Tight Quarters by Samantha Hunter
The month-long Strangers on a Train extravaganza continutes! Welcomt to week two. For week 1’s review of Ticket Home by Serena Bell, click here. Each Friday for the month of April (plus the first Friday in May), I’ll be reviewing one of the 5 novellas in the Srangers on a Train Collection from Samhain, which released last week. Up this week is Samantha Hunter’s Tight Quarters. Don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter Samantha’s giveaway!
I love a story where the characters battle phobias. This one features a woman with a chance to embark on her dream career of travel writing, but she needs to conquer her crippling claustrophobia before she can commit to the job she’s been offered.
Here’s the set up: Brenna is forcing herself to face her claustrophobia head on by taking a train trip to prove she can travel for the new job she’s about to accept. The book opens on her fifth attempt to take said trip, meaning, she’s tried and failed a few times, and this time is the last straw. If she can’t make herself do this, she’s going to refuse the job. A computer snafu results in several of the train’s berths being double booked. Neither Brenna or the man double booked for her berth, retired cop Reid, is willing to postpone their trip, so Brenna has to deal with her claustrophobia with an audience, a very sexy and sometimes irritating audience.
I loved how Brenna’s claustrophobia showed up on the page and played a pivotal role in her romance with Reid, who having survived multiple gunshot wounds in the past understands a thing or two about physical and mental scars. I also loved how Reid is pretty much the perfect man. Not only is he hot and prepared for some action after a long “hiatus” from romance, but once he sets his sights on his Brenna, he puts up with insane amounts of her pushing him away because he is just that crazy about her.
Tight Quarters was sweet and sexy and was a fabulous way to spend a few hours of reading time. Please check it out (click on the image above for the Amazon link). Here are a few of my favorite lines:
“Fine,” Brenna bit out. “We can share, and maybe we can work out a schedule or something. Rules.”
“Sure.” He tried again to repress a smile. “We’ll get right on that.”
She turned red again and spun in the other direction to walk quickly back to their room.
Reid decided to let her be for a while and located an empty seat in the dining car to relax as the train pulled away from the station. He’d get some breakfast, enjoy the view and deal with his new roommate later.–Kindle Location 161
“What are you doing?”
“Showing you that you can’t control your environment all the time. There are too many variables. Me, for instance. Things you can’t control by drawing boxes around them. Like how this train will follow the track and tilt to the inside as we go around that upcoming curve. It will make my body shift a bit closer to yours. But it’s okay to be uncomfortable. To know you can’t control everything. Maybe you can even learn to enjoy it.”–Kindle Location 244
It wasn’t her claustrophobia that was keeping her from getting laid. Blatant stupidity clearly had something to do with it.–Kindle Location 332.
One lucky commenter will receive an ecopy of Tight Quarters. Just leave a comment below answering one of the following questions:
What phobias do you/would you love to see a hero or heroine overcome? OR
If you could take a train trip anywhere, where would it be?