Once in a Lifetime by Sam Crescent

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Once in a Lifetime by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (97 pages)
Other: M/F bondage, anal sex, toys
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Guy doesn’t do relationships or commitments. All he does is sex, sex, and a little more sex. The women always know the score, and he never gives them a chance to think anything different. Then everything changes when he meets her in the most unlikely of ways.

Emily is done with all men, especially cheating bad boys. After seeing her boyfriend sleeping with a slender woman, she’s had enough and sworn off all men. Then she meets Guy, and all bets are off.

The chemistry between them is sizzling, and neither can deny their growing feelings. However, their fears hold both of them back. Can Guy get past his fear of commitment to finally claim Emily for his own? He knows she is that one woman he doesn’t want to regret leaving behind.

Who doesn’t like a bad boy? I know I do, and Guy Jensen fit just the type. He was crude, a womanizer, and kind of a jerk, albeit a nicer one. That made Guy all the more appealing for me. Behind his “I don’t intend to change my life for anyone, I screw women and get drunk and love it” persona was also a sweet, hard-working and angsty hero.

Once in a Lifetime starts out with a sizzle and Sam Crescent maintains that hot tempo throughout the story. However, there were several extremely distracting editing mistakes. For instance, things like “Guy was still stood there,” or “they were still stood”. It was annoying. Furthermore, at times I had trouble figuring out who was speaking.

Emily Langnor, the heroine is a hard-working, burned-in-the-past woman. She doesn’t want to fall for Guy but as the chemistry between them soars, she finds that it’s impossible. I found Emily a nice enough character but from my point of view it’s Guy who carries the weight of the novel. His inner battle as he falls in love is worth reading.

Though the sex between the characters is hot, I found that the romantic gestures between the characters were the ones that warmed my heart the most. For instance, one of the parts I liked best was when Guy takes Emily to his favorite spot and tells her that frowning is prohibited. It made me sigh like a love-struck teenager.

All in all, I found that, editing mistakes aside, Once in a Lifetime was a pleasant read.

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