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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One Night in Memphis by Allie Boniface

One Night in Memphis by Allie Boniface
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (207 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Wild Plum

Can anything really change in twenty-four hours? Can everything?

What if a woman, tired of bad choices and broken hearts, traveled a thousand miles to the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, and spent a night forgetting her past in the blues clubs of Beale Street? What if a man who lost his wife to cancer ventured to Beale Street’s social scene for the first time in over a year? And what if they met and realized love was still possible for them both?

Both Dakota James and Ethan Meriweather have given up on finding happiness in a relationship. When they meet in downtown Memphis, neither has romance on the brain. But as the evening unfolds, and small talk turns to the stuff of hopes, dreams, and shared loss, a kinship grows that neither expects.

Before the night is over, though, Dakota’s past will catch up with her in the form of a violent ex-boyfriend. As dawn approaches and tragedy threatens to tear Dakota and Ethan apart, both will have to make a snap decision that could change their lives—forever.

Allie Boniface has given us another terrific read. I thought One Night in Napa was a great read, but One Night In Memphis was exceptional. I got so lost in this story with the characters and the plot and the scenery. The emotion really tugged at me and drew me deep into the story.

Dakota and Ethan are both strong and independent and willful. They both have a specific outlook on life and they know what they want. But what happens when they want each other, but Dakota’s past catches up with her? Will Ethan stand by her side and fight for her? I really fell in love with these well-written characters. Dakota, as a woman, was easy to relate to her. You can feel what she feels, see what she sees. You want the best for these characters because by the end of the story you start to care about them. Ms. Boniface took a storyline and made it into a work of art.

She’s definitely an author you must read. And this is a book -- and a series -- you’ll want to read over and over again.