One Night: Denied (One Night #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Released: October 21, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Reviewed by Sarah
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The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries...
He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price...
Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn't come without sacrifices-but he won't let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs...from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.
But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he's ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all...
This is the second installment of the One Night trilogy. You’ll want to start the adventure with Promised.
The story picks up exactly where Promised ended. Livy knows she can’t have Miller in the manner she wishes as his profession creates many similarities to that of her mother and all she has struggled to leave behind. Miller, of course, doesn’t get the hint and still pursues her relentlessly.
In general before I start a book, even one I’m clamoring for, I’ll check out other available reviews I think to mentally get myself prepared either for something explosive—good or bad. This one had quite a few mixed reviews on each side of the spectrum. I happen to love this author but not this book. In fairness from a technical standpoint, the writing isn’t bad. What bothered me probably had more to do with timing issues and the female lead.
I can’t connect to Livy. I just don’t get her. My impression is she’s whiney but then tries to stand her ground and quickly realizes she lacks a backbone or the fortitude to do it. I would love to see her character a bit more layered.
For a majority of the read, it felt so slow; I really struggled to make it all the way through but avowed to not let it be my first DNF. To compound that problem there are also places where the situation turns on a dime without any transition. On more than one occasion I found myself going back several pages because I thought I had missed something. I hadn’t. If you can stick it out the final twenty percent or so of this installment picks up and leads me to believe the last book of the trilogy will be great.
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.