Title: One Mad Night
Author: Julia London
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 6, 2015)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Two Romantic Adventures…One Mad Night
Two delightful contemporary romance novellas in one book from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London.
One winter’s night a blizzard sweeps across the country, demonstrating that fate can change the course of lives in an instant…and fate has got a sense of humor.
One Mad Night
Chelsea Crawford and Ian Rafferty are high profile ad execs in cutthroat competition for a client. When a major winter storm puts New York City on lockdown, the two rivals have to make it through the night together—oh, the many ways in which opposites attract…
The Bridesmaid – Bonus Novella
RITA Award Nominee for Best Romance Novella of 2013
Kate Preston has just moved to New York. Joe Firretti is contemplating a move to Seattle. When the weather wreaks havoc with transportation systems, Kate and Joe meet as they are both trying to rent the last car available… As Kate races to make her best friend’s wedding, and Joe races to a life-altering job interview, it looks like together is the only way they’ll make it at all.
It’s no secret that Julia London likes to place her characters in impossible situations just to see how they wiggle their way out of it and those are the situations I too, as a reader, most enjoy. This Anthology is listed as containing two stories, however, my digital copy only provided me with One Mad Night so therefore this review is only based on that piece alone.
I will admit that I devoured this in one sitting and was quite surprised at the speed at which it went by. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun, sweet read while I was in it but it did leave me looking for more pages simply because I didn’t want the story to end. The main characters, Chelsea and Ian, are developed but not overly detailed and were definitely written well to fit and fight each other through the pages.
Chelsea was extremely likeable and relatable, which is exactly what I want and crave in fictional female leads. Ian too brought his own share of relatable traits to the table although, in the very beginning, he slightly annoyed me with his actions and slightly sleezy ways. By the end though, he redeemed himself and won me over as a well written hero should do. The chemistry between them was hot, just the right amount for a story of this size, and wasn’t over done in any way. The story had action without it being strictly sexual; that is a fine balance in contemporary romance that not all authors navigate well but here it was done nicely. The few secondary characters were decently structured, not one dementional ghosts, but also not too overpowering for the plotline to the point of annoyance and contributed enough to the conflict that made the story feel realistic enough.
Overall this was a wonderfully written novella that I would wholeheartedly suggest to anyone looking for a few hours of escape. This is my first Julia London contemporary story and after this one, I’m looking forward to what else she writes in this genre. Definitely different from her historical/regency romances but I’m thankful that none those nuances made their way into this story.
Great way to start off my reading year! 🙂
**Advanced Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was offered or received and all opinions expressed here are my own.**
Read an Excerpt HERE!
About the Author:
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Homecoming Ranch contemporary series, the Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, and numerous other works. She is a four-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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