Review: Just One Night, Part 1: The Stranger by Kyra Davis

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Just One Night, Part 1: The Stranger

  • By Kyra Davis
  • Editions: ebook
  • Expected publication: January 21st 2013 by Pocket Star
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Kasie knows who she’s supposed to be. But one passionate night with a mysterious stranger will teach her who she wants to be. You should sleep with a stranger, her best friend whispers in her ear as they take to Vegas for one last pre-wedding fling. Despite her best intentions, when Kasie Fitzgerald enters the casino and sees him, a man whose tailored clothes belied a powerful, even dangerous, presence, she loses herself to the moment. Maybe it’s the dress, much shorter than she’d ever normally wear, or the Scotch, but something makes her give herself over to him more completely than she’s ever done with a man before.

    It was supposed to be just one night. But right as she’s thinking she wants more, he shows up in her office with an agenda. As the billionaire CEO of a company that’s engaged her PR firm, his demands just became her reality…and he desires so much more than just some attention in the boardroom.
    ~ Goodreads

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  • Not only was this read intense but I had an intense reaction to it.
    Let’s begin by addressing the obvious. This new trend of taking one book and breaking it into two or three novellas, all but the last ending in huge cliffhangers, is highly irritating. I can’t emphasize that enough. And it was that irritating especially because I was enjoying the story. I resent these uber-milking-the-cow tactics and I won’t be subtle about that point. Had I bought this, after reaching that ending, I would not buy the next ones. Perhaps after years since the series would be out I might consider buying it all at once, but probably I would have forgotten about it and moved on to all the gazillion other titles that would have come out in the meantime. This is not a good tactic as far as I’m concerned, and I wouldn’t go for it regardless of the story. But maybe that’s just me.

    I liked the way the author built the world of this read. It was smooth and seductive, and it made me think a lot of those typical Harlequin “Billionaire…” something titles, it had all the elements it needed, mood, setting, some of the characters.

    The characters were an interesting bunch, and my favorite was Robert Dade, as they tend to be in these types of stories. The man knows what he wants and does the best he can to get it, that’s why I like these types. They’re not hung up on what others may think about it or what they’re supposed to be doing, and if they are they tend to move beyond that real quick, they tend to be what I call a real person. Robert Dade was, in my opinion, the best done part of this whole story. And the one I didn’t get annoyed with by the end.
    Kasie, the main character, was sort of fun up to a point. I got her whole conflict thing but I didn’t like her as a person, not since the very beginning. I never like these types, the ones so conflicted between what they want society to see in them and what they really are and long to be in their heart of hearts. Maybe I’m very proletarian in my views, but sue me, to each their own. I don’t like these types, and I know they’re the vast majority of the populace. Posers, fakers, liars… you get my point. Kasie had a set of redeeming qualities, so to speak, and I was very close to actually getting in tune with her feelings, especially the discovery part that she so flirted with. But each time I was close to do that, she’d change gears and go back to her beloved poser self, and the magic would break for me.
    The chemistry between Robert and Kasie was insane good, I just wanted their time together to never end.
    Dave was annoying and stifling, and I wanted him to fall off a cliff. By the end I was willing to pour concrete over him, and I was disappointed yet again in Kasey for her reaction.
    Simone was way, way more likable as a character. If she’d been the main I would have given this read a 5 butterflies, annoying cliffhanger and all milking strategies aside.

    The story was cool, I loved the way things flowed and I felt the atmosphere of it all keenly. I don’t support the way it ended, and I don’t mean necessarily Kasey’s choice as much as the breaking the whole story in these mini-parts, but up to here it had a good pace and a smooth line of events. I can’t say how the whole story is since to me it will be a whole story once these mini-parts are reunited. But up to here, it was engaging and fun though frustrating.

    The curb appeal of the whole package was pretty good, great cover, really good blurb. The title suggested it could be one book broken up in parts, but it wasn’t clear from anything else that it would be like that. Honestly I would have wanted to read this even knowing it was a mini-part of the whole story, just because I really like the scenario it hinted at.

    All in all, this was an engaging read, it was fun overall and it kept my total focus. If you’re cool with waiting who knows how long to get the whole story, get this now and read it. Had I known the ending and all before reading it (impossible as it may be) I would have waited for at least the second title to be out before getting this and reading it. But maybe you’re a more patient person then I am. 🙂
    I saw on Nook that the second part will be out in March and the third in May, I dunno if that’s gonna be the schedule but just thought I’d mention it.

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