Promised (One Night #1)
Jodi Ellen Malpas
Released 17th July in UK
Releases 5th August in US
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…
Read the first two chapters of Promised here.
About the author –
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.
My review –
I kicked myself for not reviewing this book as soon as I read it. So, I decided to re-read it. And I am still stumped as to what to say. I cannot put into words how I feel about this book!
But I’ll give it a go!
The whole book was surrounded in intrigue and suspicions. From the prologue to the very last page there was always something new popping up about M or Livy or those touching their lives.
Our story spans over a relatively short period of time but it is jam packed with drama, lovely moments, hilarity, a big splash of British-isms and a whole load of “things”.
The prologue instantly has you thinking. About who the girl is, why she’s there, why she’s being sent away, why William doesn’t want her around. By the end of the book you have a greater understanding of the events surrounding it.
The book then goes straight into the present day to day life of Livy and, although, it starts off slowly you soon “meet” M. Oh, mysterious M who you immediately want to know more about but he is one enigmatic man who plays his cards close to his chest. Throughout the entire story you are spoon fed the smallest of information about him. Even on the last page you need to know more and this has left me eager to read book two to find out more about him.
Jodi has written another fantastic book. It’s as simple as that really. I immersed myself in the story, it was a definite page turner and whether Jodi’s first trilogy was to your liking or not, there is no denying that there is something special about One Night: Promised. A flawed alpha male with more secrets than pineapple upside-down cakes baked in this book; a seemingly sweet, innocent young woman with a dark past and a grandmother with the most fantastic attitude and one-liners (LOVED NAN!)
I have to agree with the few reviews I have read of Promised already, the last 10% is the one of the most jaw-dropping sections of a book I’ve read. You think their story will loop around again with Livy’s indecision, M’s wily ways bringing her back to him, hot and cold interactions and more of the hot stuff(!) but no. Shock, intrigue and gasp-worthy scenes in such a short part of the book but they wow and astound you more than anything else you’ve read about.
There’s not much else to say about this book except I need to drastically increase my collection of Converse (4 pairs is NOT enough, clearly!) and I need to go and work in a coffee shop because if the worst tasting coffee in the world can get you a man then sign me up!
My rating –
5 out of 5 stars!