Review: Box of 1Night Stands – 21 Sizzling Nights by Valerie Mann, Diane Alberts, & Stephanie Beck

Box of 1Night Stands

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Decadent Publishing presents some of the very best of the 1Night Stand series featuring NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors Jennifer Probst, Jen McLaughlin (writing as Diane Alberts) and J.M. Madden, along with 18 other trendsetting authors such as HOLT Medallion winner Desiree Holt. When Madame Eve arranges a date, you are guaranteed more than you’ll ever expect. More heat, more heart, more SIZZLE…

To Feel Again – Valerie Mann
The story that started it all: Jackson Castillo doesn’t have time for dating, Leah doesn’t have time to wait.

Broken – Jen McLaughlin (writing as Diane Alberts)
Is one night enough for Tiffany to convince Matt that she doesn’t see a crippled man when she looks at him…but a war hero instead?

Panties Optional – Stephanie Beck
Forever isn’t on Sam or Maggie’s minds, but maybe it doesn’t have to be.

 

I bought this book for $0.59 and it’s surely been worth the price! Box of 1Night Stands contains 21 stories by 21 different authors. Each story is roughly connected to each other by the framework of a dating service named “1Night Stand” run by Madam Evangeline. The dating service allows people to pay absurd amounts of money to be hooked up with someone “suitable” and willing to have a night of sex. The service includes reservations to a fabulous hotel, the Castillo hotels and resorts (owned and run by one of satisfied 1Night Stand clients). Madam Evangeline seems to be the world’s best match-maker as all of her single night stands turn into committed relationships.

Since Box of 1Night Stands has 21 different stories, I’ve decided to break the reviews up as to not be overwhelming. And so I don’t forget them. Thus far the included stories are all either vignettes or very short shorts. Most seem to be between 3-5 chapters long as well.

“To Feel Again” by Valerie Mann (3 stars)
Leah is the beautiful widow of a solider killed in action and Jackson is the wealthy owner of a luxury hotel and resort chain. Leah contacts 1Night Stand because she wants to have sex with a man that reminds her of her husband. She feels this will allow her to let go and move past her grief. Jackson is perfect for Leah so Madam Evangeline (Eve) manages to talk him into meeting with her. They have a night of fabulous sex and discover they like each other enough to continue seeing each other.

“Broken” by Jen McLaughlin writing as Diane Alberts (3 stars)
Matt is a Navy SEAL who was hurt in combat. He is currently wheelchair bound with a great deal of physical therapy ahead of him. Tiffany is a Therapist who was in an abusive relationship. Both of Tiffany and Matt are looking for someone to love them for who they are – warts and all. Matt believes that he is not desirable to the opposite sex since his injuries and Tiffany is looking for a man who wouldn’t hit her. They have a night of fabulous sex but Matt’s issues cause him to lash out. They work it out as well.

I felt two ways about this one. I really enjoyed the fact that the story dealt with a hero who had been injured and had to deal with that injury (and it’s assorted issues). I live in the Washington, DC Metro area which is the home of the Walter Reed Medical Center. The grave injuries that come with war and the courage it takes to fight those injuries on a daily basis is something that people in this area become familiar with. What bothered me was the…fact that the author felt the need to partner Matt with a therapist who also works with injured soldiers. I don’t know, it was something about the way it was worded that didn’t sit too well for me.

“Panties Optional” By Stephanie Beck (3 stars)
This one is pretty forgettable, I’m sad to say. It’s cute but it’s the third short story in a book filled with short stories that are all quite similar. There’s a slight twist to this story that really perked it up for me and I don’t want to spoil it.

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