REVIEW: One Night by Debbie Macomber

Title: One Night
Author: Debbie Macomber
Format: eBook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: library
Published: August 1994 by HarperTorch

Love is on the air

Morning deejay Carrie Jamison spouts the quirky brand of comedy Kansas City loves to wake up to. She's skyrocketing in the ratings, and her quick wit has won her the admiration of everyone at KUTE radio—except Kyle Harris. A serious, no frills newscaster, Kyle disapproved of Carrie's antics, and isn't afraid to broadcast his feelings to her or anyone else. When the tension between them approaches a meltdown, the station manager delivers a shocking ultimatum: Carrie and Kyle must make nice or end up on the unemployment line.

With so much at stake, how hard could it be to give peace a chance? As they both open up to the possibility, they are startled to discover how simple it is. And, even more surprising, how quickly the warmth of friendship can flare into the splendors of love.

Why I Read this Book: I had only read one other book by this author, Hannah’s List (my review), and I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the developing love story. It was a heart felt read and I knew I wanted to read more by this author.

What I Liked: One Night was a fun and humorous read. I love reading romance novels where the romance starts of with tension between the hero and heroine. There was definitely some thick tension between Carrie and Kyle. They’re constantly bumping heads and just can’t seem to get along. But then it starts causing problems at the station they both work at so now they need to learn to get along or find new jobs.

Debbie Macomber totally caught me off guard and surprised the hell out of me with the steamy love scenes in this book! I’ve only read one other book by her and let me just say that the loves scenes, they were pretty much non-existent. I thought, okay, it’s not the author’s style to write steamy love scenes and I can appreciate that. After all, I read Nicholas Sparks’ novels and we know he doesn’t write out heated love scenes. But in One Night, Debbie Macomber spiced it up! I had to check the author of the book a few times to make sure that I was indeed reading a Debbie Macomber novel. No complaints, believe you me, just a bit surprising. Which makes me wonder, how many of her other novels also have steamy scenes? If you know of any, please let me know.

What I Didn’t Like: During an certain situation in the book, I thought to myself how do these people NOT have cell phones? I didn’t get it. I didn’t realize until I was typing up this review that this book was originally released in 1994 – before cell phones hit the population in the masses. Makes sense but it’s something I wish I had realized while I was reading the book because I just couldn’t get over it. I had thought this book was a newer release because I recently saw it at Target. The storyline definitely would have been different if there were cell phones in the picture.

You can’t tell by just reading the blurb but there’s a bit of mystery and suspense going on in this book. In a case like this, I wish there would have been at least a little bit of a hint of the mystery/suspense element in the blurb so I know what to expect because it felt like it came out of no where.

Overall Impression: One Night was a fun, light read that goes by fast. The book didn’t completely meet my expectations but I’m definitely intrigued enough to read more by Debbie Macomber.

The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 Frogs

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  1. Technology sure changes things, doesn't it?

  2. Great internet is so slow today so I forgot what my reply was meant to be while waiting. Sigh.

    So nice review then :9

  3. Debbie Macomber's older books do tend to have more steamy scenes, especailly the longer ones. The ones around 300 pages versus the 150-200 page ones just have more of those scenes. I love her books and have noticed a change in the years from when I started reading them, in the late 1990's to now. I can't recall if I have read this one or not, but I went through a phase where I read a lot of them! Thanks for the review. Hannah's List is still on my shelf waiting for me to get to.

  4. Jill - Thanks for letting me know. I will definitely check out her 'older' stuff.


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