Just One Night: Sex, Love & Stiletto #3 by Lauren Layne

Today I have a review from the third title in the Sex Love and Stiletto series by Lauren Layne.  Please be sure to check the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a 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.

Book Review:

Lauren Layne brings another installment to her Sex, Love and Stiletto’s series, and manages to pair off yet another member of the Stiletto’s staff.  Riley is the sex columnist, doling out the advice to the single women who make up the majority of readers.  Riley is clever and fun, and while this story wasn’t as humorous as the first two, the story keeps pace with the earlier books and gives a character who has insecurities and pressures that are easy to relate to, even if we aren’t in New York and known by many. 

Riley’s position as the sex columnist should be drawing from her own real-world experience, but she uses imagination and fantasizes about her long-term crush to fuel her columns.  The writers have all been challenged to “step it up” for the upcoming anniversary issue, and write their columns using ONLY real-world experience, a major issue for Riley.

Sam is a long-term friend, in fact he is her brother’s best friend, but Riley has harbored a crush on him for years: no man has ever measured up to the version of Sam that she has built in her mind.  Needing to come up with something SPECTACULAR for the anniversary issue, and a night with Sam is all that she can think of.

For his part, Sam would do anything for Riley, but he’s not sure that he can obey her ‘one night only’ edict.  He’s always had a soft spot, and Riley never seemed to be interested. So what’s a guy to do?  Go for it, of course: and make the night so spectacular and be so wonderful that it will be obvious they are meant for one another.

All of the girls are involved in helping Riley to set the scene and make the night unforgettable for Sam: even though we all could see (in earlier books) their connection and attraction.  But, they do have several issues to resolve, not the least of which is Sam’s boyhood promise to his best friend to never ever dally with his baby sister.  But, Sam isn’t planning a dalliance, he wants more than one night.

These two have a clever back and forth, with a few bumps and missteps, but their connection is palpable and Oh So Sexy when they finally go forward to act on their feelings.  It’s been a long road, but they do manage to work out the difficulties with some honesty and humor, and are finally open about the long-term attraction that they both have had.  A fitting story for the series, this book is a little more emotional than the earlier installments, most probably because of the relationship is a long and well-defined one.  This is a fun series that will keep you giggling and smiling throughout.

Just One Night: Sex, Love & Stiletto #3 by Lauren Layne

Title: Just One Night
Pages: 240
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.

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