Limited by status…
Ava is a housekeeper aboard Star Spirit, a luxury cruise ship travelling between the Milky Way and the Belvarian System. Coming from a middle-class family on Earth, she is considered by passengers as nothing more than an object to be tossed away when they’re done with her.
Shunned because of his lineage…
Banned from several planets across the universe, Nate struggles to run his interstellar shipping business. But the DNA of an exterminated race runs through his blood, giving him a diluted form of their powers, and leaving him labeled as a terrorist.
Both searching for the one…
Through her 1Night Stand dating service, Madame Evangeline matches these two together for a celestial escape on the pleasure planet, Elatia.
Will Ava and Nate find what they’re looking for, or will their date be just another night on another planet?
“What are you lookin’ at?” Wyn leaned over the side of his chair. “You? A dating service?”
He chuckled, his cheeks warming. “No. I just heard a woman mention it when I escaped through her room. She’d apparently used this service and was waiting for her date when I barged in.”
His friend stood behind him, clasping his shoulder. “I’m surprised you didn’t take advantage of the situation.”
“Didn’t have a chance.” Yet, he wouldn’t have. He refused to pretend to be someone else. A woman had to want him for him. He would no longer hide what he was.
“You should give it a try.”
The comment came like a kick to the nuts. Spinning around in his chair, he faced Wyn. “You’ve got to be joking. This woman sets people up on a one-night stand, but according to her clients, more often than not, the relationship lasts well beyond one night.”
“Exactly. You’ve spent all this time zooming around space, searching for someone. I think it’s about time you stop to find her.”
He clenched the arms of the chair. “In case you haven’t noticed, I’m fully capable of finding my own dates.”
“C’mon. The women you find are willing to fuck anyone who asks. It’s all a ruse as you search for the one woman you’re pining over.”
“You think I’m looking for love? Yeah, right.” That ship had sailed a long time ago. Best friend or not, Wyn had pushed the boundaries of their camaraderie. Nate rose to his feet and shoved past him. “Stay out of my business.”
“If I did, you’d be dead by now,” Wyn shouted after him.
Nate slammed the door to his cubby behind him and pounded his fist against the wall. The fucker was right, Nate would have been killed numerous times if Wyn hadn’t come to his rescue. And perhaps he was lonely, always yearning to run into his one true love. But she resided on Earth, a place he could never return. He stripped off his pants and slumped onto his cot. The darkness helped to soothe his anger.
He thought of 1Night Stand. Am I ready to settle down? Is there really another woman out there for me? Madame Eve guaranteed one night. He huffed out a breath. No harm in trying. Yes, as soon as Wyn retired to his bunk, Nate would fill out the questionnaire.
What would happen after that? He’d let fate decide.
While the story is short it’s quite poignant and detail enriched. Another superb book in the 1Night Stand series and one worth picking up for a quick, yet on the edge of your seat, read.
I have reviewed heaps of 1Night Stand stories and I have to say this series has seriously made me rethink my attitude toward short stories. I used to hate them because they were short obviously, and because they were short, they didn’t allow for much character or story development and I always felt a little bit cheated. With the 1Night Stand series, these stories are always short but the characters and situations are well developed and in depth that the reader doesn’t feel anything has been left out because it exceeded the word limit. Everything fits and the reason I keep picking them up is because they are enjoyable to read and if you just have some time to while away, they hit the spot!
Another Night, Another Planet is another 1Night Stand story, but it is also an Elatia Story written by Jessica E. Subject. I hadn’t heard of Elatia, but I didn’t need to know because Ms. Subject filled in what the reader needed to know.
1Night Stand stories have at their centre a matchmaker, the mysterious Madame Eve and it seems she deals with all kinds and in all time zones and even in space and beyond! This is one of the stories that goes into space.
Ava works in space on a space liner at a menial job, but it is the best she can find. She just sent off an application to Madame Eve and before the ship set off she got a reply. Ava has been hurt by love before and the one guy she loved used her and left her without a word. She doesn’t really have any prospects and so she tries to find one through Madame Eve’s service. At least it will be better than the offers of a quick romp from some of the passengers.
Natazekiel, or Nate also wants to find someone and so he also decides to try Madame Eve and see if he can also get lucky. He thinks his bridge to love came and went a long time ago and he only has one friend in the whole world, but Wyn might leave him, and the fact he had a girlfriend really drove the point home to Nate that he was alone. The way he finds out about Madame Eve is very funny. His predicament is he is a Claustrian and even though he isn’t 100%, he was still expelled from Earth. Claustrians have explosive orgasms and afterwards need to sleep to regain their energy and he isn’t sure who would ever put up with that.
Nate and Ava have their date arranged on Elatia, which is a pleasure planet. To their surprise, they know each other and spend time getting to know each other again. Do they still have that connection, or will Ava return to her ship and leave Nate behind, the way he left her the last time? I enjoyed this story as it developed the characters nicely, set up the story and didn’t dump a whole heap of world building on the reader. Another Night, Another Planet is a great read if you have limited time but want a good story to while away the time. Get yourself a copy of this space tale of love lost, found and see what happens to Nate and Ava.
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