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..
This book HOOKED me from the first page until the very end. The author has given me another great love with M, and the story to me was every bit as gripping and gut-wrenching as Jesse and Ava’s story. I was SO excited to read an early copy of this book!! One Night: Promised is a 6-star read for me and it is NOT to be missed.
Livy is a very relatable woman, a bit of an underachiever but working hard to put her past dysfunctional family life behind her. She leads a rather quiet and sad life. At first, she resists the mysterious stranger who visits her coffee shop, but M is nothing if not persistent and she finds herself accepting his very risky proposition – spend just one glorious night together.
“I know a bad thing when I see it, and standing behind me is a man who could crush my logic.”
M is HOT and if you think this is a standard romance story, you are WRONG. M is nuanced, damaged, and yes, ultimately very lovable and Livy falls hard. This book has a TON of twists and heart-stopping turns so this review will be spoiler-free. The story is filled with fantastic, memorable characters including a wonderful supporting cast of friends and the amazing, funny and incorrigible Nan, Livy’s grandmother.
Livy has blocked off her emotions for a very long time but she cannot resist M’s no-strings-attached proposition. He makes her feel alive, BUT she does push back at certain points in the story which I found to be very believable and true to her character. M has many, many faults, and he turns out to be a very flawed, very human character. I fell in love with him immediately.
“I’ve always tried to keep my life simple, but now I’m craving a complication – a tall, dark-haired, mysterious complication.”
I absolutely LOVED the gentlemanly, “formal” side of M. It fit in perfectly with his personality. This book has a slow build to it but you will be generously rewarded by sticking to the story. The author
thrilled me to my very soul by the end of the book. M to me is a actually a very loving person, wrapped up in a stunningly handsome, rather cold exterior. He makes makes a real effort to be close to Livy, to treasure her and care for her in his own way.
“Beautiful things should be savored, Livy, not rushed.”
Overall, One Night: Promised is one of my top reads of the year so far. I absolutely cannot wait for November!!
“Each and every moment will be etched on that beautiful mind of yours forever. Every kiss. Every touch. Every word.”
*ARC provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Ellen: We are beyond THRILLED to welcome Jodi Ellen Malpas to The Book Bellas! Thank you so much for taking time to answer a few questions for us today. I always have to begin by asking What (or who!) inspired the character of M?
JEM: I think my main inspiration was being determined to create another addictive male character, so I guess I have Jesse and my readers love for him to thank for that. It was very important to me that I didn’t try to replicate Jesse. He’s too individual, and just because he is so widely loved, doesn’t mean it would be a good idea to go with all of his unreasonable traits again. Anyway, no man could touch him in the crazy-arse department! M is as equally complex and intense as our beloved Jesse, but on so many different levels. He offers more mystery and there is definitely a darker side to him than Jesse. I adore him!
Ellen: Is there a message in One Night Promised (or the series) that you want readers to grasp?
JEM: As always, love conquers all 🙂
Ellen: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
JEM: I’m not sure! I guess when This Man went bonkers. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around everything that has happened in the last 18 months 🙂
Ellen: Current guilty pleasure?
JEM: Mojitos 🙂
Ellen: What is one thing that your readers would be really surprised to know about you?
JEM: I’m a sucker for an alpha male. Yes, that will REALLY shock them! 😉
Ellen: Thank you SO much for spending time with us today. We are HUGE fans of yours and cannot wait for the next book in the ONE NIGHT series!!
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northhapton, UK, where she still lives with her family. Working for the family construction business fulltime and with the prospect of taking it over once her father retired, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing a novel until it became impossible. She finally found the time and courage to release her creative streak and in October 2012 self-published This Man as an e-book. Since then, Forever has released the This Man Trilogy in both trade paperback and ebook formats. One Night: Promised is Jodi’s fourth novel.
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Future Release Dates:
ONE NIGHT: DENIED
Releasing November 2014
ONE NIGHT (untitled)
Releasing January 2015 in UK and February 2015 in US
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