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Review: Just One Night by Kyra Davis

Just One Night CoverTitle: Just One Night
Author: Kyra Davis
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Erotic/ Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Rating: 3 out of 5


In this New York Times bestselling erotic enovella trilogy, a buttoned-up businesswoman takes her friend’s advice and has a fling with a stranger on a trip to Vegas—only to find herself under his mysterious, sexy power both in the boardroom and the bedroom. Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancée of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.

But as her thirtieth birthday looms, buried feelings begin to resurrect. Her friend takes her to Vegas for one last wild and crazy night. In a dress much shorter and sexier than anything she has ever dared to wear before, she hits the blackjack tables. And meets him. Under the tailored clothes it’s clear that this is a man who is intense, powerful, and maybe even a little dangerous. With a touch of trepidation she accepts his invitation to get a drink, and before long, she’s in his hotel room.

She never gets his full name. Perhaps his anonymity is one of the reasons she’s able to give herself over to him and to the moment so completely.Perhaps it’s why she’s just had the most exquisite and passionate sex of her life. Shaken by her own behavior, Kasie tries to chalk it up to one crazy night. But when the mysterious gentleman she’s just had a fling with shows up in her office—as the CEO of a firm her company does a billion dollars of business with a year, demanding that she handle his account, and so much more—things will never be the same again. And there’s no telling where this will go…


Some see William Shakespeare’s version of Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story of two star crossed lovers.  In it, the teenagers go against all odds in an attempt to be together in the name of true, pure, unadulterated love.  Yet the story of Romeo and Juliet was really intended to show what can happen if you don’t follow the rules of your parents: you die and you will ruin everyone else’s lives.  The same can be said of the cheating-on-your-current-lover-with-another trope.  While most stories take the reader through the conundrum of how and when to break up with the original lover, Just One Night takes that whole plot line and dumps it on its head.  Instead, Just One Night serves as cautionary tale of every single thing that could go wrong for following some bad advice from you best friend.

The story begins with Kasie’s best friend, Simone, telling her to have one crazy night in Las Vegas with a man.  After all, Kasie has not yet received an engagement ring or a proper proposal from her steady boyfriend Dave and what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Hell to the naw it doesn’t!  Kasie has a one night rendezvous with a mysterious man, whose name she never catches.  Okay, it was more than just a rendezvous.  This dude turned her OUT, y’all!  Just as the synopsis says, she ends up seeing this mystery man again at her job.  Turns out mystery dude is Robert Dade and he runs just about everything in her city with his power and influence.

So, you’re following me, right?  All seems good.  This is actually a very well written story.  It was originally written as three separate novellas, The Stranger, Exposed, and Binding Agreement.  Both of the first two stories had cliffhangers that had me happy to have the entire series in one complete package.  As a whole, the story has twists and turns that left me saying:




The story did get dark, really dark, in Exposed.  The title should give away the theme of this section.  It was during this section that the story went to a different level for me.  It showed Davis’ gift for creating a story with some realistic truths.  Can we say, “Boyfriend who goes batshit crazy after he finds out his girlfriend has been cheating on him?”  Very good.  That’s exactly what happened and I wanted more dark and dangerous.  However, it was too short lived for me.  I wanted pain, regret, and guilt.  Instead, I got a few chapters of Crazy Dave and Dade came to the rescue.

Remember when I said how things can go wrong by following the advice of your best friend? They do.  Oh, boy they do.  As I read, I watched the world Kasie created for herself crumble.  Just one night of being bad can really mess up your pretty life.  This is where I was frustrated with Kasie and her relationship with Dade.  I wanted to have a heart-to-heart with Kasie; let her see what this man was doing to her life.  The sex wasn’t all that (in my opinion. I did start skimming through the sex scenes) so you can’t blame it on the D.  Kasie has a serious problem sticking up for herself and just plain saying ‘no.’  She can’t say no to her jerk boyfriend, her girlfriend who gave her bad advice, or to the lover who starts saying things like:

Just wait, Kasie.  They’ll play by our rules and we’ll change the rules as we please.  All these worries you have about the opinions of others will have no foundation.  No one will judge you, no one will dare.

Mkay.  Back away slowly, Kasie.  Back away slowly.  Your Mr. Dade is starting to become a glazed eyed, stalking, meglomaniac.

Overall, Just One Night is a bit different from the other cheating stories you may have read.  That gets a real thumbs up in my book.  Not everything is smooth sailing in matters of the heart especially when it comes to cheating.  The story fell flat for me at the end.  I just wanted to get it over with.  Kasie wasn’t making the choices I thought were best for her and it was really frustrating me.  Really…frustrating.  However, Just One Night is worth the read just so you can see a foil to the usual books of this genre you may have read.

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About the Author:

Kyra Davis AuthorI’m the internationally published author of the Sophie Katz mystery series, and So Much For My Happy Ending. My first Erotic Fiction Trilogy will be released in January 2013. Aside from that, I’m a single mom; I’m addicted to coffee and True Blood (the show, not the drink). I’m happy with who I am yet I’m always striving to be better; I have more bad hair days than good ones, I love a challenge but I am not fearless, I’m….well…just me.

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