Just One Night, Part 1: The Stranger

Kyra Davis
Just One Night, Part 1: The Stranger
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Simon and Schuster
Release Date
January 2013
Book 1 of The Just One Night Trilogy
Erotic Romance

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.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Aug 29, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
The opening of Kyra Davis' trilogy packs an incredible amount of heat and intense emotion into a small package. Though the nature of the genre kept me from falling head over heels for this installment, there is not doubt that readers will be swept up in her heroine's first steps toward a fundamental transformation and emerge hungry to see how this shocking series evolves.

Against her better judgment, Kasie Fitzgerald has gone to Vegas with her best friend, determined for one night to abandon the safety and security she told herself she always wanted. For one night, she is going to borrow a dress and find a man for a one-night stand. She doesn't need to know his name in order to have the most arousing and intense experience of her life, and the next morning, she is fully prepared to return home to her steady life and her dependable boyfriend, Dave, tucking the memory away.

When Kasie arrives at work on Monday, she finds that she has been hired by a new client, one who has the power, money and influence to make or break her career. And that man is none other than Robert Dade—Kasie's one-night stand. Though she tells herself that she knows exactly who she is and precisely what she wants, Kasie is beginning to realize that the sensual, aggressive side of her that she discovered in Vegas is not going away, and her desire for Robert Dade is becoming an addiction she can't control. Now, with her boyfriend pushing her ever more firmly into the life she planned, and Dade knocking down her every defense in their increasingly more torrid meetings, Kasie's word is spinning out of control. What will she do when the walls she's carefully constructed come tumbling down?

Kyra Davis is a talented writer with a genuine gift for observation that makes this journey deeply empathetic. She contrasts the way Kasie's fiancé Dave sees and treats her with Robert, giving readers a full picture, not only of Kasie's life, but also the stakes of her affair. This isn't merely a small indiscretion—this is an action that threatens everything Kasie is and believes herself to be. Though her life may seem fulfilling on some level, the fiery, explosive passion between Kasie and Robert is shocking and wonderfully scandalous, and forces her to rethink everything. I might have liked a longer glimpse into Kasie's life before her affair, so I wasn't relying on other characters to explain her to me, but Kasie is very self-aware of her own transformation, so I didn't feel too left out.

Because the whole story is presented from Kasie's point of view, I did feel separated from the rest of the characters, especially Robert. There were hints that his feelings toward Kasie were more than lust, but in such a character-driven romance, I would have like to see more evidence of his evolution during the beginning of this affair, as well. I have no doubt that his character will be revealed in further installments of this story, but it wasn't until the very end of this part that I began to believe in Robert as a good match for Kasie in any way but sexually.

There are some heady, powerful scenes in this book, and I really appreciated that even when capturing the more mundane details of Kasie's life, the tone remains the same, highlighting tiny details, looks, or moments to bring each setting and interaction to life. The final twist in the plot that sends readers and characters alike careening into the second episode of this story genuinely surprised me and will no doubt add a great deal of drama to a story that is already fraught with tension and anticipation.

Kyra Davis has done an admirable job blending erotic fantasy with sometimes harsh reality to make a story that is both alluring and engaging. Though there were some times where this blend wasn't as successful—including some unsafe practices that, to me, were glaringly evident and worrying—as a whole this was an impressive debut to a trilogy that promises to have it all.
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