The Only One by Lauren Blakely

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 9th December 2016
The Only One by Lauren BlakelyThe Only One by Lauren Blakely
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated on December 6th 2016
Pages: 140
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one-star

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.

Some books are a hit for people, a complete miss for a very, very small minority – the latter group of which I clearly belong to. I’ve enjoyed a few of Lauren Blakely’s books this year, but this one turned it right around and into the pits for me.

The second-chance reunion trope has always been a tricky one for me to swallow hook, link and sinker unless the circumstances that led to separation, the reunion as well as what the characters did during that time are written ‘ideally’. But throw a playboy, womanising chef in the mix who whored around as his fame rocketed (who suddenly feels it’s easy to give up other women after seeing the woman he’s supposedly always wanted) however, and I was ready to toss the story to the side, even if an honest mistake led to the split.

Suddenly, Penny and Gabriel are soulmates after the brief deception goes by, and they are two people who would never look at others again…simply because they had the time of their lives in a very short 3-day affair a decade ago. It was painfully ridiculous to me (clearly I lack a romantic bone in my jaded body?), exacerbated by my own issues with womanisers and female characters’ inability to keep their quivering body in line when a hot man they’ve compared everyone else to walks past. Gabriel’s charm, so much so that it’s embedded into his identity as the sexiest chef who has droves of women after him (which he clearly takes advantage of), comes across as sleazy rather than endearing. That he tries to deny his reputation in one instant, then acknowledges it in another makes him all veneer with little depth for me. I couldn’t see much past their lust for each other, let alone accept the proposal of marriage after 2 months together…when a decade of other people just couldn’t do it for both of them.

Lauren Blakely has writing chops, no doubt. But in the attempt to elevate Penny’s and Gabriel’s connection, almost beyond the bounds of reality to the descriptions of how they make each other feel, all it merely did was to make me dislike the book a lot more…to my chagrin.

one-star

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