When you have the combination of a vivid writer such as Jodi Ellen Malpas, paired with the talented narration of Edita Brychta, it is a feast for the ..Show More »senses, the heart, and the mind, as the story is told in such a magnificent way! After reading/listening to the "This Man" series, I was going through withdrawals because I wanted more....Thankfully, Malpas has gifted readers with what seems to be another fantastic trilogy!
Yes, it's true that the story surrounding Livy, a sweet but guarded stunning woman, and the drop-dead gorgeous, yet mysterious "M" certainly feels like a variation of Jessie and Ava's story, from the "This Man" series, but let me tell you, I DON"T CARE....Malpas can continue writing a thousand variations, and I'd be in bliss....Jessie Cloud 9, or something similar-kind of bliss...Hahaha! Yet, it's important to emphasize that even though the style of writing in this book is vintage Malpas, Livy and 'M's" romance catapults into their own unique story that will dazzle and keep readers intrigued.
I found Livy to be a very likable female lead, and her need to live and care for her grandmother added a special aspect to this story. I also enjoyed Livy's friends, who although are limited, are fun and very protective of her.
Now Mr. "M"....mmmmmm, where should I start? --Yes, he is mysterious, devilishly attractive, demonstrates impeccable manners, yet I like that he has his own neurotic tendencies that gave him a vulnerable kind of charm.
Livy and "M" have instant die-hard attraction for one another. The love scenes are steamy, and packed with longevity and stamina....LOL. "M" is emotionally as closed off as a fortress, and initially insists on only spending 24 hours of passionate indulgences with Livy, yet he definitely sees that she is special and wants more from her. I loved that he was able to come to the point where he could acknowledge a need for Livy that was powerful and pushed him to pursue her relentlessly (well, nowhere near Jessie Ward-stalker style, but still pretty relentless). I loved how "M" felt that his relationship with Livy was worth fighting for.
But, alas this book doesn't end well, and I blame Livy for that one. I think she did wrong, and that makes the wait for the release of the next book even more excruciating!!!!! There are devastating revelations about both Livy and "M's" history, but Livy didn't accept "M's" history as well as he accepted hers. OMG!!! Right when things were going to well for both Livy and M!!!!! BAM!!!.....PLEASE CAN WE FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER ALREADY????
THIS WAS A GREAT START TO THE SERIES....CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT DEVELOPMENTS THE 2ND INSTALLMENT HAS IN STORE FOR READERS/LISTENERS.......
Miller (aka M.) and Olivia meet when he goes into the coffee shop she works at and he orders coffee from her. She's immediately smitten and gets nervo..Show More »us while making the coffee especially since she's only worked there for a few days. And....Miller doesn't hesitate to let her know just how bad the coffee was.
I was bought and sold right from the note he left her. I love JEM's This Man series and was hoping for something similar and I wasn't disappointed. I couldn't put the book down!
Miller is a secretive man and it takes a bit before we get answers about him. But some things are not too hard to figure out especially if you've read the This Man series. I really loved Miller's big flaw...it just made him that more endearing. Unfortunately, what may have caused it won't be a good thing. I really wish we couldn't had his POV!!
Olivia (aka Livy) was definitely thrown for a loop with this smooth talker but I have to give her credit for trying to hold her own. Unfortunately, she runs off a lot...but with good reason. These two are HOT!! And extremely frustrating because Miller will only do things a certain way. Plus he focuses on certain things that don't make sense in the beginning but are sooo sweet later.
There is a lot of drama naturally. A lot comes from Miller not divulging any personal information and just expecting Livy to trust him anyway. I do love how Miller can't stay away from her.
A negative for me was not knowing what was going on with Miller. Of course, I had theories...some have come to fruition and some were a bit predictable and some we just don't know yet. And when things came out in the end, I felt Livy was just a little too self-righteous!
I freaking loved the ending though! ~Sigh~ JEM does that sooo well. I am off to buy book 2
Edita Brychta was again outstanding with the delivery of the story.
Every time a song is being played Jodi tells us the title and who is singing. I've realized she does this because at the moment the song is mentioned she is using the song to take us to a deeper emotional state-of-mind of The Special One.
So when a song is mentioned hit pause, look it up and listen. My mp3 app will display the lyrics which is even better. I listened to the scene then played the song. The majority of the time the song gave an emotional intensity to the scene that it otherwise would not have had.
Miller and Livy return in the highly anticipated sequel to One Night: Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas, and we pick up right where that cliffhanger endin..Show More »g left us. Gah, it feels like it's been a long wait since Miller's revelation that shocked readers, and turned Livy's world upside down. But the wait is no more! Well...unless you count the third and final book in the series...but we'll get to that!
I was very sure about book #1. I enjoyed it - I had a few issues with it - but I went into book #2 with a clear mind, and was more than pleasantly surprised as I started reading. The first 25% was very strong and I found that the disappointment of book #1 completely disappeared, because I loved what I was reading!! The struggles and emotions portrayed were perfect in hooking me in and actually making me FEEL for these characters!
Unfortunately, it was then that I began to face my own struggle. To me, the book became dull and the hold on my attention was gone to the point that it took me 4 days to finish the book. I really had to force myself to keep reading because I refused to give up after the fantastic start, and in the end it did pay off. But there was a good 55% of the book that just didn't really add anything to the story, and ultimately just felt like a dreaded "filler."
Throughout the middle of the book, there was only really one part to the story that caught my interest, and that was the brief telling of the history of William (the pimp) and Gracie (Livy's mum). THATis a story that I am desperate to know about in full, and I really hope that JEM decides to tell it, even if it just be a novella; it would go straight to the top of my TBR.
But as I said, the decision not to give up paid off, and the last 20% was back to having me hooked!! It was action packed and I was back to FEELING what was going on. And that ending... Oh boy! Plot twist!!!! My detective ways are back and I have a head full of theories which I cannot wait to see if they are correct.
I'm 50/50 with this book. 50% I loved and 50% that didn't work for me that well. It was tough to decide on a final rating for this one, but I have to go with my gut. I have faith that JEM will give us the finale that I've been hoping for in One Night: Unveiled.
Edita Brychta was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
Ok gonna keep this short and sweet. Jodi has a way of writing a complete story. From beginning to end she makes you fall in love with these character..Show More »s. Just like the "this man " series she finds a way to take the reader on a unexpected journey. A journey into worlds we all no nothing about. I hope she continues to take us on additional voyages to the unknown with the same quality of love and suspense we have come to depend on. Extremely happy I started this series. Fantastic narrator hands down one of the best!
If the main character Olivia wasn't so far from intelligent and logically thinking. She questions the wrong things with Millers behaviour and shady a..Show More »nswers, and can't draw obvious conclusions in the next breath. She behaves like an anti-feminist which rational thinking goes out the door with just the phrase "I need my thing" from Miller. She is like a stupid Lolita that is wellmeaning and loves her Nan and gay friend. If she could only be a bit more complete, with a few more layers that isn't kind of stupid.