Just One Night
By Lauren Layne
- Blog Stop: Penny Dreadful Books & Reviews
- Post Date: 4.30.2014
- Topic/Title: The Almost-Virgin Heroine
One of the questions I get most often about Just One Night is why I made the decision to make Riley an “almost virgin.” (Note, that’s not a spoiler … it’s on the back of the book!) Despite her super-sexy reputation at Stiletto magazine, all of Riley’s sexual experiences are based on exceptionally good interview techniques, not personal experience. Readers want to know why … a couple have even claimed it’s unbelievable, and that’s where I’ll have to respectfully disagree. See, it’s not that Riley intended to have all sexual experience stop after her “first time” in college. But a few months passed after that first time, and then a year, and she didn’t meet the right guy, which is no big deal. But then Riley got a job at Stiletto and got assigned to a story about sexy-times. So to cover for her lack of experience, she did some research and made it really good. Too good. She got asked to write another. And then another. Before she knew it, Riley was a full on “sexpert“, and nobody seemed to notice that she never used “I” in her articles! Poor Riley … the longer she went without sex, the wider the gap between her magazine-advice and personal experience got. So she kept putting off making that admission, and alas … a vicious circle. It’s sort of like when you meet someone for the first time and get their name, only to promptly forget it. But then you run into them again … and then again, and again … now you REALLY should be asking their name, but you can’t because you waited too long, and they’ll know that you’ve been clueless this entire time! It’s like that for Riley, except it’s so much worse because instead of a name, it’s something sooo much more intimate on the line. BUT! Don’t worry about Riley … she’s about to make up for lost time 🙂
Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size Pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
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.
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(Lauren Layne Prize Pack with: Review Copies of Stiletto Series, Loveswept Tote and Mug or $15.00 E-Retailer Gift Card of Winner’s Choosing )
To anyone who has read any of Lauren Layne’s work it will be no surprise that Just One Night is just plain adorable. Her characters are likeable and with each installment of her series you are eager to see what she has in store for the next member of the Stiletto staff. For Stiletto’s anniversary issue the staff is tasked with an assignment to write a personal account related to their life. This is a significant problem for Riley McKenna, who despite popular opinion is sadly lacking in the personal experience required for this assignment. She decides that the answer lies with Sam Compton the object of her affection. Sam feels the same about Riley but has convinced himself that they can’t be together…or can they?
I am continually awed and impressed at Ms Layne’s skill in depicting a story rife with emotion yet never straying into the maudlin soap operalike situations a less talented author might implement. Just One Night is just as fun as its predecessors and leaves the reader anxious to see what awaits Emma, the last man standing if you will and whether her ex-fiancé will be the one to complete her story.