One Chance Night is one of the many NetGalley books that I read, loved, but never wrote a proper, full-length review on. Now, I’m slowly working my way back through that collection on my kindle, because there are some true gems in there that I feel not a lot of people know about. One Chance Night by Eliza Boyd was at the top of the list, because I distinctly remembered it being amazing. My memory served me right; I devoured this book, just like I did the first time I read it.
One Chance Night is the story of Chelsea Greer, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, but unable to escape her husband, until the night she meets Brett. Brett provides the path to the out she’s always needed: he listens to her story, helps her realize her marriage isn’t healthy, and gives her the courage to try to change her life. Don’t get me wrong though, there is absolutely no cheating that occurs in this book. I will never, ever give a book that has cheating in it a good review. Brett respects the ring on Chelsea’s finger, and Chelsea, despite everything he put her through, remains loyal to Wesley (her husband) until the moment she is no longer his legally. This is not the story of a steamy affair. Instead, it is the story of a woman who finds the courage to get herself out of a bad situation, and the amazing friends that come to her aid in her time of need. Those are the reasons I loved this book so much.
A lot of people have complained, saying that Chelsea was too whiny in the beginning of the book, and I can kind of see where they’re coming from. At the same time, you have to understand how horrible abusive relationships are. Her “whining” is totally justified, at least in my opinion. All her actions made sense to me; the hesitation, the initial bitterness, the fear, they’re all classic signs of someone suffering from an abusive relationship.
I did have several issues with this book though. Pretty much all of them can be traced back to one common factor: the length of the book. It’s a 188 page ebook, which means in reality it’s probably about 120 pages. It just felt so much shorter than nearly 200 pages. In many parts it felt rushed and hurried. As a result, there was little to no character development. Chelsea and Wesley were the main ones who underwent any kind of character development, and even that was minimal. I had so many unanswered questions at the end of the book. What was the deal with Brett and his dad? What happened to Mayra and Stevie in their lives? Did they get their happily ever afters? What bothered me the most, though, was the lack of background information on Brett. With Chelsea, we have an entire background story. Brett though? Nothing, essentially. At the end of the book, all we know is that he’s a hot, nice guy in a band with daddy issues. This book could have been so much more interesting if she had elaborated on both of the main characters. How did Brett fare in the months after meeting Chelsea initially? What were his issues with his father? There was such a huge opportunity to make this story even more touching and deep, and it was thrown away.
That being said, the lack of a deep story does provide a pro. This is the perfect light romance, with a touch of angst. It’s a quick read, so it’s perfect for a afternoon on the beach. Or rather, since it’s fall now, curled up in front of the fire on a rainy afternoon. Either way, it’s a quick read, and despite the flaws, is definitely still a book I would recommend! It’s the first book in the Make A Change series, though I am a bit confused as to the future of this series. There are two more books scheduled, but the second book, Two Pink Lines, has a publishing date of July 2015…but it’s now September 2015 and we still have no book…I’m not sure what to say y’all. Keep your eyes out for the second book, because if it’s anything like the first, it’s definitely worth a read.