One Naughty Night

Author: Joanne Rock

Publisher: Harlequin Temptation

Release Date: November 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Esmerelda "Esme" Giles is determined to go through with it . . . the blind date that her neighbor set up for her. Not only does she owe it to her neighbor to keep her word and not stand her nephew up but she also needs to do it for herself, to prove to herself that she can be bold and daring. Ever since she got fired from a five-year stint as an assistant to the director at the South Florida museum it seems that she has just made one bad decision on top of another. Of course, the first bad decision was calmly letting her scum bag boss get away with setting it up to look like she was sexually harassing him when it was actually the other way around. Well, there will be no more simply going with the flow so she doesn’t rock the boat. No, from now on Esme Giles is going to be the one calling the shots. There will be no more overbearing, dictatorial men in Esme’s life.

There was no way that Renzo Cesare could stop himself from rescuing her, even if she didn’t yet realize that she needed rescuing. When he saw the seductive yet innocent woman winding her way through the throng of partygoers at the most notorious pick up spot in South Beach, Club Paradise, he immediately knew that she was out of her element. When she mistakenly thinks that he is her blind date he is furious that a man would be stupid enough to ask a woman like her to come here alone. So he does the only thing he can think of to save her from the sharks that are already circling her . . . he plays along.


All I could do with this one was cross my fingers, close my eyes and hang on for the ride that Esme and Renzo were taking me on. Usually when the story line is an independent heroine trying to not let the domineering hero tell her what to do I totally sympathize with her but no so with this story. I am amazed at how well Ms. Rock made me see this story from both viewpoints. While I understood Esme’s quest for independence I saw Renzo’s attitude as protective and courtly rather than domineering. The Single in South Beach series just keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait for the next installment.



By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Missy Andrews

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