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Just One Night by Carly Phillips

She’s the woman he can’t live without.
The one he can’t risk screwing up their relationship by sleeping with her.

Linc Kingston doesn’t accept anything less than perfection. Not in his billion-dollar business or in his personal life. He has it all. Except one thing. His personal assistant and best friend in his bed, moaning his name. No matter how much Linc wants her, she’s completely off-limits.

Jordan Greene grew up the daughter of the housekeeper at the Kingston estate, where she met and bonded with Linc at a young age, despite their economic differences. But no matter how close they are now or how much their attraction simmers beneath the surface, they’re still from two different worlds. Besides, Jordan isn’t about to risk losing her best friend for one sensual night.

Jordan might be the only woman who can handle Linc and his domineering, bossy attitude, but beneath that gruff exterior is a vulnerable man who, despite his wealth, has had a less-than-charmed life. And when Linc’s father dies, she’s there for him—unwavering in her friendship.

Until one night of passion and a positive pregnancy test changes everything.

Title:Just One Night
Author:Carly Phillips
Series:The Kingston Family (Book 1)
Pages:282
Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Friends to Lovers
Workplace Romance
Point of View:Third Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H&h)
Location:New York, US (and briefly Florida)
HEA:✔️
Release Date:20th April, 2021
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Classic Carly Phillips

I do so love Carly Phillips. She and her writing are a shot of happy, sexy romance that always hits the spot.

This book is the first in a new series following the Kingston Family. The family got name-checked in a previous book (Dare To Stay) and there is one cross-over character, but the book 100% stands alone. So if you’re new to Carly Phillips – you can definitely start with this book.

Two of my favourite tropes are mashed together in this story – best friends to lovers and workplace romance. Although, it’s probably more of the first. And Linc and Jordan are definitely best friends. They make a cute pairing as friends and I love how easy and familiar their relationship is. Having said that, the move into lovers seemed effortless and it was nice to find friends who take that step and then can suck it up after the fact, not wanting to lose the other by making a big deal of their time together. Even if we can easily see the pair are smitten with each other.

Jordan was a great character – a classic Phillips’ heroine. She’s smart, driven, sassy, sexy and fun. Yet she has very relatable issues and problems that make you love and root for her. While a large part of her reluctance to make her relationship with Linc something more is their difference in class – it was never overdone and neither Jordan nor the story created drama purely for the sake of drama.

“As always with Carly Phillips, she brings enough heat to burn down a forest.”

Linc, too, was a great character. He was strong, alpha and a bit of a hot head. I don’t mind that in a character. I also didn’t mind that he was something of a grump. In fact, it made me love him more! But despite my love of all things grumpy – I especially loved the fact that Jordan could calm Linc down when he was upset, angry and etc. It was like they each balanced the other out and I adore that in any couple.

As always with Carly Phillips, she brings enough heat to burn down a forest. She definitely gave me those wonderful, shiver-inducing butterflies in the stomach feelings whenever our characters got it on. Or even with just an innocent touch or a charged look. She’s the queen of the sizzle, after all.

I really enjoyed this story and I just flew through the story. With that said, I got extra giddy in the epilogue when the couple in the next book in the series are revealed. About half way through this book I totally called it and I cannot wait to read that story next. Carly Phillips is onto another winner with this series and I’m already in love with the Kingston family as a whole. 5 stars from me!

*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.

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The Kingston Family Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4

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