Friday, 2 January 2009

One Night in Boston: Allie Boniface

 

 

 

 

Back Of The Book

Can anything really change in 24 hours? Can everything?

Maggie Doyle is about to lose her home, her business, and her last grip on sanity unless she comes up with fifteen thousand dollars to pay off the bank. Her only option? Forget the pain of one life-altering night, find the stepbrother she hasn’t spoken to in years and ask him for help.

Everything in Jack Major’s life is going according to plan. He’s rich, powerful, and about to marry Boston’s most successful attorney. There’s just one problem: he can’t seem to forget his first love, the one who left him in college after a whirlwind trip to Vegas with a secret she couldn’t trust him to keep.

When Maggie and Jack meet up at a high-profile charity ball, past collides with present and the sparks fly. But is it too late for a first love to ignite again? And if Maggie reveals the reason she left Jack all those years ago, will he be able to forgive her?

A single night in Boston takes Maggie and Jack from the glittering lights of the ballroom to the windswept city streets and back through the years to relive old memories. Will morning light bring new hope for their future together? Or are some secrets too deep to ever truly overcome?

 

“Dance with me.”

“What? You’re crazy. No.”

Jack took Maggie’s hand. “Listen, forget about all that, okay? You’re right. It’s over.” He shrugged. “But here we are, and it’s been a long time, so…why the hell not? One dance between old friends doesn’t have to mean anything. Or make up for anything.” He pulled at his collar and looked uncomfortable.

“Oh, hell,” Maggie said. “Fine. One dance. Then will you leave me alone?”

“I promise.”

It was a mistake from the start, and she knew it.

In slow motion she watched as his hand wrapped around hers, as if following a memory that hadn’t died but just slumbered for a long, long time. The music swelled, and they slipped into a space on the hardwood. Mingling into the other couples, they found a rhythm, their rhythm, after a moment or two. I didn’t forget how we fit together, Maggie marveled. I didn’t forget how all our edges match up in the right places. And neither did he. Warning bells went off inside her head, but she ignored them. She’d meant what she’d said—it was over, a long time ago—but it was so easy to slip back into Jack’s embrace, even after all these years. So easy to like the way her chest met his. So easy to remember the way his fingers closed around hers and felt like they belonged there always.

Damn. She lowered her gaze and tried to remind herself what she was doing at the ball in the first place. Dillon, remember? The money. The foreclosure. She counted to ten. She scanned the room, hoping and not hoping to see her stepbrother cross the threshold. But against her will, she leaned into Jack’s embrace and let him carry her to the music. Suddenly, she wondered what moment in the night would be harder: having to leave his arms when she saw her stepbrother, or having to stay there and risk falling back into a place she’d left years ago.

Her hand shifted on his shoulder. Say something, she thought. Make conversation. Don’t turn to mush like a girl at a high school dance.

“So what kind of business did you end up in?”

Jack pulled back slightly, and Maggie found space to breathe.

“Well, I came back to the States…” He cleared his throat. “…after Oxford. Got accepted to theMBA program at Boston University and, after that, found a job working for a new company here in town.” He passed over the details without much embellishment. “You?”

“I opened my own business.”

His brows rose. “Good for you, Mags.”

One Night In Boston © Allie Boniface

 

Review

Maggie has not had an easy life. She has loved and lost and, with lots of regrets, feels as if she has come out stronger on the other side of life. When parental responsibilities and life changes catch up with her, she draws on memories from her past – both the good and the bad, and goes looking for the one chance she thinks she has left to help her.

Jack Major, from a good family, best of education, and with more regret than you can shake a stick at, has made a name for himself. Even though he’s got a good thing in the bag with his career and a beautiful fiancé, he finds it impossible to feel committed to the big day. When he sees the one person he can’t forgive or forget; he sets out to get answers and have his say. It's been ten years; his say can’t really make a difference.  Or can it?

ONE NIGHT IN BOSTON is a story where dreams, hopes, regret and forgiveness all meet on one rainy night in Boston.

A thrilling read with characters and a plot that is so real, it feels spooky. The story revolves around two central characters, Maggie and Jack, and the loss they have experienced and the chance they missed. While the experience has played a part in making them the people they are today, it has also made them bitter and reluctant to try love again. The supporting cast is integral in the build up to that one night where everything seems surreal. Ms Boniface has etched out the best and worst of life before the infamous night in Boston, with you hoping with all your heart for the best outcome for all involved.

People and feelings will be and are hurt, but with gentle let downs and quiet determination, ONE NIGHT IN BOSTON just might be the one night they have prepared their whole lives for.

 


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