Just This Once

Just This Once

by KG MacGregor


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Wynne Connelly is marketing manager for a major travel organization and her job requires that she attend meetings twice monthly at the company's Orlando headquarters.

Paula McKenzie is second-in-command on the night shift at the Weller Regent - an upscale hotel in Orlando. The same upscale hotel that Wynne Connelly stays in whenever she's in Orlando.

Paula finds herself intrigued by the twice-monthly guest, who possesses an aura of mystery and elegant beauty.

When things grow hectic one night at the front desk, Paula emerges to lend a hand - just in time to greet Wynne at check-in. Their exchange borders on mild flirtatation and both women come away feeling sparks.

Soon they begin spending time together and share more than just a kiss. And while Paula is elated at the prospect of the budding romance, Wynne is alarmed at her loss of self-control. Ever mindful of the obligations back home that she must honor, she struggles to resist Paula's fascination and allure...

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ISBN-13: 9781594930874
Publisher: Bella Books
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I walked slowly down the hallway, knowing l was wasting time before breakfast for everyone. I didn't really care, as selfish as that is. I had just realized seconds before that today was visiting day. My mom made a point to come every time, despite my effort to ignore her. She had messed up my life, and l wanted her out. Unfortunately, the court hasn't taken her rights over me away, or put me in foster care. Instead, they blamed my ODD (Opprehensive Deficit Disorder) and sent me here. When l reached the end of the hallway, l noticed no lines for Vital signs and saw the nurse waiting. I realized l was the last to show, even though l figured that anyway. I sat down in the plastic chair, waiting as the the nurse to write my name down on a sheet of paper. She checked my blood pressure with an armcuff and took my temperature before registering my heartbeat. She then wrote the numbers down and excused me. I left the chair, taking my place in line to go to the cafeteria. As the techs took the next few minutes to finish paperwork, l stared straight ahead, waiting.<p>When we finally left the unit, the girls walked in a single file to the cafe, boys five feet behind us. We rounded the corner and a tech unlocked the door with their card pass, opening it for us. We shuffled through the door, moving into the line automatically. The ladies behind the counters fixed our meals of sausage and egg biscuits, sugarfree vanilla yogurt, fresh grapes, and mashed potatoes with gravy. I took my tray from the last lady, grabbed a milk carton, and headed to an empty table. I took a seat and grabbed my milk, holding it for comfort. I don't know why, but just holding and sometimes sipping milk when l'm in these places always soothes my nerves. I didn't look up as a nurse sat opposite me. I didn't know this one, which isn't unusual, as they usually had nurses most of us have never seen come in often. They usually worked on other units, only coming in when needed. I remembered the last time they had called a Code 100, when one of the heavy girls threatened to kill herself in the Day room. I had watched, unmoving, uncaring, as the girl bit her wrist, apparently hoping to pop a vein. Stupid. You don't get far with that unless you have fangs. A tech had grabbed her arms and put them behind her back, and the girl kicked backwards, giving a direct hit to the tech's knee. A nurse outside the Day room called a Code 100, and seconds later, staff spilled into the unit. Three came inside the Day room while about ten stood outside, watching. They secured the girl and brought her to the padded room for her to stay in to calm down. A tech watched her through the one-way window in the door, and we all could hear her kicking the door and screaming bloody murder. After about ten minutes, the staff left and we were left with our usual numbers.<p>l blinked out of the memory, realizing l was slumping in my chair. I straightened my back, hoping l hadn't strained a muscle. I glanced up, noticing the nurse filling papers out while constantly looking up at me. "Are you going to force-feed me aswell?" I asked snarkily.<p>"Nope," she replied simply, not paying me any attention.<p>l continued to sulk, annoyed that she didn't even bother to look at me anymore. "I'm not going to the visitation room today."<p>"Okay," she replied, still not looking up.<p>l scowled, going quiet and keeping to myself for the next few minutes.<p>Continued in next res.<br>Starry &#10023 Night
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Paula McKenzie is a rising star within the Weller-Regent hotel. Now second-in-command on the night shift, Paula has dreams of having her own hotel. Wynne Connelly, marketing manager for a travel organization and frequent guest at the hotel, may just put a kink in Paula¿s plans. An attraction to each other is almost immediate. However, one of them has obligations to people in her life that allows no room for a romance...right? The other has reasons of her own that she¿s not sure sound all that valid, even to herself. Nevertheless, a friendship begins, even as the attraction remains. There¿s no harm in that¿or is there? Just as things seem to be going smoothly, they lose control and a friendship is destroyed before it even had a chance of becoming anything more. But sometimes people are given second chances to make things right. Life unexpectedly gives one to Paula and Wynne. Will they take it? Or will they see it as a lesson learned hard and go their separate ways? Second chances, after all, are only for the lucky. KG MacGregor certainly has a way with words. The author of thoroughly entertaining tales as the short story Stolen Souls, in the anthology Undercover Tales the short story, I Told You So, in the anthology Telltale Kisses and full-length novels such as the suspense-filled Malicious Pursuit, the delightful Mulligan, and the dramatic The House on Sandstone, gives readers a truly great story in Just This Once of love, life¿s lessons and of hope for second chances. KG¿s soon to be released novel, Sumter Point, available in March 2007, is sure to show that KG¿s affinity with the written word is very much in evidence.
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This One is Good First, let's talk about the cover. It's beautiful. Take a moment to study it. Now, let's delve into the book itself. MacGregor is a skilled writer who knows her craft, so you won't be distracted by any flaws in character, setting, no holes in plot, everything is nicely done so that the reader can relax and enjoy this novel. If you like lesbian romance novels, and you've read enough of them, you'll be able to compare this author's effort, but if this is your first time with this genre, you certainly won't be disappointed. The story starts slowly and builds at a satisfying pace. Paula works at an upscale hotel in Orlando, and Wynne is a frequent patron. They meet, get to know each other, slowly become friends, each refusing to act on the growing attraction between them. Both Paula and Wynne are dedicated to advancing their careers. Despite the fact that they like each other and have things in common, they are reluctant to allow the relationship to grow beyond the casual. Wynne flies in from Baltimore for a series of business meetings dealing with the merger of her travel company into a much larger corporation. When the merger is complete, her periodic visits to the Orlando hotel will be over. For this and other reasons, both women struggle to keep their friendship casual. There is subplot and tension, as Wynne's family and home life intrude, but when the casual dinner dates increase the sexual tension between them, things begin to heat up. The main characters are fully developed, interesting, and believable. As the attraction between the two increases, so does the tension and interest for the reader. Usually, the lesbian romance ends when the girl finally gets the girl, but real relationships are sometimes much more complicated than that. Adults have obligations and entanglements, and MacGregor provides her characters with realistic problems, some of which may seem unsolvable. Sometimes, we make mistakes that cannot be forgiven or overcome. I've read literally dozens of novels in this genre, and this author handles the requirements and parameters very well, but she also manages to go beyond the requisite elements to offer the reader a little bit more than one would expect. If this is your first encounter with the genre, you'll be thoroughly entertained. If you're a fan of the lesbian romance, you'll find more than you normally get from an author, in clear, crisp writing, solid characterization, attention to detail and plot, and a good, professional, enjoyable, and very entertaining novel.