Review: One Night More by Mandy Baxter (US Marshals #1)
September 2 2014
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Galen Kelly
Kick Ass Chick – Harper Allen
Form Goodreads –
Getting saved from disaster by a handsome stranger—Harper Allen has no problem with that. But when he leaves without a word or a clue to his real identity, the newbie reporter writes it off as the best one-night-stand she’ll never have again. Until a year later, when Harper comes face to face with the man assigned to hide her from a senator’s killer…
Galen Kelly hasn’t forgotten a single sensual minute of his night with Harper… or that she betrayed him. But with the FBI also on their trail, he’s got to pretend he’s never met her or risk both their lives. But as danger closes in, Galen may not be able to protect himself from taking the biggest risk of all…
One Night More is the first book in a new contemporary romantic suspense series by Mandy Baxter. The name may not be familiar but if you are a fan of urban fantasy, you’ve probably read her books before. Writing kick ass UF chicks, she uses the name Amanda Bonilla. But for writing kick ass contemporary chicks who are smart, sassy and go-getters, she uses the name Mandy Baxter.
One Night More is book one in Mandy’s US Marshals series. Now I’m not American so I can’t tell you really what a US Marshal does but from this book I gather he is a person trained to guard and protect. And poor Harper, after being in the wrong/scary place at the wrong/scary time, needs to be guarded and protected.
Galen and Mandy had one crazy hot night right before he leaves for a one year assignment in Paris. Thanks to a couple of misunderstandings, the night ended uncomfortably for both. But neither stopped thinking about the other. Mandy did a great job with Harper and Galen’s chemistry. You felt it immediately and you could tell how much they pined for each other even though both thought they really shouldn’t. I loved the scenes where they just sat and talked. Or even when they argued and quipped. The conversation was very easy and natural and for me, that is something I enjoy a lot in a contemporary romance story.
Harper is a reporter and that means, of course, that she will do what she can to get the truth for a story. She has a feeling that a certain politician that everyone trusts is hiding something and is determined to out him. She confronts him…and he gets shot while she is talking to him. Harper is now in danger and that’s where Galen comes back into the picture. I like reporters in books on a whole but I find there is always one or two times in a story where I shake my head because they jump into a stupid situation just to help themselves along. Harper does have a small moment or two in this book where I thought “should you really be doing that?” but they weren’t so annoying and I never wanted to smack her. I was glad for that because I did like her quite a bit.
I also liked Galen. The little misunderstanding that drove Galen to be a pissered at Harper for a year and making him leave her bed sooner than he had originally hoped was a little odd for me – I assume that a man like him would confront someone rather than escape due to assumptions – but it did make their reunion a little more exciting so I just went with it. Also, Galen is a man so his ego came into play, I’m sure. But overall, I liked him. Galen was not too macho and he worked well with Harper.
The story was quite entertaining. Lots of good questions come up, as it should be in a romantic suspense story, and answers slowly trickle in. Some answers add new questions while some reveal some important details. This was romantic suspense done right. It’s a politically based mystery/who done it and I was both surprised and not surprised by who the ultimate villain was. It fit the story.
We were quickly introduced to the hero of the next book in the series, One Kiss More (releasing March 2015). Landon seems like the type of hero I really like in my contemporary romance books: yummy and smart with a great sense of humor. I can’t wait to read his book.
While reading this book, I kept thinking to myself “this feels like a Julie James book” and that is a huge compliment. I love Julie’s voice and style and Mandy’s style is very similar. The flow is excellent, the story is well put together and the characters are very well developed. If this first installment is any indication, One Night More is the start of a fantastic contemporary romance series. Mandy Baxter is an author to watch.
Giggle worthy quote –
“‘And when did you come to that great revelation, may I ask?’
Harper looked up from her laptop and gave him a wicked grin. ‘Between orgasms three and four,’ she said in a husky tone that did nothing to cool Galen’s lust. ‘Seriously, though, around three in the morning.’
‘And what was I doing while you were solving the world’s problems?’
‘Sleeping,’ she said. ‘You make the cutest little snuffling sounds at night. Did you know that?’
‘I don’t know if you realize this or not, but guys don’t really appreciate being told anything they do is cute.’
‘Oh.’ She laughed. ‘Sorry. Did you know you make the most badass, manly, snuffling sounds when you sleep?’
Books in the US Marshals series –
One Night More
One Kiss More (March 2015)