The Only One by Lauren Blakely
Release Date: December 6th 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances
Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.
Until ten years later.
Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available the night of my charity’s gala.
The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.
This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.
The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.
But I’m determined to change that.
I've been a fan of Lauren Blakely for a while, her books always deliver and The Only One was no different. From the cover to the intriguing synopsis, this story will pull you in and leave you wanting for more. Without spoiling it too much since this is a novella after all, we get to meet Penny and her journey at finding her true love again. After being with Gabriel (a total stranger) for three days in Europe and getting stood up by him after agreeing on meeting on her last day, she has been trying to forget about him ever since. Her heart was broken and without knowing what to do, Penny decides to go back home and start her career. Yet things don't always end up according to plan, and Penny has found herself being in charge of a charity gala, but the only restaurant available for her event is Gabriel's, the only problem with that is that he doesn't remember who she is. Now she has to figure out what happened ten years ago when they were supposed to meet, and see if there is a chance that they can start a new relationship again.
I really enjoyed reading the plot of this story, it was well thought out and the characters were relatable which made the story that much more interesting to read. There is the mystery of what happened to Gabriel all those years ago that isn't reveal right away, they both are left to figure out what to do next. Penny has built a career that she is proud of, but the constant remainder of that night has made her unable to move on in the romance department. But now that Gabriel is back, she wants answers before she can ever make a decision of whether they can have a future together or. This was an overall sweet and heartwarming story that has the right amount of steamy scenes and romance all in a quick novella. I will highly recommend it and all of the other books from the author, you will not be disappointed at all.
***ARC provided in return of an honest review.***
I laughed. “I don’t think it’s the dessert I’m admiring. But I have been hoping you’d want company to help devour it. May I join you?”
She nodded and I moved to her table. She picked up her fork and said, “It’s made with caramel—my favorite. And it’s divine. By all means, let’s devour.”
“I’m a big believer in the consumption of sweets.”
“We have a saying in America. Eat dessert first,” she said.
I lifted my fork and took a bite of the Tarta de Santiago. “I like this saying. Can you appoint me a temporary American?”
She tapped my shoulder, something that shouldn’t have turned me on, but somehow it did.
“There. Done. By the power vested in me, I’ve declared you able to eat dessert first.”
“I must tell you a secret. I already possessed the ability,” I said, and she laughed, a pretty sound, like bells.
And I was halfway to hooked. Maybe it was her confidence. She seemed a few years younger than me, but there wasn’t a shred of shyness or insecurity about her. Her wit was intoxicating, and so was her beauty.
When we finished the almond cake with the caramel layer on the bottom, I was certain of two things—I didn’t want to let her get away, and I needed to see her again. “May I take you to dinner?” I asked.
She said yes.
But we didn’t wait till dinner. We spent the afternoon together, wandering around the city, strolling through the side streets, ducking into the churches and buildings and seeing the sights she wanted to explore.
All the while, I learned more about her. That she’d studied European History in college, that she’d loved traveling across the continent these last few months, and that she was looking forward to her job on Wall Street at Smith and Holloway Bank when she returned to the United States.
Mostly, she added. She was mostly looking forward to it.
“This trip is my last hurrah before I enter the working world,” she told me.
About Lauren Blakely:
Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she'll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.