Just this Night by Juliet Cardin

Just this Night by Juliet Cardin
* I received a copy of this book from Breathless Press in exchange for an honest review*

 Genna Cosworth, a five-hundred-year-old witch overcome by loneliness, casts a beauty spell upon herself in an effort to find love—even if it’s just for one night.

Richard Barrentine is a man any woman could fall in love with: tall, dark, and irresistibly handsome. The pair spend a passionate evening together, but when the midnight hour draws near, Genna realizes she cannot live without him.

Desperate, Genna comes to the only conclusion a witch in her position could…she has to freeze time.

But can she live with herself after having brought light and love to her life by plunging the remainder of the world into darkness for an eternity? Perhaps the better question is can Richard give his heart to the woman who, for him, is willing to do just that?

 Just this Night takes place on All Hallows Eve.  Genna has believed for years that she looks like an old Hag.  She only has one mirror in her home but she keeps it covered up.  She comes across a spell that will make her beautiful for one night and it can only be used once every 100 years.  She is determined that she will experience love this night.

Richard has been looking for Gemma for years but she doesn’t realize it.  They have a passionate night together and Gemma doesn’t want to let him go.  She is willing to do just about anything to keep the night from ending, she can’t go back to the life she was living before.

Gemma has been been alone for so long, her only companion is the cat she found last year.  Her story is heartbreaking, just because of one comment she has shut herself off from the world.  Her only happiness came under the cover of a masked encounter that she has never forgotten.

The characters in this story have a lot of depth to them, even though this is a short story.  There is an obvious connection between Gemma and Robert that drew me in and kept me reading.  The flow of the story gives enough history but doesn’t overload the reader with unnecessary details.

I really enjoyed seeing the change in Gemma over the story.  She has lived her life in the shadows because she truly believed that she was an old witch.  All it took was love for her to see her true self. 

I definitely recommend this short story from Breathless Press.  I give Just this Night by Juliet Cardin 4 Flaming Hearts.

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