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Review: One Night - Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Synopsis: 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...

Review: This is a spoiler free review. I will not reveal M's full name, his occupation, or the mystery behind this beautiful man because the best part about this book, is the journey of discovering who he really is and what his role will be in Livy's life.

Malpas does an incredible job keeping readers in suspense throughout this story. From the moment I opened this book, I was sucked in. I loved the characters and the story because it was unique and interesting from the very moment it began.

I felt an instant connection to Livy (Olivia). Her past makes her a very interesting and complex character. At first, I found myself wanting to pin a label on her. Oh, she's just the shy girl. But in reality, she's not. Livy is a very likeable character because you can't just pigeon hole her. She's shy, she's bold, she's broken, and yet she's resilient. She isn't just one thing and I love that about her character. Sure, there were times I wanted to slap her and tell her to stop giving in so easily, but there were also moments where I wanted to cheer her on for putting her big girl pants on and putting M in his place.

Speaking of M, I'm sure some fans would gasp at the thought of anyone being a better book boyfriend than Jesse Ward, but look out because he has some mighty fine competition coming his way. M is...irresistible. Who doesn't want a man who takes pleasure in worshiping you. If I learned anything from this book, it is that M masters the art of taking things slow and savoring the moment. He is a gentleman at heart and yet there were times where he acted less than gentlemanly. I couldn't help but want to laugh and punch him. From the second we are introduced to M, I was intrigued by his charm and his arrogance. It wasn't hard for him to grow on me. He is so self assured that you can't help but be amused when he says or writes things like:

"Probably the worst Americano that I've ever insulted with my mouth.
M. "

Who says that? Right? And yet, there I was giggling and anticipating the moments where Livy and M would run into one another again. I loved watching them fall for each other. And in a way, I loved M's mentality of not over-thinking things and just enjoying the time they have with one another. Livy is his de-stresser and I can't think of a better relationship where the person you care about is the first and last thing you want to see in the day. I found it endearing and I think that's why I enjoyed their story so much.

I also really enjoyed the banter between them and the many moments where Livy tests M's patience and his sanity. Those are probably my favorite scenes throughout the book.

M: "The good news is that you don't need them because we're broccoli today."
Livy: "We're broccoli?"
M: "Yes, like veg." 
Livy: "We're going to veg like broccoli?"
M: "No, you've got it all wrong. We lie like broccoli."
Livy: "So we're vegetables?"
M: "Yes," he sighs exasperated. "We're going to veg all day, making us broccoli."
Livy: "I'd like to be a carrot."

Although I enjoyed this blooming relationship, there are some major uphill battles ahead for Livy and M. Malpas leaves us on a bit of a cliffhanger but it's perfect. I can't think of a better way of ending this book and I'm pretty sure I said "Oh, shit" about eight times in the last 20% of this novel. Take that as a good sign. It's amazing.

I really think Malpas hit it out of the park with this story. Thank you for giving me a new man to obsess over. I am anxiously looking forward to reading One Night - Denied.

I would also like to thank Forever & Forever Yours | Grand Central Publishing for giving me the opportunity to share an honest review of this story.

Rating: 5/5 DIAMONDS

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