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Give Me One Night by K.C. Kendricks
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Aug 15, 09

It’s been a few months since Brody’s unfaithful lover has left and he’s finally ready to move on and dip a cautious toe back into the dating pool once more, much to the happiness of his friends. In the hours proceeding the annual pub crawl for St. Patrick’s Day, Brody happens to run into the same attractive man not once, but twice and then repeatedly as Brody and his friend Sandy make their way from bar to bar. Intrigued and amused, Brody and his mystery man play a game of catch me if you can along the pub route until neither wants to play games any longer. What starts as a night of mutual satisfaction soon grows in intensity but it cut short by a car accident, leaving the path to a happy ending is never easy or painless.

Brody is hoping for some fun and hot sex when he goes out that night, but the chemistry and connection between he and his mystery man, Evan, are almost too much too soon. Although he’s over his ex, he is still cautious and worried about heading into another relationship so soon and never expected to find someone he genuinely liked and felt something with on his first night out again. Brody moves rather quickly from his caution to embracing the feelings he has for Evan, it’s an easy transition that doesn’t take much more than Brody waking up and thinking he’s an idiot to deny this, which is refreshing if a bit too easy. His stubborn refusal to give up even over misunderstandings and fights helps give more insight into his character beyond the tentative lover he’s initially described as.

Evan is fun loving and confident in his life and who he is, with an ability to smile and laugh easily, a perfect compliment to the more serious Brody. Evan has shades from his past with hints of issues with jealousy, abandonment, and commitment. Yet he embraces his newfound relationship with Brody easily and happily, which is tested when Evan is involved in a tragic car accident leaving him hospital bound and then home bound just two days after he and Brody met. For the naturally active man, this is particularly frustrating on top of finding your footing with a new relationship.

Both Evan and Brody’s families are nearby and add to the dynamic as loving yet not entirely accepting. The complex family dynamic from both men adds to their connection while showing another layer of complications that most relationships face. Even for all the communication these two men have, their characters are still left something of a mystery. There are references to possible past hurts Evan has experienced yet isn’t explained, as well as how these two men can fit their lives together. This is very much an introduction to their relationship and a tentative branch each offers the other than a confirmed love story just yet.

Although there some obvious editing errors, for the most part this is an easy book to read with a flowing story that can be slightly too flowery at times. The story has a definite feminine overtone to the book from the prose to the sex scenes and the characterizations. The men have very little angst and the writing is occasionally clumsy in it’s handling with situations, such as the chase game. However, this was a lovely romance and the beginning of a relationship with charming characters so beyond its problems, this does deliver as a likable and engaging romance.
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