Just One Night by Lauren Layne
Series: Sex Love and Stilettos #3
Also in this series: Love the One You're With, The Trouble with Love
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
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In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest…all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.
Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.
Just One Night is the third book in the Love, Sex & Stilettos series by Lauren Layne and it was yet another delightful read. It was cute and fluffy and just my kind of romance.
Riley is the sex goddess at Stiletto. She’s the go to for sex advice. You name it, she’s written an article on it. Nothing embarrasses her and she’s game for anything. At least that’s what everyone thinks. She’s got quite the reputation and she’s not ashamed of it. What she is a little embarrassed about is that all of that experience her reputation claims, she doesn’t really have it since none of her articles are written from personal experience. The anniversary issue for Stiletto magazine is coming up and the reporters are asked to write articles a little more personal and Riley needs a partner for the article she’s been assigned. Who better to turn to than your best friend? Or well, your brother’s best friend that you’ve been in love with since you were a school girl?
Sam Compton has been around Riley’s family since he befriended Riley’s older brother (by two years), Liam. He’s noticed Riley since the first time he laid eyes on her but a promise to her brother (his best friend) keeps her strictly off-limits. He may be the guy that she turns to for every little thing under the sun (a flat tire? Sam will change it. In need of a designated driver for you and your friends? Sam’s your man, etc…) but when she asks him to be her little sex toy for an article she’s going to write for work, he’s not on board for that. He can’t be. He made a promise but sometimes you can’t keep promises and before Sam knows what is what, one night turns into another night and another night until Sam can’t walk away. Doesn’t want to walk away.
I really enjoyed getting to know both Riley and Sam. I really liked seeing them around their friends and I absolutely adored how well Sam fit in with the other guys from the Stiletto group. I loved seeing the girls come together even when they were bickering about things and all up in Riley’s business. They were such a fun bunch and the same goes with the guys. I love how they hound each other and give advice and then run away when the girls come around. They had me laughing and sighing and just enjoying the ride.
One thing that didn’t make sense to me was the whole work softball game. Riley invites Sam to play on her softball team and he does. But…who wears jeans to play softball? Is that a NY thing? It wasn’t one of those things where the guy shows up to watch the softball game and ends up filling in for a no show. Jake (who played baseball in high school and college, if I remember correctly) and Sam both showed up to play softball in JEANS. Who does that? I mean besides Jake and Sam? I found it really odd. So odd that I kept asking Ames and Holly about that all day…and even my sister who plays softball every weekend.
Aside from the whole softball in jeans thing, I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little less than the other books in this series because as great as Sam was, I wanted to punch him in the nuts a time or two. Still, this was a fun read and I was so amped to start Alex and Emma’s book. This was a solid romance.
Grade: 3.5 out of 5