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 Mr. Dade, 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
Just One Night: The Stranger by Kyra Davis follows the wayward spiral of Kasie as she moves from one night stand in a Vegas hotel to an illustrious, career-ending affair that she can’t escape from.
From the very beginning the author emphasizes and re-emphasizes that Kasie isn’t the type of girl to wearing slinky dresses and flirt with strangers and let strangers that she’s barely talked to do dirty things to her in their hotel room so that when it does happen, the sudden ‘awakening’ of her horny teenager side comes as no surprise. And suddenly this man shows up in her ‘normal’ life and everything gets turned upside down and every encounter with him is an opportunity for sex and yet this stranger knows more about her than the man whose known her for six years when they’ve barely talked to each other or really done anything other than fuck each other in different positions. To me, Mr. Dade is this enigma character, mysterious, unknowable and yet all-knowing and that just did not appeal to me as a character to have an affair with.
The way this affair happened – this liquid fire, this passion, this fun – was wonderful, exactly how I imagine a strong sexual relationship that can turn into love. And the sex itself was sensually written and captivating for the reader, I loved it. I just didn’t think these characters were there.
The writing style really bugged me until I realized how well it reflected this character’s personality. Written in first person (from Kasie’s perspective) it was really easy to see this naïve, sexually curious, somewhat weak character reflected in her word choices (like saying ‘it sounded like a growl’ instead of just ‘he growled’) especially ‘panties’; she says panties instead of underwear or anything specific and I have to say: I hate that word.
And I do believe she was a weak character, personality wise. No matter how many times Mr. Dade told her she was strong and passionate, she really just submitted to him every single time and still went along with whatever her family told her and her resolve to do things broke every single time. By the time the ending rolled around, anything she said she would do I no longer believed because she’d been saying it from the beginning.
I am a girl who loves sin but I cannot stand cheating and this entire book centers around this woman who cheats on her boyfriend turned fiancé of six years and so I spent the whole time yelling at the boyfriend to figure it out or for Kassie to grow a pair and tell him and the last chapter definitely satisfied me in that respect but I was still left clenching my fists at the entire situation.
And yet, my insatiable need for drama is going to make me pick up book two in March because that cliff hanger ending was just too much for my curiosity to handle.
Really, that’s what’s going to keep you flipping the pages of this book: the drama. That desire we all have no matter how much we deny it to watch our soap operas. If that’s the read you’re looking for then you’ll enjoy ‘Just One Night’ and you’ll love to hate it.