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1001 Dark Nights Present: The Only One by Lauren Blakely – Review and Excerpt Tour

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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!

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– ABOUT THE ONLY ONE –

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances.
the-only-one-coverLet’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.

 

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

 

– EXCERPT –

 

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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– REVIEW –

“What if we needed those years apart so we could get it right the second time around?”

Penny to Gabriel

The Only One

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Leave it to Lauren Blakely to write the perfect second chance novella, just in time to stuff the stocking of your favorite romantic comedy lover.

Lovely twenty-one year old Penelope “Penny” Jones is traveling in Europe before starting her investment banking career. Gorgeous French/Brazilian Gabriel Mathias, twenty-four, is working his way up in the culinary industry — he’s a line chef in a Barcelona restaurant. Penny and Gabriel meet at an outdoor cafe in that most gorgeous of Spanish cities. The attraction is instantaneous and the two embark on a heated, passionate three-day affair — both recognizing that what exists between the two of them is more that a fling.

As Penny prepares to return to New York, Gabriel promises to follow her as soon as his visa is issued. The two lovers make a date to reunite at a set time in front of the fountains of Lincoln Center in New York. But when the moment arrives, Gabriel never shows. A heartbroken Penny tosses all traces of Gabriel from her life — contact information, mementoes — even the clothing she wore in Barcelona. Life goes on for Penny, a tough lesson learned.

Ten years later, Penny, having walked away from her Wall Street career, now works for Little Friends, an animal rescue shelter. She loves it. It falls to her to line up a caterer for the shelter’s annual fundraising picnic. On her short list is a restaurant called “Gabriel’s”. A little research reveals that the owner of Gabriel’s is none other that the man who stood her up ten years ago. Brave Penny stiffens her spine for her cause and comes face to face with the man who broke her heart. Much to Penny’s shock, Gabriel doesn’t seem to remember her — or does he? How is that possible? (And no — it’s not amnesia — no gorgeous men were physically harmed in the plot of this story.) Hehehe . . . .

Lauren Blakely’s The Only One is a perfect, one-sitting, sizzling and oh-so-romantic read.  Brought to you by the people at 1001 Dark Nights, The Only One is the sort of romance that harkens back to An Affair to Remember with a little bit of Moonstruck tossed in for good measure. (What a delicious mix!)  Both Penny and Gabriel were introduced in earlier Blakely novels (Well Hung and The Sexy One, respectively), but the reader does not have to be familiar with any of Blakely’s stories to read The Only One — this story absolutely stands alone. As any fan of Lauren Blakely knows, this author has the ability to write a story packed not only with heat, but with a depth to her characters that leaves the reader well-sated. Consider The Only One a delicious little dessert not to be missed.

 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

*ARC received from the author vie Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review.*

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– BUY THE BOOK –

 

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– ABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY –

 

author-pic-lauren-blakelySince 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.

 

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