Review: Promised (One Night #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas


Title: Promised
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing 8/5/14
Length: 327
Series: One Night #1



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 . .

My Thoughts

If i could give 4.5 stars – i would.  I don’t often give 5s, so this is as close to perfection as i can go right now.  Ms. Malpas is by far one of my fav authors and this new series – AMAZING.

Where to begin, we have a leading lady that has such a troubled past, that the prologue just gives us a hint, an introduction to William who you want to know more about, and yet it’s not until a tumble on the floor, and eyes collide across a hotel lobby that you really begin to wonder.

This story takes us on a journey of Livy trying to live her life as she wants, with everyone else trying to force her into something different.  her mother was a prostitute who left her with her grandparents, and well, if that wasn’t damaging enough, once Livy was old enough to know what her mom did, she tried to follow in those footsteps in the hopes of finding her mom.  We only learn of this after Miller pries stories out of her.

Onto Miller – this complex man that we still haven’t figured out – even 300 pages later.  We know that he’s successful, and we’ve deduced that he’s OCD, but that’s all we know.  He won’t talk about himself, reveal anything, yet he’s a master of all things sensual and sexual.  He’s propositioned Livy and while she tried fighting him, she can’t and he shows her how she has become ‘his’.

Throughout this first installment, we’re constantly brought into the passion and sexually heated encounters between these 2.  It’s not just that Miller is sexy, he makes EVERYTHING around him sexy, and that alone has me so heated that i needed to put down my book for a bit last night.  It’s not even his prowess that does me in, it’s the way that he needs control over everything in his world – like i said OCD – he has to arrange things, and he’s tight lipped about things and it’s hot.

When i thought that things couldn’t get any more complicated – meaning that while these 2 are great together in bed, and in the bath and in the back room, they aren’t really great on paper.  He’s got manners and an affected way about him, and she’s just ‘common’.  But, it’s within the last few chapters that things are completely turned around.  I don’t know how it was done, but i was caught so off guard that while i knew that things would blow up – it’s not at all how i expected.

now, the painful thing here is that we saw Miler break his own promise – that he’d never do anything other than worship her, yet that’s what he did – to prove a point – he was ‘rough’ and well, here’s our cliff that we’re jumping off of.  I now have to wait until November to get the next installment, and it’s NOT FAIR!  At least i can console myself to know that it’s almost September so it’s just a handful of months/weeks away.  I think that you guys all NEED to read this book – i’m not often forceful, but do it.  you know you want to!

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