One Night Ever After by Elizah J Davis

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One Night Ever After by Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee, and Elizah J Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (254 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

Just a Drive by Tere Michaels

After weeks of flirting, “One Night” Wyatt Walsh spends a fabulous night with his shy coworker, Benji Trammell. As Wyatt tries to sneak out the next morning, he receives a call from his frantic, very pregnant best friend Raven—she needs him immediately. With no other way to get from New York City to the Pennsylvania town where Raven and her husband live, Wyatt accepts Benji’s offer to drive him there. Wary and unsure of each other, they start the trip at odds, but as time goes on, the barriers that usually keep people at a distance fail. And what started out as “just a drive” becomes a step toward romance.

Just a Stranger by Elle Brownlee

The excitement of meeting a stranger in a club can’t be beat. Loud bass sets the rhythm to Michael Wiercinski’s primal urges as he flirts with Andrew, a cute guy offering the promise of a hot night with no strings, no complications. Still, when their night is done, Michael admits there was something about Andrew that left him wanting more. Months go by with no sign of Andrew until Michael moves back home to help after his father’s heart attack. Once there, Michael is completely amazed to find Andrew Lucas living in his hometown. Despite surprising “complications” in Andrew’s life, Michael vows to take advantage of this second chance to make Andrew more than just a stranger.

Just a Weekend by Elizah J. Davis

James is a homebody in a predictable, if not altogether comfortable, rut. He’d rather stay in with a book than brave the Seattle bar scene. One night, after allowing his friend Kara to coax him out for drinks, he meets Devin—charming, gorgeous, and way out of his league. With a little bit of help from Kara, James leaves with Devin to indulge in a night together, which is as much time as he’s bound to get with a guy as hot as Devin. He doesn’t expect the easy rapport that quickly develops between them, and when the weather conspires to keep them together, James wonders if this could be more than just a weekend fling.

This is anthology of short stories featuring gay lovers in some unique situations.  Just a Drive by Tere Michaels and Just a Stranger by Elle Brownlee are very enjoyable.

Just a Drive deals with friendships, loyalty and relationships. What begins as a one-night-stand evolves into a story of two strangers bonding and helping each other. As the story evolves, we get a glimpse of what life was like for Wyatt as a gay teenager in a small town. I was very impressed with the way the author deals with such a sensitive matter. We are exposed to the bigotry Wyatt survived and was able to leave behind. Through all of this, his new friend Benji remains loyal and at his side. I was very moved by the degree of closeness the story conveys as these two characters survive a family emergency and their budding affair.

Just a Stranger focuses on families and commitment. Families come in shapes, sizes and combination of genders. This moving story will make you think again as to what it takes to create a family bond. No longer is there a need to always have a female/ male combination to represent mother and father. Children can be happy in any stable environment where love is a priority.

But my favorite is the last story called Just a Weekend by Elizah Davis.

This is love story that begins as a one-night stand hook-up. Their one night of passion evolves into a weekend where by plot twists, Devin and James end up spending quality time together and getting to know each. They are both able to slow down and savor the knowledge that what they have is a friendship that is growing and worth giving it a chance.

These characters are gentle and tender. You soon forget that these are two men… the relationship they are building could apply to any gender.

Can a weekend fling really have a chance to become more? Go ahead, read this story and you tell me if at the end you don’t have a silly grin on your face!

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