The Reading Room Blog is happy to spotlight author Kyra Davis and her Just One Series. Davis has two new releases in the series - Just Once More and Just One Lie. Just Once More is a novella following up on Kasie & Mr. Dade's steamy romance and leading into the shocking truth about Kasie's long lost sister Melody in Just One Lie.
In this New York Times bestselling erotic enovella trilogy, a buttoned-up businesswoman takes her friend’s advice and has a fling with a stranger on a trip to Vegas—only to find herself under his mysterious, sexy power both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancée of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.
But as her thirtieth birthday looms, buried feelings begin to resurrect. Her friend takes her to Vegas for one last wild and crazy night. In a dress much shorter and sexier than anything she has ever dared to wear before, she hits the blackjack tables. And meets him. Under the tailored clothes it’s clear that this is a man who is intense, powerful, and maybe even a little dangerous. With a touch of trepidation she accepts his invitation to get a drink, and before long, she’s in his hotel room.
She never gets his full name. Perhaps his anonymity is one of the reasons she’s able to give herself over to him and to the moment so completely. Perhaps it’s why she’s just had the most exquisite and passionate sex of her life. Shaken by her own behavior, Kasie tries to chalk it up to one crazy night. But when the mysterious gentleman she’s just had a fling with shows up in her office—as the CEO of a firm her company does a billion dollars of business with a year, demanding that she handle his account, and so much more—things will never be the same again. And there’s no telling where this will go…
Robert Dade is a man who knows what he wants and never hesitates to go after it. Money, power, and—at long last—the woman he loves, Kasie Fitzgerald, are now his. But after so many years of living by his own rules will he really make the compromises necessary to keep Kasie by his side? And when a man even richer and more ruthless than he is takes an interest in Kasie, will Dade be able to protect her? Or will his controlling nature drive her toward the very danger he seeks to shield her from?
The long-awaited follow-up novel to the runaway New York Times bestseller Just One Night—which Publishers Weekly gave a starred review and proclaimed, “Davis skillfully creates an uplifting story in which sex is presented both as freedom and as a metaphor for power, and where raw chemistry is the clear winner over bland complacency.”
In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.
Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.
So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?
Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
When the ones who should love you the most erase you without an afterthought, how do you learn to love someone else? For wild rocker Mercy, formerly Melody Fitzgerald, the struggle to ignore the taunts of past ghosts is made more complicated when two very different men enter her life. Will she embrace the chaotic energy of up and coming actor Ash or the soothing calm of secretive drummer Brad?
What I Loved: Author Kyra Davis writes a beautiful love story not about romantic love but finding love for yourself. Mercy/Melody is a complex character and I was touched by her characters growth and development. Just One Lie is both exciting and moving, having me alternate between blushing and tearing up several times. Bonus - there's more Kasie and Mr. Dade!
What I Didn't Love: I'm not a huge fan of big time jumps in a story and Just One Lie has a couple. Processing the amount of time that passed between arcs slowed down the flow of the story for me but that's just a small issue.
"I reach up and touch his beautiful hair. I could lose myself in this man, utterly and completely. And yet I don't tell him that. I'm tempted to, but part of me just isn't sure if he deserves to be told."
"You have to be alive to feel pain."
"Fate is out of our control. Destiny is something you can work toward. We worked toward this. We've controlled our destiny."
If you like epic heartfelt romance and characters who truly grow over the course of a story, you are not going to want to miss Just One Lie. Just One Lie can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend checking out the awesome book that started it all - Just One Night - and its companion novella Just Once More.
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