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Dark & Stormy: a Rivers End Romance novella (Maddy+Dawson / Kelsey+Jason)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  46 reviews
All bets are off when the lights go out one dark and stormy night in Rivers End…

The Maker’s Market New Year’s party is the most important night of the year for event planner Maddy Jones and her best friend caterer Kelsey Armstrong. But they’ve got things well in hand… until a power outage plunges everyone into darkness.

Never mind professional catastrophe—Maddy’s suffe
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Thigh High Ink
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Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and Stormy starts out leaving the reader a little perplexed, but the secrets unfold like a flower blooming and all is good, and so romantic. The big New Years party is so important to the artists on display, like Jason, and for caterer Kelsey and event planner Maddy who are trying to launch new businesses with the exposure they get from the party. But a wild storm seems to turn the party into a disaster, or does it? What is bad for the party is a new beginning for romance. This is a story a ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark and Stormy - Another well written, fast paced, interesting story set in Rivers End. Likeable and realistic characters that create interest in their lives and storylines and humor that keep the reader immersed in the pages. I contacted the author to review her books. 4*

C. J. Hunt has written a series of books set in Rivers End. Although there are different names for each series, the characters are shared throughout the stories. Most of the characters do not share today's typical stupid formu
Gabbi Grey
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the lights go out (audio review)

Living out in the country, we’re frequently subjected to power outages – trees falling, occasionally someone wrapping their car around a pole, etc. It’s one thing to be homebound when you’ve got candles, hurricane lamps, and a gas fireplace. It’s entirely something different when you’re in the middle of a city and the power goes out. What is normally lit by all those artificial lights goes dark and it feels more ominous. And when there’s a storm, it can be ho
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delight to read. Two would be couples, a New Years Eve party, and a dark and stormy night. Both Jason and Dawson have been hesitant to bite the bullet and ask out the lady of their choice. Jason, a wealthy artist, has had his eye on Kelsey a cafe owner and caterer, for months now. He even times his visits to her cafe for her less busy periods so he has time to talk to her. This New Year’s Eve, he plans to make his move and ask her out. For her part, Kelsey has long been attracted ...more
Lady Elizabeth
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute and funny novella that includes two couples that finally find a way into each other's arms, and stayed there.

Kelsey and Jason know each other because he frequents her coffee. Those visits are not a coincidence, he is really into her and she is really into him but both never tried anything. During a blackout, these two will find that they are perfect for each other.

Maddy rents space in Dawson's building. Both of them are attracted to each other but when Dawson made the first attemp
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: humor / romance fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout, Bookbub, author newsletter
Two sets of friends have a New Year Launch party to remember!

Dawson and Maddy have not gotten off to the best start. She agreed to give ex Tent one more chance. After he disappeared, when Dawson asked her out again, morning sickness - all over his shoes. He does not know the sperm donor has opted not to be a daddy.

Kelsey and Jason. He has a well to do circle of family and friends, who have been helping the sales at the launch party of their Markets Makers culinary and art co-op. An old family fr
Debbie Caswell
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddy and event planner and Kelsey a caterer are working at a New Years Eve Party and they may get more than they bargained for because love is about to knock on their door. Maddy is six months pregnant but her baby daddy wants nothing to do with the baby or her but Dawson the man who owns the building as had a crush on her for ages and now that she is separated from her ex he sees his chance and he is moving in what will happen when the ex comes back on the scene Meanwhile Kelsey loves to cook ...more
Sandy Grant
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect weekend read! C.J. Hunt strikes again with a wonderful cozy romance novella.

Two good looking male friends who haven't been able to find love, only lots of "B" women who only care about themselves.

Two soft, loving, good looking female friends with definite goals who only seem to find loser males. One is pregnant and feels alone and unlovable.

Can an electrical outrage finally bring these two couples together?

A great way to learn a little about Rivers End if you haven't read an
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maddy is a event planner and her friend Kelsey is a cater who are working the New Years Party they planned for local artist to show and sale their creations. Maddy is six months pregnant with her son that her ex wanted nothing to do with but Dawson the building owner has had a crush on her for months but he thought she was with the ex and,now he knows she’s not so he is making his move. Kelsey loves to cook and Jason who is a artist loves Kelsey but she has never given him the time of day and th ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG. This short story could actually be full size book. There is lots of angst, sparks, and of course love. You take a woman like Maddy, who along with her friend Kelsey are starting their own businesses, one a catering company and the other a party planner company. Then you take Dawson, owner of the building, and Jason, a man from old money and you could have two power couples. Will Dawson and Maddy, Jason and Kelsey get their happy ever after or not?
I was so thrilled to read this story that I
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and Story covers two couples during a power outage and what takes place. Dawson and Maddy, Jason and Kelsey. Dawson has always had a thing for Maddy but she was with someone else and he left it alone. But now that the ex was no longer in the picture, being trapped with Maddy was the perfect time to put his plan into play. Jason is an artist and has designs on Kelsey. She has it bad for Jason but doesn't think that someone like her has a chance with him. Looks like the power outage will chan ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute Shirt Story

Two best friends one with catering business the other event planner work together doing a New years eve party in a building they both work at one in a cafe the other upstairs in a office setting. Both hoping this party will help boost their business. And the men whom they may or may not be interested in are also close buds. They seemed to have attraction for each other but are afraid to take a chance and get let down.But the party and one dark and stormy night happened and things
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like getting a great two for one deal. Both the couples where so sweet. Party planner Maddy Jones and her best friend, caterer Kelsey Armstrong are throwing the first new years eve party, but unfortunately it does not go according to their plans when the power goes out. With Dawson Sellers and Jason Thorne in the mix it makes for a tempestuous night. Want to know what happens before it comes back on? Read the book I loved it and I think you will too. I am volunteering to leave a rev ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddy, a party planner, and Kelsey, a caterer are working the most important event of the year when something goes wrong. Maddy and her friend Kelsey fall for Jason and Dawson when the power goes out on New Year's Eve. Love the witty banter and how they were all afraid to tell the other how they felt because they feared rejection. This is a sweet, small town romance full of humor, drama, secret loves, angst and twists that pulled each couple together. Great novella and a fantastic addition to th ...more
Rudy Red
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This insta-attraction novella between 2 separate couples was a completely unique storyline. It was fast paced and kept this reader's attention from the onset. The characters were definately different, not only from each other, but from cliché characters as well. Jason and Kelsey, and Dawson and Maddy seemed to share similar truths. Getting past preconceived notions was going to prove to be the hardest part. If you are looking for a quick read with guaranteed HEA, this is a sure bet!

I received a
Christine Campbell
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book the two couples in this book are all hard headed and wont see past the fact that they are friends who actually care about each other. I loved how they get stuck in the elevator together and it seems like it was a great start to their relationship the other two are working the party and as it winds down it is apparent that they will be together also. It was a short quick read which was hard to put down. I love this series

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. A short quick story that deals with two couples getting together during a power outage. This is Maddy Jones a event planner and Maker’s Market building owner Dawson Sellers / caterer Kelsey Armstrong I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.and artist Jason Thorne's stories. A book I enjoyed reading. ...more
EV von Fleek
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, fast read. Cuddle up on the couch with a big cup of tea and this book. I read this on my Kindle during a power outage – true story! The time passed quickly and I forgot my troubles.
Dawson and Jason are just the type of men you want in your life; they see beauty in the girls they like and are ready to step up and help out in the lives of the ones they love.
I recommend this series if you like books that sweep you away and make you feel happier about the world after you’re finished.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
by Dale

Truly enjoyed reading this book. The talent it took to write four different characters and bring them all together in one building and still live separate lives.
Wonderful. Just wonderful.

Any opinions expressed within this review are solely and uniquely made by me and I am happily leaving this review.

I voluntarily received an advanced copy of this book via Booksprout.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always love reading about the characters in the small town of Rivers End and this story is no different. I wouldn't mind getting stuck in a power outage on New Year's Eve especially if it brings the love of my life!!! This is sweet and quick read guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I highly recommend this book. My voluntary review is based on the ARC version of the novella. ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read with two two couples in this books plot line. The characters are well developed and engaging while the storyline flows beautifully. I adore how Ms. hunts always manages to bring page turners. Each couple has their own ups and downs with spins on there emotions. I loved everything about this one.
Jeanne Okerlund
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has four main characters.  I love the way it was written and changes view points of the four people with the chapters.  This is a fun and charming story.  The feeling of the "twenty somethings" that have the rest of their lives to live and are finding their true love to last the rest of those lives. ...more
Penny Ellgass
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute short story.
Two couples who the guys are smitten and trying to get the courage to make a move. Two successful women who don't think they are the right kind of women because they are curve and not a size 6.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anne Donaldson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely short read, and it opens as it continues – with great writing and good characters. It would have been better longer (I know; then it wouldn’t have been a novella!); issues just seemed to be overcome a little too fast. However, the lift scenes were a clear highlight (dark light?), and, if you want a quick feel-good read, this is the one to open.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2 couples finally find the courage in a blackout during a storm to talk things out and get ready for the next step.
Not exactly a new storyline, but still enough new to be intriguing and absolutely fun to read. A well-written short story that is fun for a day off.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written CJ Hunt; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I will definitely be reading more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Too formulaic

First off, if this was supposed to be a standalone, having a proper description of the protagonists would be very helpful. Second, whilst jumping from one friend to the next, a lot was left unsaid. And to finish, going from a kiss to a year later was far too fast for my liking
Suzanne Withers
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing story involving Walker and Lauren and all the many twists and turns as their relationship develops. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it as well worth reading. There is plenty of hot chemistry between the main characters.

I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Karen Galloway
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. I enjoyed reading “Dark & Stormy” by C. J. Hunt. If you are looking for a good book to read you want to read this. It’s a Good, well written, interesting story and the great, interesting characters kept me glued to this book. I loved their story. Their interaction and chemistry was engaging, I was engrossed, I couldn’t put it down
Heather W
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the lights go out...

I absolutely loved this quick, sweet, clean romance story. It details what happens for two couples when the lights go out on New Year's Eve. There are issues preventing both couples from being together. Will they resolve those issues before the lights come back on?

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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