Review: The Only One by Lauren Blakely

Posted December 14, 2016 by collecto in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Collage / 1 Comment

Review: The Only One by Lauren BlakelyThe Only One by Lauren Blakely
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Published by Evil Eye Concepts on December 6th 2016
Genres: Romance
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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)

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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Jenn’s Review: 4 Stars


Wonderful and blissful story about a second chance for true and only love!

This was a quick and cute story to read that I enjoyed really much. At the beginning there was a slight touch of doubts and betrayal and such an enormous urge to find out what went wrong when everything should have been a fairy tale ending. Gabriel and Penny were such an adorable couple to keep me company and their feelings for each other were as real and true now as they were ten years ago.

The pace was good, writing very understandable and reachable for readers. And everything went so perfectly well that if this was written by anyone else then Lauren Blakely. I would expect some awful devastating twist coming that would destroy all the happiness but no. This is Lauren and as always you can count on her delivering full package deal each time with a very satisfying and feel good happy ending.

There was one quote in the book that got a piece of my heart and this is more than a quote, this is something that is very present and could be used in everyone’s lives. We can all learn something from it and most importantly remember it even when sunshine is clouded by dark storms, love can still conquer it all!!!

“Love isn’t all or nothing.
It’s a million variations and some days are better than other.” 


Angy’s Review: 4 Stars


The Only One is a novella about second chances, true love and forgiveness. Lauren wrote a new romantic story about Penny and Gabriel finding their way back together, about how life gave them back what’s truly theirs and of course, about happily ever afters.

This short story started ten years ago when Penny got her heart broken by Gabriel, the sexy European guy she met in Spain. They had plans to continue their summer romance in NYC but sadly Gabriel stood her up without an explanation and they lost all kind of contact. Ten years later Penny was organizing an event and needed catering and the best quick option was Gabriel’s restaurant and that’s when Penny’s past collided with her present. She was in shock to know it was HER Gabriel, the man who made her feel so many emotions during one summer in Europe, who she had to work with now, but she was more shocked to know he didn’t recognize her. BUT… This is a love story and it’s a Lauren Blakely’s book, so the attraction, the sexual tension, and of course the love is intense and off the charts.

I recommend this book for all readers who want a quick sexy and romantic read, with a little of drama, a little or fun and a lot of a French lover.

“Did you think I’d forget what drives you wild?”
“Oh God,”


Vivian’s Review: 4 Stars


I was very happy to hear that Gabriel and Penny were getting a novella. After reading THE SEXY ONE and WELL HUNG, I was intrigued and curious if Lauren would give them a story and she did! THE ONLY ONE is a standalone (and spinoff) novella following characters first introduced in THE SEXY ONE (Gabriel) and WELL HUNG (Penny). It is part of the 1,001 DARK NIGHTS series.

Penny Jones, owner of “Little Friends” animal rescue, is organizing a “Picnic in the Park” to raise money for a coalition of local animal rescues. Currently, she is in desperate need of finding the perfect restaurant with a menu that is both sophisticated and informal, so that it will help encourage the guests to donate to the shelters. Her assistant sets up interviews with a couple restaurants and after some duds, she comes upon her last interview at “Gabriel’s”. “Even now, years after my valiant attempt to erase that man from my history, his name alone does something to me.” Penny. The man she was completely dazzled by and given her virginity to over a decade ago, was here in Manhattan. The last time she saw him was in Spain when he promised to meet her at the fountain in Manhattan…but he never showed. Now, ten years later, she’s coming face to face with her “international man of mystery” and she doesn’t know how to react. She wants to move forward with her life, but how can she when she has so many questions about their past? Why didn’t he show? Was she imaging their connection? She’s grown and changed in the ten years that have passed, but the minute she sees Gabriel, she knows her heart (and libido) haven’t forgotten…they still very much want Gabriel, even though he broke her heart that fated day many years ago.

Gabriel Mathias is the owner and chef at Gabriel’s. He is a rising “rock-star” chef who now runs in cookware, cookbooks, and more. He’s been coined as the “ladies man of the kitchen”. And with his new restaurant opening in a few months, he’s been looking to make a splash. He has the potential to cater for a “Picnic in the Park” fund raiser for local animal rescues, which could be just the splash he needs. With the life he’s lived, he knows that fortunes can turn on a dime, so he is seeking any opportunities he can. Upon his interview with the owner and organizer of the picnic, he has this sense of déjà vu. He feels like he knows this woman he is meeting with, but she doesn’t quite fit his beloved Penelope he knew 10 years ago. “This woman is more…sophisticated.” –Gabriel. He finds himself completely drawn to this Penny woman. It’s been 10 years since he’s felt this kind of attraction. And when he does finally put two and two together and realizes WHO she is, the attraction is undeniable.

“My head spins, dizzy with desire that’s lived through the years. Set on a low flickering flame, like a blue light, it’s now hot and fiery once more.” –Gabriel.

All that pent up desire combusts. But there’s been 10 years in between their first encounters to now. A lot has changed for them both. Can Penny move past the hurt of being left behind? Can Gabriel live with the fact that his Penelope had a whole life without him, when he always thought of her as HIS?

“Sure a decade has passed. Maybe we’ve both changed and grown. But some things remain the same. The chemistry that ignited us in Barcelona is even more powerful ten years later in New York.” –Penny.

These two were passionate, witty, and sexy throughout the whole novella. They both had to get passed their own hang ups, as a result of Barcelona, in order for them to fully come together as a couple. The “one that got away” aspect in a storyline is always a joy to read and Lauren wrote that element wonderfully. Lauren did what she does best and made these two characters perfectly compatible and entertaining. I love second-chance romances because of the “how do they find their way back to each other?” question. Penny and Gabriel have a sad story on how things ended after Barcelona, but fate plays a key part in their lives and tells them when the time is right and Barcelona wasn’t their time…but ten years later was. And even though, this was a novella, I felt the flow and speed was perfect. Gabriel and Penny’s story was short and sweet and I feel a longer novel would’ve been too much and drawn out for their story.


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