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The Only One (The Only Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love the drama and emotion good New Adult books contain, sometimes that's just what I want to read and yesterday I
began this story. I loved it, full of good plots, emotion, and great characters. There's Melanie, quiet, studious and
hardworking, her best friend Monica, Monica's boyfreind Trey, and of course John Boy....ah John Boy!
I hadn't realised there was an earlier book about Monica and Trey, but they're each standalone novels ( hurrah!!) though
the characters overlap. I'd love to read the first novel - its now on my wishlist...This book is great, not just a typical
college drama, but one where the people involved have to cope with some really upsetting news. We see just how
important family and friends are when the chips are down, how easy it would be to just give up without that support.
Melanie meets John Boy at a party. She's not really the party type but has been dragged out of her studying by Monica and
Trey, and John Boy bumps into her, spilling her drink all down her. He calls her Red after that from the colour of the drink,
a name he continues with throughout the story. He keeps on finding her after that - at the coffee shop where she works, at
her lectures where he shares some of her classes...and though he's a renowned man-whore he acts differently with Melanie.
He's with her when she gets That phone call - the one that changes so much of her life, where its devastating news for her
and she's so upset. He's not the sort to cope with tears usually, but Melanie brings out a side of him he didn't know
existed and he's there for her - even when she keeps pushing him away. He likes the person being with her makes him
become, some one more than the shallow person he was.
Oh poor Melanie - having been through sometimeng very similar I have to say how well her emotions were written, that's
exactly how I felt at times, scared, not knowing what to do, pushing people away, wanting to just curl up and ignore
everything....and then John Boy, who was such a great support. I really felt for him at times, Melanie was so uncertain, so
convinced he's leave her for someone else, and it seemed nothing he could do would convince her.
Its a beautiful story, just the right amount of sadness and drama, mixed up with some very hot and sensual moments. It felt
like real life, when too many NA feel over constructed and devolved from reality. I could imagine this unfolding in real life
exactly as it did in the book. A great read.
Stars: Five, cracking book.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
So here is a list of the things wrong with this book.
1) The character development was appalling, the lead male character remained a mystery up till the end of the book. All one really finds about him is that he was in a fraternity and he was a manwhore before he met the lead female character. I can't even say what year of college he was in, oh yeah we did find out his major.
2) The book clearly was not edited or proof read. There were so many continuity issues, so many things didn't add up, it was a right mess. I get the feeling the author wrote it all in one sitting and then without reading it over herself and having it edited or proof read just put it up for sale. I might be wrong but that is what comes across to me.
3) Some of the dialogue was just too cringeworthy, I did actually physically cringe while reading some of it.
4) Last but not the least some aspects of the story line was too contrived. When it comes to writing, too many NA authors are of the mindset that any means justifies the end. So I'm writing a book and I want an accident to happen, how I make that accident happen is irrelevant so long as the accident happens. The process/actions leading to the accident happening don't have to make any sense whatsoever so long as the accident happens. It's like one is watching one of those crazy out of the realm of reality Brazilian novelas
Ten points to Gryffindor!! Another wonderful book from Magan Vernon! This particular book had a very special message in it that I think a lot of women will identify with, but no spoilers from me, nope. I have to say that the two main leads could not be more different but there is poetry in opposition. Our lady fair is the hard working and incredibly intelligent Melanie Wilder. Mel doesn’t come from the richest of families so she spends a lot of time working at the local coffee shop and then the remainder of her time studying. One night a friend of hers convinces her to go to a frat party where we meet our knight-errant, John Boy. I got to say that in the beginning I did not like John; he had this juvenile/horny as hell personality that I find annoying. But he TOTALLY redeemed himself in my eyes; I am 100% Team John Boy now. Mel gets some really bad news at the beginning of the book and it was interesting to follow her journey as she faces her fears and grows stronger the whole time John is there for her completely (whether she wants him there or not). There isn’t a ton of sex in this book but there’s a reason for that and I think in this kind of story that sex can be detracting from the relationship that forms through the course of the book. But what sex there is hella hot!!!! So really it’s a matter of quality over quantity. This book also has Magan Vernon’s trademark humor and sarcasm, which I love. The plot line manages to walk the line between humor and drama which makes for a very rewarding read.
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