Review: A Strange Affair by Brienne Dubh

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first story by this author and I thought the concept of a ‘strange affair’ hinted at in the blurb was interesting. I didn’t find that the story itself was much so.

As this story takes place in a different country from the one I live in there were a couple of things that I didn’t understand. The employer and building in which Ellie and Aaron worked has a bar in on the first floor that’s a frequent watering hole for the workers. Is that a thing in the UK? Drinking where you work?

The other thing is the male friend, Joshua, in the group. Is this type of conversation typical in the UK for dude speak?

“…Chill out bitches and listen to the point I’m trying to make. Ellie, that little bit you told us was super sexy…”

What?!? Bitches? Super sexy?

I just had to get that off my chest. I’m better now.

So Ellie and Aaron work in the same building. She’s been with her company a few years and he’s relatively new to his role there. During their first mutual sighting, Ellie is drinking and having a good time with her friends from work and Aaron is just visiting the aforementioned bar. He sees her across the barroom and has an immediate attraction. She’s kinda sorta attracted too but she doesn’t have time for sex or relationships. Don’t worry, the 180 degree turn from that comes very quickly.

Aaron talks Ellie into have a quick go in his office on the same night they meet and things go on from there. There’s some attempt to put some time into their next meeting but the description of time passing is literally ‘two weeks later’ kind of thing. Alrighty then.

Somewhere along the line, Aaron and Ellie decide that a sex only thing is their best option as that’s all that they each are willing to sacrifice for. They’re both working on their careers and that’s their priority.

There’s no conflict in this story. No ups or downs for either character; maybe it’s too short I don’t know but I do know that I didn’t feel for either of them, just a kind of blah that didn’t provoke emotion. There’s a character, Ollie (that’s way too close to Ellie) who I thought might provide some interesting conflict but that didn’t happen.

Last, this isn’t an HEA, it’s an HFN.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

*Book provided by author

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A Strange Affair
by Brienne Dubh
Release Date: July 28, 2017


  1. oh this one sounds disappointing. I always prefer there to be some type of conflict in a story. And I am not always a fan of HFN…I like HEA way more.

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