The Great Outdoorsby Becky Moore
Three hundred miles away in Charleston, South Carolina, Lieutenant Mitchell Weaver is gearing up for his promotion to be
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Tallulah Murphy is a busy woman. As the newly appointed Director of Education for the Atlanta Art Museum, she has a thousand and one things to do on any given day. Dating is not high on that list; in fact, it’s not even on the radar.
Three hundred miles away in Charleston, South Carolina, Lieutenant Mitchell Weaver is gearing up for his promotion to be the youngest police chief in the city’s history. And unfortunately, as a prominent city official with all eyes watching his every move, a quality date seems untenable. But when good friends and good fortune set Tallulah and Mitch on a fateful adventure with Madame Evangeline’s high-end dating service, 1Night Stand, they may find a little matchmaking magic can reset their spirits of adventure and open their hearts and minds to the possibility of love.
Meet the Author
Becky Moore is tall and buxom, highly educated and culturally savvy…well, three outta four ain’t bad.
She’s a world traveler, problem solver, and crusader. Thankful for the love of reading she inherited from her mom, mother to a superbly cool kid, wife to the world’s most handsome man. A mental-marathon runner, freelance photographer, faithful companion to Magnolia May the beagle, and a prolific reader and writer.
In her down time, and in the real world, Becky loves to spend time with her husband and son. They live in the urban wilds of central North Carolina. Becky is an avid gardener, biker, kayaker, bicyclist, knitter, and community volunteer. She spent over a dozen years working as a writer, graphic artist, photographer and PR whiz in the pharmaceutical advertising, hi-tech, performing arts, and HIV/AIDS (grantwriting) fields before venturing into her current status of full-time author. And like her favorite characters, when you close her books, Becky will be just be a fond memory.
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Overall, time well spent ... For full review including excerpt and dialogue highlight, please visit Reader's Edyn at: readersedyn (dot) blogspot (dot) com Review: ... Tallulah, or Lou as everyone calls her, was in a relationship for about a year when both she and her boyfriend came up for the same promotion. When she was promoted and he was not, their relationship ended abruptly with many scars. Not one to admit defeat easily, her ex did some pretty under-handed things in an attempt to sabotage Lou in her new position. Luckily the plot did not work, but it did leave Lou hurt and bruised. With the shove of a friend, she finds herself signed up with Madame Eve’s prestigious service. Mitchell is also smarting from a bad relationship. His situation is a bit different because he was married for 5 years. But his wife was a tramp and he couldn’t see the truth for a very long time. Three years after their divorce and one last alimony check later, his ex in now getting remarried. To celebrate, his friend gives him the nudge needed and signs him up for a 1 Night Stand as a celebratory gift. Hesitant but still excited, Mitch looks forward to his adventure. If nothing else, at least he will get a long overdue vacation from the demands of his job. I started out really liking Lou and Mitch. They each survived a bad break-up and not only came out of it on top, but both ended up in higher positions within their places of employment. Going in to the date, both were apprehensive as would be expected. But caution is gone with the wind in no time flat and the scorching attraction cannot be denied for any length of time. I think this is where I had the problem. Knowing the series, I knew their consummation was inevitable, but I felt like giving in so fast was a bit out of character for these two jaded individuals. But who knows. When you meet the right person, I suppose it is what it is. And Madame Eve always matches superbly so their actions, while somewhat off for the people they are described as, actually coincide with the series. My other issue is that the story cuts out really quick. Not unexpected for a novella, but given the short time frame and the dramatic life changes made for Mitch and Lou to be together, I think a longer length of time ended as an epilogue would have made more sense. Perhaps not, but that is what I would have liked to see. Complaints aside, I still felt like the story was worth my time. I enjoyed seeing two people who had so much heartbreak bounce back with both career success and finding their perfect match. I liked that Mitch and Lou share similar interest and that the story takes place outside of the frequently used “hotel room”. And with the hot sex thrown into the mix, you really can’t help but be entertained by this short read. I can’t say that I have a good enough grasp on Ms. Moore’s writing style at this point, so I will be reading another of her books in the future. Sometimes a novella can make or break an author for me, but in this case, I feel like I only got a glimpse of Ms. Moore. Those who enjoy 1 Nigh Sand should count this story as another fun read. Unfamiliar readers who enjoy quick reads with hot sex and an inevitable HEA should definitely read this one. (eBook copy provided by author/tour company in exchange for an honest review.)
This book is one of the 1Night Stand Series, I have read several of them and they are all good! Tallulah and Mitch's great little magical adventure was a great short escape. At first you don't think they fit together very well, but once you get to know more of her stories you realize Madame Evangeline is always right! It was very well written with great characters and a satisfying ending. Enjoy! I did! Ebook supplied by the author for review.