Title ~ Two Night Stand
Author ~ Ellis Carrington
Published ~ 4th February 2015
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance
Two guys meet outside of a small town girlie bar. Both of them would rather be anywhere else.
Gabe needs a sober ride home without his douchey ex bringing him down. Lincoln needs to put the mistakes that brought him to Hollow Forge behind him for good. A simple lift back to campus turns into one night together that leaves them both wanting more. One night becomes two, but soon their pasts are knocking at the door and the clock is running out on their weekend.
15,000 word gay romance novella
If like me, you've been reading and loving Ellis Carrington’s Escapade Series, then you'll be very happy to see that she's treated us to a sexy little interlude set around the all girl strip club that this engaging m/m series is centred around...and at the time I'm writing this review is actually being given to us as a freebie, so… thank you Ellis!
I really liked Lincoln and Gabe's story, because once again Ellis establishes the yummy chemistry and sexual tension I always love in her books. They start the story as strangers but attraction strikes fairly quickly after they encounter each other outside Escapade; the place birthday boy Gabe has been railroaded into going to by his roommate and (selfish) ex fuck buddy 'boyfriend' Brendan.
What doesn’t help is that Brendan has invited his girlfriend of the moment along, rubbing salt into an already stinging wound; so not wanting to be there in the first place, a miserable Gabe sneaks away, just wanting to go home. Angry and a bit worse for wear from all the shots he’s drunk to help get through the experience, he ends up collapsed against the wall outside, chewing over to himself just how pissed he is about the way Brendan has treated him.
As it happens, ex cop Lincoln is leaving the bar after doing his stint working security at the club, and concerned about a slightly over the limit Gabe driving home, strike's up a conversation that leads to Gabe accepting a lift from the attractive guy with dimples that give him tummy flips! However during the ride, a tipsy Gabe inadvertently falls asleep in the car so Lincoln takes him back to his place where, to cut a long story short, attraction turns to lust and a night of hot, sizzling sex. But their one night stand leads to two, when over the weekend together, they both find themselves taking stock of the baggage in their past that’s been holding them back from finding love.
Despite being only 51 pages, Ellis still manages to turn what could have been just a quick hot sexy read, into a short story with enough emotional content to flesh out Gabe and Lincoln as characters. Of course it's too short to have a HEA but it's HFN ending did leave me feeling satisfied that these two men could very easily take their relationship to the next level and make it work.
Ideally I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Gabe and Lincoln’s relationship but as it stands this is the perfect length if you've got an hour to spare. I read it while I was all relaxed and cosy in bed and really enjoyed it. A free read I'd quite happily have paid for, it will definitely be staying on my Kindle with the rest of my Ellis Carrington books.
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About Ellis Carrington
Born after the Christmas of 2010 when she was gifted a Kindle and discovered the gay romance category on Amazon that same day. Romance requires a hopeful ending and that is why Ellis Carrington is driven to write it. She loves to create original stories that are gritty, witty, and a little unexpected, just like the heroes who inhabit them. Her guys come in both human and non-human form because spirit guides and vampires deserve love too. Her favorite things are great friends, great music, and books that make her sob like there’s no tomorrow.
As well as offering Two Night Stand as a free read at this time, Ellis is also very generously gifting one reader the choice of an ebook from her backlist. For your chance to win just enter the Rafflecopter below.