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One Night – Unveiled Excerpt #1

***Please be aware of mild spoilers if you haven’t read the first 2 books in the One Night series***

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One Night




There are no interferers here in New York – no one to try to take away his most prized possession. I’m his most prized possession. And it’s a title I’m thrilled to have. It’s also a burden I’m willing to shoulder. Because I know that the sanctuary we’ve created here is only temporary. Facing that dark world is a battle hovering on the horizon of our current almost perfect existence. And I hate myself for doubting the strength within me to see us through it – the strength Miller is so confident I have.

A mild stirring beside me pulls me back into the lavish suite we’ve called home since we arrived in New York, and I smile when I see him nuzzle into his pillow on a cute murmur. His dark waves are a mussed mess upon his lovely head and his jaw shadowed by coarse stubble. He sighs and pats around half asleep until his palm feels its way up to my head and his fingers locate my wild locks. My smile widens as I lie still and let my gaze linger on his face, feeling his fingers combing through my hair as he settles again. This has become another habit of my perfect part-time gentleman. He’ll twiddle with my hair for hours, even in his sleep. I’ve woken with knots on a few occasions, sometimes with Miller’s fingers still caught up in the strands, but I never complain. I need the contact – any contact – from him. My eyelids slowly close, soothed by his touch. But all too soon, my peace is bombarded by unwelcome visions – including the haunting sight of Gracie Taylor. I snap my eyes open and bolt upright in bed, wincing when my head gets yanked back and my hair pulled. ‘Shit!’ I hiss, reaching up to begin the meticulous task of unravelling Miller’s fingers from my hair. He grumbles a few times but doesn’t wake, and I rest his hand on the pillow before pulling myself softly to the edge of the bed. Glancing over my naked shoulder, I see Miller lost in a deep sleep and silently hope his dreams are serene and blissful. Unlike mine. Letting my feet find the plush carpet, I push myself up, having a little stretch and a sigh. I remain standing beside the bed, staring blankly out the huge window. Could I really have seen my mother for the first time in eighteen years? Or was it just a hallucination brought on by stress?

‘Tell me what’s troubling that beautiful mind of yours.’ His sleepy rasp interrupts my thoughts and I turn to find him lying on his side, praying hands resting under his cheek. I force a smile, one I know won’t convince him, and let Miller and all of his perfection distract me from my inner turmoil.

‘Just daydreaming,’ I say quietly, ignoring his doubtful expression. I’ve mentally tortured myself since we boarded that plane, replayed that moment over and over, and my quiet pensiveness has been silently noted by Miller. Not that he’s pressed me on it, leaving me certain that he thinks I’m reflecting on the trauma that has landed us in New York. He would be partly right. Many events, revelations, and visions have plagued my mind since arriving here, making me resentful that I can’t fully appreciate Miller and his devotion to worshipping me.

‘Come here,’ he whispers, remaining still with no gesture or encouragement, only his quiet, commanding words.

‘I was going to make coffee.’ I’m a fool to think I can avoid his questions or concern for much longer.

‘I’ve asked once.’ He pushes himself to his elbow and cocks his head. His lips are pressed into a straight line, and his crystal blue eyes are burning through me. ‘Don’t make me repeat myself.’

I shake my head mildly on a sigh and slip back between the sheets, crawling into his chest while he remains still and allows me to find my place.

Once I’m settled, his arms encircle me and his nose goes straight to my hair. ‘Better?’

I nod into his chest and stare across the planes of his muscles while he feels me everywhere and takes deep breaths. I know he’s desperate to comfort and reassure me. But he hasn’t. He’s allowed me my quiet time and I know it’s been incredibly difficult for him. I’m overthinking. I know it, and Miller knows it, too.

He pulls out of the warmth of my hair and spends a few moments arranging it just so. Then he focuses worried blues on mine. ‘Never stop loving me, Olivia Taylor.’

‘Never,’ I affirm, guilt settling deep. I want to reassure him that my love for him shouldn’t be of any concern – none at all. ‘Don’t overthink.’ I reach up and drag my thumb across his full bottom lip and watch as he blinks lazily and shifts his hand to clutch mine at his mouth.

He flattens my palm and kisses the centre. ‘It’s a two-way street, gorgeous girl. I can’t see you sad.’

‘I have you. I couldn’t possibly be sad.’

He gives me a mild smile and leans forward to plant a delicate kiss on the end of my nose. ‘I beg to differ.’

‘You can beg all you like, Miller Hart.’ I’m quickly seized and pulled onto his front, his thighs spreading so I’m cradled between them. He clenches my cheeks in his palms and reaches forward with his lips, leaving them millimetres away from mine with hot air spreading across my skin. My body’s reaction isn’t something I can help. And I don’t want to.

‘Let me taste you,’ he murmurs, searching my eyes.



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This Post Has 66 Comments

  1. Your books have drawn me in to reading which was something I never did! Can’t wait to be swept away with One Night Unveiled

  2. ****Fanning myself***** I cannot wait for the final book. You write in a way that sucks me in within the 1st few words. You are wildly talented, congrats again.

  3. Oh I am so anxious for this..I love it! Thank you for sharing this with us! I’ve got my pre-order all set, just have to patiently wait!

  4. Omg i just love it!!! Can’t wait to read the whole book!! Even though it is going to be sad to get to the end of the trilogy!!!! Than JEM

  5. I just cant wait!!! Nice teaser! Explains what happened when she borded the plane! I was a little confused. I thought that it was Olivia but her older self looking back at her in the reflection because she returned. But it was her MOM! Even better!!!

  6. Miller is so living, cannot wait to see how Miller and Olivia’s story plays out. Looking forward to seeing what happens when Olivia’s mum turns up.

  7. I can’t wait for One Night – Unveiled. I’m a big fan of JEM. Hopefully this series won’t end as a trilogy. Can’t stand the idea of NOT reading more about Miller and Olivia. I guess that means I’m obsessed. LOL

  8. I didn’t want to read it. I hate teasers because I just can’t help myself, I had to read it and I’ll read it again and again till I get the whole lot on 29 Jan. JEM you ARE quite BRILLIANT. Thank you.

  9. I just finished reading…..Promised last night, started Denied this morning, and already feigning for Unveiled!!!Love your writing Jodi you rock!!

  10. I know that my comment is not new, but I never thought that a book like this will keep me awake for the last four nights. It is amazing!!! And you, Jodi Ellen Malpas, are my favorite author. I can´t wait for the third part of One Night Triology.

  11. Amazing beginning to what I’m sure will be an amazing book. You need disappoint lovely lady. Wish I could live in your mind for a spell. February is too far away xo xo

  12. OMG .. I am going back to reread the 1st 2 books so I can be ready when this one gets released .. loved this story!! cant wait

  13. OMG..I can not wait .. Too bad it won’t be released in the US on my birthday ( jan29th) .. I was looking forward to a day off work

  14. Brilliant!…I can hardly wait until Feb 10. This love story of Livy and Miller just keeps getting better and better. I am very anxious to see what thrilling ride you take us on to conclude this. Thank you for sharing just a bit…..more would be ok too!

  15. I can hardly wait…….. I am sitting on the edge of my chair in anticipation. This trilogy has made me cry, made me laugh, made my heart beat as if it was going to jump out of my chest. I have read the first two novels of the trilogy in three days….. I just couldn’t put it down. AMAZING!!!!! I hope you working on the next one.

  16. I red the dutch versions part 1 and 2 and please make my life comfortable by publishing the 3rd one. I’m curious how josephine and greg are doing. And is livy finally meeting her mum and than probably hopefully she can bring william and here togeter;-). Keep up writing more lovestories JEM. Love it. Greetings from Netherlands

  17. Jodi you are my favourite author, I can’t wait for Unveilded 🙂 I hope that sometime in the future that you make One Night and This Man into films 🙂 (and if you do, please let me audition for either Ava or Livy lol)

  18. It’s just perfect!
    Already on chapter 10 and let me tell you, Jodi … It’s amazing what you do. Your imagination has no limits and this is just the beginning of the end. I’m excited because finally I have in my possession one night Unveiled; but I’m also sad because soon finished the story of these two lovebirds.

    Thanks again for a novel full of passion, love and acceptance.
    You’re incredible.

  19. OMG! I finally got to read book #1 & #2 after reading
    This mans trilogy … And I don’t think I can wait
    Another week & 1/2 !!!! This has been my favorite
    Thus far! How can you not feel… Book tore at my heart
    And then put it back together ….. Feb. 10th come
    Quickly!!!! I really would have rather seen This Man and one night promised as a movie!!!!!

    Keep filling our hearts with your beautiful love stories!

  20. Dear Lord, the suspense is killing me! I can’t wait for the 3rd book to land on my kindle. JEM is such a talented and awesome writer. All her books have made me smile, cry and placed butterflies in my belly. I just can’t type praises for her sufficiently. So excited!!

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