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Published by Evil Eye Concepts on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Inkslinger PR
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.
THE ONLY ONE is a standalone novella following characters first introduced in THE SEXY ONE (Gabriel) and WELL HUNG (Penny).
The Only One: A One Love Novella
By Lauren Blakely
Sometimes heartbreak happens for a reason.
How would you feel if the only one had made a success of himself and became known as The sexiest chef….The hottest cook…The heartbreaker in the kitchen…? Well, if I was a better person, I’d probably be happy for their success. I honestly can’t say I’m the better person. I think I’d be a wee bit resentful…especially if the only one broke my heart and I didn’t know why.
The Only One starts off with a prologue showing us ten years ago when Penny was stood up by the one man who she thought could be her future. They had set a time and a place to meet after they both landed in Manhattan. Penny had met Gabriel in Barcelona at the tail end of her summer travels across Europe. Gabriel was getting ready to head to America for a job. Their time together had been short but very intense and Penny was convinced it was the start of love.
She waited…but he never showed.
Penny, being young and hurt, removed every trace of the man who broke her heart. Unfortunately, removing the photos can’t remove her memory and even now, ten years later, she still questions what went wrong.
Considering her heartbreak, Penny has managed to make a fairly good life for herself. She’s made friends, fell in and out of love, changed careers and found her calling in a job that gives her a lot of satisfaction. Imagine her surprise (horror) when the one man who broke her heart pops back onto her radar.
Penny’s job involves raising money for Little Friends, the animal rescue place she runs. A fund-raising picnic is being organised and a last minute cancellation by the caterer means Little Friends needs to find a new one pronto. Gabriel’s is a restaurant that may be able to help them…and could possibly be run by her previous lover? Fate couldn’t be that cruel…could it?
Gabriel has a meeting with a new client. At first sight, he is captivated by her and consumed with a feeling of knowing her already. Gabriel feels certain that this Penny is the Penelope who he met and fell for in Barcelona. But it couldn’t be…because she’s acting like she’s never met him before. No matter, Gabriel is determined to get to know this Penny better. He likes her looks but he also likes her humour and personality too. He knows that he shouldn’t mix business with pleasure but in this case, he’s willing to take the risk.
Imagine Gabriel’s surprise when this Penny is the only one.
Fate had played a nasty trick on Gabriel and Penny but now it is time to let the past go and see if there is still the same connection.
Penny and Gabriel have a lot of history to cover. How and what went wrong is only one thing that needs to be discussed. Can Penny get past the fact that Gabriel is seen as a sex symbol? Will Gabriel be able to deal with the fact Penny hasn’t stopped living because they were apart ten years? It’s not easy…but love never is.
I really enjoyed this novella and I definitely think it has to do with my love of Lauren Blakely’s work. She has created great characters that are real and lovable. They’re not perfect and make mistakes just like everyone else. There are sexy times, but it’s more than just “getting it on”. You can’t help but see the connection and love that grows.
The Only One could easily be read as a standalone and would be a great way to test the waters and see if Ms Blakely’s style suits. When you do (couldn’t possibly be IF…), lucky for you there are plenty of other books to check out.
I can’t wait for Full Package to come out in January.
From New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes THE ONLY ONE, a sexy new standalone novella in her One Love Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!
About THE ONLY ONE:
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 for my charity’s event.
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.
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.
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