Friday, September 14, 2012

Alexandrea Weis Moves Sideways To Romance Genre in Latest...

"I hate it when you give me ultimatums. After four years of
dating you told me I had to marry you or else you would walk
away. A year after we were married, you said you would leave
me unless I gave you a kid. And then you threatened to take
Simone away unless I gave up my job at the DA's office and
became a full-time mom. I did all that you wanted in the past,
but if you think this is making me want to sleep with you,
you've got a lot to learn about women...Go park your ass in the
guest bedroom for the rest of the night. I don't want to wake
up next to you in the morning...
Kara stood in the middle of her bedroom feeling more confused
than ever. It wasn't that she felt flustered by her husband's
ultimatum. She had suffered through enough of Cal's "do it
or else" scenarios in the past to know that was what he usually
did when he was angry. No, his outbursts weren't what were
bothering her. As the ache inside of her grew, she knew what
it was that she really wanted. But she had vowed that they
would not repeat what they had done. She had allowed
herself one night with a man she desperately wanted and she
could not go back on her declaration. She walked back over to
the wide sleigh bed and flopped herself down on the beige
comforter. And as she lay there thinking of Scott's hands
wandering up and down her body, she closed her eyes and
moaned. "Kara Kristine, you're in some deep ass kind of
Diary of a One-Night Stand

By Alexandrea Weis

With the title of Diary of a One-Night Stand, you have a good idea what to expect, don't you?! But, by now, I know from reading four of her novels* that you never really know what to expect from this author. In fact, after I started reading and got involved with the story, I admit I did something that I never had done before--I turned to the last couple of pages to see what names were there...

Don't ask me why because I don't was simply because I had developed a "preferred" ending and I didn't think that was a good thing to have when you're going to write a review, right? Soooo, I challenge you not to do what I did, but let the suspense flow freely as you read...

Although this novel is pure romance from beginning to end!

Of course, there are a million and one reasons for having an affair, right? So, Why? is not as important as... Kara was perhaps "open" to it???
Who...Scott was decided as soon as he saw Kara across the room...and was quite aggressive and insistent in getting his way!

But Kara's desire was just as demanding...

You know, when that happens to two single adults, most would say, well, go for it...

But Kara was married and had a daughter...

Yet she was feeling unappreciated, not so young, unattractive, and all of those insecure feelings that we women have from time to time. And when somebody makes that woman feel totally the opposite, sometimes being married is not enough to keep that woman from considering a one-night stand.

So, what makes this story different? Well, if you've read Weis before you already know that she's a wonderful storyteller and writer. Her imagination and creativity is delightfully poetic in her style, so that I just enjoy reading her! Her characters are realistic and whether you like them or not--or whether you think they should be doing what they're doing or not--is not as important as is the story that she tells.

Kara and Cal are not getting along as a couple. Now in my opinion it takes two to have trouble in a marriage, or else one is wearing blinders. How did I come to this conclusion? By being a single woman in a business world--that's all it takes to know, see, and realize that affairs are happening, whether you think they should or not.

"It's not that easy, Momma. I have Simone to
"Simone is as resilient as you were at that age.
If you ask me the kid probably already knows
you're unhappy. If you want my advice, leave the
ogre and get out while you can."
"Where do you suggest I go, Momma? You want
me and Simone to come here and live with you?
"Hell, no! If you walk out of your marriage, don't
come cryin' back to me. You're a big girl, you can
make your own way in the world.
Kara threw her hands up in the air. "I can't just
walk out on my marriage.
"Yes, you can. Life has no rules, Kara. We're all
just makin' it up as we go along, so grab whatever
you have with that man who has put a twinkle
back in your eye. You've got the rest of your life
to think about your mistakes. So you'd better try
and make some while you're still young enough
to enjoy them."
So, just as with other people issues in today's world, I think it is important to spotlight "affairs" and hone in the common issues...while you're having the fun of reading about it!

Weis gives all of us an opportunity to escape and recapture that twinkle in our lives--even if it is through reading about somebody else's lives. I'm not a constant romance novel fan, but there was sufficient complexity and surprises through the various characters that I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story. I think you will too, especially if you're a romance fan!

This was not my favorite of her books, but I'm positive it stacks well against other books of this genre! And do let me know what you think Kara should do!

Highly recommended for those looking for a "one-night stand," fantasize and enjoy, so you can think...twice...LOL


Alexandrea Weis began writing at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen again and began her first novel To My Senses. Since that time she has writen several novels and sold two screenplays (White River and Blood Will Tell). Blood Will Tell is currently in pre-production with Buyer Group International. Her work has been critically acclaimed and is continually growing in popularity. 
     Alexandrea Weis is also a permitted wildlife rehabber and works rescuing orphaned and injured animals. She recently has been working to aid oil soaked birds in the Gulf disaster .

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