I've been reading Carly Philips novels for years, and this is another one of hers that I loved. She is a master of tugging heartstrings. She is an expert at fleshing out the psyche and emotions of her characters, and it's what has always drawn me to her novels. I also loved how the ending of this novel smoothly segues to the next book in the series. All in all a good read , and the series also look promising. :)
4.25 stars--JUST ONE NIGHT is the first instalment in Carly Phillips’ contemporary, adult THE KINGSTON FAMILY erotic, romance series focusing on the Kingston siblings (Linc, Xander, Dash, Chloe and Aurora), a spin-off from the author’s DARE NATION series. This is thirty-two year old, businessman Linc Kingston, and PA Jordan Greene. Some of the events of JUST ONE NIGHT cross over with, and run parallel to some of the events of DARE TO STAY, book four in the author’s Dare Nation series where we were first introduced to Linc Kingston. Told from dual third person perspectives (Linc and Jordan) JUST ONE NIGHT focuses on the best friends/boss-employee relationship between thirty-two year old, businessman Linc Kingston, and PA Jordan Greene. Jordan has been in love with Linc Kingston most of her life but Jordan is the daughter of the Kingston’s former housekeeper, and as such she has been led to believe she is not socially acceptable with the powerful and elite but when Linc’s father dies, secrets are exposed, and Jordan is there to help navigate the waters of a mind-blowing revelation. A week in Florida found our couple acting on their mutual attraction, an attraction that will lead to another surprise, one in which Linc’s behavior leads to Jordan’s decision to walk away before losing more than her heart. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Linc and Jordan, and the potential fall-out as history begins to repeat itself for our story line couple. The relationship between Jordan and Linc is a best friends to lovers but a relationship wherein our heroine believes she is not worthy of Linc’s love. Raised with the Kingston siblings, Jordan has always felt like she never belonged, a feeling that would be reinforced by the attitude and actions of others. Linc has never acted upon his feelings for Jordan but a family secret will be his undoing. Needing his best friend, Linc seduces our heroine, a seduction that will lead to so much more. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of, over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Linc’s siblings: Xander, Dash, and Chloe Kingston, and Aurora Michaels; Linc’s mother Melissa Kingston; Linc’s former friend and business rival Beckett Daniels: as well as several characters from the Dare Nation series: Austin Prescott, Braden Prescott and Willow James; and Linc’s ex girlfriend Angelica Winston. Chloe’s story line is next. JUST ONE NIGHT is a story of friendships, relationships, revelations and love; a story of family, struggles, acceptance and moving forward. The premise is spirited; the characters are feisty and dynamic; the romance is flirty and intense.
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5 Star Review Just One Night (The Kingston Family #1) by Carly Phillips I was excited when I learnt that Carly Phillips had a new series coming out. If Just One Night is anything to go by then she is off to a flying start. This is Linc Kingston and Jordan Greene’s friends to lovers story and it was an entertaining read that ticked the boxes for me. Working as Linc’s assistant Jordan has always had feelings for him but refuses to put their friendship on the line by pursuing it. When his father dies suddenly, Linc’s life is thrown into turmoil, not least of which is finding out about a half sister he knew nothing about. However with Jordan by his side he knows he will get through everything. I really loved the friendship between these two. They have been friends since childhood and I loved that the economic status played no part in how Linc treated Jordan. Neither Linc or Jordan knew that the other had feelings for one another but all it takes is one night to change the course of a person’s life and that’s what happens for Linc and Jordan. This was a story that was emotional at times, particularly with the baggage that Linc carries from his father but it was the love, friendship and unwavering support that Linc and Jordan shared that was s heartwarming. I loved this story, from the first chapter to the last and cannot wait to see what Carly Phillips has in store for the rest of the Kingston family.