No Strings Attached by Jennifer Labelle
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: Short Story (15 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aster
Julie Saunders and Gunnery Sergeant, Ryan Hawke have both hit a rough patch in life. Demanding jobs ensure there aren’t enough hours in the day to get out there and meet people. Tired of feeling lonely and in need of attention, they turn to the personals for a no-strings-attached encounter.
When Ryan sees Julie’s response to his ad for a hook up, he’s relieved he’s found a sane one in the bunch. She’s beautiful, they share the same goals, and she’s got a hell of an adventurous side–just what he needs.
Can reality live up to expectations or will a no-strings hook-up leave them craving more?
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Ryan Hawke is a Marine just returned home from duty, but due to demands of his job and life, he doesn't have time to find a woman to spend the night with, much less have a relationship. He posts a personal ad to find a woman who's looking for the same thing he is - no strings attached.
Julie Saunders is a young nurse who's gone almost a year without a relationship. She's craving the physical intimacy only a man can provide. Uninterested in strings herself, she responds to Ryan's ad and they eventually agree to meet.
The connection between these two was instant and incredibly hot! There's no pretense of much else in this story; the two people are together to hook up, no questions asked. They meet each other's needs and thoroughly enjoy each other. There's even the potential of more once the end comes - unfortunately far too soon!
The way the Ms. Labelle manages to craft her characters in such a short amount of time was fun to read, and she missed few details. I particularly liked when Ryan corrected Julie after Julie referred to him as a "soldier." It was small lines such as those that made me relate to the characters in the midst of their erotic romp. She also was smart about her story, including realistic elements like Julie bringing a friend with her as protection during the first public meeting with Ryan, something that shows Julie is not reckless or stupid.
This is an easy one to recommend. Strong, handsome Marine, beautiful young nurse, and incredibly hot sex. No Strings Attached is a title one has to pick up.