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Something to Live For by Natalie G. Owens
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Loved this tale!

I had taken a bit of a break from reading romance and this was a wonderfully welcome change from the usual "boy meets girl, they banter for pages until they finally hit the sack and then argue and then get together again" type of stories. This packed an emotional punch from the get go as we dive into psycho-therapist Melita's mind as she ventures to the secluded meeting place she will be placed with her stranger of the night. Our hero Alex is another good character. I loved how he was mysterious with a past that was slowly revealed through his emotions and actions. I was thankful it never felt like the story was holding something back but instead offered something to reveal.

Although the characters were meeting for one thing and one thing only, the tension between them sparked the moment they met. I'm not a fan of explicit porno style love scenes and Ms. Owens definitely delivered on bringing a sexy, sensually steamy scene to life between Melita and Alex. Both have something to gain and nothing to lose during the night but this reader got the sense that they needed each other in more ways than just a romp in the hay. Make no mistake, the romp definitely helps bring their defenses down and solidifies something that has been missing (as we notice in Alex's expression after the act), but there is a certain something missing from each other that only the other person can offer.

I've always wanted to go to Malta and reading about the landscapes and the mouth-watering food made me dash for a Maltese cookbook. There's a certain melon delicacy I'm eager to try and I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! I loved the cultural aspects of this story which not only brought the characters to life but also the setting.

This short fiction offering packed a punch in its short pages and the eventual twist in the story that connected our hero and heroine was a welcome addition. I'm a fan of short stories and novellas that can really weave an intricate tale and bring the emotion. Something to Live For was an easygoing, relaxing read and definitely delivered on all accounts!
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