New Year’s Eve At The Corral by Debra St. John

New Year’s Eve At The Corral by Debra St. John
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Tina Perkins thinks falling in love with your best friend is a tired cliché. She’s had a flirty friendship with Nick Jameson forever, and she likes it that way. Until she’s dared to sleep with him and suddenly can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to cross that friends to lovers line.

Nick wants Tina. Badly. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to make a resolution to get her into his bed. He doesn’t want to ruin the friendship they share, but adding ‘with benefits’ to the label would make things perfect.

As the clock ticks closer to midnight, there’s a lot at stake. Will a night of passion ruin everything or lead to a lifetime of love?

Nick and Tina both worked at The Corral and had been good friends forever. Even though Tina privately admitted there was a sexy attraction simmering under the surface of their friendship, she didn’t think a one night stand would be worth losing Nick’s friendship over. Nick loved being such good friends with Tina, but his hungry attraction for her was just too close to the surface. Despite his best intentions, this New Year’s he makes a resolution – to get out of the friend zone and into bed with Tina, no matter the consequences.

This is a fun romp of a short story. I am always a sucker for a plotline of friends-become-lovers, and this story didn’t disappoint me. While I didn’t find anything very fresh or new in the plot, I did enjoy both Tina and Nick’s characters. I found their friendship believable and their chemistry – while not hot – did sizzle and felt realistic to me. Readers looking for an erotic or overly descriptive romance in the bedroom might be disappointed, but I personally found the sex scene tastefully and briefly written. The consummation was satisfying for me and I felt it certainly added to the plotline of the story and wasn’t wasted or superfluous.

I was particularly pleased that the author didn’t throw in conflict just for the sake of having it there. I thought the heart-to-heart discussion Nick and Tina had was perfectly handled – honest and soul-baring without being overly dramatic. I especially was grateful that there was no “miscommunication” or half-hearted conflict inserted to add tension. I really feel the author should be commended for balancing the romance, intimacy and serious discussion.

A fun story about two friends becoming lovers and a short story I really enjoyed.


  1. Thanks for the great review!

    You pretty much nailed the intention of the story: a fun little romp not masquerading as anything else! 🙂

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