Monday, December 8, 2014

One More Night by Mandy Baxter

Title: One More Night
Author: Mandy Baxter
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: US Marshall's #1
Main Characters: Harper and Galen
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Zebra
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Savvy, hard-riding, rule-breaking—they’ll go anywhere and do anything it takes to protect and serve. But this U. S. Marshal has just met his match—and playing for keeps is one sizzling game…

Getting saved from disaster by a handsome stranger—Harper Allen has no problem with that. But when he leaves without a word or a clue to his real identity, the newbie reporter writes it off as the best one-night-stand she’ll never have again. Until a year later, when Harper comes face to face with the man assigned to hide her from a senator’s killer…

Galen Kelly hasn’t forgotten a single sensual minute of his night with Harper... or that she betrayed him. But with the FBI also on their trail, he’s got to pretend he’s never met her or risk both their lives. But as danger closes in, Galen may not be able to protect himself from taking the biggest risk of all…

My Review:
Confession time...I rarely just walk into a bookstore and buy books anymore without knowing the author or based upon a recommendation from someone else. This book was the exception to that. It caught my eye on the bookshelf and I bought it without knowing anything more than what it said on the back cover. It was a risk definitely worth taking because I've just discovered a new author and series to go on my must-buy list. 

Harper is not a one-night stand kind of girl, but when super-sexy Galen saves her from being drugged she makes an exception to that rule and takes him back to her place. Neither one expects anything more so agree to be completely honest with one another, but with one names. This is for one night...which Galen is re-thinking until Harper receives a text from a man who sounds like her he leaves abruptly without another word. But neither one of them expects the sex to be so incredibly good that it haunts them both with what could have been...until they meet again when Galen is put in charge of Harper's security when she witnesses a murder and is being targeted. 

I'm a sucker for a good romantic suspense featuring a hot, alpha protector and Galen is a great example of why I love this style of book. Although he feels betrayed by what happened a year ago, he knows that if he confesses his night with Harper that he won't be able to protect her...something he can't accept and that made me fall in love with him. In his defense, when the whole situation occurs, he's completely jet-lagged since he just returned from a year-long assignment in France. But he's committed to not letting Harper know that he absolutely remembers that night.

Harper has no idea why Galen took off like he did. She thought the entire night was incredible and is incredibly hurt that he doesn't even remember her. Did she misread things so poorly? I felt for her. She's been thrown into this horrible situation and dealing with her conflicted feelings about Galen certainly doesn't help her any. The book worked for me just because Galen and Harper are thrown into very close quarters under very stressful circumstances. It requires them to spend time with one another and get to know each other without the sexual complication (at least at first...hehe). Their text exchanges at night were one of my favorite things and I liked how they really seemed to develop a good friendship despite that first night of sex. 

I loved this book and can't wait to read book #2 because I loved the scenes with Landon in them. I think this is going to be a great series and am so happy that I purchased this spur-of-the-moment book. It was a good risk that definitely paid off to be a great read!!

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