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January 20, 2014

Love It: Just One Night by Kyra Davis

Series: Just One Night 1-3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Romantica
In this New York Times bestselling erotic enovella trilogy, a buttoned-up businesswoman takes her friend’s advice and has a fling with a stranger on a trip to Vegas—only to find herself under his mysterious, sexy power both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancĂ©e of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.

But as her thirtieth birthday looms, buried feelings begin to resurrect. Her friend takes her to Vegas for one last wild and crazy night. In a dress much shorter and sexier than anything she has ever dared to wear before, she hits the blackjack tables. And meets him. Under the tailored clothes it’s clear that this is a man who is intense, powerful, and maybe even a little dangerous. With a touch of trepidation she accepts his invitation to get a drink, and before long, she’s in his hotel room.

She never gets his full name. Perhaps his anonymity is one of the reasons she’s able to give herself over to him and to the moment so completely.Perhaps it’s why she’s just had the most exquisite and passionate sex of her life. Shaken by her own behavior, Kasie tries to chalk it up to one crazy night. But when the mysterious gentleman she’s just had a fling with shows up in her office—as the CEO of a firm her company does a billion dollars of business with a year, demanding that she handle his account, and so much more—things will never be the same again. And there’s no telling where this will go.

It may be because of the title of the book but this song was playing in my head over and over while I was reading JUST ONE NIGHT. It's an old ballad by the Irish band, The Corrs, and the melody of the song and urgency of the lyrics fit Kyra Davis' book perfectly IMO.



Sometimes when our dream life sneaks into our waking world, it causes a chemical reaction.And when that happens, everything explodes.
And yet another provocative book about cheating in all its unbridled, passionate glory! I'm starting to question if my subconscious is trying to tell me something or if its just mere coincidence that its these kinds of contemporary romance novels that gets the strongest reaction from me lately. I will save those to ponder later, for now let me tell you more about Kyra Davis' bestselling romantica, JUST ONE NIGHT and why I absolutely loved it!  

Books about cheating are predisposed to have us readers taking the moral route and hate the cheater and sympathize with the cheatee. I've read quite a few novels like this and though I admire the writer's skill with words, for I often end up liking the story's presentation, I almost always despise the philanderer. JUST ONE NIGHT, I must admit, had me swinging both ways. Kasie Fitzgerald is in a stagnant relationship with a man she's not compatible with. Hence it was quite easy for the bold and gorgeous, Robert Dade, to seduce our heroine and have her commit all kinds of debauchery in and out of the bedroom with him. What I find interesting about this tale is we don't have a whimpering heroine who poses herself as a victim of a dead-end relationship. To be fair, Kasie did her best to make her relationship work but obviously it came too late. Plus KDavis' version of HEA is something not all of us will agree with despite the rightness of things and I'm sure some readers will naturally hate JUST ONE NIGHT's conclusion because of the premise and conflict resolution. 

For some parts of the novel I find myself sympathizing with Kasie. Dave is an imperfect match for Kasie, he's stunting Kasie's growth and their relationship because of his set ways. Dave has this idea of Kasie or what his wife should be and he's desperately trying to fit her in its mold. When Dave caught on Kasie's affair with Robert, he threatened to take away everything Kasie has, blackmailing and punishing her cruelly instead of breaking up with her. In some ways I understood Dave's rage and his thirst for vengeance but it got to a point where it no longer feels humane which had me shaking my head because Kasie deserves to be punished. But I guess what Dave want to mete didn't exactly fit the crime. Still, I don't condone cheating, Kasie is wrong to do what she did and for someone of her caliber, I expect her to exercise control and discipline and not debase herself the way she did with Robert.

Kasie's character growth is astounding. Like I said, Kasie's no victim, if any she's a rose in bloom. Being with Robert Dade empowered her in and out of the bedroom and the transformation was awe inspiring and scary at the same time. The once meek and sexless Kasie turned into a vixen, a force to be reckoned with and she knows exactly how to wield her new found power to her advantage. But too much of a good thing is dangerous and Kasie started to become as unscrupulous as Robert with no regard for who and what she destroys. Despite her obvious tailspin, Kasie managed to redeem herself, finding the perfect blend of her old and new self, while redeeming Robert too. To me this was the most compelling part of the story because romantic heroines are often "saved" by their heroes, they seldom save themselves. In Kasie's case, she really struggled with her redemption. She took some big risks which eventually paid off but while in the middle of the storm, I saw her difficulty in figuring out and doing what was right even if it means losing everything she has. Kasie may have certain flaws but she's no coward.
That's the funny thing about cowardice. People think it makes you run away and hide but it's more likely to be a facilitator of something darker. It's the emotion that allows you to be passively led to places and fates you would otherwise reject.
Robert Dade is more or less a devil's advocate, an instigator. He is a compelling and commanding character and a skillful master. Like most erotic heroes, Robert is lust and desire personified. Kasie calls him her moon and she the ocean, he who dictates which direction her tides go. But despite his alluring qualities, he didn't do anything for me. He has misplaced desires and in some way, he's no better than Dave. He too wants to mold Kasie in a certain way, trying to not only control her but control her world, stagnating her growth but in a different way. His attraction for Kasie is the villain  in this story and if it were up to me, I'd rather she didn't end up with either him or Dave. 

JUST ONE NIGHT is skillfully written and beautiful in it's emotional goriness. I'm always a fan of writers who can manage to make a controversial and otherwise forbidden theme to be provocative. KDavis not only did that but she made me see things from both sides of Kasie's dilemma. I understood why Kasie was easily swayed by Robert because what she have with Dave is nothing more than comfort by predictability. And of course, there have been moments where Kasie had me seething because of her selfishness and ego. JUST ONE NIGHT's greatest feature are the character developments especially Kasie's. Hers is a story about a woman's growth from love and her desire for something MORE. I'm hoping that KDavis will write another story in this world, the girl Asha, who's a secondary character in this novel, is such an interesting personality. I bet if KDavis listens to her, Asha has a rich story to tell and I for one would like to read it.


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I had the opportunity to chat with Kyra and though I was brimming with questions, there's ONE THING that I'm dying to ask an erotica/romantica reader. Read on know what!


BRAINE: Hi Kyra! Congratulations on Just One Night and thank you for including Talk Supe in your tour. So here's my question and I apologize if it's long winded.

There's been a lot of sexy and erotic novels that hit the market and aside from the drama, heart rending character backstories and compelling romance, it's the intimate scenes that gives us readers the guiltiest pleasure. I, in particular, am picky about these cozy parts because it can sometimes feel redundant or at times even unromantic if not done "right" (relative to the reader of course). 

As an author, what is your method in writing such scenes and as a reader, what elements are looking for in particular when reading contemporary romance? In your opinion, what differentiates a good romance read to an exceptional one?


KYRA: When you’re writing an erotic romance you're under pressure to have lots and lots of sex scenes. That's easy if you're writing straight up erotica but a little more difficult if you're actually writing a story that is about something other than sex. So the temptation is to just plug in a sex scene every few pages whether it fits into the story or not. When you read these books you can always tell when an author has done that and oddly enough it makes the sex scenes seem flat and unengaging. As an author the key is to make sure that your sex scene isn't plugged into the story but actually advances the story. Every sex scene should bring you new revelations about the characters involved, or change or heighten the dynamics between the characters. The tone of the sex scene needs to match the tone of the book (in Just One Night my sex scenes are angsty which is in keeping with the novel as a whole while in my comedic Sophie Katz murder mysteries my sex scenes always include some humor) When your sex scenes flow as part of the story rather than jarringly disrupt the story they will have more depth and be more involving for the reader. If a reader is involved in these intimate scenes they'll find them exciting. If they're not they'll just skip over them.

And if a large segment of readers are skipping over ANY scene in your book out of boredom you (as an author) have screwed up.




I'm the internationally published author of the Sophie Katz mystery series, and So Much For My Happy Ending. My first Erotic Fiction Trilogy will be released in January 2013.

Aside from that, I'm a single mom; I'm addicted to coffee and True Blood (the show, not the drink). I'm happy with who I am yet I’m always striving to be better; I have more bad hair days than good ones, I love a challenge but I am not fearless, I’m….well…just me.


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Good luck & advance Happy V-Day!
(Valentine's, vagina, whichever you prefer)











35 comments:

  1. Love the sound of Kasie and I think I would really like her

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    1. I'm sure you'll have a love-hate relationship with her but ultimately you'll admire her regardless of the choices she made.

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  2. I have the author's new serial but haven't read this one yet. I like how her books are different in a way that it focuses on the characters' darker sides. I'm icky about books that deals with cheating but since I like the authors writing style I might just try out this one :)

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    1. You wouldn't even mind the cheating because she made it more of a "human" tale than that of a moral story.

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  3. I enjoyed this too. I really admired how self aware Kacie was. She never deluded herself that what she did was right.
    Great review, Braine!

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    1. Yes! She didn't justify what she did and took responsibility for it even if it was a bit clumsy at first.

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  4. That really seems to be the way hot book covers are made these days

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    1. Yup, I think 50 Shades started the trend. Made it more wholesome so Moms shopping for books with their kids won't be scandalized LOL

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  5. I am so glad you enjoyed this, and Kacie has me quite curious. Wonderful review my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly. Kasie is a curious female, she falls in the "gray area" of things.

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  6. I saw cheating and immediately thought no way, I don't want to read about cheaters, but then I read your review and saw that you were swayed and I am most curious. I will have to check it out and form my own opinion!

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    1. Challenge your reading comfort zone with this, Kyra will give you great points/situations to ponder.

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  7. I hate cheating books but I like that you could sympathize with both characters.

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    1. Yeah this is definitely one of those gray area stories.

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  8. This is a fan-freakin-tastic review, Braine!! I've only read vol 1 of Just One Night, but you know I loved it. I connected with Kasie for whatever reason...probably because she wasn't a simpering ninny. I agree with you about the way she handled things, and that she and Dave weren't compatible. But I despised that guy. And Robert...well, he kinda pushed my buttons. I love 'emotional gorriness' because that's so spot-on. I can't wait to complete this series now!

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    1. Read the rest, Brandee! Yeah I hated Dave too but at the same time I understood his reaction. I can't say I'll do what he did but I do get the anger that goes with being betrayed.

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  9. The one author who has really caused me to question my morals is Kitty Thomas with her Dark Erotica. I've read two but I've been both appalled and blown away by the magnetism both books exude. I loved them and can't wait to read more from her. Cheating... idk, it's really something I can't tolerate but I haven't read a book about this subj yet, so maybe if I just try and see it from a neutral perspective I could really enjoy it as you did. Great review Braine! (:

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    1. I have to check Kitty Thomas then, I love challenging my reading tastes and reading out of my comfort zone.

      Start with this, it's not in your face cheating but it's more of like a "discussion" and the author didn't justify it in any way which is good.

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  10. I have this in paperback to read. Awesome you loved it!! I totally dig Kyra's comment about the sex scenes. I just read Knight & Play and also Knight and Stay by Kitty French and absolutely loved them!!! Not sure if you have read them Braine. But you remember when we did a chat review on J.Kenner book and we discussed why can't lead characters just simply want to have the sex lifestyle they have. Well, read about Lucien Knight. Humma! Humma!! I haven't checked to see if you have read it yet. Only 200 odd pages each, plus a third book. I am looking forward to cracking this paperback open :D

    Mich

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    1. OK, I will go to GR now and check those babies out! Thanks for the recs Matey!

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  11. Based on your review, I think I'll love Just One Night, even if I'm not a fan of cheating at all. But the character growth seems to be able to make up for that - and I love character driven stories where I can root for a character even when they're wrong :)

    Have an excellent Tuesday, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. It's healthy to read out of our comfort zones once in a while

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  12. Cheating novels are always though ,and I usually have a hard time getting on board with it. This one sounds like it is done right though. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. It is challenging no doubt about it. I liked how Kyra Davis "discussed" Kasie's situation. I mean it's still wrong but she didn't make it right if you know what I mean.

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  13. I always told myself that I'd never read a book about cheating but after reading your review this one just sounds so darned good! It reminds me of a NA title I read last year about a student/teacher relationship. I was disturbed by the topic but absolutely loved the story. What does that say about my subconscious? LOL

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    1. I read something like that too! I hated the teacher but I do love how it was presented. Provocative stories are my guilty pleasure.

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  14. I just watched a movie that was a little like this. It did not end well lol (can't remember the name right now)

    "Every sex scene should bring new revelations" YES!! I was never a big fan of erotica until I started finding authors who cared more about the plotting and character development and not just about writing hot sex scenes. You can do both!

    I'll be adding this one to the TBR list.

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    1. Was it Unfaithful? Damn I love that movie and yes, it did not end well. LOL

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  15. I'm always a little difficult about cheating books, some are really well done but I need to really understand everything. It's the reason why I don't read a lot of them, it's like one or 2 per year lol, only when I want to find something different. But some are wonderful and it's really interesting.

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    1. I know you got Heights of Desire in the mail, that should be half your quota this year, then pick this up next and you're done for 2014!

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  16. there are always two sides to a story when a relationship doesn't work...even when there is cheating is involved. I'm going to have to add this to my wishlist Braine. Your review is awesome!

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    1. True. When I read stories like this I pretend the "cheater" is my friend, that helps me to be more open to their dilemma instead of flat-out hating them

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  17. Glad you enjoyed it but nope definitely not the one for me. Though crazy enough I love the cover and I'm so not a fan of ones like that. LOL

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    1. Books with these themes are not for everyone... yes I love the cover art too although the diamond ring isn't entirely appropriate

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