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One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets #2)

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From the first glimpse he knew he must have her—even if only for a single night.

Powerful, ruthless, seductive—the lord of London's underworld—Roman Merrick gets anything he wants...and he burns for Charlotte Chatsworth, a polished jewel in the glittering ton. So he engages her debt-ridden gambler father in a game of chance, wagering ten thousand pounds against one night wi
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Avon
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*sigh* Can I find a way to un-read this book? Because I would kill to be able to read it and discover the magic of it all over again. It was perfect. *sigh* Perfect.

Last September I was minding my own business when a GR friend urged me to read a book she had loved. I looked and realized that I had put that very same book on my wishlist a while ago but had never bought it. So I took the plunge and grabbed myself a copy. That book was Seven Secrets of Seduction (the first book in this series) and
Jun 18, 2012 Rane rated it it was amazing

There's nothing I adore and love more then a a self-made man as a hero in HRs, and the charming rouge that is Roman Merrick stole me heart with a smile and wink. Behind his mask lays a man whose seen darkness and death and fights it with ruthlessness hiding a gentle soul deep down.
Charlotte is a cold ice queen, fighting off sharp dragger like words as she holds her head up high as her father flushes all her family, her sister and her chances along with their family money down the drain. Charlo
Tammy Walton Grant
With apologies to Catherine, Juliana, Ally and Ana, and any other GR friends who love Anne Mallory

Have you ever read a book that you think you should just LOVE, except for the fact that you don't?

That's the way I feel about Anne Mallory. I should love her books. They are chock full of everything that I love. Witty dialogue, serious chemistry and sexual tension, intriguing storylines, original premises and to-die-for heroes. What's not to like about them?

Something, I guess, because I've read 2 of
Juliana Philippa
My thanks to Catherine, whose review spurred me into getting this book from the library after avoiding it when it first came out. I so loved Seven Secrets of Seduction , my first Anne Mallory book, that I didn't think anything could live up to it. While I still prefer SSoS, I really enjoyed One Night Is Never Enough and am very glad that I read it.

The book was a mix of SSoS's-type plot, Dreaming of You 's Derek Craven + Mine Till Midnight 's Cam Rohan, and Notorious Pleasures 's Hero (but be
Oct 16, 2016 Joanita rated it it was amazing
“I’m going to possess you, Charlotte.”
His free hand caressed the flesh of her throat, then threaded into the hair at her nape, pulling the strands there, tipping her head back. Not harshly, but not gently either. “I’m going to take you and claim you and make you beg.”

Charlotte Chatsworth is the perfect lady of the ton. Known for her beauty and her icy persona, she is envied by many. She is her father’s most powerful investment, one he will use until he has secured the most promising marriage

Lakshmi C
Mar 10, 2016 Lakshmi C rated it liked it
Blurbs are the devious monsters wrecking havoc in my little bookish world. They lure me with the promise of new worlds, great characters and a great reading experience. But all I get is coke without the fizz.

This book has an interesting blurb and conflicted characters. Roman was kind without scruples. He was strategic and charming. Charlotte was strong, determined and wary. Her father was utterly despicable.

The book held my attention, I wanted to know what happened next but some parts make no im
Lady Wesley
Feb 24, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it did not like it

I need a new shelf.

A shelf called Why Did I Waste My Time?

A shelf for for books with the lowest ratio of complete to incomplete sentences.
Trant had waited for just the right hand to make the bet. Had waited for Chatsworth to get into his cups and to have some decent cards.
Had waited to place the bet when only two men would witness the wager. One, a man who was utterly devoted to his wife, and whose wife was a close friend of the lady of the bet. Who would hold the scandal secret. The other, a
Sarah MacLean
Feb 27, 2011 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing
I always love Anne Mallory's books...but this one might just be her best yet. It's been a long time since I've read a book and forced myself to slow down to savor every word, every line. This one requires it. The book is thick and lush--an extravagant secret that you can't help but eavesdrop on. I loved every page.
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Oh my! Let me start my review with a slight tangent: One of my all-time favorite regency romance heroes, is Lisa Klyepas’ Derek Craven from Dreaming of You. Born in the gutters, he’s pulled himself up by whatever means necessary — thievery, deceit, violence, you name it, and at the time the heroine meets him, is a successful, albeit somewhat shady, owner of a gaming hell.

Well, I’m sorry Derek, but you need to step asid
Apr 29, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mallory
I can see why some people might not like this book. There isn't much light and fluffy about it. The writing is complex and lush. Detailed and descriptive. But I found it to be oh so wonderful.

Roman is such a fascinating hero. He reminds me of Derek Craven. He takes what he wants and does not apologize for it. And he wants to possess Charlotte.

Charlotte is cold, broken and empty inside. Her dad could be the largest ass of a secondary character I have ever read. When she is lost in a poker game t
Dec 28, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Anne Mallory’s latest has surprising depth, given its paperback length. I appreciated the continuing story of Miranda and the Viscount, and the role they play in Charlotte and Roman’s relationship. What I liked about Roman: his insecurity. He has achieved great wealth and status in his world, and it’s what he knows. His world is built on showing no emotion. He’s afraid of losing that security blanket and caring about someone. That kind of vulnerability was very well written. What I liked about C ...more
I think one of my favourite aspects of GR is not only meeting so many great people and sharing books, but also how interesting it is that people get something so different out of the books that they share. I really want to thank Catherine and Juliana especially for sharing such fantastic writers and books (whether consciously or unconsciously) with me. I do tend to add their favourites or higher rated books to my TBR pile and I haven't regretted it at all.

Now it's time to quit it with the warm f
Dec 05, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
This just didn't work for me. The angst and drama seems forced and the actions of the hero and heroine has no direction and their chemistry is very lacking.

While I was reading I couldn't make sense of half the conversations and hidden meanings apparently I should understand as a reader.
Another series I jumped in the middle of. Damn, I'm getting too good at this.

Place & Time Period : England, Regency
Set Up for the Plot: Drunken fool father offers 1 night with his oldest daughter in a card game. His winning hand, hum, against a 10,000 pound wager. (I'll wager 10,000 pounds you'll guess right how this bet played out.)
Characters: Roman Merrick (H), lord of the underworld, owner of the gaming establishment the wager takes place at.
Charlotte Chatsworth (h), the drunken fool's ol
Michele Weiler
Mar 13, 2011 Michele Weiler rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book. It got a good review on all about romance website. I unfortunately didn't agree. The plot wasn't bad, just done many time before. What I didn't enjoy was the way it was written. There seemed to be a lot happening in the background and it ended up in the dialogue but I had no idea what was happening. I was hoping that all of it would eventually be sorted out and explained but it rarely was. The reader had to inference A LOT. I had a hard time keeping up with what w ...more
This book intrigued me when I first picked it up. I thought it was going to be a reworking of Lisa Kleypas's Then Came You. That, too, had a night with the heroine riding on a card game bet. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when it wasn't the hero who placed the bet.

As I read, there were things that I absolutely hated (that I'll talk about below -- have fun reading that dissertation), and then there were others that I liked. I liked the attitude that the author had towards women and their se
The writing didn’t flow easily, too flourished with a lot of simile (I think this is the right word). but characterization was excellent, the plot very original and I really liked H/h romance.
3, hot but brief, FM
Historical/drama, suspense
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 25, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing
I would destroy the city if something happened to you. I can't even bear the thought of it.And when Roman says that he means it.

2 new characters are introduced in this book and one of them is the main character,Andreas and Roman.Roman is the brother who seems less likeable to kill you but you don't want to meet him in a dark alley.
When Charlotte's father bets her in a game of cards Roman cheats and wins her because if the other person wins her she will be ruined and because he can't get her out
Jan 05, 2011 Has rated it really liked it
Joint review with Has from The Book Pushers was originally posted here:

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: Out Now!
How we got this book: NetGalley

Has: Anne Mallory is fast becoming an autobuy author for me, I really have enjoyed her last few books and grabbed the chance to request this via Netgalley when it was posted. The premise of a hero who was outside of society and was from a working class background really appealed to me because it is a refreshing c
Nov 28, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
I am having a bit of a hard time writing up a review for this's not that it wasn't enjoyable because it just left me feeling a, I guess. I think that has to do with the fact it took me four days to read it and they were always just snippets of time, darn real life! That being said, I hope I can do this book with the gorgeous cover some justice!

The premise of the story is a good one, a father bets his beautiful daughter, Charlotte, in a card game and loses to a les
Lover of Romance
Mar 07, 2013 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
When Charlotte, accompanied by her maid, comes across Roman Merrick, she feels as if the earth as titled underneath her very own feet. He is dangerous and mysterious and she feels like he can see right through her to her soul. When her father loses to a card game, she is shocked to discover that her father gave her up for one night to the winner of the game. Charlotte is furious with her father but she also knows she must go and get it over with. When she arrives at her destination that evening, ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Janga rated it really liked it

Anne Mallory’s Seven Secrets of Seduction was one of my top 25 reads of 2010. I loved the book-loving heroine and the hero with his seductive words. I applauded the character growth of both the hero and heroine and was delighted to read a romance that was different, even at times unpredictable. My expectations for the next book in the Secrets series were high, but I found the book disappointing. One Night Is Never Enough is a well-written book. The premise is promising: an acknowledged beauty is
Dec 19, 2015 Hasnamezied rated it it was amazing
This book is Awesome. Charlote is the perfect daughter and the most beautiful girl in the ton but all this is acting . Really , she lives in total fear from making a mistake , fading of her beauty and destroying the future of her sister. It is one of the most complicated characters that Ihave ever read in Historical Romance.The bubble around her reach exploding when her drunk father gambles her in card game and the winner is Roman Medrick . Roman is one of the brothers who own the underworld of ...more
May 21, 2011 Jackie rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
All About Romance gave this high ratings, but I'm afraid that one night was far too much for me to spend reading something this badly written. The author has interesting ideas, but her prose is so problematic that I had a difficult time following the storyline. Her writing is not grammatically incorrect, but her word choices are so often off, it made me wonder if she wrote with a thesaurus in hand, plugging in words that could be synonyms but clearly were not the right words for what she had in ...more
3 1/2 stars

Note: I received this eARC from HarperCollins via NetGalley. That had no influence on my rating.
Feb 27, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
Joint review with Has from The Book Pushers was originally posted here:

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: Out Now!
How we got this book: NetGalley

Has: Anne Mallory is fast becoming an autobuy author for me, I really have enjoyed her last few books and grabbed the chance to request this via Netgalley when it was posted. The premise of a hero who was outside of society and was from a working class background really appealed to me because it is a refreshing change f
Nhi Nguyễn
“I’m going to possess you, Charlotte. I’m going to take you and claim you and make you beg. The question is, will you passively accept such, or will you possess me right back? Take me, claim me? Make me beg? Push from my mind any thought that isn’t you?”

OK OK, I must admit that I didn't think I would love this book that much. But yeah, I loved it. After reading and adoring "Three Nights of Sin" by Anne Mallory, of course I couldn't wait to read another book by her. "One Night Is Never Enough" ma
Avid Booker
Jul 27, 2016 Avid Booker rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Don't Care For a Lot of Action But Like Good Banter
3 stars. I enjoyed this book more towards the middle-ish end. But it had it's moments of complete boredom.

I enjoyed Roman, he had all the makings for a great hero. He was charming, rakish, had a way with words that would seduce the underwear from a nun. But it wasn't captured as well as it could have been. I felt like there was more to be said and done that wasn't that would have made his character irresistible. Roman is such a hawt name too. Like omg so attractive.

With this book there was no re
Dec 07, 2010 Diana~ rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure how I should even start this review. There were moments in this book that I love... but there were also others that made me want to strangle both the hero and heroine. I feel as if Anne Mallory should have made her heroine stronger. Throughout this entire book, I was waiting for that one moment with all the angst and unfortunately, that never happened. Truthfully, I'm disappointed. But I think overall, the book was a pretty sweet and the hero reminded me of a crossover between ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 06, 2015 06:34AM  
  • Her Notorious Viscount (Stoneworth, #1)
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • Always a Scoundrel (Notorious Gentlemen, #3)
  • Wicked in Your Arms (Forgotten Princesses, #1)
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
  • A Perfect Groom (Sterling trilogy, #2)
  • Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
  • A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • What I Did For a Duke (Pennyroyal Green, #5)
  • Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed (The Byrons of Braebourne, #4)
  • McAlistair's Fortune  (Providence, #3)
  • Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)
  • Shameless (The House of Rohan, #4)
  • To Wed a Wicked Earl (Devine & Friends, #2)
  • Compromised
Some people have always known they wanted to write. Others fall into it and discover its inherent joy. I’m somewhere in between. As an avid reader, writing a novel had always tickled the back of my mind. There seem to be a lot of people who say, “Someday I’ll write a book.” For me, the feeling tickled, moved into an incessant knocking and finally became a dull roar. All I needed was to make that “ ...more
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