The beginning of a hot new trilogy from Sunday Times and 1# New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Ellen Malpas.
I love myself a good book to get lost into after a long day with the kids, if the book is that good I’ll even enjoy it during my quiet cup of tea at naptime. This book was goooood… THAT good!
Now, I don’t know if this is a real thing or even if it’s a common thing, but when I finish a book that has me at its mercy I often get what I like to call the ‘end of book blues’. This always leaves me feeling anxious about starting a new book. I have all these hopes that it’ll be just as captivating as the last…
“Sweet girl, you’ve floored me.”
I’d never heard of Jodi Ellen Malpas before. But boy oh boy, am I glad that Amazon flagged her up for me. Thank you Amazon…thank you Kindle… I love you. This book was my rebound from Sylvia Day’s One With You – it’s wrong to call it a rebound though, it was so much more!
One Night: Promised starts off a little slow. I was tempted to sack it off, but something just told me to carry on. Probably my crazy need to finish the books that I start. Anyway, I read on and from one page to another it happened… it clicked… and I finally had my fix.
Miller and Olivia, the two main characters, are endeering but infuriating – these two juxtoposing qualities are what makes them very real and dimensional. It’s really refreshing to have two leads that both have baggage and rancour in their depths, but still hold so much promise and light. This is the one thing that made me fall in love with JEM’s writing the most, that and her ability to make secondary / background characters loveable. There are so many books in which non lead characters are wishy washy and bland, but Jodi has brought these multifacated personalities to life and at times they are what make the book a page turner.
“It’s silent in the enclosed space surrounding us, but something is speaking and it’s neither Miller nor I. It’s desire. And it’s telling me that I’m about to experience something life-altering.”
Jodi’s character descriptions are gorgeously vivid in detail. She’s not shy about the language she uses. There is nothing worse than an Adult Fiction writer who can’t bring themselves to use adult words… it’s probably the biggest turnoff when reading the genre. However, she’s also not willy nilly about it. JEM has really mastered the art of tasteful – in her language and her characters.
In Miller Hart, Malpas has created a true book boyfriend… if you have no idea what that is, read more… it’ll just happen and you’ll know! For starters she’s gone Brit. In a genre so wide there’s an astounding lack of Brit leading characters. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with an American Alpha Male… buuuuut, sometimes it’s nice to sample things a little closer to home! So, Miller Hart… tall, dark, handsome, mysterious… fit… total book boyfriend, right? If you’re into that type… mmmmmmmmmmmm…
As far as plots go, at the get go, it’s not the most original. It’s very much boy meets girl… so forth and so on… UNTIL the twist. It’s so clever and so exhilerating because it comes out of nowhere. It’s one of those plot twists that leaves everything hanging in the balance. Malpas has conjured a true WTAFF (what the actual freaking f*@!) moment and it’s wonderful. Jaw-dropping, nail-bitting, heart-stuttering wonderful.
“Don’t try to escape me.” he whispers. “I won’t let it happen this time.”
Jodi Ellen Malpas is really clever with her sex scenes. You don’t realise it till the end, but they are actually herding you like a little lost sheep towards the specacular plot twist and at the same time they, in part, are what make you empathise with Olivia and Miller. There’s no BDSM or kinky sex, and there’s no need for it… it really has no place in her story. Still, it doesn’t leave you disappointed that it didn’t go down the Fifty Shades or even the milder Crossfire route. Again, I find that this really helps get into the characters’ psyche. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a whole lot of “worshipping” and it’s a helluvofa LOT of HOT… and steamy… and yummy!
This book probably has the single most infuriating cliffhanger finale ever. Partly because of that wonderful twist and partly because it screams Fifty Shades of Grey cliffhanger. It’s that whole terse goodbye lift scene all over again… without the lift.
One Night: Promised is part of the One Night Trilogy, and out of the three books it’s the slowest paced. This is definitely a series that starts off good and gets better and better as the books go on. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. It took me a little longer than I’d want to get into it, but once I did I couldn’t put it down and that plot twist just made me itch to get started on the next one!
This is one series that I doubt I will ever be able to forget and that I will definitely be re-reading!