Published: April 21st by InterMix
Source: eARC from NetGalley
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.
When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.
But you can’t keep on pretending forever…
Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.
Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.
Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.
But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened...and why he'd never want her for more than one night.
I think we all know that you have to wade through a lot of crap in NA genre. I can't say there's anything spectacularly unique about One Night, but I did enjoy it. It's one of those books where you know you should probably dislike it but just don't.
Our narrator, Jess, is an undergrad (who never seems to do homework?) who's pre physical therapy. This was an aspect of the novel that I really liked, as it made her seem more real and relateable. (Except, you know. She never appears to do homework. Or study. Or worry about school/her future at all?) Jess is a little bit selfish, a little bit damaged, and makes a lot of mistakes. Considering what's happened to her in the past, she's definitely got a reason for it.
Adam, our basketball star hero, was definitely one of the nice guys rather than your typical tortured and misunderstood bad boy. While I didn't find him totally swoon-worthy just because I didn't see anything particularly interesting, I think he'll definitely appeal to a lot of people. He just wasn't my favorite guy ever, nor was he my least favorite by any means. He definitely cares for Jess and is quite patient with her.
The romance, however, happens at lighting speed, basically. Jess and Adam meet when he comes in for PT for his knee, and after this very first meeting Jess suddenly stops going to the bar to meet guys and bring them back to her place. Adam later explains that OMG EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR HIM THAT DAY TOO. Yeah. Okay. It's not like they had some bare-all talk that day. It was literally a physical therapy session. Flash forward to the end of the book, three months later, and they love each other. Okay.
"Two broken people don't add up to either one of us being fixed."
And on top of that, I wish I'd seen more from them. More than just angst and a little bit of TV watching. I wish I'd really been able to see them fall in love, been convinced of it. Don't get me wrong, they were definitely cute - they just developed way too fast and not fully enough for me.
"What about morning breath?" I ask, mid-kiss.
(Sorry, I don't think so.)
"You taste amazing no matter what time of day it is."
Plotwise, I wouldn't say there's anything spectacularly unique, but the problems with Jess and her ex were a total surprise to me, which was great. I do think that both the PT and the basketball aspects could have played a little bit of a bigger roll, but they were present enough that I was content.
My biggest frustration came in the last third or so of the book. Jess has some pretty serious issues. And Jess's mom and Jess's roommate, Zoe, basically gossip about it like old ladies. Okay, not really, but her mom tells Zoe things that Zoe has no business knowing unless they come from Jess herself and vice versa. Adam is involved in this, to a certain extent. I HATED IT. There are a few situations where I can understand this, but absolutely not here. That was Jess's personal business. I'm certain she would have told Zoe eventually, but her mother had NO RIGHT to take that choice away from her. And then Zoe and her mother basically discuss Jess's issues with Adam too, once again taking away Jess's privacy. It just made me so angry.
Overall: This sounds a lot more negative than I intended. I had some issues with One Night, but overall it's a fast and cute NA read with an interesting heroine and a hero that I think will appeal to a lot of people. I enjoyed reading this one, especially after the last few NA's I've read. 3 stars.
"You're so much more than enough. You're everything, Jess. Do you understand? You're everything."