“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Whoever coined that term never met Robert Dade.
The sex is explicit but that is hardly uncommon these days, the immediate comparison is to Fifty Shades of Grey but I found the Just One Night trilogy by Kyra Davis to be a work that was far superior to the wildly successful but deeply flawed E.L. James series.
The Stranger – Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancée of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.
Kasie Fitzgerald is repressed, she dresses conservatively, she is engaged to a proper lawyer, she is the good daughter. She lives her life the way that everyone expects her to live it, never stepping off the path that has been laid out for her. Until Vegas, at the urging of her friend she takes a night off of being that Kasie and meets Mr. Dade. She promises herself that it will be just one night, a respite from the confining existence she has embraced.
Exposed – You should sleep with a stranger —those words whispered in her ear by her best friend became a challenge Kasie took to heart. Suddenly, the man who gave her the most shocking pleasure in that upscale Vegas hotel —a man whose name she never bothered to find out —is her company’s biggest client.
Of course Kasie’s promise that it would be just one night with Mr. Dade is one that is destined to be broken. The mysterious man at the blackjack table turns out to be the powerful owner of Maned Wolf Security and coincidentally (not at all) Kasie’s company’s newest client. Immediately, the carefully organized life that Kasie lives is being systematically destroyed by the one man that she cannot say no to. Until her fiance finds out, determined preserve her parents and coworkers good opinion she agrees to continue being Dave’s perfect white rose.
Binding Agreement – As her affair threatens her job and the sexy billionaire Robert Dade becomes more controlling, Kasie has to figure out if her passion is leading her down a path she really wants. She’s seduced by his gifts of power, success, and adventure, she’s overwhelmed by what he can make her feel with a single touch, the way he can make her ache for him with just a look. But is the cost of absolute power and pleasure a price Kasie can afford? And does she truly know this man who says he can give her everything…or is he still a stranger after all?
Personally, I find infidelity distasteful not that I haven’t read and enjoyed many stories that feature it, as this is fiction rather than fact, but the relationship between Kasie and Robert was somewhat disturbing. After six seemingly pleasant years with her boyfriend she abruptly decides that she is going to embark in a one night stand. When she is repeatedly faced with making a choice between the two men she continues to sleep with Robert and yet clings to the life she has with Dave. It was hard to empathize with a character who seemed to have so little moral fiber that she would justify her actions with Robert by reassuring herself that Dave wanted her to be someone who she wasn’t. Situations arise throughout the trilogy that would have been circumvented by a modicum of honesty on Kasie’s part.
Of course after finding out about Kasie’s affair Dave is a proper bastard undoubtedly designed to align the readers sympathies with Kasie and Robert. Yet I found as the trilogy progressed I disliked each character more and more. Robert transformed into a controlling borderline megalomaniac, Dave was a sadist and Kasie was a spineless, remarkably stupid Harvard graduate. It was a disappointment because Kyra Davis’ writing is vastly superior to some of the other offerings available in the genre currently. By the end of Binding Agreement the HEA was remarkably implausible to me that Kasie could have developed into a character capable of enforcing her own will and that Robert would allow it. In short, the Just One Night trilogy is an enjoyable enough read provided you don’t examine the story too closely.
AUTHOR: Kyra Davis
RATING: 2 Stars
- Just One Night, Part One: The Stranger by Kyra Davis – @_KyraDavis (readingheatintheam.wordpress.com)
- JUST ONE NIGHT: What happens in Vegas…. (fangswandsandfairydust.blogspot.com)
- Kyra Davis’ ‘Just One Night’ Acquired by Anonymous Content (soulbrotherspeaks.com)