Homecoming by Cate Masters

Homecoming by Cate Masters
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (35 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Her abusive husband finally out of her life, Jennie Mayfair returns to her hometown to rekindle old friendships and make a new start. She wants someone safe but sexy to hold her again and make her feel loved, and a surprise invitation from Madame Eve seems to be exactly what she ordered. She never expects her wish list to be filled to such sublime perfection. But memories of innocent passions can’t overcome the hurt caused by rash decisions.

Nick Spencer’s business success doesn’t keep him warm at night, and neither did his wife, though she knew how to keep other men warm – in his bed. When he learns his first love, Jennie, is single again, he arranges for a blind date. One night with her convinces him he’s missed too many years of happiness. He doesn’t intend to let her get away from him again.

Can Madame Eve use unforgotten feelings to heal wounded hearts and reunite first love in an extraordinary homecoming?

Moving on from a first love is difficult. For some, it’s impossible.

Nick Spencer should be on top of the world. He has all the success he could ever want, but there’s something missing. After a failed marriage to a woman all wrong for him, he’s looking for happiness and hopes to find it in an old love.

Jennie Mayfair has also had her share of troubles. Married to a man who did little but verbally beat her down, she’s struggled to put her life back together after her divorce. Her budding design business has helped build her confidence, but she’s yet to dip her toe back into the dating pool. Enter Madame Eve and her 1Night Stand service.

This story has so many positives. Nick is a great guy who carries his heartbreak on his sleeve. He seems determined to win Jennie’s heart, no matter what it takes. Jennie, meanwhile, is trying desperately to protect her heart, promising herself she was not going to allow herself to love again. To watch these two previous lovers rekindling their past was such fun. The heat between them was irresistible, and as they unleashed their passion, there was no doubt they would have a future.

Infused in the book was a little action as well. While brief, it gave the story an unexpected twist and helped progress the story. I did question whether Nick knew Jennie’s ex, and how long they’d known each other, but in the end it didn’t really matter.

One glaring omission that kept me from scoring this a 5. Both Nick and Jennie speak of their past, and each looks back at their missed years regretfully, but the reason for their split isn’t mentioned. Why did they break up and marry other people? Why were they involved enough to engage in oral sex, but the relationship was never consummated? I was anxiously awaiting the reveal, but it never came, and I’d still love to know.

Despite the missing piece, the story was very well done. Nick and Jennie are a great couple and the happily ever after was rewarding, as always. 1Night Stands are always a pleasure, and this one is no exception.


  1. Thank you for the thoughtful and wonderful review! Much appreciated. 🙂

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