Monday, March 25, 2013

[Book Review] The Stranger (Just One Night #1)

Title:  The Stranger (Just One Night #1)
Author: Kyra Davis
Date Published: January 1, 2013
Genre: Erotica Romance, Adult Fiction
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 2/5

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About the Book:
Kasie knows who she’s supposed to be. But one passionate night with a mysterious stranger will teach her who she wants to be. 
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 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.

The story starts with, "You should sleep with a stranger". It was a harmless enough advice from a friend who wants her friend to have a little fun before she gets married. Who knew that a little fun could spiral out of control and change a person's life?

Following the sure-fire formula in erotic romances, Kyra Davis introduces the charismatic billionaire, Mr. Robert Dade, to the safe bet and conservative Kasie. Their one-night stand was supposed to be just that - a one-night stand. However, things quickly get sticky when Mr. Dade turns out to be Kasie's new client.

I usually don't rate a story below three stars, but I guess, everybody has a first time. This story is mine.

The plot and story-line has been used so many times that it kinda drove me nuts. The story-telling was nothing out of the ordinary, and the narration was borderline purple prose. Also, the ending left me hanging.

As for the story itself, I'm going to say outright that I didn't like it. Sure, there are women out there who fantasize about having a billionaire lover behind their boyfriends' backs, but that doesn't mean that it's okay to do it. (Well, in this story that is.)

Kasie had so many chances to tell Dave that she was starting to fall out of love for him, but she didn't. And that really irked me because cheating is cheating no matter how much you justify and rationalize reasons for it.

Secondly, I don't know what Mr. Dade's deal is. He's a billionaire. That fact alone could probably get him more girls than he could handle. So why come after a girl who's already engaged to another man? As I read through the story, a single question kept bugging me: what's his motivation in going after Kasie? I mean, sure, she could have been great during their one night stand. Big deal. He, of all people, should know the rules of having a one-night stand. You don't build connections later on. And he just had to go after her, which leads me to my third point...

I don't know if it's just me, but chemistry or attraction does not translate to love. You don't ditch someone you've been with for the last six years of your life for someone you just met because you had one night with them.

Also, at the ending, I would have preferred it if Dave just walked away. He deserves someone much, much better. I really don't want him turning out to be the bad guy in this series because he didn't do anything wrong. He wasn't the one who cheated.

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