One Night With You Mass Market Paperback – Dec 26 2007
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About the Author
Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.
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One time isn't enough and Jane's desire for Seth drives her to seek him out again. Once again, Jane dons her domino so her identity isn't revealed. Seth cannot fight his desire for this mystery woman and that is proving to be a problem. Seth isn't free to follow his passions, because he must find a bride.
Sophie Jordan writes some seriously hot historical romance. Growl! One Night With You is sensationally spicy. Seth will leave you panting and desperate for your own scandalous seduction. A Cinderella story with sex so hot you'll need flame resistant underwear, One Night With You is yum yum yummy! I adored One Night With You.
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Also, Jane seemed kind of pathetic. She loved him all her life, even though he was infatuated with her sister, and then he treated her really badly when they first married. But she seemed to just give into him.
Overall, the climax of the story was too abrupt and didn't feel heart-felt. It just didn't live up to all the excitement and tension of the story. It could have been so much better had the author put a little more effort into the ending. I felt really disappointed.
Determined to assert her independence and enjoy herself on one rare occasion, Jane sneaks off one evening to attend a most decadent masked ball thrown by one of the town's most notorious Courtesans. She never expected to find her childhood best friend there, the man she never stopped loving - Seth Rutledge.
She is even less prepared for his surprisingly amorous reaction to her now. It must be the mask, of course. If he knew who she really was, he would never touch her, not in a million years. Would he?
As a fan of historical romance, I found Sophie Jordan's ONE NIGHT WITH YOU very enjoyable. This delightful romance was wonderfully three-dimensional, fraught with sexual heat, intrigue, and tortured lovers. Ms. Jordan weaves a story that the reader can picture almost as if they were standing on the sidelines watching it all in real time.
From the moment we meet the main characters, I felt as if I knew them. Indeed, I wanted to know them - an element most important for both the story's hero and heroine. While extremely likable, both bear pain from their past that causes each to doubt whether or not the other can truly love them, even as they crave that very emotion from each other. A shared history makes it even more difficult for this pair to come together without the benefit of anonymity they enjoy in the beginning of the story.
But when circumstances demand the mask come off and Jane finally reveal herself to the man she adores as the mysterious woman who has so enthralled him, the story really heats up! The fireworks really let loose as Seth and Jane are forced to deal with each other and face their feelings and their past.
What disappointed me about ONE NIGHT WITH YOU was that I felt there were still too many loose ends when the last page was turned. While we learn about the underhanded deeds perpetrated on Jane by the book's villains, they never really get their come-uppance, leaving the reader without some closure there. In addition, we are left wondering what will happen to Jane's stepson, who as a minor is still in the clutches of his evil uncle. Perhaps these are items intended for a future sequel, but there was no sense that there would be a sequel when the story finished.
Regardless of those disappointments, ONE NIGHT WITH YOU is still a marvelously entertaining read. I am very glad to have met both Seth and Jane and have the chance to enjoy their romance with them.
A lot of readers like books because of their feelings and the way the book makes them feel. A recent book I read that left me with such a happy feeling was Once a Rake by Rona Sharon. Even though that book dealt with unpleasant issues as well, it didn't depress me like this one. I finished that book with an uplifting feeling. Not so with One Night With You. I felt sad reading Jane's story and was sort of glad it was over when I finished it. I'm sad to say this book will not be joining Sophie Jordan's other two books on my keeper shelf. I wouldn't want to revisit this sad story again. 2 stars for Jordan's writing skills.
The hero, Seth is completely unlikable - his apparent angst and bitterness due to the guilt that consumes him as he feels responsible for the accident that befell his sister leaving her blind, makes him sourly and an ass throughout the whole book. I have read my share of tortured and guilt-ridden heroes that you can empathize with - but here all you want to do is you just want to slap some sense in him!!!
Jane has been in love with Seth her whole life - even when he choose her sister Madeline over her. One night, she escapes the confines of her brother in law's house where she lives - in servitude and treated with disdain by the whole family - and attends a mascarade ball with two of her friends. Dressed in a provocative gown and mask, she meets Seth and he's immediately drawn to the voluptuous Jane - whom he calls Aurora.
I didn't like Jane's character. She was rather spineless, with how she endures the treatment by her brother in law's family and the rude and callous behavior of Seth towards her during the whole book. She is depicted as gorgeous and voluptuous, yet even after Seth finds out that Aurora is really Jane - she remains frumpy and unadorned, but Seth still lusts after her.
Even after they marry due to Jane becoming pregnant from the one night with Seth at Vauxhall gardens, he still cannot admit to himself that he cares for her and that he has cared for her all his life. Seth may be battle scarred and his conflicting emotions may somewhat be understandable, but Jordan doesn't make that clear. So all you see is his callous, rude treatment of Jane and also of Julianne, towards the end - whom he feels is so fragile and treats like an invalid because of her blindness that he feels that she has to remain unwed and alone for the rest of her life. Which is ironic since he has come to London to seek a wife that will care for his sister in the even that something happens to him.
In the last three pages of the book, Seth comes to the realization that he is fervently in love with Jane, has misused her and declares his feelings of love and devotion in half a paragraph, and also allows his sister Julianne to marry the man she loves.
The end was rushed and abrupt - and it felt that the story was disjointed in many areas. I really wanted to like Seth and Jane and wrap myself in their story. I kept reading because I have adored Jordan's previous books - this one just didn't strike the mark for me. Sorry, Sophie. I will read SINS OF A WICKED DUKE next and hope that it is as fabulous as your previous novels.