After an uncharacteristic one night stand, Harper Allen and Galen Kelly have an amazing connection But misunderstandings have Galen walking away After a year in Paris, he s back in the US working for the Marshall service and his first protective detail is none other than Harper.This is a fantastic read and I recommend it to everyone The characters are fun, the banter hilarious, and you can just feel the chemistry Its a great story that keeps you turning the page I can t wait for the next book in this new series. Well, this was one KICK A debut A perfect blend of STEAMY romance and nail biting suspense, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT Will write a proper review soon, BUT I can t wait to read from Mandy Baxter now AND it looks like the next book in this series will be about Landon EXCITEDARC courtesy of Netgalley and Kensington Books Savvy, Hard Riding, Rule Breaking They Ll Go Anywhere And Do Anything It Takes To Protect And Serve But This U S Marshal Has Just Met His Match And Playing For Keeps Is One Sizzling Game 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 Full Review 2.7 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Harper is a political reporter who will do anything for the story, Galen is a strict by the book U.S Marshal, and both can t keep their hands off of each other After meeting at a bar Harper and Galen had one night of hot unbridled bedroom passion Even though it was only one night they both developed feelings, however, due to the requisite Big Misunderstanding, Galen left Harper in the morning without so much as a fare thee well Now, one year later, Harper has witnessed the murder of a U.S Senator and Galen is assigned to help protect her as the senator s killer is looking to tie up his loose end, Harper Harper really annoyed me heroines like her are the bane of my existence in romantic suspense She constantly is trying to ditch her protective detail and withholds key evidence from the FBI You could say Harper is bold, brash, and courageous or you could say she is pretty stupid The way she disrespects and disregards Galen in his capacity of a U.S Marshal is incredibly off putting Galen is a strong, solid, if not generic hero Together, they have some steamy bedroom scenes but because of Harper s attitude towards her situation and Galen s role in her protective detail and the Big Misunderstanding still hanging around, they are often than not at odds The suspense story arc keeps the story rolling and sets a nice pace this is an easy steady read For a debut book, the writing is wonderfully solid it s just that the characters slightly veered into caricature land at times If you re new to romance you re probably going to like this but if you re a veteran you re going to recognize it s been done before and better Readers of Something About You by Julie James will notice the similarities of plot and this story is written in the same vein This author definitely has potential and I plan on reading the next book in the series to give her another chance One Night More is good but it simply needed to give me. I requested the ARC of this from NetGalley with blind eyes I never read anything from Mandy Baxter before simply because I thought the blurb sounded promising Well, one thing is for sure, this book was pretty entertaining.The opening of this book was fun Galen saved Harper when a creep at a bar tried to secretly drug her drink Right after that, they went home together I am not a big fan of a romance that starts immediately with hooking up or one night stands However, there was a strong chemistry between Galen and Harper and their bonding over superheroes, along with some fun banter, made it enjoyable The whole misunderstanding after that one night was, well, quite acceptable due to circumstances.After a one year separation, they met again when Galen was assigned a protective detail on Harper Galen had to pretend that he forgot about her, because well, Harper clearly had been haunting his dreams, and if Galen told his boss that they were both involved at one time, he would be taken off the assignment in an instant It was a sign of Ms Baxter s good writing that I was fully entertained with reading Galen and Harper pretty much having sexual frustration over the whole thing Especially because, for both, that one night was incredible Soccer His grandma Gunshot wounds Damn it, he needed to get his mind off the thick locks of her auburn hair A tangle of curls he wanted to bury his face in Landon in a bikini Okay, that would be straight up hilarious. The mystery suspense portion was pretty light, in my opinion, even if it started with a senator being killed within inches of Harper I had to admit that Harper did several things that tipped into a criteria of being too stupid to live especially when she was trying to do some risky things in the name of the story But, I guess with Harper being a reporter and you know how sometimes they prefer story over their own life made me able to forgive her Yes, she did some stupid things, but she also admitted that it endangered her life and Galen s So I couldn t completely be angry towards her Still, she wasn t going to disrespect him by running off without a word, or ditch him at his sister s bakery like she d originally planned Not after everything that had just happened And she d much rather be reckless with Galen at her side than go it alone. Galen, on the other hand well, let s just say that as someone who was handpicked to be apart of the elite Special Operation Group, Galen didn t impress me with how he handled things near the end But again, it was proof of a good storytelling that I couldn t find myself truly annoyed with the fact either Probably because I kept smiling at the idea of Galen being a sucker for Harper for the rest of his life laugh So, all in all, it was a fun romance with a dash of suspense I said dash because again, it was pretty light with likable characters I didn t care much for the flimsy plot here and there, because I was enjoying the characters and their banters One thing, I sure will be there for the next book which will feature Galen s friend, Landon.A Guest Review for The Blogger Girls The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received. 3 stars Contemporary Romance Romantic Suspense Coffee dates with One More NightFirst Date Holy melts your pants hotness Baxter introduces us to Galen Kelly, a hot, dedicated U.S Marshal who has recently been promoted and flies out to Paris in the morning He is at the bar with his best friend and fellow marshal when he witnesses a jerk slipping a roofie into a girls drink The girl turns out to be recently graduated journalist Harper Allen The two share some drinks, engage in conversation, laugh end up having the hotness hook up ever A misunderstanding has the two parting ways in the am, before learning each other s name.Second date Fast forward a year and our heroine Harper Allen is an ace reporter, and in some serious trouble Eager to get an interview with an elected official she witnesses a murder and finds herself a target Hehe..you know where this is going right Yep, Galen Kelly and his team are assigned to protect Harper Both are flabbergasted, but Galen pretends he doesn t recognize her Ouch The attraction between the two makes the air crackle with sexual tension, but his career and miscommunication, no scratch that..the lack of communication has them both feeling hot and bothered Things are complicated from the FBI, to someone wanting Harper dead Harper begins investigating and keeps slipping the marshals I think Galen needs to put her over his knee One More Night is well paced, and between the tension and murder mystery, I was completely engaged.Third date Holy hotness Baxter brings on the heat even as she notches up the danger The chemistry and their emotions feel genuine At this point, I am not setting the book down laundry be damned The story wrapped up nicely and didn t feel rushed, allowing me to bask in the closure and savior my HEA One Night More was an excellent start to the series, despite a few eye rolls regarding procedures I was satisfied with this sexy, intense story Landon McCabe, U.S Marshal and best friend of Galen has his story next and I am excited I enjoyed the banter and snark between Galen and Landon.This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer This was fantastic I loved this book Harper Allen is a journalist out for a night with friends and meets a handsome stranger They have one sexy night together and she doesn t see him again for a year when he is assigned to protect her Galen Kelly is a US Marshall and is assigned to protect a reporter who is in danger, it turns out the girl he s protecting is his one night stand that he can t get out of his head This book had everything, a little humor, suspense, mystery, politics, fun banter and sexy times I could not put this book down it was so good I can t wait to read in this series Highly recommend ARC received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review One More Night2 StarsU.S Marshal Galen Kelly and budding journalist Harper Allen share one scorching hot night of passion without knowing each others names Things are, however, different in the cold light of dawn and Galen and Harper go their separate ways One year later, Harper witnesses the murder of a senator and the Marshal assigned to lead her protection detail is none other than the man who break her heart Can Galen and Harper overcome their differences before it is too late Although this book has many of my favorite tropes and starts out really well, the author s tendency to tell rather than show alongside the heroine s multiple TSTL moments and the hero s judgmental hypocrisy all serve to ruin an otherwise solid premise.For a supposedly intelligent woman, Harper is a blithering idiot Not only does she ditch her security detail even though she is well aware of the threat against her life, but she withholds crucial evidence in a murder investigation.Galen is the newest entry into my anti hottie harem The man may be gorgeous and a Greek god in bed, but he has turned jumping to conclusions and making snap judgements into an art form His treatment of Harper after their reunion is simply unforgivable.Although Harper and Galen do have some intense chemistry and Baxter knows how to write a sizzling sex scene, the romance is problematic mainly due to the silly misunderstanding trope that could have been avoided with even the shortest of conversations and the fact that Harper is far too forgiving of Galen s behavior once the truth comes out.The mystery takes a back seat to Galen and Harpers repetitive musings and is so underdeveloped as to be virtually non existent It is so weak that I m not classifying this as romantic suspense even though the premise seems to lean in that direction.All in all, the lack of tension, the weak romance and the irritating characters do not make for an appealing read It is unlikely that I will be continuing with the series. Mandy Baxter kickstarts her U.S Marshals series with a hot romp in the sack between her U.S Marshal hottie, Galen Kelly and journalist heroine, Harper Allen The night is filled with explosive chemistry but once the morning light comes, the flame is quick to burn out when Galen needs to leave for an assignment.A year has passed and when an incident involving a well known senator and Harper makes the news, Galen is recruited to protect her from the killer Though both remember their night together with intense vividness, Galen pretends to not remember because it would put his job at stake and he isn t willing to allow anyone, not even his best friend, Landon to watch over Harper She means too much to him to do that.However, Harper isn t the frail little being that Galen makes her out to be She doesn t need protecting, though it s probably wise that she stays behind closed doors But Harper has a mind of her own, which definitely makes Galen s job difficult I LOVED Harper I found that her reactions to a lot of the suspenseful events in this book to be fun and endearing and quite realistic actually Nothing seemed too over the top and I like that about Baxter s writing quite a bit Everything has a logical approach and as a result, I think it makes this first book a strong one to start with.The beginning is quite easy going as Baxter sets up the scene in the first 20% of the book While in the end, I could understand why that initial meeting and first sexual encounter was needed to be shown rather than told in the beginning, it did feel a little bit too relaxed I much preferred when the book hit the 20% mark as the author really sets the book into motion and we finally get Galen and Harper together again I think it would have also made it easier for readers to understand why Galen acted the way he did when he saw and recognized Harper after a year had passed instead of getting frustrated with their communication error Yet, nevertheless, I was completely sold on them by the end.The U.S Marshals series definitely takes a Contemporary Romance approach with several good suspense aspects that kick things up a notch If you re a fan of Julie James FBI US Attorney series, then you ll definitely enjoy Baxter s debut into the genre ONE NIGHT MORE is a delightful dance of suspense and steamy romance ARC provided by author
Mandy Baxter lives in rural Idaho She s a part time pet wrangler, a full time sun worshiper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced She loves black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.
- 352 pages
- One Night More (U.S. Marshals, #1)
- Mandy Baxter
- 14 September 2019 Mandy Baxter