ARC Review: The Stranger (Just One Night Part 1) by Kyra Davis

The Stranger by Kyra Davis
Book 1 in Just One Night series
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Book provided by Simon & Schuster

Synopsis from Goodreads: Kasie knows who she’s supposed to be. But one passionate night with a mysterious stranger will teach her who she wants to be. You should sleep with a stranger, her best friend whispers in her ear as they take to Vegas for one last pre-wedding fling. Despite her best intentions, when Kasie Fitzgerald enters the casino and sees him, a man whose tailored clothes belied a powerful, even dangerous, presence, she loses herself to the moment. Maybe it’s the dress, much shorter than she’d ever normally wear, or the Scotch, but something makes her give herself over to him more completely than she’s ever done with a man before.

It was supposed to be just one night. But right as she’s thinking she wants more, he shows up in her office with an agenda. As the billionaire CEO of a company that’s engaged her PR firm, his demands just became her reality…and he desires so much more than just some attention in the boardroom.

AH’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B

Erotic Romance novellas are all the rage right now and The Stranger: Just One Night Part I is a nice little addition to this genre. It is quite short, only 120 pages and I was able to read it in an evening.

The novella begins as Kasie Fitzgerald is in Las Vegas for a weekend of fun with her best friend Simone. Kasie has been in a lackluster long term relationship with Dave for quite a while now and she expects to marry him soon. Simone wants Kasie to sow her wild oats just one more time. So Kasie does…

A side note: I’ve often wondered how there are so many gorgeous billionaires out there in Romancelandia, and why is it that they are the best lovers. It must be a common fantasy for a woman to find the man that will sweep her off her feet and take care of all her needs, otherwise we wouldn’t be reading about it. But I digress.

Back to Kasie. Kasie meets the stunningly handsome Robert Dade and sparks fly. I loved Robert – he was attentive to Kasie’s needs, allowed Kasie to take the lead in the relationship, and he was an all-round nice guy. These two sizzle together. There are a lot of hot and steamy scenes.

But wait, what about Dave? Here’s the thing: Dave is a control freak. Dave is portrayed as a calculating man who carefully weighs each option. Every aspect of Dave’s life feels choreographed and every step is planned. Kasie describes kissing Dave as similar to eating a baked potato, which has got to be one of the weirdest descriptions I’ve seen, but rather effective.

At the end of her fantastic weekend, Kasie returns to her regular life. Dave proposes to her in front of family and friends. She says yes, even though she is clearly attracted to Robert.

The novella ends in a cliffhanger, but have no fear – there are two sequels planned: Exposed (March 18, 2013) and Binding Agreement (May 20, 2013) come out soon.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ .5

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a review copy of this book.

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  • I never get these women. Why get married if you don’t feel anything for the guy?

    • I think it has to do with settling for the safe guy, the guy you are used to. I know a lot of people who have done that, settling down with the man they’d been with for a long time rather than exploring other options even though there was clearly a lack of something in the relationship. I’m curious to see where the author takes this in the next installment.

      • Yes, I’ve known women who’ve done that too…but in the case of these heroines, they usually have the hero on the side! (Which doesn’t happen often in RL.) How can these women feel heavily attracted to a man and then decide to marry another dude just because? That’s what I don’t get.

        • I’ve always believed that you need to finish off a relationship before starting a new one. That step seems to have been omitted in this book. Some reviewers saw it as cheating – Long term relationship, she knew he was going to ask her to marry him, but she didn’t realize that the relationship was making her unhappy until she meets her stranger. Again, I am curious to see where this one goes before I write it off as a cheating book. I liked the writing style and I did like the heroine and her billionaire. Her boyfriend gave me the creeps.