My third review for the 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge!
When CEO Cameron McCormac cajoles pretty Peppa Grant to attend a dreaded family Christmas party with him to deflect attention away from his love life, he thinks he’s picked up a children’s entertainer, but in reality Peppa is one of his employees, a voice talent at his recording company. By the time he realises his mistake, it’s too late as they’ve already spent a sizzling night together, and before long they’ve embarked on a secret affair.
Both Cameron and Peppa have been hurt in the past. Cameron is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife, and has decided the only way to protect his heart is to avoid emotional entanglements. Peppa has been dumped by her boyfriend after their dream of having a child ended. As the affair with her boss hots up, she knows it’s only a temporary fling, but she reasons it’s a good way to heal her broken heart. And besides, Cameron is irresistible.
The romance between Peppa and Cameron is sweetly depicted. At times funny and moving, their interactions rapidly move beyond the purely physical as they both realise the hidden depths and hurts buried within the other. Peppa fears never having the family she dreamed of, while Cameron is still haunted by the death of his wife and finds himself unable to connect with his extended family.
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I have to confess that Cameron was not a very nice guy at times. His coldness when he told Peppa in no uncertain times that he wanted nothing to do with their baby made me want to clock him over the head with something. Yes, this guy had a lot of growing up to do (and his aunt wasn’t doing him any favours either), so when it finally dawned on him that he was being a callous d*khead about everything, it was gratifying to see Peppa make him go through a lot of grovelling.
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This contemporary romance was entertaining, fast-paced, and satisfying. One Perfect Night makes perfect reading!