Review: One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey

One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey
Published by Penguin on April 21st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance, Urban
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
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The New York Times bestselling author checks in to the hotel of readers’ dreams for an ardent romantic adventure that lasts just One Night. For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?Filled with all the hallmarks of an Eric Jerome Dickey bestseller—erotic situations, edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, and fun, believable relationships—One Night will delight Dickey’s existing fans and lure countless new ones.

My first introduction to Eric Jerome Dickey was with his book, Genevieve. I was in The Unicorn Bookstore back home with my friend, Joy, perusing through their limited selections when we came across the book. The cover caught my eye and the synopsis looked good so I picked it up. I have been a EJD fan since. It is still my favorite book of his.

His latest novel, One Night, was released two weeks ago and I finally got around to reading it on Monday. Funny enough I had just finished watching Before Sunset for the fist time this weekend when I picked up this book. I mention this because this book was written in almost the same vein. One Night, like Before Sunset and Before Sunrise (which I haven’t watched) is a “talking” piece. The story is told through the two main characters only. Sure there are other characters sprinkled here and there but not nearly as significant and they simply add to the story, they don’t make it.  I didn’t think I would like this style but as it turned out I loved it. The argument can be made that because there are only two characters they are not necessarily the most reliable when it comes to telling the truth about themselves or each other but it works.

One Night takes place over the course of about 12 hours. A couple (they’re really two strangers) check into an upscale hotel and go through a roller coaster of actions and emotions during this very short period of time. They are an unlikely pair – two different backgrounds with lives that lead them on two separate paths. During these 12 hours, they discover so much about each other and experience so many different emotions that it almost seemed unreal. At one point, the emotions were so intense that I felt like I wasn’t supposed to be reading this.

Before the startling conclusion, there are cons, violence, murder and the trademark EJD erotic sessions. The end will surprise you. I know it surely did with me. I thought these characters would do something different and that the book would take a certain turn but Eric Jerome Dickey was like, “No, boo!”

This is purely selfish of me as I knew what the time frame would be but I wanted MORE. I wanted to know what happened after the book ended.

One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey is a solid book and one that EJD fans will love. For those who have read his previous books, you’ll recognize a few references.


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