Title: Strangers in the Night
Series: Strangers 01
Author: Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone
Length: Short (60 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (11th March 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: When Army veteran Slade stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.
Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.
Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
Strangers in the Night, by Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone, is a thought-provoking story about a soldier (Slade) stumbling, after discharge from the military, trying to find someplace he feels normal/safe…whatever that is. He has no destination in mind as he takes off on a self-imposed journey, I believe, looking for redemption.
Even though he doesn’t know what he needs to calm his restless behavior or if there even IS such a thing, Callum, the owner of the house he comes upon, recognizes almost immediately the agitated, unsettled look Slade is wearing.
This is a short read, however, the story has a lot of detail and a lot of thoughts and feelings are brought to light very quickly. I would love to see where Jaycee and Helena decide to take this story if they ever decide to broaden it. I think the potential is very much there and they certainly possess the skill if they decide to make that happen.
Slade is mainly just looking for a place to lay his head for the night. What he finds in a few short hours in Callum’s presence is something he needs in order to quiet the nightmares he lives with.
Callum is a dominant by nature so he does what comes naturally and he risks exposing himself in order to offer some peace and calm for Slade.
I understand Callum’s thought process and his reasoning behind his actions, but I feel more time should have been fleshed out before presenting Slade with his solution. Following orders is something Slade knows well but in the bedroom his interpretation leads to confusion and hurt feelings.
Slade is struggling, internally, from past events but if given the chance, I believe Callum can take Slade to places he never knew existed. He may be blindfolded but he will see more clearly than ever.
Would I read from these authors again? Yes, I would. I felt the characters convictions and I felt the vitality Slade wanted to find at the hands of Callum. The originality of the storyline kept me turning the pages and I was sad to see it end so quickly. For a short read it packed quite a punch making me feel like a HFN is a good place to be.