Published by: Forever
The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries...
He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price...
Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn't come without sacrifices-but he won't let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs...from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself. But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he's ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all...
Jodi Ellen Malpas has slowly but surely made her way onto my "automatic buy" list. She has become my go-to romance/erotic author, mostly because of her male characters. In One Night Denied, she upped the ante with not only the fabulously flawed Miller and the stubborn Livy, but also with the side characters that gave this novel texture. This is just another in a line of books that makes me want to devour everything Malpas writes.
Miller and Livy have had a rough go at it. After finally accepting Miller's quirks, Livy and Miller made a joint mistake at the end of One Night Promised that set up the entire first half of One Night Denied. No matter how badly Livy was hurt (although she did ask for it) and no matter how much she wants to forget Miller, she absolutely cannot do it. Especially when Miller won't give her any room to breathe. Miller is everywhere, slowly making his way back into Livy's life. Although she is terrified of being burned again, Livy eventually gives in to Miller's charms, because life without Miller would be more difficult for her than not loving him at all.
Miller tried very hard to relax himself around Livy. His "quirks" are still there but he makes a conscious decision to tamp it all down for her. Miller's biggest issue in this novel is his temper. We see first hand more than once what Miller's temper is like. It is a force to be reckoned with. When Miller's temper takes hold, it is an unstoppable tornado of anger and force. Miller's temper scares Livy, and it's the one thing that keeps Livy from fully accepting all that Miller has to offer.
We learn much more about Miller's background in Denied. We learn where he came from, and how he got into his current business. There are heartbreaking images of Miller as a child, and his personality begins to make sense. We also find out how he is connected to Cassidy, but I still don't feel a bit sorry for the bitch. We catch glimpses of the people that Miller works for and we soon learn that it is a twisted relationship he has with them. I can't give too much away, but Miller is definitely between a rock and a hard place. We see an extremely vulnerable side to Miller at the end of this book, when he deals with feelings about himself, and makes a huge leap of faith to secure Livy's freedom. I just love this man, to his bones!
Livy is fantastically ballsy in this story. While she's not a big talker, she has a way of knowing what she wants and getting it. She is fantastic at laying it all out for Miller. She is not afraid of telling him exactly what she thinks and she isn't scared of throwing his actions back in his face. I love how brave Livy is at the end of this book. A situation occurs that causes Livy a tremendous amount of heartache, but instead of running home and hiding under her covers, she does something about it. It is bold and a bit crazy, but she shows her strength, her stubborness and her complete and total dedication to her relationship with Miller.
William is much more present in this story, warning Livy to steer clear of Miller time and again. I can't quite figure out why he is acting as a father figure to Livy, and fully expecting her to follow every order he gives her. He has her followed and throws our directives left and right. Underneath it all, though, I do believe that he has Livy's best interest at heart. He seems to have a soft spot for her, and I am very intrigued by him. We learn more about William's bittersweet relationship with Livy's mother, and I only hope to learn more soon.
Gregory. As Livy's best friend, Gregory has always had her best interest in mind. After Promised, Gregory makes it clear that he does not approve of Livy's relationship with Miller in any way, shape or form. He goes as far as giving Livy an ultimatum, and has one hell of a clash with Miller. Once Gregory discovers Miller's occupation, he thinks it's his ace in the hole. That is, until Livy tells him in no uncertain terms that nothing he says will take her away from Miller. I am so very curious about Gregory. He pops in and out of this story at critical times, and I know there is more to him that has been let on.
Nan is back at it, acting as a wise, yet with it, grandmother. Nan knows deep inside that Miller has secrets, but she also realizes just how much her granddaughter needs this infuriating man. She does what she can to push Livy back into Miller's arms, and is the support that Livy needs when times get tough. Nan has been through a lot in her life, and always has the perfect advice for Livy just when she needs it.
One Night Denied is well written and I think it is an even better book than the first in this series. Malpas has a way about her writing that I just love. I love her British slang and euphamisms, as well as how she writes the intricate relationships between her characters. I would highly recommend reading the first book in this series before you read this one. This is not a stand alone, and you must understand the One Night Promised before you can enjoy One Night Denied. I can't wait for the third book in this series. I will be so very sad when it's over, but Malpas always makes it worthwhile.