Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas (The One Night Trilogy #1)

One Night Promised by Jodi Ellen MalpasAvailable: August 5, 2014 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

ONE NIGHT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH . . .

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 . .

 

My thoughts on this book are somewhere between…holy hell this was awesome and ummmmm totally saw that coming. I think after reading Jodi’s “This Man” series I was expecting something different than One Night, but it was still a great, engrossing book that kept me furiously reading until the end either way.

Coffee shop worker and sometimes banquet waitress, Livy has had a hard life that she’d rather not remember. Burying it all down deep she resolves to stay on the straight and narrow even if doing so means she exists without actually existing. That is until she sees HIM, the mysteriously good looking man who immediately insults her coffee making skills and makes her blood boil and her heart race.

M has secrets he can’t afford to have Livy find out yet he craves her body and her mind more with every second they spend together. He needs to worship her and get her to understand that opening up to him is inevitable and he’ll stop at nothing until she does. Breaking his own rules may just be his downfall.

I don’t know how to talk about this book without giving everything away. M is a confounding character that takes some getting used to. He’s not extremely alpha and his “quirks” make him rigid, unyielding and damn near unbearable. He’s closed off and unwilling to open up to Livy though he demands she do so for him. He keeps Livy at arm’s length the entire book never revealing himself to her or what his work entails as a way to keep her in a box he’s designed just for her. As a way to keep himself safe. He’s overly charming  and utterly fake.

Livy was easier to understand and for that I was thankful since I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to unravel M. Livy is trying desperately to rise beyond her past and be the perfect granddaughter to her aging grandmother, the only family she has left. She wants to belong, to be loved unconditionally and above all, not turn into her mother. She can except M’s quirks but she can’t get past the boundaries of his job, his hiding and his walls. The sexual encounters are beyond gratifying and Livy soon finds herself consumed in everything that M is and yet she still feels alone when she simply wants love. M can give her nearly everything she wants but the only thing she truly wants is him….all of him.

I really enjoyed this book, I did, yet there were moments I wanted to scream in frustration. The big “secret” that M was hiding was glaringly obvious to me  from almost the start. His lack of alpha-ness was kinda a let down and his weakness at certain junctures of the book heart breaking. He acts like a man possessed one minute and completely aloof the next. He’s a hard character to make excuses for and it felt like Malpas was trying to recreate something in his faults that didn’t quite live up to the potential I wanted. In the end I was invested enough to be horrified by the last chapter of the book on Livy’s behalf and slightly outraged as well. It’s not a good ending, though not quite a cliffhanger either. And honestly it didn’t make me like him much.

The drama is thick and the story twisty, if not slightly predictable, but it was a roller coaster of emotions I was glad I had read. Livy is a strong heroine even if she doesn’t believe it and I am pulling for her to realize her true nature.  M has some huge apologies to make and some walls to destroy before I can even enjoy his character. He’s unlike any other hero I’ve read and for that originality I have to give Malpas props, even if I don’t necessarily like him.

One Night Promised is a book I would recommend to contemporary romance readers who are alright with not loving a hero from the beginning. If you can overlook his faults and truly delve into his psyche then you should enjoy this one. At the very least Livy is a heroine who deserves the love she craves and I’ll keep reading in order to ensure she gets her happy ending….

 

I give Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas 4.25 stars!

 

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