Magnificent Abandon by Lillith Payne

Magnificent Abandon by Lillith Payne
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing, Siren
Genre: Recent Historical
Length: Short Story (106 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

Finding your first one night stand at your sister’s wedding would unnerve anyone. Trisha stood before the man she’d once given herself to freely years before. She felt her cheeks heat at the thought of how she allowed him to love her so unconventionally, accepting his hand and asking for more.

Charlie enjoyed his life filled with travel, new projects and always a predetermined time frame. His best friend’s wedding should have been a quick side trip, but his introduction to the bride’s sister changed the dynamic. The instant attraction they felt for each other was still static in the air around them.

What happens when you meet the man of your dreams? You spend one blistering night with him, but what happens when he decrees it’s only one weekend? What if she’s the one who walks away? Things can be forgotten, but what happens when he reappears in her life? Well, that’s Magnificent Abandon.

Ms. Payne writes a novella filled with passion and tension. Her characters have a past they felt was in the past, yet they can’t stay away from each other. I liked that they used false names during the initial tryst and that it was back story, but it worked that way.

Trish, for 1958, is very independent. I liked that. She didn’t lean on Charlie or expect him to solve her problems. More women nowadays need to learn that lesson. I liked that she was able to walk away. Yes, it hurt to, but she did what she needed to in order to survive.

I liked that Charlie wasn’t a typical ride in on a white horse and save the day kind of hero. He had his issues and had to deal with them. I also liked that he didn’t push her to do as he pleased, but allowed her to have control. Many men need to try that more often.

Though the love scenes were hot, you felt a certain distance. AS much as they wanted to be together, the differences in what Trish wanted and what Charlie needed kept them at arm’s length, but also brought them together. They understood each other.

If you want a sexy read for a cool summer night, then you want to pick up a copy of Magnificent Abandon. I give this short story 4 cherries. Well done.

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