Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One Night ~ AJ Pine (earc) review [@AJ_Pine @BerkleyNAL @PenguinUSA]

One Night (Only You #1)
April 21, 2015
~248 pages (per Amazon)
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One Night coverWhen she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.
But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened...and why he'd never want her for more than one night.

One Night is another title that I have to admit I may have missed if not for the review opportunity. That would have been bad. Very bad. It was a sweet and cute yet complex story with terrific characters.

Something happened, recently, to twenty-one-year old Jess that has changed who she is and how she behaves. She had a great life - the perfect boyfriend she could picture her forever with, a best friend. Then it all disappeared.

Just what happened to Jess is not known. We know she spends her nights in bars, getting drunk and bringing guys home for the night. For one night. We also know she's haunted by memories of her ex, that she was betrayed by her best friend. All of this happened because of something . . .something she's keeping secret.

Then Adam Carson, star basketball player now injured and in physical therapy enters her life.

Jess's 'secret' was fairly easy to guess/figure out. It did not seem to fit with her altered self image and her new life . . But, especially towards the end when it is explained, I could still see how it did impact her that much.

Jess struggle with what she does, what she needs, what she wants, and what she deserves helped make her a really interesting character. You want her to just be nice to herself, to open up and tell someone what's going on. At the same time, it's understandable that she doesn't.

I liked Adam's character and I liked Jess's character, but I really loved both of their characters when they were together. Even when they were in physical therapy or watching 'sexy vampires.' They were great together. It infused the difficulties they faced in their relationship with that much more tension and anxiety.

They're two characters you absolutely want to get together, to figure things out and be okay . . . but because they're both well done characters with their own pasts, feelings and emotions, it's hard to be sure if they really can or will be.

I really loved being introduced to Jess and Adam (and Zoe!), seeing the development of their relationship and Jess' growth as a character. With Spock ears to shitty coffee and sexy vampires, One Night is fun (and funny), sweet, cute and pretty unforgettable. It does tackle some pretty serious issues and the characters have more than a little bit complicating their lives, but it all balances out very well. I'm looking forward to One Life the next book - and hope Jess, Adam, Regan and more are back, too!

Part of Rock Star Lit tour
thank you to the publisher for egalley via NetGalley

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