Woodland Fantasy

By: Becca Dale

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Jenna is a battered woman. One night, while her abuser sleeps in a drunken stupor, she escapes to the woods surrounding her home. While basking in a sense of freedom, Jenna encounters a mysterious stranger who takes her breath away by making love to her under the full moon. 


There isn't a whole lot to this little e-book quickie. In a nutshell, it is the story of a battered woman's brief respite from her abuser, who is presumably her husband or at least a man with whom she is in a serious, long-term relationship. The bulk of the pages are taken up by a steamy love scene between the woman, Jenna, and a mysterious stranger she meets in the woods by her home, but I wouldn't characterize it as erotic. Normally, I would be off-put by the fact that Jenna is cheating even though on some level one might say that it is justified considering how she'd been treated, but I can't say that I had particularly strong feelings about it one way or the other. There just wasn't enough depth to the characterizations and story to make me become emotionally invested in the outcome. While some may disagree with me, I also felt like there was a small degree of ambiguity as to whether Jenna was actually experiencing the incident first-hand or perhaps as the title suggests was simply fantasizing. I might argue as well, that this technically wasn't romance due to the lack of an HEA ending. It was very much left open to the reader's imagination. Overall, the writing itself was pretty solid. It was also free and a very quick read that only took a few minutes of my time, so even though Woodland Fantasy was just OK for me, I didn't exactly feel like it was a waste of time. This novella is available as a free download from All Romance eBooks.


Becca Dale