Review: One Night: Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas

One Night - Promised
One Night: Promised (One Night #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He's heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she's almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she'll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He's obnoxious but well-mannered. He's a gentleman but aloof. He's passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can't deny him... or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed -- and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he's aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she'll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession - an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair.

4 out of 5 stars

This book was a trip and I totally enjoyed it! I think it hit all my buttons emotion wise: sweet and swooney, sexy, intense, and heartbreaking.

I really liked Livy, a great foundation was laid for her from the start and I was pulled in. The details learned throughout were heartbreaking but they formed who she is. She was so contained in her own bubble and then she meets M. You see her getting stronger and stronger during the story, and I kept liking her more and more.

M. This man is a crazy mystery of sexiness, sternness, and a stare that could melt. All the little details that emerged, how JEM described him, I could totally picture this intense man in my head. I kept asking myself so many questions, the main ones being, who in the heck is he? Why so secretive? There were hints of who he was and what he did and I was pretty sure I had it figured out half way through the story. I loved his moments of vulnerability, his challenging ways, and his quirks. I did like him a lot but he was a master at avoiding questions, sometimes I found that frustrating. I thought it was fantastic how Livy worked certain things out and challenged him.

I really enjoyed all the secondary characters and thought they played into the story nicely. Livy's nan was just fantastic. I want to hug this woman. She added the perfect amount of fun and entertainment to a story that contained drama and tension.

The ending had me on the edge of my seat, it was very intense. Livy finding out who M was and then their last encounter pretty much had me holding my breath. I love how right at the end, things from the prologue come back into play leaving us with a cliffhanger. Yes, cliffhanger. I expected it since it's book 1 in a trilogy. I am very much looking forward to the next book, One Night: Desired.

I thought the pacing was good, there was a nice, slow build throughout the story. There was a section in the last half where the back and forth of their relationship dragged a bit for me. I liked the sexy times, nice and hot but not overly done.

Overall I was totally into the story and absolutely enjoyed to. The right mix of drama, sexiness, and intensity.

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One Night: Denied (The One Night Trilogy #2)
Release Date: November 11, 2014

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