One Night Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas
Arc received in exchange for an honest review
He is Mysterious…riddled with secrets yet to be disclosed.
He is Mercurial…prone to mood swings and extraordinarily
broody, in a sexy way.
He is Mesmerizing…a fascinating man who is passionate, charming
and above all, a proper gentleman.
M is an enigma. “One Night Promised” treated me to a mere
glimpse of his multifaceted personality. Jodi Ellen Malpas is a masterful
writer. A temptress who presented a tale that gently and beautifully
lured me into the minds and lives of her characters. Like a slow seductive
dance, Malpas held my hand and gradually led me into a world where my emotions
were twirled and my mind was twisted from a plot filled with questions,
intrigue and angst. This installment laid the foundation for what I believe
will be an epic romance..
M is a character in his own right and should
not be judged, paralleled or compared to any other. Also, be patient. M and
Livy’s story is not fast paced.Written
from Livy’s point of view, it is extremely detailed. I entered this series with
an open mind and embraced this new cast of characters. If you are a fan of JEM,
or new to her work, trust this author to lead you on a compelling journey.
Livy is a sassy and stubborn barista/waitress
with a painful past. M is a sexy, insanely wealthy “gentleman”. On a chance
encounter they meet as Livy serves M a terrible cup of coffee. (His reaction
was hysterical). There’s an immediate attraction between the two that is undeniable.
Both fight against the allure…but eventually, they succumb to their desire. Oh,
how I savored the build up and the chase. M was delicious as he fought his
“I need to force myself to stay away from you”... “Because
you seem like a sweet girl who should get more from a man than the best
fuck of you life." M.
And so it begins. The unassuming girl falls for the enigmatic
man. Both consumed by lust, a proposition is made and accepted. One night
together – 24 (non consecutive) hours of passion, tenderness and off the charts
A promise to worship Livy in every way. M’s incredible as he
sensually feeds Livy’s body with insurmountable pleasures.
Livy is a likeable female lead. There were times
she grated on my nerves as she fought M’s temptations and towards the very end
she managed to MAJORLY piss me off. But overall, she was endearing. I fell in
love with her family. Livy’s grandmother, Nan and George, a delightfully comical
pair, had me in stiches with all their crazy antics. Sidekicks Gregory and
Sylvie were funny, lovable characters as well.
I have to admit, it took me some time to warm up to M. As the
story developed, I began to somewhat understand him. Not really pleased with
some of his actions, but I got him. What I most enjoyed were his sexy,
charismatic and quirky ways. He’s a true romantic and smoking hot in the
bedroom. But mostly, M was a total head-trip. There must be justifiable
reasons for all his quirks, fears, secrets and obsessive compulsions - and
have a gut feeling the revelations will overwhelm me. I am looking
forward to digging deeper into his persona.
As always, JEM's readers need to pay close attention to the
story’s details. As a writer, she is incredibly clever and extremely sneaky in
dropping unsuspecting hints within the storyline. Certainly was a crafty way of keeping my
attention and drawing me further into the world she created. Expect the
unexpected in “One Night Promised”, for perception is not necessarily reality. A good start to what promises to be a great
series. Be warned - as I suspected, the ending is one hell of a cliffhanger. Nail-bitting AGNST. And thus begins my
excruciatingly painful wait for “One Night Denied”.