Friday, 16 December 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #243
One-Night Stand - Sandra Field
Mills & Boon Romance
Mills & Boon, 1992
From the back cover:
"Reed didn't love her, He wanted to make love to her but with no promise of commitment. And he was painfully honest about his feelings.
Jodie wasn't the sort of woman who had casual affairs. She wanted a warm, caring relationship with a man she could learn to love. So why did she feel so tempted to go along with Reed's demands? It must mean that he was someone who mattered in her life ... But could she face the pain of loving a man who had no intention of loving her back?"
Another book from the oldie pile.
The hero Reed is enthralled by the heroine Jodie after seeing her dance at a recital. Even though he knows he can't give her commitment, Reed can't get her out of his mind, so after they meet coincidentally he asks her out. Jodie is also drawn to Reed, and this shocks her as he is the first man to attract her since her beloved husband died. When Reed admits to Jodie that all he wants is to sleep with her, she knows she can't do it, she wants and believes in love. Reed inexplicably knows he needs Jodie and continues to see her, hoping that eventually she will give in to the desire between them, and she does. However, instead of his need for her lessening, it only increases along with their feelings for one another. But Reed is scared of fully opening the darkness in his heart to her, fearing she will leave him. But his lack of trust only ends up hurting Jodie.
This is a bit hit and miss. The start of the book is really good, then it gets a little boring and I found my attention drifting. However, when the hero revealed his secrets it was quite shocking and really added another layer to the story. I ended up really enjoying it, it deals with some tough stuff and, for an older book, is both forward and shocking. Although the suspense style ending is rather bizarre and quite ridiculous!
The hero and heroine work well together and there is some great sexual tension along with the heavy conflict, which makes it very entertaining.
An enjoyable read.