Title: The Stranger
Author: Kyra Davis
Series: Just One Night #1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Adult Romance
Rating: 3 stars
Kasie knows who she’s supposed to be. But one passionate night with a mysterious stranger will teach her who she wants to be. You should sleep with a stranger, her best friend whispers in her ear as they take to Vegas for one last pre-wedding fling. Despite her best intentions, when Kasie Fitzgerald enters the casino and sees him, a man whose tailored clothes belied a powerful, even dangerous, presence, she loses herself to the moment. Maybe it’s the dress, much shorter than she’d ever normally wear, or the Scotch, but something makes her give herself over to him more completely than she’s ever done with a man before.
It was supposed to be just one night. But right as she’s thinking she wants more, he shows up in her office with an agenda. As the billionaire CEO of a company that’s engaged her PR firm, his demands just became her reality…and he desires so much more than just some attention in the boardroom.
Well, you know my rule for cheaters. This book got off on the wrong foot with me because, well basically, Kasie is heading off to Vegas to cheat on her boyfriend of six years. Seriously? That’s how we start? Behind the eight ball baby, gotta lot of ground to make up with me. My thought on that is, if you feel like you need to cheat, you probably, at the very least, need to take a break from your relationship. I get he’s not exciting but he’s exactly who you chose, missy. You are not allowed to mark the qualities that drew you to him, against him when you get a little antsy. And, I don’t like how she never, until this point, gave any indication that she wanted something or someone other than David.
I think this could’ve been a very compelling “finding your true self” sort of story had Kasie been less wishy washy. In my opinion, if she’d been straight forward and cooled things off with David officially, I wouldn’t have minded the back and forth between the two men. I also didn’t love how she slept with both guys in less than a 24 hour window. That’s gross. I know that shit happens in real life but she’s supposed to be a mature adult, not a horny college kid. If I had to guess Kasie’s zodiac sign, I’d place her as a Libra – always weighing her options, and having trouble making up her mind. I really did not enjoy how she became “set” on whichever man she last spent time with. Her emotions are entirely too easy to manipulate, and it makes her weak.
Mr. Dade is a very powerful man. Sexy, older, accomplished, very self assured. I completely understand Kasie’s attraction to him. He is everything her current beau is not…and then some. Honestly though, I’m not certain what he sees in Kasie. I’d think her level of indecision would be a huge turn off for him, unless he’s viewing her as his ultimate challenge. Perhaps I needed to see Kasie identify more with her rebellious sister, instead of refusing to acknowledge her existence. Maybe if I saw a little more of Kasie wanting to be more like her big sis and fighting that urge, then I’d buy this sudden change in relationship direction. We get a little taste of that at the end of this book but not enough, in my opinion.
Structurally this is a very well written book but until the final 10%, it was almost as boring as David. The characters are well defined, albeit annoying as fuck but well defined. And the cliffhanger, oh yeah, there’s one of those and it’s really good. In fact, it might be the best part of the book. As exciting as the ending is, I’m not sure I’ll complete this series. In all honesty, I’m not certain I care enough about Kasie and her plight to care how she gets out of this sticky situation she suddenly finds herself in. Some may say I’m judging this book too harshly because of its cheating element. Maybe that’s the case but cheating is the whole premise of this book so it’s kinda’ hard not to factor that in. And the cliffhanger, not a fucking happily ever after anywhere in sight…I know life isn’t all flowers and unicorns but god damn, at least throw me a bone.