Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Her One-Night Prince by Rebecca J. Clark
Publisher: Siren BookStrand
Lydia’s high school reunion was coming up and as the tormented class dork, she wanted to shove her new life in their faces. Unfortunately she didn’t have a new life. So, she did what any sane, rational person would do and advertised for a date….. in the "men seeking men" personals. Mitch knew his friend Hal was playing a practical joke as soon as he laid eyes on Lydia. Hair pulled back in a bun so tight it had to be giving her the headache from hell. And she thinks he’s answering a gay personal add! He was sooooo going to kill Hal. But the more he gets to know Lydia, the more he wants to spend time with her. Maybe he could pose as her gay friend and give her some pointers, loosen her up a bit. Or maybe, he could just keep her for himself.
Her One Night Prince reminded me a great deal of the sweet books I used to read from the Harlequin or Silhouette imprints many, many years ago. A struggling, repressed but lovely heroine and the happily single but not a “commitmentphobe” hero trying to find their way to true love and happiness. The story was very well written and was one I identified with, heavily. As caretaker for an elderly parent with a disabling condition I understand to a degree Lydia’s plight. Lydia was however not a proponent of the proverbial booty-call, so she had a rather more difficult time of it. Hal, now Hal just stuck his foot in it at first. He did the typical guy thing and jumped to a snap judgment based strictly on appearance. By the time he figures out that he might be interested, that ship was preparing to sail and Hal had to come clean.
As someone who prefers the hot and sweaty, I was very surprised to find myself enjoying this story as much as I did. The characters were well developed and the humor was plentiful. The overall story was heartwarming and just perfect for a quick read this time of year. While I’m still a very firm believer that a good romp between the sheets makes everything better, there are some situations where it’s okay if it’s left up to the imagination. This was one of those situations, I mean I REALLY wouldn’t want to see Maria Von Trapp and the Baron doing the nasty, UGH!! This is the same thing.