Title: One Night in Paris
Author: Adora Bell
Publication date: 2013
The thrilling follow-up to the top-selling ‘Front Man’! Fate brought Jack and Sara together; now will scandal rip them apart?
Jack Carter, front man with the hit band Compass, is haunted by the ghosts of his past. Now they threaten to ruin the life he’s made for himself. Yet there is one ray of hope for the troubled star…the girl who rocks his world. This sizzling series contains scenes of a very sexual nature and is intended for a mature audience.
Please Note: Front Man: One Night In Paris is the second part of a series. While it can be read as a stand-alone story, the parts are best enjoyed in order. This story is approx 15,000 words long.
I’m still trying to understand what most people find so appealing about romantic or erotic novels. I mean, I do get the love angle but love (or sex) is not the only thing in a person’s life and those novels tend to obsess with that. Maybe that is why I don’t read so much of them – they just leave me with a ‘That’s it?’ question at the end. Anyway, moving on.
One Night in Paris is the second installment of ‘Front Man’ series by Adora Bell. This one takes place a few months after the night Jack and Sarah spent together and the location is – you guessed it! – Paris. What I liked about the story is that it tried to go deeper into the lives of the two lovebirds. Sara has her own job she loves; Jake is on a tour and he loves it for the most part. Each is moving on yet clinging to the other. It kept me grounded and to be honest, it kept me interested since it made them more real. This same thing allowed me to go past the fact that Sara threw everything to fly to Paris for him without any backup plan. Or the fact that Jake is more emotionally unstable than a fourteen-year-old girl that just got her first kiss.
Another thing that bugged me is how Paris was described. Maybe I am biased but I spent over 10 days in Paris last year and there was not a single person that was nearly as mean as she described it. I get she needed the hostile environment and the chance for Jake to be the knight in shining armor but c’mon. Paris had many vices but you’ll rather find yourself relived of your money or phone that somebody being rude to you in your face. Authenticity is big on me when you’re using real people/places so this really put me off. If she had balanced good and bad then sure, I could have gone along with it but… yeah, did not like that.
There wasn’t much of a plotline in this part, unfortunately. The author seemed to rely on turbulent feelings and dangerous past to drive the story forward. Maybe that’s why it felt unfinished at the end.
I’m giving it 2/5 rating since there were some good moments there and I really loved the part where Sara stood up for herself and said she can’t just hit pause on her life. That was great, finally some common sense. But the rest was, well, meeh.
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on One Night in Paris?