12 August 2014

One Night Promised Review

One Night Promised - One Night #1
by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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What they say: 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..

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What I say: Jodi Ellen Malpas does sexy and demanding alpha males SO well! Main character Olivia "Livy" meets handsome and mysterious 'M' working in a cafe. She finds herself drawn into his sexy, confusing and at times dark world. I'll leave you to discover M's real name for yourself. 

M is as demanding and infuriating as Jesse Ward (JEM's This Man series hero) but is also really different from him. I was worried M may be simply be a different version of Jesse (he does share some similarities) but as the story progressed we discover just how different JEM's heroes are. 

I devoured Livy and M's story and was pleased to see there's far more to Livy than it first seems. I'm glad she's not just another simpering, innocent, who becomes corrupted by the rich, older guy. Their story is hot, sexy and intriguing. 

The premise (at least initially) is fairly simple; M wants one night with Livy to show her all kinds of pleasure. This night is to be without any commitments or chance of more. Sexy times aside, the story has lots of drama. A lot of the problems stem from M's inability to answer any of Livy's questions (or to be honest) and Livy has problems with trusting people.

The secondary characters are a great addition. I particularly loved Livy's Gran, she's awesome!! Some of Livy's antics really made me smile, whilst others had me wanting to shout at her. M was both hot and infuriating, so I actually forgave Livy her dramatic tendencies. As we gained further insights into her past, it became easier to empathise with Livy's problems!

I have to say I had my suspicions about M's somewhat shifty behaviour and about Livy's backstory, but I didn't see THAT ending coming! Naughty JEM, we have to wait until November to see what happens next. One Night Promised, is sexy, dark, funny and hot - it's an adult read and definitely not for younger readers!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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