Saturday 17 August 2013

ONE MORE DAY by M. Malone

Book One in The Alexanders series
Publication date: October 23rd, 2012
Publisher: CrushStar Romance
Number of Pages: 350
Date read: August 17, 2013
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Source: Bought
Format: Ebook

(Description source: Goodreads)

"You're with the right person when no matter how bad things get, you'd still rather be with them than anywhere else..."

RIDLEY WELLS HAS NO idea what to do with her life now that she's graduated from college. But when a friend is murdered and her apartment is trashed, she runs to the only person she trusts, her twin sister. No one will think to look for her in the rinky dink Virginia town of New Haven. 

Of course, her luck lands her passed out in the grass in front of resident bad boy, music producer Jackson Alexander. 

Strike 1! 

Then she realizes Raina's out of the country and she has nowhere else to go. 

Strike 2! 

So when the handsome producer with the platinum smile mistakes her for her sister, she gets an idea. 

Where better to hide than in plain sight? 


I got the prequel novella to The Alexanders series free on Amazon, and it came with the first 15 chapters of One More Day. I quite enjoyed Teasing Trent, so I dived right in and ended up buying One More Day as soon as I got the chance. Why? Because I couldn't keep waiting just one more day to find out what happened next!

The story starts by giving us a little insight into Jackson's personal life. He's a young widower with two sons who hasn't been able to bring himself to love again. You get a glimpse into his family life too, which is cute. 

Ridley Wells has had the toughest week. She lost her friend in a car accident and then found her apartment trashed! So, doing what she thought was the wisest move, she decided to get the hell out of Florida and go stay with her twin sister, high-profile model Raina Winters. The plan was simple enough, but leave it to get complicated when she least expects it. She's locked out of her sister's house.

Ridley and Jackson are thrown together after Ridley passes out in her sister's backyard and Jackson comes to help his neighbour, mistaking Ridley for her twin. Ridley goes along with he mistaken identity but things get complicated quickly, how long will it be before the secrets and lies rise to the surface?

Ridley is a sweet and funny character, even when ling she does her best to keep things as honest as possible. She's had a difficult life but it allows her to relate to almost every other character in a kind and empathetic manner which is a refreshing trait to see in a main character.

Jackson has lead a tragic and difficult life but he never lets anything get in the way of his family, who are his number one priority, but meeting Ridley throws him for a loop. He is sexy as anything and has a good, albeit slow to trust, heart. Now, if a sexy man, with a heart of gold and a slight bad-boy status who can play guitar and write songs appeals to you, then this novel will totally hook you!

The connection between Jackson and Ridley is palpable from the first moment and it's really sweet to see how things progress and to be let in on their innermost thoughts by way of multiple view points. Romance isn't the only aspect to the story, the plot is fast-paced and full of suspense, I really love how M. Malone ties everything that happens together, in this novel, nothing happens without some reason or other behind it. 

This novel works with themes of love, deceit, trust, loyalty, betrayal and family, and spins a tale that all mature readers are sure to enjoy. I say 'mature readers' because some  of the content within the novel is smoulderingly HOT! There are many twists and turns that keep you entertained and almost break your heart as all you want is a happy ending for such amazing characters.

The final chapters of the novel were surprising, suspenseful and heart-warming! I am moving straight to reading book two, The Things I Do for You, which happens to be Raina's story, I cannot wait to see what happens here!

I rate One More Day Five out of Five!

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