Review: Just One Night by Felice Stevens
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
I pulled him closer, loving that I could make this man's breath hitch. It didn't matter to me how many lovers he'd had. At that moment, he was mine, and it was us against the world.
I'm just going to say it because it needs to be said: Just One Night is Felice Stevens' best work that I've had the privilege of reading (so far). It doesn't do a deep dive into someone's psyche or tackle a controversial subject matter. What this novel does is highlight the wondrous power that love--and I'm not just talking about romantic love here--has and that family can go beyond blood. This also happens to be a standalone, so if you're new to this author's work, this would be an amazing introduction to her writing, although this is a wee bit (totally!), erm, dirtier compared to her previous work. And by "dirty" I mean in all the best ways possible.
All billionaire Madden Steele wants to do on his thirtieth birthday is to spend a quiet night in his apartment. The last thing he expects is to find a gorgeous half-naked man waiting for him. Thirty-three-year-old Archer Strong is a high-class escort with an extremely exclusive client list, and he's been booked by Madden's older sister to be a birthday surprise in hopes of breaking the rut her workaholic brother's been in. It was supposed to be a single night, but after their scorching hot encounter, Madden wants a repeat--several of them, actually. When Madden makes Archer an offer, the latter knows he should refuse. After all, he has rules that he's lived by. But this could be the solution to his problems...or it could soon lead to a bigger one for Madden.
I devoured this book in one sitting, and sad as it may be for me to admit this, that hasn't happened to me in quite a while. The introductions to both Madden and Archer belied the chemistry between them once the former caught sight of the latter on the night of his birthday. I loved the push and pull that was happening, and while this was more of lust than love at first sight, there was no denying what was developing the more time these two spent together. Yes, this was a far dirtier read compared to the other Felice Stevens books that I've read, and decadently so! It wasn't hot sex for the sake of hot sex; it fit the story and these main characters. There's also a fair amount of angst, and Stevens is a master when it comes to that, weaving it perfectly into the romance and everything else. Just One Night gets five-plus stars and is my new FS favorite.
Release Date: 02 November 2022
Date Read: 28 October 2022
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