Tuesday, June 2, 2020

REVIEW: One Night Denied by Jodi Ellen Malpas

The passion that burned between Livy and Miller 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 Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price... 

Miller 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 Miller 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...

Shel: I think the best thing for me to do from now on is to hold off on reading book 2 until I have book 3 (or the rest of the series) in hand because OMG, if I had to wait to read the last book in this series, I think I'd be dead now. HOW DID YOU GUYS DO IT? #loyalfans #betterthanIam #I'mtheworst

This book has got me all kinds of crazy and if you haven't read it yet, you'll understand why as you begin reading it...but in the meantime here's what's got me all out of sorts:

  • I WANT MORE ANSWERS. I mean, yeah, we got more intel on the background of Miller but I found myself wanting to call Malpas a tease constantly because she teased out these details all book long!
  • The relationship between Olivia and Miller is confounding--at any given moment one of them is willing to throw in the towel and then BOOM! things are smoothed over. GAH. He's so controlling and she's so maddening in her hot and cold demeanor but at the end of the day, I'll confess that even though I didn't always *get* their relationship, it was evident they were completely enamored (obsessed?!) with each other.
  • WHO THE FRICK is following her? Why can't he quit? Why does William feel that it's suddenly his duty to be Olivia's protector? How does she even have a job at this point? Why isn't Nan suspicious? And will Gregory ever come around? And OMFG, that last scene?!!!!! *picks up Kindle, threatens to throw it* 
If I'm going to be completely honest here, and I am, there were parts in this book that seemed a little off or disjointed. There were times I felt that I was missing some information or plot? I don't know, I can't put my finger on it ..I guess I just felt that it was uneven. That being said, I can't imagine having to write book 2 when you know you still have one more and you have to appease the masses and keep the story going. Even if this wasn't what I think was her best work, I'm 100% curious about how she's going to end this and if all of my questions will be answered. Plus there are hot British people and their great British-ism in this series so I feel like there's no way in hell I'll quit it now!

As you can see, I'm emotionally wrought after reading book 2 and I have so much stuff to do in the next few days but you know what? EFF IT. I'm going to pick up book 3 and read it. Screw my obligations. I'll let you know how it goes. Stay tuned~

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