Also in this series: Love the One You're With
Published by Loveswept on 22 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance
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Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Watertown, New York // Brooklyn, New York
First Line(s): There comes a time in every single woman’s life when the man who was once eh, not bad gets promoted to good enough.
When I was preparing to go to Paris last October I was looking for some light and fluffy books to bring with me to read on the plane and when chilling around the apartment after a long day of sight seeing. Around the same time a few friends on twitter were talking about Lauren Layne’s Just One Night and I thought that it sounded like perfect reading for my trip. Just One Night is the third book in a series about four friends who all work for a woman’s magazine in New York City. Normally I don’t read a series out of order, even when the books are more companion than direct sequel as I like to know what came before. But I made an exception in this case as Just One Night included one of my favorite tropes, the best friend of a sibling forbidden love affair. Oh the tension that these books have!
Just One Night didn’t disappoint in tension and feels although there were somethings that didn’t mesh well. The timing of things didn’t always mesh with how they were written and that would often take me out of the story. For example, Sam said his mother lived 5 hours away from the city but then they only drove an hour until they were there only to spend 15 minutes and then a mention of the 5 hour drive home. Maybe its the Rhode Island girl in me but I don’t see anyone spending 10 hours on the road for a short visit somewhere. This could be different in the bigger states out west where everything is a million miles away but here on the east cost, we’re itty bitty and that just seemed so excessive.
There was also many a time when I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into Riley and Sam. They made some stupid, boneheaded choices and the conflicts they had could have easily been solved if they just talked to each other. It just pains my heart when there is a pointless breakup that didn’t have to be because the main characters were just so darn stubborn! Overall though, I did enjoy Riley and Sam’s story. I thought that they had chemistry on the page and enjoyed the banter that they often shared. There is a part of me that wishes that I’d started this series at the beginning so that I could catch all the references that the previous couples made to their stories but I was never really lost during my read of Just One Night.
Just One Night was a cute, quick read and it was perfect for what I needed at the time. Lauren Layne was a new author to me but I do plan on checking out her other books. This isn’t a perfect romance but if you are looking for a fun brain candy read/palette cleanser then this might be just the book for you.