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The One Paperback – September 30, 2016
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Top Customer Reviews
by Russ Underwood
Main Characters: Ethan & Summer
I volunteered to review an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
3 out of 5 stars
I liked the beginning of this book. This romance is told from Ethan's pov. I really have not read too many books from the man's point of view. I did the find the writing kind of stilted, or old fashioned or stiff or maybe it just didn't ring true for me on how a man would think. The hardest part I had was when Ethan & Summer met. Too much thinking on Ethan's part made it seem unbelievable. I did like the fact that they didn't jump right into bed. There were some surprises and shocks in the story. I think if you were to re-edit it and develop the characters more, it could be a very good romance. I like the fact that the epilogue tied up loose endings but I think the way it was told it made it sound like a story, if that make any sense. I think the book could also be shortened somewhat, sometimes it just had too much extra info in it which did not seem relevant. I would however read it again if Ethan's thoughts were a little more believable. All in all this is a good first book for the author.
This story is told from the Ethan's point of view. The story flows decently well throughout and progresses. For a debut novel, it is a good effort with some slightly room for improvement. There are some minor areas where there could be more to the story, but it does not make the book less impacting too much. It was an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing how this author grows in upcoming books.
This story is a sweet romance that I couldn't get enough of I truly wanted more when I finished it! I look forward to more amazing stories by this author. This is one book you should put on your TBR list and then read as soon as possible.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book by Russ Underwood.
Ethan has the perfect life, or at least that is what he thinks. He has a great job, beautiful wife, a nice home and he is content. Everything in his life is about to change. He decides to surprise his wife on their anniversary and comes home to his friend and co-worker in bed with her. He is outraged and tells the both of them they better be gone by the time he returns. In that moment he decides he will never fall in love again. He doesn't want to be that vulnerable again. He also doesn't want to be let down or have his heart broken again either. He makes a new life for himself and strikes up a new friendship as well. Eventually his new friend convinces him to take a vacation and encourages him to find love again. During his vacation he meets Summer and he is intrigued by her right away. He is drawn to her too. The more time he spends with her the more he realizes he is in love with her. Can he get over his past to have a future with her? Or will he continue to wallow in the past and deny himself love and happiness?
Summer's life isn't perfect but she is happy. She loves her son Jake and isn't looking for love. She has to deal with her ex and that is no fun. She will do anything for her son. When she sees a man across the road she is instantly aware of her attraction to him. She hoped he would come and talk to her but it didn't happen. Then fate steps in and the two of them end up at the same table in a restaurant she eats at a lot. By the end of the night she knows she wants to know more about him and wants to spend time together. Their relationship progresses and Jake likes him too. Things are going good...but then something comes up that might ruin what they have found. Will things work out? Or will she regret everything?
I would recommend The One to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances. It is well written, the story is real, and the plot moves at a steady pace. There was a lot that I liked about the story and only a couple of things that I really didn't. It's a solid 4.5 star read. I think some of the drama was unnecessary, but I also think that it needed to happen for the characters to grow. It wasn't drama for dramas sake. It was just something I really didn't care for. Overall though the story was quite enjoyable.