Just One Night by Lauren Layne

Just One NightJust One Night by Lauren Layne

  • ISBN-13: 9780345547279
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Stiletto
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Source: Netgalley for honest review

In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex. Her articles in Stiletto magazine are the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But when Stiletto’s fiftieth anniversary issue requires her column to get a lot more personal, Riley is forced to confront a long-hidden secret: Her own sexual experience is limited to one awkward college encounter. Now Riley is about to call in the favor of a lifetime from the one man who’s always held her heart.
Sam Compton knows two things about Riley McKenna: She’s the only woman for him. But as his best friend’s little sister, she’s also completely off-limits. Sam shouldn’t even consider her proposition: to have a one-night stand in the name of research. But the thought of another man putting his hands on Riley is more than Sam can handle, and soon he’s agreeing to one night with New York’s resident sexpot. But Riley’s full of surprises, and what starts as “one time only” soon becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn firsthand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.


My Thoughts:

Likes:  I was drawn into checking out Just One Night out because it was a different take on romance.  One would think that Riley McKenna knows all about sex but you quickly realize that she might know a lot but none of it is from personal experience.  She is faced with having to writing an article from her own point of view rather that doing research and talking with experts.  I liked this approach and the characters in the story.  Both the male and female characters are strong and untrusting of themselves.  I like that it was written from both points of view and that there is strong character development as the story progressed.

Dislikes: For me it was just that it felt like it was repetitive almost as though the length of story was the goal rather than the plot development.   I think that was the biggest issue for me with the story.

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Review: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Witch SongDetails: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

  • Pub. Date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 325pp
  • Sales Rank: 429,481

Witch Song Synopsis:

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons-but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fades, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can’t stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn’t, there won’t be anything left to save.

My Thoughts:

I am very impressed with Amber Argyle’s Debut Novel, Witch Song.  The world created in this book is fantastic.  I was not so sure in the first chapter or two with Brusenna, or Senna, appearing to be this weak young women who seems to be heavily sheltered by her mother.  This was a bit frustrating because I felt like she should be standing up for herself.  She ends up being left all alone while her mother goes to try to help the witches who are left fight against the Dark Witch.  Once her mother leaves, this book really starts to take shape and I began to understand that important of the Witch Song and that it really controls everything.  As Senna gets stronger and stronger, until she is driven out of her home when she is found by a witch hunter.    It is up to her to stop the Dark Witch as she is the only witch left and the world is changing quickly.

I loved the style of writing that Amber Argyle uses.   It was a beautifully written book with amazing descriptions of the people and events that take place in the book.  It seems that there were no gaps in the story and it moved along wonderfully.  There is some magic in the witch extremely natural way of singing to accomplish what they need done, some romance (and frustration) with Joshen, Senna’s Guardian, who will not leave she even when she tries to force him too, danger from many different directions and some mystery thrown in as well.  For me it was the diversity and consistency of the story that made it such a wonderful read.  

My Rating
This was an outstanding read!  One that I could not put down and one that I can’t wait to share with others

*I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.  This in no way affected my review and opinions of the book.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Well, it was a MUCH better reading week!  YEAH!!!  Maybe I am out of the slump I was in.

Finished this week:

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae: Book CoverEpic Fail by Claire Lazebnik: Book CoverThe Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Book CoverThe Death of Chaos (Recluce Series #5) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Book CoverThe Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Series) by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Cover

Lisa – In My Dreams by Cameo Renae – Review here with a giveaway  – only 1 person has entered.

Lisa – The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek – Review Here 

Lisa- Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik – Review coming soon 

David – The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – Review and Huge giveaway coming soon

David – Death of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – Review coming soon

David – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – Review coming soon


Currently Reading:

Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose: Book Cover

Lisa – Sliver Sparks by Starr Ambrose

David- unknown just finished and hasn’t started a new.

Coming Soon:

Citadels of the Lost (Annals of Drakis Series #2) by Tracy Hickman: Book CoverLove Story by Jennifer Echols: Book Cover


So that was my reading week!  Pretty good I think.  Now It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  

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