Just One Night (The Complete Novel)

Kyra Davis
Just One Night (The Complete Novel)
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Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date
December 2013
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Ménage or more

Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she's supposed to be. Responsible. Reliable. Predictable. She's an ambitious workaholic who is devoted to the sensible man she plans to marry. But one wild, impulsive night in Vegas is about to open her eyes to who she wants to be . . . .

Trying her sexy new dress and her luck at a blackjack table, Kasie meets him. Intense. Flirtatious. Dangerous. She accepts his invitation for a drink . . . and then to his hotel room. She doesn't know his name. But she'll never forget the sex. Hard. Thrilling. Explosive.

So when her mystery man later shows up at her office unexpectedly, she succumbs to his mastery, both in bed and in the boardroom. There's no telling where the powerful, wealthy Robert Dade will lead her. But there's also no resisting her desire . . . however far she'll go under its spell. The only question is who she'll be when the journey ends.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
May 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
136 people found the following review helpful
Originally published in three novellas and available solely over the Internet, and now available in one complete novel, JUST ONE NIGHT is an erotic contemporary novel that explores the effects of power, fear and submission in the bedroom, as well as in the boardroom. While many have compared it to Fifty Shades of Grey, and at first blush there appear to be many parallels, I believe that if you can get beyond first impressions and allow yourself to delve deeper into the storyline, you will find that this tale attempts to explore a much vaster universe and is an empowering and enlightening one for the heroine, not just the hero. Themes tested in JUST ONE NIGHT include finding inner power by letting go of your fear and inhibitions, and how unfettered powered can actually be dehumanizing and therefore damaging to the one wielding it.

While I enjoyed this novel and devoured all 483 pages in just one day, I do think it is worth mentioning one huge warning for anyone considering it. This novel tests acceptable mores in a variety of ways. In addition to the kink, which includes a number of light BDSM scenes, exhibitionism, and menage a trois scenes (including F/F action and even one scene where another male is allowed to touch the heroine), the premise of this novel is built around adultery. If these are subjects that you are not comfortable with, I would skip this one.

Kasie Fitzgerald is the perfect business executive: a Harvard MBA graduate who has established herself as an up and coming star at one of the top consulting firms in the country. She has exercised an inordinate amount of discipline to get where she is. As she approaches her 30th birthday and anticipates her wedding to her carbon copy perfect fiance (the man whose godfather runs her firm), she is looking to let off some steam and actually be uninhibited for just one night. Her best friend, recognizing this need, perhaps even more acutely than Kasie, takes Kasie to Vegas where she encourages her to have a one night stand.

Kasie borrows one of her friend's sexy dresses and lets her hair down. Intending only to do some harmless flirting, Kasie heads to the blackjack tables. But one thing leads to another and she finds herself partaking in a crazy, wild night with an intense and powerful stranger. A man, whom she only knows by Mr. Dade, makes her feel things she's never felt before, and can read her true self--the one she buried a long time ago after a deep dark family tragedy--like no one has ever done before. She disappears from his hotel room in the middle of the night without knowingly leaving any contact information, content with the knowledge that she will always have this memory and now can move on with her ordered, perfect life.

Mr. Dade, however, has other plans and is used to getting what he wants. When he tracks her down, the sparks begin to fly and Kasie soon finds that the world as she knows it will never be the same after he offers her consulting firm the account of a lifetime, but only if Kasie leads the team. What will Kasie do? Will she stay in her comfort zone or face her fears to find what she truly wants?

Ms. Davis tackles some really difficult subject matters in JUST ONE NIGHT. Again, while you at first may not believe it, she does try to find a way to attempt to justify the heroine's and hero's actions, and I highly enjoyed her underlying symbolism of the interplay between power, fear and submission. Moreover, the passion filled scenes smolder right off the page, even if a few of the "dreams" may be arguably unnecessary to the central plot. Somewhat along these lines, my one constructive criticism is that I think this story could have benefited from additional editing. In a few places, it felt a little disjointed and certain passages were arguably unnecessary to the central themes. While a few of these can be explained by the fact that this story was originally written in 3 parts, there are a few others that arguably seemed incongruous or gratuitous and therefore, in my opinion, should have been cut from the final copy to make this a stronger, more concise read.

Notwithstanding my observations in the preceding paragraph, I highly enjoyed this novel and it kept me deeply captivated. So much so that I was driven to finish it in just one day. I think Ms. Davis' writing holds great promise, and I loved that she was willing to bring pen to paper to some rather taboo subjects in the romance world. I will definitely be looking to read more of her works in the future.
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