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 “You’re too serious…”
“Life is serious.”

Gitte: One Night Promised had me laughing till I had tears, melt into a passionate puddle; followed by huge ugly crying. Ultimately though, it made me realise that any initial fears I may have had upon starting this new trilogy from Jodi Ellen Malpas were completely unnecessary and unfounded; my expectations were met, challenged and won over.

‘He’s no danger to me, except, maybe, to my heart.’

Jodi managed something not many have, in my opinion, which is to surpass what made me fall in love with her writing to begin with. Truly, this is exactly what Jodi did by bringing M and Livy into my life. One Night Promised was extraordinarily flawless, written with such humour, passion and beauty. The story was sexy and emotional; it was intriguing and mysterious. It was bloody fantastic!

“I know being with you will be the easiest thing that I’ve ever done.”

Every single character in this book stood out in their own right; adding humour, intrigue, friendship and love. Starting with the brilliant Nan, a character we all know and love; Nana rocks, along with her sidekick George. And Greg…sigh, we’d all love a mate like him!!

“Beautiful things should be savoured… not rushed.”

The banter, the comedy element, the emotional bonds and connection to the reader. Well it was spot on and came across effortless. How hard did we fall in love this time, Jenny?!

Jenny: We certainly did fall HARD for this one Gitte! My first thought when I started reading this story was how much Jodi Ellen Malpas has grown as a writer. Sure, the  trademark idiosyncrasies of her characters and writing is still there but something has changed, whatever it is I loved it and One Night- Promised completely eclipsed all my expectations. Jodi took a story and characters, shook them up and managed to bring us something distinctive and enthralling and in the process showed us what a talent she by grabbing us and hooking us into this new trilogy!

“I want to drown in you, Livy.”

One Night – Promised was captivating, heart-breaking, intriguing, emotional, passionate and consuming. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this story or the writing – everything was faultless. It flowed beautifully and it was effortless to read. Oh and I certainly sobbed a time or two. I think I experienced just about every emotion possible throughout this story!

‘It was a catch twenty two situation – fall asleep and have nightmares, or stay awake and live them.’

Oh Nan! What a fantastic and amusing character she was. In fact, as you said, all characters were essential and each played their part in making this story such an overwhelming success. From the camaraderie of friendship, the love of family and the gripping and passionate relationship between M and Livy.  The characters and their words were superb!!

Gitte: Now Livy, what can I say? She’s become one of my favourite heroines out there. She’s incredibly vulnerable yet has an inner strength and resoluteness that makes her extremely lovable and admirable. She’s got a brilliant sense of humour, she’s sweet, quirky and so very real. I completely connected with her and have to say that she very quickly found a place in my heart!

“You are my perfect.”… “I have to have you…”

This girl is no pushover, she stands up for herself, falls in love despite her best intentions, she understands and accepts her limitations and weaknesses. Livy’s not had it easy, hence she’s made some consequential mistakes, a combination of which has marked her and is shaping her life. A life that’s suddenly changing after just one night….

“Promise me you won’t abandon me..”

M is fascinating, he’s powerful, vulnerable, very lovable, endearing, beautiful, mysterious, supremely sexy, mesmerizing and so very charming. Need me to go on? Didn’t think so! I fell in love, I fell in lust and I fell at his feet! M is not This Man. M is THE man and I desperately want and need more of him!

“Every time I touch you I feel I need to do it with the utmost care…”

The beginning to M & Livy’s story was surprising, humorous, captivating, passionate and addictive. It was the beginning of something that I know is going to be pretty amazing, right Jenny?

Jenny:  Livy was a brilliant character and I adored her. I felt so much empathy towards her and in the same breath I admired the grit and determination she displayed, and her sweetness and susceptibility had me wanting to protect her.  I agree Gitte, she may just be one of my favourite heroines.

‘He may make me feel alive, but he makes me feel lifeless just as quickly.’

M. What a brilliant character!  Helllooo new book boyfriend! I’m going to say this first off…..I loved M more than Jesse Ward. There. It’s out there. There was something so unique about his character, something so positively captivating! Possessing a masculine prowess, he was mysterious, alluring, irresistible, sensual and charismatic man who left me with an overwhelming desire to learn more about him!!! I agree Gitte…I was intoxicated with love, lust…you name it, I felt it all with him! M = mystique, masculinity…mmmm….mmmmm.

“Have you thought about me?”

Jodi Ellen Malpas fans prepare to have your minds blown by this story and these characters! For readers who didn’t find This Man was their cup of tea, you really need pick this one up and give it a go! The build up to, and the way the revelations were uncovered were delivered with mouth watering perfection! This book was certainly amazing, addictive and everything else you mentioned Gitte! I Absolutely loved it! Roll on November, because we NEED MORE!

“Take me as I am, Livy.”

**ARC Provided by author in exchange for an honest review**


Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair..

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  1. fav42 said:

    Thank you for the review. No spoilers!!! But I have to say it only left me a wee bit angry! I WANT THIS BOOK IN THE WORSE WAY!!! LOL I love this blog! I love their reviews and will choose books based on their reviews!!! Although, Jodi Ellen Malpas speaks for herself. 🙂


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