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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review and Excerpt Tour! The Only One by Lauren Blakely

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.

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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 lean closer to the table, soften my voice. “Forgive me, but you look so familiar…”

Her eyes widen, and something vulnerable seems to flash in them. She brings a hand to her hair. “I do?”

I nod vigorously. “Yes. So much. It’s eerie.”

She swallows. “We all remind each other of others, don’t we?”

“Perhaps we do,” I say. I’m not sure what to make of her answer so I return to the matter at hand, telling her more of what I would make for her charity fundraiser. My business manager, Eduardo, alerted me to this opportunity the other day when it landed on his desk. With my new restaurant opening a few months ago, I’ve been looking to make a splash in Manhattan. Reviews have been amazing and business has been robust, but I know that fortunes can turn on a dime. Hell, do I ever f*cking know that. “And I would make the most fantastic desserts for you, too,” I say with a wink, because that reminds me of the afternoon I met the girl in Barcelona—we’d both been eating dessert at a street-side café, where we’d started flirting.

“Desserts are my specialty.”

“What would you make?” she asks, then she murmurs oh God when I tell her what I’d create for the sweetest course. The soft sound she makes stirs something in my chest, then sends a rush of heat below the belt. That sense of déjà vu sharpens, and a reel of images snaps before my eyes, like puzzle pieces fighting to connect.

I scrub a hand over my jaw, arching an eyebrow. It’s driving me crazy. “Are you sure we’ve never met?”


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Lauren Blakely delivers another deliciously sweet and decadently sexy second-chance romance with The Only One. If you’re a fan of her work, you’ll recognize our main characters from books such as Well Hung and The Sexy One. If this is your first exposure to Lauren Blakely’s writing don’t worry-this is a standalone novella for sure...but I guarantee you’ll want to read more of her work after this.
 

The Only One is the story of Penny, our confident heroine who runs Little Friends, and Gabriel, a sexy celebrity chef with a new restaurant in NYC. The two had met ten years earlier in Barcelona and had a whirlwind romance, promising to meet again in New York one week after Penny leaves. Through a twist of fate the two aren’t reunited until years later, and while Penny has mentally prepared herself to see Gabriel again, she isn’t prepared for the fact that he does not seem to immediately recognize her.
 

I fell hard for Gabriel right along with Penny. A man who can cook, has an accent AND is sexy? Sign me up, please! I loved that on some primal level he did recognize Penny-even when she denied knowing him at first. Watching him rediscover her and fall for her all over again was a complete joy. I’d like to say he can take me dancing or cook me paella anytime, anytime at all.

I adore how this author portrays her heroines. I inevitably want to be friends with them, and Penny is no different. I would love to go have a purple snow globe with her (ok, and Gabriel ;) ) or walk through Central Park with her and Shortcake. She’s strong on her own and I just love that. 

This novella really hit the spot for me. Full of romance, sweet moments to make me swoon and steamy sections, The Only One left me smiling and sighing, exactly what I look for in a Lauren Blakely book. I highly recommend this novella and can’t wait to see what is in store next from this author!

Dear Lauren Blakely, 

Stop it. Seriously, just stop. I can't handle the fact that every single book grabs me from the beginning. I'm exhausted because I devour the book and I can't put it down, I'm tired of reading books that leave tears in my eyes and my heart in my throat as I fall totally in love with yet another one of your heroes.

Ok. Not really complaints and please don't stop.

Gabriel and Penny were phenomenal. They were like the perfect desert... something to be savored slowly and fully enjoyed. The "does he know me" and "is that her" tension was exquisite and so immediately engaging you felt a kinship with each of them... you know how it feels to not know how their story was going to play out.

The moment when he just KNEW...my heart jumped. I won't spoil it for you, but I will admit I read the scene more than once.

This is a novella, but yet again, it feels like a much longer story. You get characters you love and get to know and a story that flows from point to point while building a wonderful tension with the narrative. It's perfect.

So, Ms. Blakely, I guess what I'm saying is don't stop writing books that are this good... because I love knowing that the next one is coming, that I will love it, and that it will be as good as this one.

And, in case you missed it, you really want to read this novella.



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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


Praise for Lauren Blakely and THE ONLY ONE:

 

"An extraordinarily dreamy love story that will melt your heart!"
~Beneath The Covers Book Blog

"This is an epic second chance romance that filled my heart with love, hope and longing."
~5-Stars! Two Book Pushers

"Lauren has knocked this one out of the park and down the street into the kitchen of Rocco DiSpirito. This book is smart, sexy, and full of surprises with characters you can't help but fall in love with. I want to find my very own Gabriel now. A sexy man with an accent who can cook for me. Who could ask for anything more?"
~Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews

"Insanely romantic and so genuinely charming..."
~Fresh Fiction Reviewer


Lauren Blakely’s THE ONLY ONE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule


December 7th

Hart's Romance Pulse – Review

2 Girls & Their Kindles – Review

AC BOOK BLOG – Review & Excerpt

As You Wish Reviews – Review & Excerpt

BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

Little Red Reading Hood – Review & Excerpt

Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads – Review & Excerpt

December 8th

BookSmacked – Review & Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Crazy Daisy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Lightning City Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review

Reading Frenzy Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Sofia Loves Books – Review

December 9th

Ramblings From This Chick – Review

A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt

Barbara's Book Reviews – Excerpt

Beneath The Covers Blog – Review & Excerpt

Knotty Girl Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Review

Princess Reads – Review & Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Stacey is Sassy – Review

December 10th

Bad boys and Bedtime stories book blog – Review

Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt

Liz's Reading Life – Review & Excerpt

Read All the Romance – Review & Excerpt

Readers Retreats – Review & Excerpt

The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

WickedGoodReads – Review

December 11th

SnoopDoo's Book Reviews – Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt

Lucia's Book Reviews – Review

Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Bookery Review – Review

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

Bookaholic & Kindle – Review

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt

December 12th

Ashley Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents – Excerpt

Go Read A Book – Review

In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt

Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt

Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt

Maddy's Reading – Review & Excerpt

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review & Excerpt

She Hearts Books – Review

December 13th

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt

Musings of the Modern Belle – Review & Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

Night Owl Reader – Review & Excerpt

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

Romanticamente Fantasy Sito – Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

December 14th

2 girls who love books – Excerpt

Collector of book boyfriends – Review

Naughty Moms' Story Time – Review & Excerpt

Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt

Alba and Her Secrets..♥ Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

books are love – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book BLog – Review & Excerpt

I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt

Stephanie's Sexy Reads (soon to be Naughty Girls and Their Books) – Review & Excerpt

December 15th

Jackie's Book World – Review

The Reading Belles – Review

Books Need TLC – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

JaymeBooks – Review & Excerpt

Joandisalovebooks – Review & Excerpt

Lina's Reviews: A Book Blog – Review

Novel Addiction – Review

Queenzany – Review & Excerpt

December 16th

Bloggin' With M.Brennan – Review

naughty and nice book blog – Review

Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt

Relentless book chics ramblings and reviews – Review & Excerpt

S3OC – Review & Excerpt

Shelly's Book Corner – Review

Straight Shootin' Book Reviews – Review

The Whispering pages book blog – Review & Excerpt

Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt

 

 

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