Title: One Night: Denied
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing 11/11/14
Series: One Night #2
The passion that burned between Livy and M in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries . . .
He’s amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she’s never before known. For Livy, there’s no turning back. She’s determined to be the light in M’s dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price . . .
M knows that the power he possesses hasn’t come without sacrifices-but he won’t let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs . . . from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.
But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about M that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he’s ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all .
I’ve been waiting for this 2nd installment for AGES and i’m so glad the we finally got to continue Livy and Miller’s story. When we last left these 2, things were in a very bad place. When it once seemed like things were going really well between then, Livy learns about what Miller actually does and that throws her for a loop. She taunts him into showing her his professional side which backfires – causing her to flee the hotel, and as a result, runs into William whom you’ll remember was her ex-pimp of sorts when she went to find out about her mother – and William is the man that loved her deeply.
So…we’re back into the story and I’m happy to say that William plays a rather large role. We see that he’s out to protect Livy – from Miller and seemingly other things but those things we still don’t know about. I think that’s part of the allure – since we know that he’s protecting her partly out of obligation from his regret of leaving her mom but partly because there’s something dangerous that’s out there and while Livy is unaware – he knows all too well.
Where the story goes in terms of Miller – we see that his demons are coming to the surface in this 2nd book. We’ve always known that he’s got a dark side but it’s unclear where it stems from. Livy pushes him so that she can better understand, but it’s not quite that easy. They some how find a way back to one another, even with all of the interference from people outside of them. (Gregory for one, and Anderson for another). What’s nice about their dynamic is that although it’s highly sexual and the chemistry makes the air tingle with electricity, there’s a depth there. They are both broken and they both want to make the other one better because of their own experiences – it makes you want to root for each – even when you don’t like them very much.
there’s this under current throughout about danger and about a need to protect Livy – and i think that’s the one thing that’s only partly resolved and a good lead into to the 3rd book. The last chapter in this book sets things up in a way that i didn’t really expect but was very pleased about. Clearly we know that Miller’s mixed up in a business that’s not too forgiving to folks that want out and we know that he’s been deemed the ‘Special One’ so that means it’s even more complicated. Livy’s paying the price for that – among those in charge as well as from the women that will perhaps lose their greatest pleasure.
So – it’s a waiting game now until February i believe – to see what happens. We know that there’s a chase ensuing at the end of this book – with Miller and Livy stuck in a predicament of sorts. who’s chasing them, where will they end up and in who’s control and….the lady at the end of the pathway….hmmm. .i don’t want to give anything away there, but i can’t wait to see what she’s going to do from here. so…Enjoy! this was another great read from one of my latest favorite authors.