The One Series: The Only One #1
on February 14, 2014
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How well do you really know the one you love? An erotic novel full of obsessive love, dark secrets, and unquenchable lust, Belle Ami’s The One proves that no one is quite who they seem.
Adelia, a rising star in the equestrian world, is still reeling from her parents’ deaths in a tragic car accident when she meets green energy investment banker Miles Bremen and his charming yet inscrutable twin sister, Karolin. With his insatiable lust, Miles ignites a passion within Adelia she never knew existed, and the two quickly find themselves entwined in a torrid affair that knows no bounds. Little does Adelia know, however, that her meeting of the Bremen twins was no accident. Carefully selected as “the one” for her unsettling resemblance to the emotionally and physically damaged Karolin, Adelia is targeted to marry Miles and bear the children that Karolin cannot have.
The One is a razor edge mystery that enfolds on the playgrounds of the super rich, from Trump Tower to the Hamptons and Palm Beach; to the Amalfi Coast aboard Miles’s mega-yacht Green Way, The One is irresistible as the reader is drawn into Adelia’s journey through a suspenseful – and erotic world. An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave readers breathless in more ways than one, The One is an irresistible journey through—new territory that fans of romantic fiction are bound to love.
Too much tell and not enough show in this book. DNF at 16%
The beginning was a tiny bit exciting, which I’m giving a half star for that car crash. Sadly, I didn’t care about the characters, so I just stared at them in the bottom of the ravine feeling nothing, just as I felt about them arguing in the car before they went through the guardrail.
Then we get a REALLY long explanation about jumping horses. I don’t care. I signed up to read an erotic suspense novel, not a how-to book for jumping horses over rails.
Then she gets a date with a guy, but a date isn’t actually set, and she seemingly never hears from him again. Then a few weeks later, he shows up out of the blue at her ranch when she looks like shit and smells worse. Then she showers and he compliments her. (See how I’m telling you the story without SHOWING you the story? You feel nothing, right? That’s how I felt reading this. Nothing.)
The thing that made me DNF was their dinner date. Wait. Back up. How comfortable would you be, as a woman, to take a shower when there’s a stranger, a MAN stranger, in your home? Okay, moving on. She reminds the guy that he promised her his life story. This is their first date, mind you, but he launches into some long boring story filled with facts and figures that I feel like I’m going to be tested about on Friday if I don’t remember this shit until the end of the book. It was like reading his story from a dry history textbook. Yawn. It didn’t mention ANYTHING about how she was thinking or feeling while he rambled on for pages. I don’t know about you, but I would have run SCREAMING from that first date. I felt no connection between the two people. There was more connection between them on the cover of the book than between the pages. Don’t judge this book by the pretty cover (which gave the other half star).
Dearest Belle Ami, please rewrite this book. It definitely has potential, but the boring parts need to be chopped out. You need to picture the story in your mind and then SHOW us that story. Don’t TELL us. Telling gives no one the feels. I want to feel something in an erotic romance, preferably in my core or my heart…even better…both.