Novella Reviews: Friendly Fire – Megan Hart + JA variation

Genre: Contemporary romance
Pages: Ebook, 53
Published: 2011 (2004) 
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: My own shelf

After Agent Kendall Frasier’s partner is shot in “friendly fire” during a drug bust, she agrees to take a week’s vacation on a tropical island as part of her psychiatric evaluation. Sand, sun, sea—what could be better to help her work through her guilt? Even if the presence of the man responsible for the shooting, Agent Zane Vincent, seems counterproductive to her mental health. As Kendall gets to know Zane, and realizes he feels worse about what happened than she does, it becomes impossible to hate him. And their mutual attraction becomes impossible to deny.
Kendall and Zane soon agree to put the event that brought them together in the past—and spend the present exploring their most erotic desires. Do they have a future in the real world when their week in paradise is over?

My thoughts:
This was a short and hot novella. Maybe I should take out that flashing sign I found that made that clear, cos yes, hot.

Since it is very short there is not much to say about it. Kendall and Zane comes to a wonderful island, not to have a vacation but to get a psych evaluation since they were involved in a shooting and her partner died. She feels sad and responsible, and Zane who pulled the trigger has stuff to deal with too. They really do not like each other, but that island is a paradise and they can’t help to feel lust.

So yes, they are like cats in heat. And then they spot each other and there is passion everywhere. But there is also something else growing.

Sure it all happened fast, but this is a novella, it has to. And it also felt real. It was a nice enough short story.

Maria Lucas: A Short Story in the Personages of Pride & Prejudice Collection by Jennifer Becton
Genre: Jane Austen Variation
Pages: 20, ebook
Published: 2011
Source: I think it was a freebie from smashwords

After a great deal of romantic strife, Maria Lucas finds herself married to Mr. Jonas Card in a desperate attempt to extricate herself and her sister Charlotte from a dire financial situation. Mr. Card, however, truly loves Maria and has vowed to woo her. Alas, she views him only in friendly terms. But when it seems that Mr. Card’s feelings have changed, Maria sets out to discover why. And through a series of unexpected events, Mr. Card succeeds in wooing his wife without saying a word.

My thoughts:
There is not much to say really since this story is really short.

Maria Lucas married but did not love her husband who tried to woe her. Now she has been sent away and she is sad. She tries to find out what is going on and doing that she falls in love with him, because perhaps she always was.

I did like the story because I always felt Maria should have a story too and here she got her HEA. Her husband was nice and I am sure they will be very happy together.

A fun short story about a minor character.



26 thoughts on “Novella Reviews: Friendly Fire – Megan Hart + JA variation

  1. Cherry says:

    This is the reason I try to avoid short stories, there isn't much room to build up a good plot for a resounding climax. A very few authors manage it, but generally speaking, most short stories don't. Sometimes though when the short story is part of a series therefore the world building and most of the character development has been established already, it can be a fun read. Are these part of a series?

  2. Jenny says:

    "So yes, they are like cats in heat." Hahaha I would say they would have to be to be in a little 53 page novella:) I haven't read anything by Megan Hart but I've heard her books are smokin:)

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    @CherryTrue, you never get that real feeling but that is also why I am very forgiving when it comes to novellas.Hm…I do not know…But it works for what it's for, passion ;)@MariIt was nice and short :)Lol, well it was pretty hot@AnnaOhhh goodie! I can't wait to see what you think as this one takes place after it

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    @MelLol, yes they could not be more different@DCHihi, well you can say that again ;)@JennyI have heard so too and I can say that is right. But still it was hot but not too hot

  5. Aurian says:

    I really don't review the short stories I sometimes read, nor count them as books read in a month. Some are great little tidbits in a series, and I am happy to have read them. But those don't really interest me.

  6. anachronist says:

    Cats in heat are hellish creatures and as loud as any angry infant or, God forbid, a toddler… I don't like short stories. They are like a broken promise or a failed date.

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    @LindaLol, aye it's a good one@AurianI do not count them either when it comes to books read, but they are great to review when I have nothing else to show ;)@MelissaThe JA one was good but so short! The Hart one was longer, and hotter, lol, much hotter@AnaOh do not even get me started. When I wrote my thesis my parents cat went into heat for the first time. I had to keep her inside and I put her in another room cos she was so annoying. Creatures from hell indeed

  8. Chris says:

    Not having to deal with cats being in heat is an excellent reason to get teh kittehs spayed. I've never had to deal with May being in heat. Whew!

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    @NanaTrue, espeically with the novella I read before this one@ChrisOh it is truly hell. Especially since we had to wait to get her fixed and she got into heat before. Annoying. Oh and the male cats 'sigh*@MelissaSteamy yes, well the first one, not the later one 😉

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    2JennyYou all seem to like that one ;)@MissieWhat kitties are adorable 😀 Ok maybe not the right way to put it but they were just so horny@TeddyOh she is, she is@DarTrue, way too fast, that is the worst thing

  11. The Book Vixen says:

    I haven't read a book by Megan Hart yet but I do have Friendly Fire on my Kindle. I've heard great things about Hart's books and her writing and I can't wait to find out for myself 🙂

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