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ARC Review + Excerpt Tour: ‘The Only One’ by Lauren Blakely


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!


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.

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5 ‘My Penelope’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author via InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know exactly how this woman does it but.. she makes me love her books Every.Single.Time. Now it was time for a novella, but it was as wonderful as Lauren’s full-length novels. I can’t complain when she gives us another amazing (second-chance) story between two lovebirds that haven’t forgotten each other after 10 years.

The Only One is a short story belonging to the 1001 Dark Nights series which I am sure many of you know about. It tells the story of two people we met on Lauren’s famous male POV novels: Penny Jones (from Well Hung) and Gabriel Mathias (from The Sexy One). These two had three marvelous days ten years ago in Barcelona, they fell almost instantly for each other but due to heartbreaking circumstances they do not meet again until now.

Oh yes, I wish for Gabriel to regret with every fiber of his being that he left me alone on what should have been the most romantic reunion of two summer lovers ever.

Imagine the surprise when Penny discovers the only available chef for her event is the one and only, Gabriel Mathias. She is ready to face him and.. Gabriel does not remember her. Or does he? They both have changed but their feelings for each other haven’t. It was pretty intense when we discovered why Gabriel couldn’t come for Penny all those years ago. I really enjoyed how emotional this story is: second chance love stories are one of my favorites!

We fit, like we were meant to be.

“What’s really indecent, though, is how much I’m going to torment you,” he says with a fiery glint in his eyes.
“Why would you torture me?”
“Because,” he growls. “I want you to know that you’re worth waiting for.”

And when all these emotions are mixed with off-the-charts chemistry and funny banter? Even better! You know how good Lauren is with all of this if you have read her books before. Gabriel and Penny are adorable together and I loved that they finally had their much deserved happily ever after.

There’s no past that can come between what was meant to be.

Therefore, my rating for The Only One is 5 STARS because this was a great love story, with fantastic and deep characters that have awesome moments together. I would have loved even more of these two because I loved them so much! But it definitely left me completely satisfied so I can’t complain! Be sure to check this novella out if you have enjoyed Lauren’s stories in the past!



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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About the author

author-pic-lauren-blakelySince self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 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 ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she’ll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter,!

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