Review: One Night Denied by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Posted 12 November, 2014 in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: One Night Denied by Jodi Ellen MalpasTitle: One Night Denied
Series: One Night #2
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About One Night Denied:

The passion that burned between Livy and M 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 M's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price . . .

M 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 M 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...

Look for the stunning conclusion in ONE NIGHT: UNVEILED.
Related Books: One Night: Unveiled

My Review:

Recommended for: People who like conflicts with no resolution (but actually, also people who like couples who fight and keep secrets).

Um, wow. So I was unsure about reading this, since it took me a really long time for me to get into One Night Promised. I originally planned to DNF it then picked it back up a few weeks later. I ended up loving it, so when I saw OND available on NetGalley, I requested it. The ending of the first book just totally shocked me and I needed to see how it was resolved.

My main issue with One Night Denied? Nothing was resolved. Yet, a huge pile of new shit was piled on. To me, you can’t add a bunch of new issues to a storyline without resolving at least some of them.

For one, that keeps too many conflicts to keep track of. This is my issue with a lot of nighttime soaps, like Revenge at times (when it’s not being amazing). In Season 2, Revenge got a little too obsessed with convoluted storylines. Between the number of conflicts, and the details of each one, you were constantly forgetting which characters were involved in which, and what the big cliffhanger was for that one plot and what the plan was for Emily Thorne to take down that other person.

Also, it’s too much negative emotion without any positive ones. I want to see things resolved in Miller and Livy’s relationship. Even if they still have issues, as a reader, I wanted to see them moving forward. I wanted some happiness in the face of all the sadness and stress.

My other issues with the book:

  • Their relationship is way too similar to some parts of the This Man trilogy. The constant fighting, girl running away and guy chasing her, stuff. I know Jodi can write other stuff, because you see it in other parts of Jesse and Ava’s relationship, but it’s all you see here.
  • Their constant fighting wasn’t bickering or anything. They were fighting about serious issues that really needed to be addressed. But do they do so? No, they cuddle and have sex. That’s a little too unhealthy without a good balance of healthy to cancel it out.
  • There seemed to be continuity issues at times, to the point where I thought I accidentally skipped a page or two and pressed the back button a few times on my Kindle. But I get that this is an ARC and that might be resolved in the version that hits the shelves.

Did I like this book? No. Will I read the next one in the series? Yes. Why? Because I know JEM can do better and I don’t want to lose faith.

About Jodi Ellen Malpas:

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. She’s now a proud #1 New York Times and Sunday Times Best selling author.

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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