Title: One Night
Author: A.J. Pine
My Rating: A
Genre: New Adult
Series: Only You #1
Main Characters: Jess and Adam
Release Date: April 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Story Overview:When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.
But you can’t keep on pretending forever…
Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.
Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.
Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.
But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened...and why he'd never want her for more than one night.
Aw, I loved everything about this book. The set-up is great with Jess being a PT intern and Adam being the hurt college basketball star.
When we are introduced to Jess, it's obvious that she has some issues. She uses guys for the night and is unapologetic for that, but she does it to grab onto a fleeting feeling that she misses. A man's arms around her in bed. Then she meets Adam and he challenges all that she believes about herself now.
There are two main people in Jess's life...Adam and Zoe, her roommate that she just met a month before the book begins. Neither knows what's happened in her life and as the book develops the reader gets to watch her relationship develop with both these very important people. They respect her boundaries and don't ask too many questions or press her for the very obvious questions.
And as the story develops, the reader begins to realize that Jess's problems are much deeper than just a little self-hate. It's deep. It's abiding. And it's keeping her from allowing anyone in. She thinks if they get to know the real her, they'll run, so she keeps them out.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked all the characters in it and could feel their pain. When the whole big secret came out about what happened (which takes about to the 70% point in the book, so it takes a while), I wasn't at all surprised, but that didn't hurt my enjoyment of the book at all. Because that's not the real issue. The real issue is the decline of Jess's mental health after the fact.
There is incredible chemistry between Adam and Jess that keeps messing up their mutual 'just friends' agreement. Those scenes were really well written. I love how their friendship develops first and how even that much changes Jess. It's a great story. It's a heartbreaking story. But it's a wonderful show about the healing power of friendship and letting other people into your life.
I absolutely loved the book and can't wait for the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.