Review: Red at Night by Katie McGarry

Red at NightRed at Night by Katie McGarry

Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Page Count: 84
Published by: Harlequin Special Releases
Source: Available for Free on Amazon

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In Red at Night, Stella and Jonah are total opposites. She's the girl with purple hair from the wrong part of town. He's a high school senior who hangs with the cool crowd. Until a car accident leaves him haunted by guilt, and Jonah starts spending time at Stella's favorite refuge…the local cemetery.

Stella knows she should keep her distance—after all, she spent her girlhood being bullied by Jonah's friends. Once he's sorted out his tangled emotions, Jonah won't have time for her anymore. Too bad she's already fallen for him.

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I really enjoyed this short story from Katie McGarry. This would have been really great as a full length story, but the reason that it's a novella is because it was written to feature The Goody Two Shoes Foundation as part of Harlequin's More Than Words project. It still managed to be a really sweet story full of emotion and heart.

Despite their unconventional meeting place, Stella and Jonah form a friendship outside of school. Stella is understandably leery of Jonah's intentions after years of being bullied by his friends. Jonah desperately needs the connection he feels with Stella as he struggles dealing with a tragic event. I loved watching these two characters open up and learn to trust each other, and I enjoyed the way their relationship progressed.

Red At Night was a beautifully written story with wonderful character development. Told in dual POV, Stella and Jonah offer unique voices that convincingly convey their inner struggles.

Enjoyable and easy to read, Red At Night was a satisfying story for me. This book would be a great choice when you want a quick and uplifting story.

Red At Night is available for FREE on Amazon.

Every year, Harlequin's More Than Words award is given to three real-life heroines, women whose courage and vision have helped change people's lives for the better. Once again, three bestselling Harlequin authors have written stories inspired by these remarkable women.

Look for all three ebooks inspired by real-life heroines: Red at Night by Katie McGarry, You Are Here by Liz Fichera and The Gift of a Good Start by Earl Sewell. Visit the Harlequin More Than Words website, at, or your favorite ebook retailer to download these free novellas today.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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  1. Thanks for sharing Harlequin's More Than Words program--I wasn't aware of it and plan to check out the selections.

  2. I read this one a while ago, I agree with you, I wish it had been a full length novel! It would have been amazing! Still really liked this one though, great review :-)

    Em @ The YA Book Butterfly


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