Same Time Next Year

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
* * * 3,500 word short story * * *

A newlywed receptionist at an upscale hotel reflects on her own marriage as two guests arrive for the night and check into adjoining rooms. More
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About Jenna Bennett

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Savannah Martin mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace.

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KaraSkinner reviewed on Feb. 18, 2018

At first I thought I wasn’t going to like this story. I thought it was about two people leaving their depressing and dull lives to have one night of infidelity and debauchery a year, like some sort of modern day fairy tale. On top of that, the “good” character, Elizabeth, is kind of a bitch who is quick to condemn and judge Regina, but smile and admire Tyler.

It’s one thing to disapprove of adultery, it’s another thing to have double standards about it.

But despite my misgivings at first, I got sucked into the very hot sex scene quickly.

For such a short story there is actually a lot of character development. We learn that Tyler and Regina met at a conference years ago, when they had those two hotel rooms by coincidence. Tyler loves how Regina’s strong and confident in public, but a little submissive in the bedroom. Regina loves how Tyler still wants her, and how he’s always willing to please her. They have great chemistry together and I love how they’re still attracted to each other after all those years, and always come back to the same hotel.

My only complaint, aside from the abrupt end to the sex scene, is Elizabeth. I get why she’s necessary to the story, but she’s undeveloped and unlikeable, and I wish she was gone.
(review of free book)
Carol Collett reviewed on March 12, 2012

What a fun, romantic story! I laughed out loud at the ending.
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Bella McGuire reviewed on Dec. 16, 2011

I don't read very much romance these days. I more concentrate on mysteries, but after finishing the Savannah Martin series (which had quite a lot of romance, which I enjoyed) I thought I'd try a romantic short story. 

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR is about two people that meet at the same hotel, same time every year. For the desk clerk she thinks they are cheating on their spouses, but who are these people and what is their story?

Oh I liked this one! It was such a sweet, romantic story that was a perfect length for me. It was interesting seeing their relationship from different peoples point of views, and how they viewed each other. 

I definitely recommend this for fans of romance, and even someone just wanting to dip their toe into the romance genre. A fun short story and definitely worthy of 5 stars. 
(review of free book)
Jellygirl reviewed on Dec. 7, 2011

I loved this short story, it was romantic and sweet. The receptionist in the hotel needs to get off her high horse, judging before knowing the facts will bite you on the bum. I think a sequel(s) could definitely be written with this setting. The young newlywed receptionist, could be the first sequel..could her sappy love at this young stage of her own marriage...could or would that love sustain years down the road like our hot couple with busy careers and children? Hum, maybe not!
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E. Ayers reviewed on Dec. 4, 2011

An adorable, quick, fun read. Sexy but not over the top. Just a wonderful feel-good story. May everyone find such a terrific love and keep it going.

Three cheers for Jenna Bennett for giving a snapshot of her work. I'll be reading more from this author.
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