One Night in Washington DC by Jordan Monroe, Erotic Book Review
One Night in Washington DC by Jordan Monroe – book review by Pleasure Panel reviewer RomanticIsa
What It’s About
(blurb from the back of the book)
Lauren and Adam are two professional musicians living in Washington, DC. One night after performing together, Adam admits to Lauren that he’s been interested in her for a long time. The two share a passionate evening at her apartment in Waterfront SW.
However, though they like each other a great deal, their long-term desires don’t match up: he believes his next step is to have a family, and she is wedded to her performance career.
After their final performance together, will they be able to, as they say in DC, reach across the aisle to come to a resolution?
The plot of One Night in Washington DC by Jordan Monroe is very simple: the blurb really describes it all. The story takes place over a night and a day really an is fast paced. Lauren and Adam have known each other for a while, so them hooking up does not come completely out of the blue. The book is a novella, so you wouldn’t expect complicated plot lines and several subplots, it’s all kept nice and simple.
The story is told from the perspective of Adam and Lauren respectively, as is pretty much the norm in (erotic) romances. It is not always clear who is speaking until you are already quite a bit into the chapter. I think both characters could have had more distinct voices.
I like Adam a heck of a lot more than Lauren, I am not sure if that was intentional. Lauren came off as a bit smug and prejudiced.
For example, Adam never says he wants to have a wife who will stay at home and breed, Lauren merely infers it from comments he makes about his own family (as if there is something wrong with liking your family) and creates a big drama out of nothing; something that could have been avoided had she actually communicated and listened to Adam rather than shout accusations willy nilly.
The sex scenes in One Night in Washington DC by Jordan Monroe were good. I wouldn’t call them sizzling hot, but I have read a lot worse; at least the author didn’t use cringe-worthy acronyms for the characters’ genitalia. Did it make me blush and get all hot and bothered? No, but then I have read a lot of quite steamy erotica lately, so maybe my senses have been dulled.
Overall I am afraid that this is quite a forgettable book. I didn’t really get the chemistry between the two. The only conflict stemmed from a miscommunication that could have been cleared up if Lauren had only bothered to actually talk with Adam rather than talk at him.
I am not sure if the author is a musician themselves, but there were far more references to music and French horn playing than I cared to know about. There is a whole scene where Lauren teaches a pupil and while it may be riveting for people who also play the French horn, in my opinion that whole scene could have been cut.
One Night in Washington DC by Jordan Monroe wasn’t a horrible book, and it’s not like my life is worse off by having read it, but neither would I recommend it.
Where To Buy
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