The Outsider by Galia Ryan
Publisher: Fanny Press
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy
Cassie Jonsson, a pretty blonde police officer, is given the odd jobs the men don’t want, in this case checking out an old house the locals believe is haunted. The McAllister house is indeed haunted, but not by a ghost. Prophet is a ruggedly handsome former vet. He awakens something primal in Cassie, a boundless desire that blinds her to the dangers of bedding a stranger.
If you like hot sex with a little bit of story, this is a great choice for you.
Cassie was a heroine I had mixed feelings about… on the one hand, she seemed smart, independent and capable. The kind of woman I’d want my daughter to emulate. On the other hand, we find out she’s having an affair with a married man, which put me off her quite a bit. Had the author not included that tidbit about her, I would have really admired our heroine.
Our hero is a veteran just back from the war. He’s hanging out in an abandoned barn on his way to a potential job across country. He’s sees Cassie before she sees him, and he’s intrigued. He’s definitely a go-getter who goes after what he wants, and from the start he wants her.
Although I had to suspend reality and disbelief a bit (because she meets a scruffy stranger and immediately has sex outside in the grass with him–do people actually do that?) I finished this story because the writing itself was solid. The story may have been a stretch for me, but the author has serious skills. Yes, the sex is hot and frequent and authentically described. Yes, the hero is hot and sexy and smart and all the things we want in our romance novel men. I’m still not 100% in love with Cassie (I just have a hard time getting past her willingly being the other woman), but she made a smart choice at the end, so I’ll give her a break and wish her a long and happy future with her sexy vet.
The Outsider is a good choice for a reader who’s looking for a quick, sexy read.