Only One Night by Natasha Madison #Review

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Title: Only One Night

Author: Natasha Madison

Series: Only One #3

Release Date:  January 5th 2021

Length:  357 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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As captain of the Dallas Oilers, I was their leader on and off the ice. From the outside, it looked like I had the perfect life.

I didn’t.

I was married to a woman who refused to give me a divorce. All she wanted was the status title, and all I wanted was to be set free.

It was supposed to be just another event, except it took a turn I didn’t see coming.

Attending my best friend’s bachelorette party isn’t something I was looking forward to.
But it’s strange what a couple of glasses of wine will do.

It was one night, and I thought I would never see him again.

Especially not coming face-to-face with him and his wife while picking up my nephew from hockey practice.

All it takes is one kiss, one touch, one chance, and only one night.

**** My Review ****

If you have read the previous books in this series, then you’ll be delighted to read Manning’s story. If you haven’t read it, don’t worry, it can be read as a standalone. The third one in a series. Only One Night is a book that will delight readers with flirty banter, sexy and sweet scenes.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, lonely and broken, Manning cannot manage to take his eyes off the girl who managed to enchant him with just one look and a witty remark … As his eyes reluctantly look for her throughout the restaurant, hoping for a moment to enjoy in her beauty and appeal at least for a moment, he hopes …. Once, twice, three times …. every peak slowly brings them closer to each other, one word, two, three ….. a decision has been made… only one night together will be enough…

The most wonderful things in life almost always happen completely unexpectedly … An unplanned touch, a look, and the magic was born ….. his heart opened the gates that night and allowed her to sign her name over the old wounds and scars .. …

But will just one night be enough to express all those emotions that overwhelm both of them so unplanned? And will they be allowed more?

The book is really easy to read, with a fairly light storyline, which will not burden you. And although the topic is mainly focused around truelove/forbidden romance, the author very skillfully inserts elements of much more serious topics, which somehow innocently lead us to think. From the question of whether to stay married for the sake of the children to the positive and negative effects of social media, this book has a lot of layers that easily can provoke you to try to draw conclusions and form opinions regarding the story.

From the very beginning that will delight you with sexy flirting and witty remarks until the end, Evelyn and Manning are characters who somehow simply belong to each other. The communication between them, as well as between the supporting characters is quite solidly built, long enough or short depending on the situation, and fully supports the characters. Manning as a character is quite layered, and his development from an indifferent, meek mouse who barely survives into a character who is strong and knows how to fight for what he wants is truly amazing. At the beginning of the book, Manning didn’t impress me at all, a man who allows being dictated to, forced to stay away from his parents, to be trampled and humiliated, and it was honestly hard for me to understand why did the author create such a character. I tried, really, to understand why is he so passive, why he accepts everything. I do not know if I succeeded, in the end, to fully understand. Evelyn, unlike him, was a fantastic heroine to me, a woman who bravely goes after what she wants takes what she wants, and is not ashamed to ask for what she thinks she needs. She is everything: smart, sassy, sweet and selfless.  Her moral dilemmas about Manning, as well as the way she handles the whole situation, further strengthened my sympathy for her as a character. The chemistry between them is obvious and simply palpable from the beginning. What honestly bothered me a little as a reader was the dynamics of romance. Too much ‘insta-love’, everything was too fast, not enough developed and somehow mixed up …  From one-night stand to I will always love you in a second. Maybe some people enjoy such stories, but I prefer when love develops slowly and gradually.

If you are looking for a book that will bring new light to some of the grey areas, who will change your mind about some topics and will delight you at the same time with once-in-a-lifetime love story, then be sure not to miss this one.

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****About the Author****

Meet Natasha Madison:

When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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