REVIEW: One Night Only by Jayci Lee
Megan Han and Daniel Pak had one night of rhapsody…and now she’s pregnant!
Jayci Lee composes a sexy opposites-attract romance in her new Hana Trio installment.
Will giving into passion free them from their secret…or cost them everything?
Making beautiful music is what chamber violinist Megan Han lives for. But one night with a seductive stranger and a surprise pregnancy could jeopardize her hard work. Especially when that handsome stranger turns out to be Daniel Pak, CFO of her father’s company. The only choice for these star-crossed lovers is to keep their fling—and Megan’s pregnancy—a secret. But when passion reignites, will they risk one more sweet symphony?
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Dear Ms. Lee,
The first book in the Hana Trio series “A Song of Secrets” introduced us to the Han sisters – three musicians who mainly play classical music. This book focuses on Megan the violinist and middle sister. In the first book Angie and her dad had long standing issues to resolve. In this book, Megan worries that what she’s done will cause her beloved father to flip his lid.
Megan Han loves playing classical music with her sisters but she also wants to break free a little and try something by herself – just to see if she can succeed on her own merits. On her way to play rock violin at a club, she meets a handsome stranger. They act on their instant attraction but Megan chickens out in the morning and leaves the hotel room with no idea who the man is. Three months later and pregnant, she finally learns his name.
Daniel Pak is stunned to discover that the woman he shared one night of passion with is not only the daughter of his new CEO but also pregnant. They used condoms – both times – but are among the unlucky 2%. Megan knows that her father will ignite and demand that Daniel propose to her to save the family honor once he knows her condition but despite Daniel’s immediate offer of marriage once they’re alone, she refuses. She wants the whole HEA thing her parents had and that now her older sister has.
She feels bad lying to her father – and worse later on when her sisters know the truth and must also lie about the situation. Her brilliant plan is to get the board members of her father’s company supportive of Daniel so that when her father is told, he won’t demand either a proposal or that Daniel resign. But what will the two do about the feelings growing between them? Is a marriage of convenience enough?
Okay so what did work for me is the Korean American rep which is part of what has Megan refusing to tell her conservative father the truth about her pregnancy. Her father does have an initial negative reaction to that news but Megan soon realizes it’s only because he is worried for her and protective of her. I enjoyed seeing the Han sisters band together not only over their music but also in support of Megan and her baby.
Daniel seems like a decent guy for the whole book and basically it’s only Megan wanting the whole enchilada that delays any marriage. Daniel is floored when he discovers that he’s going to be a father but it’s flooring in a good way. He immediately wants to be a part of his baby’s life and happily goes with Megan to all her OB appointments. He’s not so happy about lying to a man he admires and who is his boss.
And that is the sticking point for me. Mr. Han is old fashioned but he cares deeply for his daughters. Even when Megan fudges and tells him she doesn’t know the name of the man who impregnated her, her father supports her and the baby. Megan feels terrible but she still lies. Yes, she thinks she’s doing it to protect Daniel from her father’s anger but she knows how betrayed her father will feel when he eventually learns the truth. Plus he keeps trying to matchmake the two of them so he likes Daniel. I kept muttering “Just tell the man!”
There’s also some piffle tossed in about how Daniel was betrayed by a college girlfriend and how his father never loved him but it felt superficial. Also poor Megan only plays her rock violin once before that bit is abandoned.
I wanted to like this more than I did – especially after I learned the backstory for it. But, except for the killer game of miniature golf and the reference to “The Princess Bride,” it all felt same-old only with Korean American rep to it. B-/C+