Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: The One - Kristin Vayden

When your best friend is also your boss, ‘great ideas’ aren’t always optional. 
After all, when you run the largest fashion, gossip and trend blog in the country, you got to take risks to keep it edgy. 
Believe me. This is edgy. 
The idea? For one week, date every male fantasy. 
The list? 
The Jock 
The Rock star 
The Billionaire 
The Stepbrother 

See how they are all crossed off except one? That’s because he’s Satan. 
And Scottish. 
And my best friend’s stepbrother. 
And there may or may not have been an incident in Jr. high that he hasn’t forgiven me for…but that’s history. 
Or so I hope, because I’m at his mercy for the next week…

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How have I missed reading this author's work before?! Before I picked up The One, I had never even heard of this author, yet now I can't seem to get enough.

Ever have that arch nemesis growing up? Your best friend's brother who for some reason you enjoyed making his life miserable every minute of every day? That's the characters in this story. Meredith is in over her head. Her best friend has somehow talked her into a blind date musical chairs of sorts. She's got two weeks to date every woman's fantasy and write about how each date went. She dated the athlete. The Rockstar. The Billionaire. And the Stepbrother. And that last one is where she hit a snag. She doesn't have a stepbrother, so her best friend's stepbrother would have to do. Kirby, the nemesis of her teenage years, with his broad shoulders and Scottish brogue has only gotten hotter. Too bad he still rubs her the wrong way.

From the moment these two see each other again it's like watching two children. They take every opportunity to needle each other and make each other miserable. Unfortunately we're not treated to the knowledge of what exactly it was that Meredith did to Kirby in the past that angered him so much that even years later he's still upset over it. We are left to wonder and speculate at what childish prank she pulled. However, what ever it was, it didn't do anything to stop the ardor between these two as adults.

The characters are endearing and Meredith's experiences during her speed blind dates reminded me of Murphy's Law. Anything that could go wrong will go wrong, and on her dates they did, in all it's hilarious glory. I spent so much time laughing while I was reading this that my husband frequently asked what was so funny and why was I smiling. If you want to read something that is sweet and romantic in the "he pulled your hair because he likes you" sort of way and want a laugh, this is definitely one you have to try out.

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