Just One Night: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

Just One Night: A Sex, Love & Stiletto Novel

by Lauren Layne

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest . . . all night long.

Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex. Her articles in Stiletto magazine are the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But when Stiletto’s fiftieth anniversary issue requires her column to get a lot more personal, Riley is forced to confront a long-hidden secret: Her own sexual experience is limited to one awkward college encounter. Now Riley is about to call in the favor of a lifetime from the one man who’s always held her heart.

Sam Compton knows two things about Riley McKenna: She’s the only woman for him. But as his best friend’s little sister, she’s also completely off-limits. Sam shouldn’t even consider her proposition: to have a one-night stand in the name of research. But the thought of another man putting his hands on Riley is more than Sam can handle, and soon he’s agreeing to one night with New York’s resident sexpot. But Riley’s full of surprises, and what starts as “one time only” soon becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn firsthand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

Praise for Just One Night

“Sexy, sassy, and surprisingly sweet, Lauren Layne’s Just One Night is a total page-turner! The intimate scenes with Riley and Sam left me breathless and there was a lump in my throat at the end. A fabulous addition to the Sex, Love and Stiletto series!”New York Times bestselling author Donna Alward

“Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series is fun, sexy, and sharp as a spike heel.”USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox

Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford Novel series can be read in any order:

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Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345547279
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Series: Sex, Love, & Stiletto Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 976
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Lauren Layne is a New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

Read an Excerpt

Sam Compton already knew what would kill him one day: Riley McKenna.

Or more precisely, it was keeping his hands off Riley McKenna that would kill him.

Because a heterosexual man didn’t spend a decade in the company of a woman who looked like Riley without touching her.

Not unless he wanted to die a slow, torturous death by sexual frustration.

Riley, on the other hand, was blissfully unaware of Sam’s plight and was quite likely to die as the hottest old lady on the block, completely blind to the fact that she’d killed ol’ Sam Compton simply by being the most gorgeous woman alive.

But it wasn’t just her killer body that would do him in. Oh no. It was the entire package. Because Riley was a serious pain in the butt. His butt.


He was a jerk. A first-rate jerk.

Just days after telling off his mom for calling Riley a whore, he’d all but done the same thing.

He hadn’t meant that crack about her job like that. At all.

But still . . .

He was a jerk. The biggest.

And now, ever since they’d fetched the margarita fixings from the truck, she’d been avoiding him. That wasn’t normal.

He didn’t like it.

“Hey, does Riley seem weird to you tonight?” Sam quietly asked Liam as the two of them tag-teamed dish duty.

Liam gave him a look. “You’re asking me if I think my little sister is weird. That’s like asking the pope if he goes to mass on Easter.”

“Kate and Megan aren’t weird.”

“Sure they are. Did you not hear Kate go on for twenty minutes on Nietzsche’s perspective on dichotomy? I couldn’t keep up with that shit even without the margaritas.”

Sam took the wet dinner plate Liam held out and dried it, his eyes never leaving the kitchen table, where Riley sat reading a story about a friendly blue ferret to her niece.

The effect of them together, the gorgeous woman with the little girl . . . unsettling.

Five-year-old Lily was the spitting image of her aunt. There was no sign of her mother’s dark red hair, nor her father’s dirty blond. With the little girl’s tilted blue eyes and long, shiny black curls, he could have been looking at Riley twenty years earlier.

And the sight of the mini Riley on the real Riley’s lap looking very mother-daughter did something treacherous in the vicinity of his chest.

Do not go there, Compton.

The self–pep talks sometimes worked. Most of the time they didn’t.

“Kate has a philosophy exam on Friday. She’s entitled to be preoccupied,” Sam replied, jerking his attention back to the conversation with his best friend.

Liam shook his head. “My point is, all my sisters are weirdos. I mean, look at Megan. She’s currently raiding my mother’s baking supplies for a dolphin-shaped cookie cutter. Hardly normal.”

“It’s normal for moms,” Sam said easily.

At least it was for the good moms. His own mom’s idea of making cookies was a package of Oreos, which would inevitably be stale because neither she nor her boyfriend of the week had bothered to seal the package back up.

“I’m just saying, Ri just seems edgier than usual,” Sam said as he added the dry plate to the clean stack.

Liam grunted. “Edgy is what Riley does. She’s not happy unless she’s pushing buttons.”

Yeah. Usually my buttons. “Maybe it’s a guy,” Sam said, keeping his voice carefully casual, hoping Liam wouldn’t sense that he was fishing.

Liam scowled and cast a look at his middle sister. “You think?”

I hope not.

But in Riley’s case, it probably wasn’t a guy. It was more likely guys. Plural. Because despite the way he’d shut down his mother’s implication that she slept around, it was no wonder Liam was so protective of Riley.

Riley’s career choice didn’t help matters. The woman was an honest-to-God sex columnist.

Granted, Liam was protective of all his sisters. But of Riley in particular. Those long legs, bright blue cat eyes, and sex-kitten waves were a big-brother nightmare.

Just one more way in which the woman was trying to send him to an early grave. If she’d done wonders for his fantasy life when she’d been a tomboyish soccer player, her transformation into a sassy bedroom expert was pretty much impossible to ignore.

Of course, he brought it upon himself by reading every single one of her articles. It was torture. He couldn’t read her words without hearing her voice. And he couldn’t hear her voice without picturing a naked Riley giving him a front-row demonstration of every one of her tips and tricks.

He thought about her article from a couple of months earlier, about taking charge: It’s about control, ladies. Figure out if you want him beneath or above you. Ride him or let him ride you. Own it.

Sam used the back of his hand to wipe the sweat from his forehead.

“Dish duty too much for you, Sammy?” Erin said as she moved around to put away the salt and pepper shakers.

Christ. Just what he needed. Mrs. McKenna wanting to make small talk when he was about half a dirty thought away from having a boner over her daughter.

“Didn’t Liam and I have dish duty last week?” he complained, pushing his thoughts to safer territory.

Kate made a scolding noise from the kitchen counter, never looking up from her enormous textbook. “The coin doesn’t lie, Sam. Heads means the men are on dish duty.”

“Yeah, but there are more of you women,” Liam countered. “It’s not fair.”

Megan poked her head out of her mother’s baking drawer. “It’s not our fault that Patrick got a hair up his butt to move to Boston and that Brian’s on diaper duty.”

“Actually that last one is your fault, seeing as your husband’s changing the diaper of your son,” Kate told her sister, ever the pragmatist.

“Thank you for that bit of useful logic, dear,” Erin said mildly.

Sam snuck a look at Riley as Liam launched into demands to see the coin (because clearly the damn thing had two heads). This sort of ridiculous McKenna family spat was usually right up Riley’s alley. But her eyes never left the book where Lily was painstakingly sounding out every syllable.

Sam knew he should maybe apologize for what he’d said about her vast sexual experience. It had been out of jealousy, but she wouldn’t know that. Instead she’d just looked . . . stung.

Still, Riley herself had fostered her brand as the queen of sex. Not in front of her family, obviously—Liam would have a heart attack, to say nothing of her poor father—but how many times had she thrown her many men in his face when there were just the two of them?

Just like he threw his occasional woman in hers.

It was part of the game they played. He just wasn’t exactly sure why they played it. All he knew was that he let Riley think things with Angela were a lot more serious than they had actually been.

Which raised another nagging thought . . . if he was misleading her about his love life, might she be misleading him about hers?

It would explain why she looked like he’d slapped her with his crack about her rather busy sex life. He hadn’t meant it as a swipe—he wasn’t so much a Neanderthal that he didn’t think women deserved a healthy, varied sex life every bit as much as men did.

But if he was wrong . . .

Didn’t he know firsthand how much it sucked to have people make unfounded assumptions?

His eyes fell on the Stiletto magazine her mother had laid out as he moved to put a stack of plates away. Nah. He couldn’t be wrong. No way could she write the way she did, with that candid, sultry style, unless she was speaking from personal experience. And since he’d never known her to have a serious relationship, that meant she was doing a lot of playing the field.

Which was fine. He did the same. It was just . . .

Hell no. It wasn’t fine. And that was the problem.

The only person who should be spanking Riley’s swimsuit-model-worthy tush was him.

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SEStone519 More than 1 year ago
Riley McKenna has an image to maintain. As the resident sex-expert at Stilleto magazine, she has written some of the most scandalous articles published between its pages. But her inexperience between the sheets threatens to come out when the magazine’s 50th anniversary issue delves into the personal lives of its writers. Her only option is to call on a favor from longtime friends, and the man who stole her heart, Sam Compton. Sam Compton reluctantly agrees to her proposition for a one night stand in the name of research. But he knows that it is a very bad idea. No matter how much he’s attracted to her, Riley is still his best friend’s little sister. That doesn’t mean he’d let another man participate in her “research.” Soon one night becomes another and one more after that. Sam and Riley quickly realize that love doesn’t adhere to their rule of just one night. This story captured my attention with the first paragraph, and I kept telling myself “just one more chapter” when I should have been doing something else. I never thought of Riley as a sex columnist except for when she or someone else brought it up. She struck me as a spunky, charming woman who could live next door to me (if I could afford an apartment in Manhattan). The scenes with her and her family, or with her friends,  drove home her realistic, multi-faceted personality. Sam Compton also struck me as realistic, or at least the kind of guy I wouldn’t mind meeting. It did take me a few pages to stop associating him with Bill Compton of the Sookie Stackhouse series. But Sam is nothing like vampire Bill. He’s conflicted over the role he wants Riley to have in his life, and the reader gets to see exactly where he’s coming from in that respect. The premise of the story, that Riley has been saving herself for Sam ever since an awkward college experience, is a bit far-fetched in my opinion. However the writing, the characters, and the attraction between Riley and Sam absolutely make up for that. Just One Night is the third in a series. Reading books one and two isn’t necessary for enjoying this one, though. This quick read would be great for anyone who enjoy contemporary romances. Rating: 5/5 Just One Night by Lauren Layne will be published by Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept on March 11, 2014. *I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters and the familt dynamics in this book. What I dont understand is why people are using book reviews as a chat site. Seriously, with all the social media you had to ruin my nook?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series, but have to say I like this one the best. Riley and Sam have been denying their feelings for each other for 10 years and finally act upon them. It's fun and romantic, but mainly about Sam learning how to believe in himself. Loved it!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I like this series from Lauren. I like the friction between the ladies from Stiletto and the gentlemen from Oxford magazines. Sam is Riley' s brother Liam' s best friend. Liam told him to keep away from Riley. Riley has been in love with Sam since her teens and she is now in her late 20's.  She writes sex articles for Stiletto. There is a spoiler here so I will skip over it. Sam has problems with his mother.She gripes about Riley and runs him down. He has loved Riley since he met her. His mom has convinced him he is worthless and he believes her. Lauren pulls you into her stories. They are hard to put down. Please explore this series!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the Sex, Love and Stiletto series. A fantastic story filled with humor and sexy fun with just a dash of angst. How will her fans react when Sex advice columnist Riley McKenna has to admit she may not know exactly what she's writing about?? Well she hopes childhood crush Sam Compton will help her keep them from finding out! You definitely don't want to miss this highly recommended read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these types of story lines. Best friends that turn into more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author, & this is the perfect series to start with. Fun, Hot, & Flirty. Great writing. Couldnt put it down! Just purchased the other two, cant wait to start.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Riley is great at her job. Writing tips for a great sex life. Only problem is she doesn't have a sex life. She has only been with one person and it wasn't anything to write about. Now she has to write a personal article and she knows she needs to have some great sex to write about. She just has to convince the guy she wants to go along with it. Sam has always wanted Riley but never crossed that line. He is like an extra member of her family and doesn't want to ruin that. Plus he doesn't want to be another notch in her bed post. When Riley tells him either he sleeps with her or she finds someone else he steps up. They agree to one night but that may not be enough for two people who have always loved each other. Riley is a great character. She puts up a good front that she is a sex expert and has guarded her secret closely that she knows nothing about sex. She is a very sexy woman and tries all kinds of tricks to get to Sam. Sam has gave everything up for his dream but is afraid to finish his dream. He is used to being talked down to and is afraid to disappoint the people he caress about. Riley has always been the woman he wants but he made a promise he doesn't like to break. It shows how much he likes to keep his promises and how much he cares for his friends. This was a joy to read as Riley and Sam both want each other so bad and Sam keeps fighting it. Riley isn't one to give up and pulls every trick she can to convince him to be with her. Riley's friends are awesome and I loved reading about them as well. Her family is simply amazing. There is tons of sexual tension in this book as one is fighting not to be together and the other is fighting to be together. Even together Riley has to really push Sam to look at what he is doing in his life. She pushes him to do more but for good reasons.I could not stand Sam's mother and hate how she warped him in many ways. He has to learn to feel better about his self and to really do what he wants. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone wanting a great story about great people.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Good Book! Lauren Layne has authored another absorbing novel with Just One Night, book three in The Stiletto Series. It is a satisfying read; complete with an appealing storyline, interesting characters and sexual tension. Riley, Julie, Grace and Emma are back, the hottest female relationship columnists in the New York City area. Riley McKenna is the focus of this story. For almost ten years, Riley has been in love with Sam Compton, her brother Liam's best friend. She has always been hopeful that one day they would be a couple. Unbeknown to Riley, Sam shares the same feelings, but he puts up barriers in order to prevent himself from being loved. Riley is finding her new writing assignment to be quite a challenge, so she seeks Sam's assistance because she trusts him. Their time together evolves into a deep friendship that surpasses anything either of them have ever experienced. This book can be read as a stand alone, even though it is part of a series. I found the story to be original and sexy. Ms. Lane does a wonderful job of creating the engaging camaraderie between the four women. I loved how Riley's mom incorporated her Irish traditions into her cooking....by just adding a side of potatoes to everything and anything, what a riot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great from the first word to the last!
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The series is great!
Gran6 More than 1 year ago
A fun, sexy little series. Recommend this one as well as the others in the series.
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Great story eith sassy dialogue and characters with depth. Love love love!
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Funny,witty,cute,sexy ....love this series