One Night by A.J. Pine
Release Date: April 21st 2015 by InterMix
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Only You #1
What I love about A.J. Pine’s work is that she seems to stray away from the genre norm. Although I’ve probably read different versions of this story, she still manages give her own take that is both familiar and refreshing.
One Night is one of those books that boasts a secret, but it won’t tell you what it is. Upon reading, you’ll be confused on why our narrator, Jess, is the way she is. She sleeps with random men because she fears commitment; but what instilled that fear into her mind? She keeps everyone at an arm’s length, but why? Well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself. I wasn’t particularly fond of Jess’s character mainly because of how pathetic she seems to always be throughout the novel. It’s like there’s a permanent rain cloud suspended over head the whole time.
Adam, on the other hand, was a darling. Though not the most memorable love interest out there, he certainly is one of the better ones. I love the banter between them and how it eventually blossomed to flirting and then — to love. I thought the build was excellently done, and I’m also glad Pine didn’t take the instalove route. With Adam being a hotshot basketball player, you’d already see those red flags.
There’s also an interesting set of minor characters. My favourite was Zoe – Jess’s roommate. I loved her spunky personality and just the way she handles situations differently. She seems like a good person to be around in real life. I also liked Regan – who was like the thirteen year-old version of Zoe. She gets my sassy approval.
As far as the story is concerned, I noticed it was lacking the quirkiness (YO!) I enjoyed in Pine’s other novels, If Only and What If. But I think the maturity of One Night is what makes up for that loss. This book is certainly way up there in the NA shelf. I highly recommend this book and this amazing author.