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

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~ Synopsis ~

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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REVIEW

 I can’t remember the last time a book gripped me like this – where you’re lost in the story so much that your mind can’t concentrate on anything else… I’ve been functioning only on caffeine for the last two days as I dove head first into this book. It’s been in my Kindle for months but I was nervous to start it, knowing the third and final book isn’t out until February. But Miller Hart beckoned…

The prologue opens up and we’re told this is going to be a story of passion – pain and perhaps a little darkness…. as Olivia ‘Livy’ begs for the attention of William…. fast forward and Livy is older, wiser perhaps? Starting a new job at a coffee shop….. where she meets Mr. Coffee Hater, Miller Hart.

Livy is naturally beautiful – down to earth, sticking with her converse all-stars and engaging men all around here with her hypnotic sapphire eyes. But she’s dead afraid of turning into her mother – a woman that abandoned her for a life of men and excess – and all the troubles that tail along.

She doesn’t date – she doesn’t drink – she’s been living the life of a nun to the chagrin of her best 80% Gay friend Gregory, and 70+ grandmother who has more of a social life than Livy. But when Miller Hart enters her life – things are turned upside down, sideways and maybe just what Livy needs to break her out of the protective shell she’s created, trying to escape the demons of her mother.

Miller Hart is …… exquisitely sexy, domineering and promises Livy twenty four hours of nothing more than the best fuck of her life. Livy has to decide if taking him up on his offer is a good thing, one that will bounce her back into the land of the living, or leave her with nothing but regret and back into the darkness worse off than before.

But Miller’s enigmatic ways bring her to his side and these two …… good lord….. the way Jodi Malpas explores the relationship between these two is …… i can’t even think of the proper word to describe it.

Provocative… Seductive… Inviting… Titillating…  are just a few words that come to mind.

That feeling you get when you’re so engrossed in a book that you can’t put it down – literally. I’ve lost sleep, I can’t concentrate on anything else – and as I finished it yesterday I dove right into book two, from the get go – just as enthralled.

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Favorite Quotes

“Because you seem like a sweet girl who should get more from a man than the best fuck of your life.”

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“It will determine whether I fuck you hard immediately, or break you in first.”

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“I can’t read you,” I say quietly, but my words don’t make him pull away with concern. “I don’t want to be read, Livy. I want to be flooded in the pleasure you give me.”

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“You’ve knocked me sideways, Olivia Taylor,” he murmurs, claiming my lips gently. “You’re making me question everything I thought I knew.”

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