Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One Night in Pamplona by J. D. Martins


Jeff has twenty-four hours in Pamplona during his tour of Spain—a well-earned vacation from his busy job as a Boston paralegal. Just enough to experience the first day of the famous San Fermin festivals, to enjoy the celebrations, party all night and, of course, take part in the Running of the Bulls. If he can flirt with an attractive tourists or pretty local, so much the better: he’s a single man and he’s not looking to change that.

Meeting Idoia, he’s taken aback by her looks, and the fact she gives him the time of day. She tells him she’s just practicing her English. He convinces her to join him in the town square for the official start of the festival. In the crush their bodies can’t help but touch the way he’d hoped. Idoia shows Jeff a side of Pamplona he’d never have seen without her, but she’s dismayed at his plan to run with the bulls. Jeff doesn’t want to upset Idoia, but his one night in Pamplona will be incomplete without a bull run. Will their relationship last the entire night, or will Idoia give up on Jeff as an arrogant idiot intent on needlessly endangering himself?

Ten percent (10%) of the author's royalties will be donated to WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.

About the Author:

J. D. Martins is a pseudonym. The author does not include his biography or photo under this name.

Review by Rochelle:

It’s probably a good thing Mr. Martins didn’t tell me One Night in Pamplona was an erotic romance. Chances are I would not have reviewed it. I’m not fond of erotica. One sex scene per book is plenty for me. By the third one, I was skimming the sex looking for more of the story. Fortunately, even in seventy-five short pages, there was one.

My all-time favorite account of the running of the bulls in Pamplona is in Terry Pratchet’s Witches Abroad in a chapter entitled “That Thing With the Bulls.” It’s a satire and funny as heck.

Mr. Martins’ account of One Night in Pamplona explains the festival that surrounds the tradition and the cruelty that fuels it, as the bulls are prodded to stampede down the street. He also takes us on a tour of Pamplona, describing the architecture and history of the town, all the while drawing full characters and leading them through a steamy day and equally steamy love story—in a novella. Kudos, Mr. Martins.

Heat Rating:  R+
Length:  75 Pages
Digital Price:  $0.99

Thanks for visiting. Donna, Julie, & Rochelle

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