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From bed to baby to...bliss?A chance encounter. A steamy night together. That's all Rhys Walker signs on for when Charlotte "Charlie" Long sashays across his path. Sure, maybe he catches a glimpse of forever in her eyes. But the brush-off note the gorgeous brunette leaves the next morning says it all, doesn't it? Time to move on.Rhys never expects that moving on actually mFrom bed to baby to...bliss?A chance encounter. A steamy night together. That's all Rhys Walker signs on for when Charlotte "Charlie" Long sashays across his path. Sure, maybe he catches a glimpse of forever in her eyes. But the brush-off note the gorgeous brunette leaves the next morning says it all, doesn't it? Time to move on.Rhys never expects that moving on actually means reconnecting with Charlie. Or that her big news changes everything. Becoming a father now, under these circumstances, never factored into his plans. Yet he's not as upset as he thought. Because now he has the opportunity to explore that glimpse of forever...and turn it into reality....

Title : More Than One Night
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ISBN : 9780373717651
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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More Than One Night Reviews

  • MBR
    2019-03-24 03:34

    Another winner by Sarah Mayberry.Trust Sarah Mayberry to take a plot that has practically been done to death in the world of romance and still give readers a story that is worth remembering. In my eyes, Sarah Mayberry is one of the few authors in the contemporary romance genre who can do no wrong. Each and every single story that I have read from her has always been memorable, and her latest release is no exception to the rule.32 year old Charlotte (Charlie) Long leaves the army after 14 long years of service and is trying to find her place in civilian life. Her best friend Gina sees a cause for celebration her first night back and that is how she crosses paths with the handsome, charming and sexy Rhys Andrew Walker, who himself is celebrating the successful sealing of a business deal that means the world to him. Driven, determined and ambitious is what Rhys is all about, and when he sees Charlie and the spark and connection between them is an immediate and instantaneous one, Rhys convinces Charlie to indulge with him in one night of decadent passion.However for Charlie, the light of the morning brings forth with a vengeance the insecurities that had been kept at bay in the darkness of the night and Charlie slips away, believing deep in her heart that someone as sinfully good looking as Rhys would never give her the time of the day. Eight weeks later the story continues, Charlie slowly and surely finding her footing in the uncertain waters that is civilian life. And then comes the scariest revelation of her life; that she is pregnant with Rhys’s baby.More than One Night is a story that stands true to the remarkable talent that Sarah Mayberry shows whenever she puts pen to paper to create her vivid cast of characters and emotions that practically seeps through the pages. And in More than One Night I found a story that nearly had me in tears, a relationship that when it unfolded had me holding my breathe in just to see how Rhys and Charlie make their way through a situation fraught with the unknown and emotions that neither of them had never felt before.Charlie is one of the most complex heroines I have encountered in the fact that she has so much pain and feelings of insecurity buried so deep inside of her. As a child, Charlie had learnt early on to keep her emotions in check, to show a calm and controlled front to the rest of the world. Having never received love or affection from her father, Charlie had set out to join the military as the last attempt at winning over his affections. But even that had not turned out as she had thought it would though the military had given her a sense of belonging she hadn’t ever felt before.The pivotal moment in the story during which Charlie came out with all the fears and insecurities that had been bottled up deep inside of her for a lifetime, I seriously found myself with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat the size of a roadblock that refused to go away no matter how hard I tried. And I am not one to cry easily either at movies or over a book, and the fact that Charlie’s character invoked so much emotion from me surprised me all in a good way. Needless to say, I loved Charlie, her straightforward and pragmatic manner, her loyalty, the way she wants to do the right thing above everything else and the way she faces whatever challenge that she comes across with a strength and determination that astounded me at times.It is a rare circumstance for me to gush about a heroine in a book and totally forget about the hero. Rhys’s character was what made everything deep inside of Charlie better and stronger in the end. Rhys is the type of man who focuses on what he wants, goes after it and succeeds in his attempts to win over the goals he sets in his life. But all those things that had seemed so important to him before suddenly takes a backseat when he discovers he is going to be a father, a news that has him reeling at first. But slowly and surely, Rhys finds that becoming a father with Charlie in the picture is exactly what he wants and needs, if only he could convince Charlie to let go, to trust in him and their newfound love for one another.It was a thing of beauty to witness the phases that Charlie goes through in order to come out the triumphant one in the end. Rhys works his brand of magic on her, like a soothing salve on those wounds that had festered away for far too long. As I said before, the emotional impact of the story is one that completely sucker punched me, from the sexually charged scenes to the beautiful proposal at the end that had me smiling through all the emotions that had bombarded me from all corners for the better half of the story.If you want a story that would completely draw you in, characters that feel real, and go through honest emotions to come out winners with a love that is that much more beautiful because of the journey they take towards the ultimate happily ever after, this one’s for you. Rating=5/5 Original review posted onMBR's Realm of Romance

  • Saly
    2019-03-11 03:29

    Rating 3.25This was not my favorite Mayberry mainly because her others have been so good that I had huge expectations and living upto them became impossible, whatever the reason even though I enjoyed this there was a but attached to it.For a long time I felt nothing happened on the romantic front, though of course it was natural, these two were strangers who now had a baby on the way and getting to know each other and becoming comfortable around each other takes time but I don't know I wanted things to progress at a much faster pace especially I wanted the heroine to see how special she was.When the book opens the hero has just won a huge account and goes to celebrate. The hero comes from a big family but he has always had a lot of ambition so he struck out on his own and left his secure job. The heroine has just left the army after fourteen years of service and somehow these two strike sparks of each other and spend the night together, but the next morning the heroine runs, you see she has issues over how she looks and thinks it was the make-up which led to a spectacular night.Almost two months later she is settling in her new life when she finds out she is pregnant. I found the reactions of the hero and heroine to the pregnancy real, their life and plans had been disrupted and after some intial anger both of them kind of warmed up to the idea.The hero started envisioning a new life while the heroine had a lot of baggage that made her wary. She grew up without a mother(she died giving birth) and a father who was cold, so she learned to cope the best way she could by not expecting much.I enjoyed the book but wished things had gone faster.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-03-13 03:39

    I've been binging on Mayberry's "Super Romance" novels, lately, because they're just so very good—or at least what I'm in the mood for right now. This one is an excellent example of the type. The protagonists generally have some handicap—some large, emotionally devastating event or circumstance that gets in the way of forming a lasting connection with, well, anyone, generally (let alone the other protagonist). You'd think that, in this one, that would be the unexpected pregnancy. Fortunately, not so. Indeed, that serves as a unifying factor for the two as they come together for the sake of the eventual child.What Mayberry does so excruciatingly well is show how the "broken" of the characters serves to bring them closer together—not through anything hokey, either, but through natural growth and choice and, well, love. This book is a great example as Charlie learns to accept herself as loveable not just because Rhys shows his love for her but because she moves beyond the callus upbringing that has convinced her of her lack of worth. That journey was fantastic and made better by the inclusion of the very delectable Rhys.A note about Steamy: About average for Mayberry. Which is on the high side of my own tolerance with very long sex scenes, though generally only a few of them present.

  • Ridley
    2019-02-23 06:32

    Just some quick thoughts while I mull my review:- Loved the characters. The plot may be a Harlequin staple, but the two leads reacted to the events with pitch-perfect realism and honesty. They had weak moments to go with their heroic ones.- Cleverly written as any Mayberry book. I enjoyed the bit of Chekhov's Gun with that box from her father. Well done.- I don't know if I enjoyed the romantic conflict, but it suited the heroine's character. I wanted her to be more confident and fucking snap out of it, but not everyone can be perfect like me.- This was in 5-star territory, but parts of the ending bothered me. Making a grand gesture at a large party to an insecure, anxiety-prone, private woman like Charlie seemed to suit genre conventions more than this particular book and its characters. Also, I would have liked it if there was some mention of Charlie getting help for her problems besides hugs and good sex. She did that with the epilogue to One Good Reason and I thought that made the book, honestly.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-02 06:19

    More Than One Night3 StarsAfter sharing one night of passion, Rhys Walker and Charlie Long never plan on crossing paths again. However, it soon turns out that their one night stand has some more serious consequences, and Rhys and Charlie will have to get to know one another better and more quickly than they originally thought…A common enough story about unplanned pregnancy between strangers who then get to know one another and fall in love.The problem is that Rhys and Charlie’s chemistry is rather lackluster and neither is particularly appealing. Rhys’s reaction to Charlie’s bombshell leaves much to be desired and places him firmly in the anti-hottie harem category. Charlie’s low self-esteem and lack of self-worth is irritating. Why should the reader think well of a character if she cannot think well of herself?All in all, an OK story but their romance is not believable.

  • Holly
    2019-03-11 05:49

    This was such an excellent read. I loved how real the actions and reactions of the characters were. The awkward first meeting between heroine and his family, the uncertain feelings about impending parenthood on both sides, etc. I especially loved the friendship between the heroine and her best friend. It was spot on for a real life friendship. Sadly, we don't see strong female friendships often enough in romance. THe heroine's lack of self-esteem was sad and started to grate on my nerves toward the end. But watching her accept herself was heartwarming. Overall a stellar read. Mayberry delivers again.

  • Lyuda
    2019-03-04 05:23

    Sarah Mayberry writing is marvelous and the depth of characterization is surprisingly multi-layered for HP books. The author can make a worn out and tired plot seems exciting and new. This is true for this story as well. Two people who had one-night stand that resulted in unwanted pregnancy have been done numerous times. But the strength and goodness of characters, the sizzling chemistry, the delightful dialog, the realism of the story set it above many. I especially enjoyed a portrayal of the heroine who is strong and direct but also shy and vulnerable. Well done!

  • Penny Watson
    2019-03-23 03:38

    Super quickie review...I LOVED this one! It's a terrific Harly about an unplanned pregnancy (of course!) but it's not your average, generic Harly. The story was surprisingly sweet and emotional and genuine. I may have teared up at the end, but since there's no photographic evidence, I'll never admit it!Grade: A

  • ShoSho
    2019-03-06 03:29

    I love this author and this was an (almost) easy read.

  • Elli
    2019-03-06 04:22

    I laughed, I cried - fantastic, as usual!

  • Tina
    2019-03-20 03:38

    Charlie Long has just entered civilian life after serving in the military for fifteen years. She is a little nervous as the military units she served with she had thought of as family. Her biological family consisted only of an emotionally distant father who is now dead. Her mother died birthing Charlie.This background has a profound effect on Charlie as we learn in the course of the story. She has never been the recipient of unconditional love and therefore a) doesn't quite know how to receive it or b) doesn't believe she is somehow worthy of it.During a celebration with her best friend, Charlie meets the handsome charming Rhys Walker. He is her opposite in almost every way. He is very comfortable in his skin, he is drop dead gorgeous, and he comes from a big, rambunctiously loving family. Through a haze of good feeling, fueled by the effects of alcohol she and Rhys have a great one night stand full of awesome sexy times. But the morning brings back her crushing insecurities and Charlie sneaks out, determined to write that chapter of her life off.But 8 weeks later she is confronted with the realities with the (small) condom failure rate. She must now contact Rhys to let him know he is going to be a father.There is a scene early in the book when Charlie is about to take the pregnancy test in the presence of her best friend Gina. The whole scene, including the dialogue between the two women and the thought processes of Charlie were stellar. There are many occasions when one reads books where dialogue feels very theatrical. Not necessarily something someone would say in real life but something that sounds right in the course of a book or movie narrative. This scene struck me because the conversation between Gina and Charlie felt like just that...a conversation. I must say everyone should have a best friend like Gina who will come over in the middle of the night -- no questions asked -- still in her jammies because she has predicted you will freak out.I also love the fact that the author allowed Charlie to consider her various options without judgment or condemnation. Charlie does make a point to think about her options because she is an ex-soldier with no family who is still adjusting to civilian life. She is also in some a ways a somewhat emotionally underdeveloped person because of the way she was brought up. Of course this is a harlequin romance so the outcome is never in doubt, but I loved the acknowledgment that realistically some women will do the weighing.The book also allows Rhys' POV which allows the reader to sympathize with his immediate reaction. Charlies does leave him and her leaving could be construed as insensitive. Of course Rhys is not privy to Charlie's insecurities so his reactions to her can also be construed as being insensitive. I also thought the author struck the right tone with Rhys. He was unprepared and wasn't able to filter and his initial reaction was not the greatest...but it wasn't overly cruel or bad either. It felt human.As the book goes on, Rhys and Charlie begin to try to build a relationship of sorts in order to parent their child. In that time Rhys begins to understand what make Charlie tick and starts to react to her accordingly. I thought the play-out of the relationship was paced well and also made logical sense. Rhys slowly falls in love with Charlie and he has the easier path because he is very confident in feeling emotions. He has a strong foundation for it. He understands that Charlie hasn't so he does the best thing he can to gain her trust and that is to simply 'be'.There is another great scene at the end of the book where previously isolated Charlie, looks around a room full of people and realizes that she has made friends, connections, created a family and that everyone actually did love her. It was a powerful moment and it signalled that Charlie had finally conquered some of her insecurities.Another great book by Sarah Mayberry.

  • Alex
    2019-03-11 09:38

    Sarah Mayberry is such a breath of fresh air. She's a long, deep sigh for a girl like me. A girl who loves her contemporary romances even if there are no car crashes, bad guys or epic plot twists. The times when I just want engaging characters going through lovely, painful, everyday things in a way that feels like a favorite song. Sarah Mayberry books have done that for me now every single time. I have shelves and shelves of these kinds of books, and sometimes I like them, and sometimes I love them, and sometimes I get distracted by the forced trying. The Revel in Her Quirkiness. The Here Comes the Crazy Family schtick. I see it coming, and I smile and sigh, and I hope for something memorable. Something to make this seemingly simple story More. Sarah Mayberry does that. She does it with her characters in a way that does away with shticks, and instead it's just Charlie, the woman who just got out of the army and is so self-contained and earnest and I was dying for her. I wanted so much for Charlie Long. I wanted the moon, and I wanted Rhys to just give it to her. Hot, tall, charming and forever aiming for that plush apartment Rhys to figure it all out so he could make Charlie happy. It was this immediate coming together for them and then shit got complicated, and you'd think the one night stand into a baby plot would be BAH, but damn it, they ran with it. I was in love with the way they got through it, and the chemistry, the charm and the worry and his family? All of it. All of it was such a great, hushed and human story. This would have been a bucket of understated but so damn good stars if IT HADN'T ENDED WHERE IT HAD. I just KNEW there had to be an epilogue. I mean, COME ON. But, alas no. I didn't get to see them become parents and I'm a little desperately sad over this. Still.

  • Akanksha❤ Søren♰
    2019-03-08 02:27

    Just re-read this book after TWO YEARS!!Loved it :DThe plot of this book is soooo good, after I read it back in '12; it kept playing in my head but I couldn't remember the name of the book [I suck with names] and at last someone from GR helped me out by giving me the name so I could re-read it and my mind could be at peace!! :D

  • Ami
    2019-03-12 03:41

    Charlotte "Charlie" Long has been a military woman for the past 14 years. On the night of celebration of starting her life as civilian, a chance encounter puts her on the path of Rhys Walker, a gorgeous I.T businessman. It leads to a beautiful one night. But Charlie knows that she is not exactly the type of woman that Rhys associated to, so she walks out on him. Two months later, Charlie finds out that she's pregnant and she feels Rhys has the right to know. Becoming a father is not exactly what Rhys has planned out under the circumstances. So could two people who get reconnected because of their responsibility of a child can move into something more? -----------I think, nowadays, I can count on Sarah Mayberry when I'm in the mood for contemporary (male/female) romance. She hasn't let me down and all of her books that I have read so far always strike gold.What I love the most from Sarah Mayberry's stories is the depth of her characters. The one-night-stand-result-in-pregnancy plot is one of the most commonly written (as well as one of my favorites, actually. I love anything related to babies and children)and yet she still able to make it enjoyable.Charlie suffers from lack of confidence in terms of her look. She believes that she is too plain, too ordinary, and a girl like her, in reality should never able to catch a guy like Rhys. That one night stand is a result of change in make-up and how she dress, thanks to her friend, Gina. But in the morning, she is 'slapped' by the reality and that's why she decides to walk away. Charlie's points of views of herself roots on the abandonment on her father. Charlie's mother died on birth and her father was an army guy who didn't know how to deal with a daughter. Charlie learned that she should think of what bad things could happen, since wishing for good things can lead to rejection.And her characterization stays throughout the story. She doesn't suddenly change into a woman with eyes only on Rhys. Her strength and insecurities draw me to her completely. Rhys, on the other hand, comes from a big, loud family. He never suffers from lack of love. His strength is his determination to achieve what he wants. He will find a way to make it comes true. Of course, with Charlie, it's all different. Charlie is not like any other girl that Rhys had relationship before.So the two people learn their way into love. And while this book uses the template of sex on around 20% mark and then later around on 80% mark (I read that somewhere, that is sort of the template of Harlequin stories. Don't know if it's true *grin*) -- but the middle part is convincingly lead to the happily ever after. I LOVE their path to that. Let's just say when it comes to the big P ((view spoiler)[yes, proposal (hide spoiler)]), I can only sigh in deep satisfaction.Secondary characters, in form of Charlie's best friend, Gina, and Rhys's family members are also wonderful. So, another winner ... and Ms. Mayberry continues to satisfy me.

  • Rachna R
    2019-03-15 09:34

    3.5 stars - I actually read this in one night but I'm recording it as the next day because when I finished it was 2.30 a.m. and I was sitting in the dark waiting for my phone to charge enough that it wouldn't die when I needed the alarm in the morning and also I was tearing up badly for no reason. it's cool! i'm fine. i'm cool.liked this a whole lot. I wish it'd been better developed - the last chapter being 2-3 times the length of the average chapter in the book is a little bit of a warning sign that the relationship itself wouldn't be given as much screentime as I'd wanted it to have, and ultimately it felt a little too fast for me to give it the solid 4 I would've given it the moment I'd finished it. but there were little things about the 'ship that I loved, especially because I could see how those little things could develop into things that would make them really, really happy in the future, and that made me really pleased: the knowledge that even when we're not getting as much time with the 'ship as I would've wanted, Mayberry's paving out and laying a foundation for a 'ship that will definitely, definitely last. Finally - the name Rhys, the description of having darker skin, and the fact that I'd seen a bunch of Riz Ahmed photos made me picture Riz Ahmed as the dude lead pretty much the whole time, and it was very beautiful. I highly recommend it.ETA: Reread this in 2017, as I've done every year since I first read it, and I've revised this rating up from 3 stars - this is a fucking solid 4.5 to me at this point. I have to say, I really fucking love Charlie. Like, I keep saying I don't know how much I like 'look at this sad, closed off character' books, but I think Charlie's my favourite version of that trope - this despite Mayberry not particularly changing anything up about it? I just adore the way it's framed - not as a problem to be Solved By Love, but something she has to reason with, if that makes sense. And the adoration that comes her way from multiple characters throughout the book feels incredibly right to me - she's wonderful and so lovable but also so reasonably hard to get through to. Realistic and incredibly affecting, as always.I also decided she was East Asian in my reread last year so I just created an Asian-Australian romance in my head like a loser.

  • babyfishmouth
    2019-03-04 08:26

    Wow. This was a great book. Normally when I read category romances, I can predict what the characters will do or say next as the plot moves along. Not so with this book. It was as if author threw away the Category Romance Decision Maker 2.0 Flow Chart and had the characters act like honest to goodness real people: flawed but doing the best they can and acting NORMAL. For example, when Charlie discovers she's pregnant, I was jumping ahead to how she was going to keep it secret from Rhys and what unexpected (and unlikely) way he'd discover the truth months or years later. But does my prediction come true?? No! Shocking. And I continued to be happily amazed through the rest of the book as every silly trope and stereotype I've grown so weary of in category romances was nimbly avoided. Even though Charlie wasn't my favorite character (she was just a bit to hard on herself throughout most of the book), I found myself rooting for her HEA. And Rhys was FABULOUS. Loved him and his family. Such a well-done book. Highly recommend.

  • Susan
    2019-03-17 06:24

    Good book. I really liked both Rhys and Charlie. I felt so bad for Charlie through most of the book. Her self-esteem was so low when it came to her personal life that she just couldn't see that someone like Rhys could truly be interested in her. When she found that she was pregnant, she knew she had to tell him. Once Rhys got over his initial shock and anger, he knew that he and Charlie had to learn to deal together for the sake of the baby. As they spent time together, getting to know each other, they found they had a lot in common. Rhys realized pretty quickly that Charlie had become an important part of his life. His biggest problem was that she kept pushing him away. It took awhile for him to realize why, and that he would have to have great patience to win her over. Meanwhile, Charlie couldn't believe that someone like Rhys really wanted to be with her. She kept waiting for everything to come to an end. It took a long time and some heart to heart talking from her friend Gina for her to understand that she deserved to be loved too.

  • Katie
    2019-03-05 09:22

    So a little bit ago, I started thinking I'd like to see what Sarah Mayberry did with an accidental pregnancy romance. Soon I discovered that not only had she written one, it was one I'd picked up for a $1 at Half-Price Books!Sadly, though, I didn't think it worked very well at all. The pacing was kind of off. I didn't really feel like the romance was earned. And the thing is, I really related to Charlie, that feeling of not being lovable, that men especially aren't interested in you. And there were some parts I liked. Her realization that there wasn't anything Rhys could do to make her fear go away, that she had to work on just accepting his love, was really good.But yeah. Ultimately, it was one of those books that has me flipping backwards though the book because I feel like I'm missing something.

  • Heidi Hart
    2019-03-04 08:39

    I appreciate Sarah Mayberry's ability to craft relatable, sympathetic characters without a lot of manufactured drama. She writes about regular people dealing with every day situations, and that is refreshing. In this book, Charlie is a heartbreakingly earnest woman at a crossroads: she never knew her mother, her emotionally distant father has just died, and she has just left military service after more than a decade and is embarking on life as a civilian in a new city. My frustration with Charlie is her total lack of self esteem which, while understandable given her history, was really maddening and, frankly, dull.

  • Grace
    2019-03-14 06:30

    Eh. This was mostly fine, but it just wasn't anywhere near as good as the other books I've read by Sarah Mayberry. I was ready to give it 3.5 stars until the public proposal though. I realize that's my projecting my own preferences, but . . . public proposals are a no for me. I don't like to read about them, unless I'm given very, very strong reasoning to assume that the main characters would want them. And even then probably not.

  • Kj
    2019-02-26 05:45

    This was a really good contemporary romance. There were a few times that Charlie annoyed me in how she treated Rhys, but in the end I could understand why her character would act that way. Overall, I enjoyed the story. The surprise pregnancy plot was done well and I liked the evolution of their relationship.

  • Janga
    2019-03-25 10:40

    I don't generally like one-night-stand stories, but I loved this one. Sarah Mayberry has become an autobuy author for me, and I'm persuaded that she could take any of my taboo tropes and plots and make me enjoy every moment.

  • Melanie (Moviemavengal)
    2019-03-12 06:26

    Predictable plot, but enjoyable as all Sarah Mayberry's are. Nice twist that it's the heroine who's just out of the army, and I always love the Australian settings of her books.

  • Trewen
    2019-03-12 03:36

    4 1/2 starsWell done!

  • Kim
    2019-02-28 10:26

    Rhys and Charlie meet for a one night stand. But Charlie end up getting pregnant. Rhys and Charlie agreed to be friend and to get to know each other. But in the end Rhys and Charlie feel into love and were married.

  • TSN
    2019-03-23 09:46

    Eh, what can I say? I finished it?It wasn't horrible or anything, but hardly very interesting either.

  • Cathy
    2019-03-25 09:20

    Charlie Long had just finished a career in the Army and began her civilian life with a celebratory dinner and drinks with her best friend. Used to trying to blend in with her fellow man, her best friend helped Charlie enhance her feminine assets with makeup and clothes, something so foreign to her that she didn't believe she had what it took to attract a man's attention. This type of thought pattern is an insight to Charlie and we begin to see how she truly views herself. At first, I thought it would get annoying but the way Sarah Mayberry wrote Charlie actually made you feel bad for her. Sometimes, I wanted to shake her, but I could see how she got the way she was.At the insistence of her friend, Charlie was told to walk the restaurant and see who turned to admire her. While doing so, she accidentally bumped into the H, Rhys Walker, who also happened to be out celebrating with his company after landing a huge account. She spills his wine on him, they flirt, and are immediately drawn to each other. They decide to take the celebration back to his place and get to know each other in a biblical sense. I think you know where this is going. The morning after, she sees her makeup-stained-highly-tumbled-morning-after-being-drunk face and panics, insecurities set in, writes him a note, and dashes off, much to his disappointment. 2 months later, she realizes she's prego and tracks him down. By this time, she's reverted back to her old look and he barely recognizes her, confirming her reasons for dashing and reinforcing her lack of confidence.I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Charlie was outwardly calm, cool, and controlled, not from confidence but from a lifetime of viewing emotions as a weakness, first drilled in by her military father and then the 14 years she spent in the Army. Being contained worked for her and was all she knew up until this point. She grew up feeling unloved or unable to be loved and she lacked the confidence that she could attract anyone. Rhys was the middle child in a loud and opinionated family of seven. Always having to share and sacrifice, he was the last to have a family of his own. He had dreams of being wealthy, having a beautiful penthouse, and living the posh bachelor life. He lived with secondhand furniture and older cars because when he DID decide to make that leap, he wanted the best. For example, he didn't want to just live in a nice building. He wanted the best in that building. So he held off, saved, and had everything lined up until Charlie showed up at his company and shared her news. His initial reaction was less than gentlemanly and it hurt to read it. But it was understandable. You could really sympathize with his position. Most of the time, when I read h with image issues, I have a finite amount of patience. But Charlie's was so deep rooted that I am satisfied that it DID manifest when it did because it was that much more real. Rhys' reactions were also real and flawed and human. I enjoy books where the main characters aren't perfect and the road in their relationship is rough and rocky. I could definitely feel the pain and disappointments from both characters and understand each one's issues with sympathy rather than impatience. I especially enjoyed how Charlie and Rhys kept trying to figure each other out both directly and indirectly. There were parts in this book that had me in tears. Charlie was probably one of the more likeable characters I've come across and to see her in all her goodness be in such pain was so heartbreaking. Her issues were so real, not because of a singular incident but from a lifetime of loneliness and detachment. I loved how Rhys could see her walls and continued to try to break through them, all the while learning a few lessons of his own along the way. He became the constant in her life that she needed to get through some of her roadblocks and she became his best everything.

  • ellymate
    2019-03-12 10:33

    This is the first book from Sarah Mayberry that let me down a little, very unexpected, but i just waited to finish it because i couldn't take it anymore...The story starts really promising, very well, captivating, everything goes smoothly up until after the bomb of the pregnancy fell. Charlie feel like a multi-personality character from my point of view, i get the drama of her childhood and the emotions or better said, lack of emotions, but i believe things were taken to extreme. She's either hot and knowing what she wants, either running and not facing the world, not even listening or trying to pay attention, but burring herself in self pity and denial. As for Rhys, way too understanding, but his character i guess it was much better. The poor guy tries...I liked to see that the action happens in several months, but slow and at the end rushed, way too emotional which doesn't seem to fit well with Charlie character. (I know the author tried to open her up in from of the colorful palette of emotions, but it still didn't fit the image) Still, the story has some serious moments filled with deep feelings; this particular trace i like about Sarah, how she manages to place some real emotional situations in her books. So kudos to those moments, otherwise ... something i read that will not count as much as her other books.

  • Dabney
    2019-03-12 02:32

    Dear Ms. Mayberry,It’s always a delight to read your books. Your characters are interesting, multifaceted, (reasonably) ordinary men and women; your plots are touching without being tawdry; your love stories convincing and sexy. More Than One Night isn’t my favorite of your books—I had trouble with the heroine—but was an enjoyable novel and one I’d recommend to any contemporary romance reader.Charlie (Charlotte) Long, is at 32, out of the Australian army after fourteen years, and ready to begin the rest of her life. On her first night of “freedom,” she and her friend Gina open a bottle of champagne and Gina toasts Charlie, saying,“To the rest of your life. To having a home that’s all yours. To meeting a guy who doesn’t know how to field strip a Steyr F88 rifle and who isn’t going to ship out when things start getting good. And to never, ever having to wear khaki again.”Gina’s been out of the army for a couple of years, has a good job, a sweet little house—Charlie is staying in her spare room—and loves civilian life. Charlie too is happy to move on and yet she’s anxious.“She’d die before she admitted it to anyone, but rather than being excited by all the choices and possibilities that lay ahead of her, she was feeling more than a little overwhelmed.”She’s got a nice place to live, she’s building up a business as a web designer, she has a fabulous friend—we all need a Gina in our lives–, but she’s quietly terrified. She tells herselfStop freaking out. You can do this. How hard can it be? You find an apartment. You buy some furniture. You start a life. It’s not rocket science. It only felt like it.Charlie, despite having been a very successful communications engineer with the Royal Australia Corps of Sigs, doesn’t have a lot of confidence. Oh she knows there are things she does well—she’s organized, intelligent, and ethical—but she sees herself as ordinary, plain old Charlie. And when I say plain, I mean unattractive, unsexy, and, in general, uninteresting to men. She’s never been in love, most of her sexual encounters have been awkward, her mirror is not her friend. Gina’s told her she’s crazy, that Charlie is lovely. But Charlie can’t believe it—really, Charlie won’t believe it. She’s sure she’s, to use a phrase from my grandmother, not much to look at.To read the rest of this review, visit Dear Author:http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/ov...

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-08 07:48

    Another delightful book from one of my favorite contemporary romance novelists, Sarah Mayberry. What made this book stand out for me is that almost every aspect of the plot and the way the heroine thinks, feels, and acts felt so real. Many readers (at least the single female ones) could read this book and repeatedly tell themselves, “Yep, I could see doing something like that. Yep, that’s how I’d react.” The book begins with our heroine, Charlie, going out for a night on the town with a close girl friend to celebrate getting out of the military. Although she’s got a lot of quiet confidence in her abilities, she doesn’t think of herself as the type men in bars would even notice. Her friend Gina dresses her up, and boy do the men notice. Charlie trips and spills wine on a gorgeous man. She turns down his offer for a drink, but later seeks him out at the end of the night. They end up going home together, but Charlie leaves before she wakes up because she fears once his beer goggles wear off, he’lll find her hideous. But two months later, Charlie finds out the condom failed. And, the rest of the story begins. Charlie wants to keep the baby, and Rhys (our hero) wants to help her raise it. In fact, he’s like to give a romance a try. But Charlie’s combination of pride and lack-of-self esteem won’t let that happen. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s consolation prize. As the book unfolds, she learns more about herself, how her relationship with her father shaped her attitudes toward men, and ultimately how her father loved her. Only then, does she realize she is a loveable gorgeous woman. The development and the plot unfolds nicely. (Some may complain her self-esteem re: her looks is too low, but I found it to be realistic) Perhaps the only downside is that Rhys is somewhat underdeveloped. He starts out a successful, rich guy and ends much the same. He tries so hard to win Charlie over, and when he finally thinks he’s failed only then does he try dating another woman (but fails miserably). Perhaps we could have gotten to know him better or see him grow a little more, but that would have made the book much longer. This book is about Charlie and I like it that way. Rated on my five star romance scale3/6/16 I just re-read this book and enjoyed it as much the second time around