Review: Wild Nights

cover-wild nightTitle: Wild Nights
Author: Karen Erickson
Series: Vegas Nights #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: July 21st


A guy of her own? She’s not holding her breath—until he steals it away.

Natalie’s girls-only weekend in Vegas is shot to hell, thanks to her friends ditching her for very sexy, very famous guys. Not that she blames them. She knows what lonely feels like. A nurse’s long hours leave little time for a social life.

Then she collides with and spills her drink all over a very fine, very exposed male chest. A chest belonging to Noah Wilde, lead singer for the infamous Wilde & Wicked rock band. Thankfully, he’s merely amused as she tries to take care of the mess she made.

Noah sure would like to make a mess of the gorgeous, petite lady with luminous blue eyes. There’s no resisting the urge to tempt her along for an adventurous night of gambling, drinking, eating, and sin.

But during the harsh light of day, Noah has a change of heart. Not about the fact he likes Natalie—a lot. He’s not sure he wants to drag this sweet lady through his sordid life. Even though sparing her could cost them both a chance at forever.

Warning: Contains a nurse who thought she knew all there was to know about anatomy, and a rock god who’s about to show her a few spots she missed. To say they both hit the jackpot would be an understatement.

Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley

This quick, cute story brings the wish-fulfillment trilogy of Vegas Nights novellas to a close with probably my favourite of the three. There’s actually less sex in this one than the others and more of an effort is put into developing a relationship between Natalie and Noah, but it’s all a little short to really develop things too deeply.

Not that it matters. Natalie is a shy, good girl who has never done anything bad in her life, while Noah is a seriously bad boy, who’s trying to clean up his act. They meet somewhere in the middle in Vegas for a hot weekend that involves a bit of gambling, plenty of flirting and some hot action in the hotel room.

I liked this one, mostly because it spoke to my inner teenager and all those bands I loved so much during those years. I also liked the glimpse of Noah’s own issues with fame and how he valued Natalie for being so different from all of that.

However, that ending was a total cop out. It wouldn’t have taken much, maybe one more chapter, just to see them truly make up. A phone call and a distant gesture is all very nice, but not when it wasn’t followed up by anything except a promise to meet up. Which is a shame, because it ended an otherwise fun and enjoyable series on a slightly disappointing note.

Overall, though, I enjoyed this. If you’re looking for a quick escape with a hint of Vegas magic and a dose of rock star wickedness then you can’t go far wrong with this. Except the ending, where you’ll need to fill in a few gaps for yourself. Apart from that this is a fine end to the Vegas Nights trilogy.

Wild Nights is out July 21st!
Visit Karen Erickson for more details.


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