Monday, July 28, 2014

Sy reviews: PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Title: Promised
Series: One Night #1
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He's heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she's almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she'll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He's obnoxious but well-mannered. He's a gentleman but aloof. He's passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can't deny him... or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed -- and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he's aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she'll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession - an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair..

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If you think this is another one of those dominant billionaire story, think again. It may seem like it is but I promise you it is not.

Promised started off with M being all rich and snob and cocky and of course hot and Livy being all sweet and kind and beautiful. M made a proposition to Livy which she eventually agreed on because really, she didn't have any choice. I mean, how could she have with someone like M?

This is a budding love story shrouded with mysteries and dark & secret pasts from both main characters. There are parts of the story that made me swoon, laugh, made my heart ache and made my ereader almost burst into flames.

As a lover of romance and steamy novels (did I really just say that? Haha! I did), it is rare to find a story that veers away from what is usually written and still make you, as a reader, feel full and satisfied. A good sign of a love story for me is if I get so sucked in with the story and the characters that it puts me in a trance for sometime. And Jodi Ellen Malpas did exactly that the whole time I was reading Promised.

This is an achingly beautiful yet twisted love story that's full of promise.


Here's my Promised playlist:
Talking to the Moon - Bruno Mars
Regina Spektor - Samson
Uncle Kracker - You Make Me Smile
Gabrielle Aplin - Ready to Question

I just wanna say that when M showed Livy his paintings and they sat on the couch facing the London night sky and he told her that some nights he could sleep there, I think that was just beautiful in a very heartbreaking and sad and lonely way. And then Bruno Mars's Talking to the Moon has been playing in my head after that.



About the Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion - a passion she now shares with her devoted readers. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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