New Review – ONE NIGHT: DENIED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

The second book in Jodi Ellen Malpas’ latest series has been released. What do you think to it? Here’s my review ❤

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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…

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Miller and Livy return in the highly anticipated sequel to One Night: Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas, and we pick up right where that cliffhanger ending left us. Gah, it feels like it’s been a long wait since Miller’s revelation that shocked readers, and turned Livy’s world upside down. But the wait is no more! Well…unless you count the third and final book in the series…but we’ll get to that!

I was very unsure about book #1. I enjoyed it – I had a few issues with it – but I went into book #2 with a clear mind, and was more than pleasantly surprised as I started reading. The first 25% was very strong and I found that the disappointment of book #1 completely disappeared, because I loved what I was reading!! The struggles and emotions portrayed were perfect in hooking me in and actually making me feel for these characters!

Unfortunately, it was then that I began to face my own struggle. To me, the book became dull and the hold on my attention was gone to the point that it took me 4 days to finish the book. I really had to force myself to keep reading because I refused to give up after the fantastic start, and in the end it did pay off. But there was a good 55% of the book that just didn’t really add anything to the story, and ultimately just felt like a dreaded “filler.”

Throughout the middle of the book, there was only really one part to the story that caught my interest, and that was the brief telling of the history of William (the pimp) and Gracie (Livy’s mum). That is a story that I am desperate to know about in full, and I really hope that JEM decides to tell it, even if it just be a novella; it would go straight to the top of my TBR.

But as I said, the decision not to give up paid off, and the last 20% was back to having me hooked!! It was action packed and I was back to feeling what was going on. And that ending… Oh boy! Plot twist!!!! My detective ways are back and I have a head full of theories which I cannot wait to see if they are correct.

I’m 50/50 with this book. 50% I loved (technically 45% but I’m counting the William/Gracie story as the extra 5%) and 50% that didn’t work for me in the slightest. It was tough to decide on a final rating for this one, but I have to go with my gut. I have faith that JEM will give us the finale that I’ve been hoping for in One Night: Unveiled.

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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ONE NIGHT: PROMISED #1 – Out Now!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook | US Paperback

ONE NIGHT: DENIED #2 – Out Now!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook

ONE NIGHT: UNVEILED #3 – Out January/February!
Goodreads | UK eBook | UK Paperback | US eBook

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