*In an effort to avoid spoilers for Book 1, One Night Promised, for those who have not yet started this series, I omitted from my review my usual description of the background setting of this story. Please refer to my review for One Night Promised
for the background. Please also note that One Night Promised must be read before this book.*
After One Night Promised rocked my world with its sexy, psychologically intense and suspense-filled plot, I just knew I had to read ONE NIGHT DENIED. I voraciously read this long, 448-page second part, in just two nights. I very much enjoyed the emotionally and erotically charged nature of this read, but still it wasn't quite as intense or intricately twisted as Book 1. Perhaps because the hero, and to a lesser extent the heroine, is in transition in this second part to the One Night Trilogy
Although in Book 1, "M" was full of contradictions, you still mostly got a glimpse of his controlled, arrogant shield of a persona. In ONE NIGHT DENIED, Miller's defensive walls are starting to slowly crash down, making him dangerously unbalanced and prone to massive, dangerous mood swings. He is a deeply conflicted man. Wanting his "possession" but wavering between protecting and worshiping "it."
This, in turn, leaves the reader and Livy somewhat in limbo. Sometimes you get the feeling that it's one step forward and two steps back. Livy too is changing. In some respects, she is adopting some of Miller's "habits" as their worlds are slowly converging. Leaving you to ponder whether this is really a good or bad thing. Is Livy being naive or courageous in her resilient fight for the man she loves? Is Livy truly capable of bringing "light" to Miller's "darkness" or does happiness and true feeling lie somewhere in between?
The suspense aspect of this read was also well done, although less heart-stoppingly shocking. Following the big reveal of Miller's profession in Book 1, and his acquaintance with William, which were earth shattering revelations, you are left in Book 2 with a trickling of small clues as to Miller's past, Livy's mother's past, who Miller truly works for and the true danger that lurks in wait. These are small tells in comparison, but nonetheless enlightening. You certainly get the feeling that there are still a number of twists and turns that have not yet been revealed, and which will no doubt make the final installment of the One Night Series
, Unveiled--set to be released in January of 2015--a must read! Will this tortured hero and the once unfeeling heroine get their HEA? I, for one, can't wait to have all the truths and final destinies "unveiled"!