, it’s not even on the radar.
Three hundred miles away in Charleston, South Carolina, Lieutenant Mitchell Weaver is gearing up for his promotion to be the youngest police chief in the city’s history. And unfortunately, as a prominent city official with all eyes watching his every move, a quality date seems untenable. But when good friends and good fortune set Tallulah and Mitch on a fateful adventure with Madame Evangeline’s high-end dating service, 1Night Stand, they may find a little matchmaking magic can reset their spirits of adventure and open their hearts and minds to the possibility of love.
Finding that right person to spend your life with sounds like an insurmountable task, but sign up with Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service, and that task can become effortless!
In this tale, we meet Tallulah (Lou) Murphy, a beautiful young woman from Atlanta who has spent the better part of a year piecing her life back together after her ex broke off their relationship and did his best to ruin her career. A good friend signs her up for Madame Eve's service, and Lou, who's ready to find someone who makes her smile again, anxiously answers the multitude of questions and then waits to find her ideal match.
Mitch Weaver has just received a promotion to the Chief of the Charleston, South Carolina Police Department, making him the youngest chief in history. Just when his professional life was seemingly in place, however, his personal life has stagnated. Divorced for three years after finding out his wife had slept her way around the department, he's mailed his last alimony check and is ready to move on. Thankfully, his good friend has signed him up for the 1NS service in hopes that his life can change.
As always, Madame Eve made a great match in Lou and Mitch. They both love the outdoors, have been burned by past relationships, and each want a family. A long term relationship is a definite for these two, and there is little doubt it would work.
The sex is hot, and definitely helps to strengthen the connection between Mitch and Lou. Their immediate physical attraction is enhanced when they realize they share similar interests and each is so different from the people that have hurt them in the past. Their only stumbling block? They live in different cities and different states. They quickly realize the obstacle they need to overcome, but refuse to allow it to overshadow their short time together.
I loved both characters and in a short few pages, the author conveys their past hurts, the way they overcame them, and their desire for new partners. In such a situation, a rebound is a natural assumption, but not for these two, and I credit that to the talent of the author.
As always, I'm left wanting more, but that's because these characters are so likable. It's hard not to root for them! If you want a quick, hot, and enjoyable read, definitely check this one out!