Review: One Night More by Mandy Baxter

Posted November 8, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: One Night More by Mandy Baxter
One Night More

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Series: #1 US Marshals
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Zebra Books
Released on September 2, 2014
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

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This was a case of getting grabsie because I saw it was about a US Marshal and was in the mood for some romantic suspense. I hadn’t read the author’s works before under any of her pen names and this was a new series so it seemed a good place to start. I would love to say that I found it a wonderful or even just a pleasant experience, but unfortunately, it got me worked up and not in a good way. I’ll get to that all later, but first I’ll summarize the story.

The story opens with Galen going out to the bar with his fellow US Marshal and buddy, Landon, to celebrate his graduation from a special elite marshal training he passed and getting picked for a prestigious security detail in Paris. While they’re enjoying their drinks, Galen spies a beautiful woman right as a sleaze bag drops a pill into her drink. He turns into the hero of the hour when he prevents her from drinking the drugged liquor and captures the guy. After a little flirtation, he ends up going back to her place for a truly memorable night of sexy times. In the morning, he gets a look at a line of texts from ‘Chris’ acting very boyfriendish and realizes that he slept with a cheater. He sneaks off angry and hurt.

Harper is a geek for Superheroes and dreams of being a star political reporter. She has her job at a big Portland newspaper and is on the hunt to discover what the ‘honest’ Senator Ellis is hiding. If, on occasion, she painfully remembers the one hot night she spent with her mystery man and wonders yet again what she did to drive him to leave with no word, it’s probably good that she is so focused on her work because she just knows no other guy will compare. It is after an attempt to snare Ellis for an interview in his parking garage only to witness him gunned down that she meets her mystery man in a startling way- he’s the US Marshal assigned to protect her, the witness. He also seems oblivious that they even met which wounds her enough to throw caution to the wind and turn into a hostile witness.

Galen is sent reeling at the sight of Harper, but he pulls it together in front of his boss. He can’t help how hard he is on her when she turns into a brat and refuses to cooperate with the safety measures going so far as to do a runner refusing to see the danger.   Meanwhile, the FBI agent in charge of the case has a hard on that Harper is involved in Ellis’ death and someone is still out there willing to do murder to protect their secrets. Galen and Harper spend the next several days circling each other both still attracted, but both still hurt.

Okay…sigh…this book started out so good with that opening scene and the subsequent trouble caused by the misunderstood text messages, but then it went downhill fast for me. I ran up against two big issues for me: Harper’s personality and behavior and not being able to suspend belief that a rookie political journalist and a well-trained US Marshal would behave this way even in fiction.

Okay, I’ll start with the disbelief. Honestly, Harper and Galen took turns pulling stuff that I just couldn’t believe people in their positions would do. If the villain hadn’t also been inept considering his background and training then she would have been dead so many times over with Galen right beside her. It grew to the point where I sat there and made a game of all the things in the scene that were a problem and I only have my knowledge from fiction books, TV and movies. This weakened the story for me. And their ‘we met as strangers in a bar jumped into bed with no promises’, but then both spending most of the book acting hurt and betrayed had me scratching my head. I know fiction relationships happen quicker and deeper, but my stars!

But the bigger issue for me was Harper. *deep breath* The first scene in the Marshals’ office left me with my jaw hanging. I haven’t seen a heroine act so immature, spoilt, selfish and- I need to stop. You get the idea. She is one of the stupidest heroines I’ve encountered in a while. She witnessed a political murder with the murderer actually getting her voice recorder before being driven away by people arriving on the scene. He later uses the recorder to send her messages with it to remind her that he has her in his crosshairs, but she’s all ‘It didn’t all go down that way if I just pretend it never happened (ostrich/sand). I need my normal life. I will work. I will live at home with the flimsy little locks and my blinds wide open. I will runoff from my protectors every chance I get particularly if I get a donut craving.’ Then throughout the book, she hides evidence from the investigators because she, of course, can investigate better than any people professionally trained to do so. She constantly pushes and questions Galen’s security measures and even plans to seduce him to do one of her runners even after realizing she really cares for him. He’ll lose his career and maybe get prosecuted right along beside her, but if they survive and then get caught obstructing justice at least she can claim to care for him. Who lets their best friend come over to their home just to chit chat and push your point with the nice Marshals that you are in charge when you know you are a target and may now have just made someone think your bestie now knows what you know? Then later bullnosing her way with Galen to take her to a meeting with another person involved in the case then insisting on going in unguarded when– surprise, shots are fired and Galen took one for her to protect her. Oh and now she’s going to come clean about all the evidence, but right before that she’s got to smart off at the man (she claims to love) she endangered just because he might feel a teensy bit upset about being used and lied to and might lose his career for you. Oh and the grand finale scene? Shouldn’t have been necessary, but you see, she wasn’t done going for the stupid moves. Ugh! Why did I even stick with this girl’s story? Because I was totally waiting for her to grow the heck up. Didn’t happen.

Now it wasn’t total misery for me. I did enjoy the suspense of learning why the Senator was killed and who was behind it. They were pretty scorching together as a couple too. I also think the idea of a series about US Marshals and learning about what they do is fascinating. Landon was a fun secondary character and his story is next. I might pick it up just to see if a change in heroine will make a difference.

In the end, I had troubles with this one, but I think others that enjoy mild romantic suspense might want to try it.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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20 responses to “Review: One Night More by Mandy Baxter

    • That’s what’s cool about books. They can give each person their own separate experience. I can sometimes look past authenticity if I’m captured by another aspect of the story, but then the heroine’s activities got my underwear in a knot. I know quite a few that liked or even loved this one so it seems to get a variety of responses.

  1. Oh my gosh. No way. I would not be able to deal with the heroine. I cannot stand when they do stupid stuff like that and refuse to see the danger or be reasonable about their own safety. No way. Thanks Sophia. I actually had this on my tbr pile and oh it would have had me up in arms I’m pretty sure. Whew!

    • Yeah, it wasn’t even a little bit funny, sassy or sexy to me which might have been the force behind her being written like that. Too many RS, thrillers, cop shows, etc to let her behavior and his actions pass. All I could think was ‘she’s going to get them all killed’ and ‘don’t let a witness dictate terms- you’re the trained man in charge’ or if all else fails ‘turn her over your knee and blister that butt’.

      • Bwahaha I think that at them too sometimes. My read from yesterday was great but oh a stubborn heroine (still loved her though) and there were a couple scenes I kept wanting to yell go all cave man on her! Toss her over your shoulder! A spanking is in order. lol

        • We’re such violent types, aren’t we? I’m not into Domestic Discipline as a lifestyle, but when someone is being stupid-stubborn and its life and death situation, I can be persuaded. Glad your heroine had some likableness to go with her stubborn.

            • Oh yes, passionate. Much more cleaned up and presentable word that won’t send people running from me. And I’m one of the calmer members of my Italian family. LOL! But you, you don’t stand a chance with that blend going. Haha!

  2. RO

    Yikes! Based on your review, which was quite informative by the way, I’m going to have to pass on this one. My pile is already large enough without adding books with shaky plots. (lol) Love your sense of humor and keep doing what you do! Hugs…

    • Hi RO! Nice of you to drop by and read my review. I know many who enjoy this one, but it had some elements that flagged for me and I just couldn’t. Thanks for the lovely compliment. I’ll have to come on over and visit your blog too.

      • RO

        I know I probably shouldn’t put a lot of emphasis on reviews, but if it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck and sounds like like a duck (lol), dang it, it must be a duck! Be blessed and thanks for visiting! Hugs…

  3. It is fun to be exposed and learn about professions (unknown to self) through stories. I’ve seen US Marshalls in action through films but do not really know the nitty gritty of what they do.