Title: One Night Promised (One Night #1)
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 480 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
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..
I love me some Jodi Ellen Malpas. I read her This Man Trilogy and I really enjoyed crazy Jesse (not so much Ava at first because she would piss me off a lot). I know Grace and Yaya were not a fan of This Man, that’s cool. I do enjoy Malpas’ writing style.
So here’s my two cents on this book. 24-year-old Olivia (Livy) Taylor is a waitress that is still living with her 81-year-old nan (a/k/a grandmother). She is beautiful (long blonde wavy hair and sapphire eyes that bring men to their knees), but she hides her looks in casual wear and her converse sneakers, which she happens to have in almost every color. She’s only been working at the bistro for a week and she still cannot get along with the coffee machine lol. The one day she finally gets along with said coffee machine, enters this stunning looking chap. He is head-to-toe gorgeous in a three-piece-suit.
Automatically Livy is intimidated and attracted this mysterious man. She makes him the worst Americano, how do we know, the note he leaves her “Probably the worst Americano that I’ve ever insulted my mouth with. M.” Yes, he signed the note with just “M”. Olivia has to pull herself together and just let the insult go. Of course, not until she meets the elusive “M” again.
M can’t seem to stay away from Olivia. He is intrigued and fascinated with her. Olivia is wondering why.
“Because you seem like a sweet girl who should get more from a man than the best fuck of your life.”
As much as he tries to warn Olivia, again, M just wants her for 24 hours, he is “emotionally unavailable”. Then you get him saying “I can’t stop thinking about you,” he whispers, his grasps of my knees increasing. “I’ve tried my hardest, but you’re a constant vision wherever I look.” The chemistry and sparks between these two characters is palpable. Yet, there is something real mysterious about M and I couldn’t wait to continue reading to find out this mystery about him. When you find out, you too will have an “oh no shit” moment.
What I liked
Again, I love how Jodi tells the story, not too slowly but slow enough that you get to know the characters, their faults or in M’s case, his idiosyncrasies and I will leave it at that. I love how sassy Olivia gets with her friend Gregory but especially with M. As much as she tries to stay away from him, she really cannot. She too is intrigued with him. What I loved most, while M was suppose to give her the best fuck of her life, he ends up “worshipping” her. A man after my own heart. You start to wonder like me, why?
What I did not like
Although I do like Olivia, she frustrated me at times with her insecurities, for a minute, just a minute, I thought “oh no, not another Ava.” But when I continued reading, I understood why she was so insecure. Her past is not a great one, even though she grew up with her nan. I will leave it at that so you can understand the story.
As you all know, this ends in a cliffy (duh it’s a trilogy), but what a doozy of a cliffy. Aye Dios Mio (or OMG for you non-Spanish people lol). I cannot wait for the second book. I am itching for November to get here fast to see how this cliffhanger plays out.