Monday, December 19, 2011

One Perfect Night by Rachael Johns

Title: One Perfect Night
Author: Rachael Johns
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Penelope (Peppa) & Cameron
Release Date:December 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
ISBN: e-book
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Peppa Grant's fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she's also heard that he's aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company's annual party...but he's also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family's holiday get-together, she agrees.
Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one-night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron's only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way—or will he give love a second chance?
58,000 words

My Review:
When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a light, fun read about a one-night stand, but this book is so much more than that. Penelope and Cameron are so much more than two people that have gotten caught up in a bit of passion. They have each been left seriously wounded by past relationships. And while Penelope is still open to the possibilities, she is definitely trying to guard her heart. Cameron, on the other hand, has no plans to ever open his heart again. But when they are faced with their undeniable chemistry, they cannot control when their emotions become irrevocably involved too.

All of the twists and turns in this book were not anything new. They have all been written before which is why I gave this book a slightly lower rating, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was highly entertained by it. I even shed a tear or two during the climax of the story line...and that always means good things in my book when I am reading a book. I became attached to these two characters and was cheering for them all the way to their HEA, even when I was cursing bad decisions based upon their scars (especially for Cameron.) The level of his pain and scars from his wife's death is heart-wrenching especially when considered after his tragic childhood. As you read this book, your heart is literally breaking for him and his pain.

Rachael Johns has created a wonderful little world here that starts at the holiday Christmas party (which means that this is a wonderful holiday read) and takes you all the way to the HEA that these two characters truly deserve. It's a fun book. It's an emotional book. It's an entertaining book. I liked it...a LOT!


Aurian said...

O this one sure is nice for one of those dark days before Christmas!

Julie said...

Wow. Even though this book made you cry and it seems somewhat heavy, it still sounds like a book I would enjoy. Hmm, go figure. I may like a book that made you cry. ;)