Just One Night
Part 1: The Stranger
Simon and Schuster/Pocket Star
January 21, 2013
E-Book, est. 128 pages
provided by the publisher via NetGalley.com in anticipation that any review would be fair. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted.
In the first title in an erotic trilogy from critically acclaimed author Kyra Davis, a buttoned-up businesswoman finds herself under the power of a mysterious and intensely sexy man, both in the boardroom and in bed.
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. www.netgalley.com
Lately a lot of erotica is written in this "almost as it happens" narrative style; not quite at the moment but not really in the past. Like, "I sat down to write a review. The keyboard seems flat and plastic under my hands. Was that the doorbell? I got up to see and tripped over my slippers." It adds immediacy, and a film-like quality to the story. You are in the moment with the protagonist and as the events unfold you are right there with her. I guess if it's erotica, this may serve a certain purpose.
And, I like the way Kyra does it; it's unusually well-written for this style. The text is descriptive, and there is good dialogue. It's hard to pull off this type of running commentary without being totally "tell" versus "show." Or, sometimes the dialogue is too weird, oddly stilted. But not here. Davis' writing skills makes the reader more than a voyeur in Kasie's sex life.
In some way the reader becomes a part of Kasie's conscience as she struggles to become liberated from formal, and entirely stifling, social and psychological bindings. And the golden handcuffs of a calm, placid, accepted, life are hard to throw off for the unknown. The big surprise at the end is shocking from a personality point of view.
When the book and Kasie's tryst begins in Vegas, you know it doesn't end there.
I enjoyed the book; and it is serialized; ending on a precipitous cliff hanger. Now I just have to find the next one. If you enjoy contemporary erotica, you will like this one - Highly Recommended.