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Published by Gallery Books on July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Source: NetGalley, Sullivan and Partners
The long-awaited follow-up novel to the runaway New York Times bestseller Just One Night—which Publishers Weekly gave a starred review and proclaimed, “Davis skillfully creates an uplifting story in which sex is presented both as freedom and as a metaphor for power, and where raw chemistry is the clear winner over bland complacency.”
The death of her sister, Melody, shaped Kasie’s life in many profound ways. For the first time, uncover the story of Melody’s tragic love-triangle: Can a wild-child find balance and self-control without losing the essence of what she is?
I received this book for free from NetGalley, Sullivan and Partners in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
***WARNING: May contain spoilers if you haven’t read the first books in the series.
Whew….talk about hitting rock bottom!
This is Mercy Raye’s (aka Melody Fittzgerald) story (Kasie’s older sister, from Just One Night series) and she has seen and been through it all. After her parents kick her out as a teenager, declare her “dead” from an overdose and even printed up an obituary and posted it in the local newspaper…Melody, now known to everyone as Mercy Raye, has to figure out on her own “who she is”. She can no longer be Melody Fitzgerald because she’s “dead”, but can she continue to be Mercy and can she live with the cards she dealt in life and “fold” or does she raise the stakes and go “all in”.
In this book, we follow Mercy’s journey starting from New Years Eve of 1999 to present day. And man was it a journey! I caught myself cringing with some…heck MOST of the decisions she was making in her life. Can we saw “SELF DESTRUCTIVE!”. Throughout this book, I caught myself thinking, “I don’t even know if I like this character. I don’t like how she lives her life. I just don’t like who.she.is.” But then I realized why….she’s a REAL person. More real than some of the characters I’ve read before. Let me try to clarify. She isn’t depicted as this adorable, innocent, damsel in distress who catches the eye of some billionaire, who falls in love with her at first sight…because let’s be real, does that really happen? (Only in books *wink*). She’s real. She, like MANY others before her, heck like many of the people around her, are living their lives day by day. She is living with the cards that were dealt to her in life…and by living I mean she’s on the fast track to no return. But I kept rooting for her to prevail! And I realized, I can’t NOT like this character, she is so relatable, even to me. I think that is why it was hard to like her in the beginning parts of the book.
Live and learn comes to mind with this book. THANKFULLY we get to see Mercy’s character grow and bloom into this amazing person. Her journey was a painful one to read, but she lived and she learned and is happy with her life. I don’t want to say much more, in case of giving too many spoilers, but I would highly recommend reading this book…especially if you’ve already read the first books in the Just One Night series. Kyra Davis did a phenomenal job of depicting a self-destructive lifestyle and a complete reinvention even through many failures, but in the end a complete “resurrection” for Mercy Raye.
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