Vi Harris tests every bit of my strength. She is my own personal challenge. She has the potential to make me weak at a time when I'm determined to show everyone just how bloody strong I am....
The dreaded friend zone - the last place I ever want to be with college basketball god Jake LaShae....
Tanner Harris has been busy shagging his way through the ladies of east London....
Camden Harris, the famously hot, hulk of a footballer is laid up in a London hospital....
Sharing a bedroom wall with your best friend from childhood quickly turns to anything but sweet and innocent....
Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception - but for all the wrong reasons....
Devlin and Reese have an unstoppable pull like centrifugal force, and both bad boy bikers are determined to take me on a high-powered ride I'll never forget....
Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment....
This isn't another "I hate you because I secretly love you" story. Boy really does hate girl. And this isn't just a forbidden love story. This is obsession at its darkest....
My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make. I slept with my student, a senior in high school. Multiple times....
Have you ever set out to have a one night stand with a sexy stranger? No? I’m the only one? Just kidding, I would never. Ever. Not usually. But then I figured, why not? My entire life I’ve been....
They tell you that a parent's love is all consuming. I never put much thought into it. Not until the minute I heard her take her first breath. That little girl is my world. I'd do anything....
I'm writing this letter because it's highly doubtful I'll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes. We're totally wrong for each other. You're the proper single mum....
The first time I met Caine West was in a bar. He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out. When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight....
Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything....
You have the right to remain sexy. Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed....
Getting screwed over backstage by my married ex tears my heart into a million tiny pieces. I live in my pointe shoes, not even my ex can taint my love for ballet....
Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can't seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition....
My name is Reyna Miracle. Even though a part of my name is Miracle, there's nothing miraculous about me. My body portrays the tales of my life. Every feeling, every heartbreak, every emotion. Marked. Inked. Stained. A walking canvas of my messed up truth.
But there's one confession I can't put in a tattoo. A confession that will kill me to tell, but my best friend died before I had the chance.
Now I'm left with him. The only one who can hold me in the night and squeeze that spot on my neck that feels like my lifeline between sanity and chaos.
But we don't work together. We're absolute poison for each other. We're a stifling, suffocating, sickness of darkness.
But I feel safe...because I've made an art of pushing people away.
Now he's pushing back....
And making me believe....
Making me wonder....
Maybe, just maybe....
I could be the one.
I had a hard time rating this book. I enjoyed the writing style and the story line but I did have a few issues with this book. The characters for one were very hard to connect with for me. Reyna was way to much a drama queen for me. I get that she knew loss but it felt like an excuse to be damaged too me (especially the whole sisters thing). She was a love tornado, taking down every man in her wake and turning a blind eye to their feelings claiming no one could love her. Her now best friend Hayden is an alcoholic with issues stemming from his sisters death. They are a terrible pair, they fed into each others problems and she is blind to all the issues their friendship creates for him especially. Liam is her "dead best friends fiancé", she has a history with him and she runs, crushing him when he needs her most. I loved his character even though he dealt with way more crap then I would have. In the end I love that all of these characters found their way and grew. Even though I had things I didn't like, this book did exactly what a book should, it sucked me in from page one and I didn't stop until it was over. The story line, the writing, the narration and the great cover is why I gave it 4 stars.
The narration was good. At first I didn't think I'd enjoy the accents but I got used to them very quickly.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Not the One is a beautiful story about Reyna Miracle and the tragedies that have shaped her life. There were so many powerful moments that anyone who has experienced loss can truly identity with. This isn't your typical boy meets girl, things go awry and then they make up and the world is perfect. You really feel the struggles of all the characters. It's imperfect and touching and will reach your heart in a way many books don't. There is also humor from the wacky Brits that Amy Daws loves to write about that will keep you laughing.
The narrator definitely had some issues with the male voices/accents but I still HIGHLY recommend this book. Looking forward to more from Amy Daws!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The narration was great and brought the book to life for me.
This was a realistic story that goes back and forth telling the story about Reyna and Liam.
Reyna is broken and carry the burden of having cheated on her best friend Melissa. Reyna has spiraled out of control after the death of her best friend. Flashbacks from 3 years prior show just how deep the past still haunts her.
Liam sees her 3 years after their graduation and tries to approach her. She is full of doubts, regrets, and unwanted feelings. She doesn't usually let anyone in but when things go too far, she has to evaluate her life, get help, and see herself in a different light.
Reyna has vivid dreams that caused a bit of confusion for me a few times. The timeline back and forth is a bit choppy at times.
One of my favorite characters was Frank.
Overall, this is a very emotional story and truly quite different than what I'm used to reading. I did enjoy it quite a bit.
I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely, because this book is about second changes and conquering obstacles if one is dedicated .
What was one of the most memorable moments of Not the One?
The most memorable moment was when Rena's mom tells her how she really feels about Rena's choices for the first time.
What does Cassandra Trullo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She brings life to the story and her British accent was right on. She brings out Rena's spunky attitude.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes I really wanted to know what happened because I got caught up in the story with the characters.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I love this narrator. She breathed life into these characters with her accents and her tone. I still hear them in my head. I am new to audio books but if this is th etalent I have been missing I am definitely gonna start buying more.
This book hurt my heart. It was such a sad, tragic story that I thought for sure was not going to end the way I expected it too. I have never been so happy to be wrong!
I get her guilt, but the real stand out for me was Liam. His vulernability still gives me the shivers. And Hayden's downward spiral was painful to listen to as well.
The ending kinda blew me away, it wasn't rushed, like, she wasn't better overnight. She had a constant struggle to come to terms with her skewed verson of herself she saw in the mirror every morning. It fit in just right for me. I am for sure going to read the next one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It was a very well written and thought out book ,but the lead female got on my nerves from the beginning of the book until the end. She was a whining ,simpering mess that I could not relate to. By the end of the book I wasn't even sure if I wanted her to have a happy ending or not.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I liked this book! It is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I loved the ending! Reyna is a beautiful young woman who falls in love and tries to fight it the entire time . Reyna also is the sole living child of quintuplets. As life come full circle for her, we get a birds-eye view of how she feels fro the inside.
This is my first read by the author, Amy Daws. I have to say I liked the book. Miss Daws has a creative view for books and a way of expressing emotions thru her words.The narrator, Cassandra Trullo did a great job o the delivery of this story. I loved all the different voices and her accents are spot on! It was a very smooth read.
I received this audiobook as a gift to introduce me to author's writing. I liked it and decided to leave a review for it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Really was a a great concept with an interesting love triangle. You could fall in love with a few characters in this book including a very flamboyant Frank (aka franks-n-beans). Frank was also a good tension reliever at many points with his humor. The Liam and Hayden created a very captivating push n pull environment, kept me intrigued to the last chapter. I didn't love the narration. There were a lot of different accents in this book, which weren't done very well. The Latino accent sounded middle eastern, the British accents were over-done, etc. not to mention I didn't like the attempt at male characters. There were also parts where the tone or inflection did not come close to matching what was occurring in the book (i.e. She was supposed to sound angry but tone sounded maybe excited?) however I didn't feel that the narration took anything away from the enjoyment of the story.
I received this audible book for free in exchange for an honest review.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
This was a pretty intense book, emotional, and a little heart breaking too.
So much loss it’s hard to see the light with how much Reyna has to go through. I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say we have familial loss and friend loss and then a lot of self-destruction.
But it’s also a story of hop and finding yourself through the darkness. Maybe even a little self-discovery and know when something is bad for you when to let go. And when to fight, for what you truly want.
Some of the time I didn't really like Reyna I kind of wanted to shake her and be like it’s not all about you!! Can’t you see what you’re doing or what is happening around you!!
I loved Hayden her best friend, you can’t help but feel for the guy and understand why he does the things he does.
Liam I kind of wanted to punch in the face too esp. near the endish.. I mean dude… DUDE!!
But I guess that kind of what makes a good book right when you want to shake and hug and punch the characters and you still want to finish the book?? So over all I enjoyed this book!!
*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*
13 of 22 people found this review helpful
4.5 Stars This story was so emotional with darkness and desperation that Cassandra Trullo brings to life. You can actually feel what the characters feel.
Loving this series so much, but I've got to say I struggled to be sympathetic to Reyna. I found her to be cruel, selfish and pretty much, not a nice person. She was a dreadful best friend, girlfriend and daughter. I loved the story, and I loved the the characters (all except Reyna). Liam was adorable, maybe even perfect, I loved that all the characters tie in with each other from previous and future books. Second chance, friends to lovers, love story. A must for Amy Daws fans. I can't seem to get enough of this series.
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Review Left after reading:<br/><br/>I have to say that when I started this book, I really thought I wasn't going to enjoy it. I didn't take to the lead Reyna and thought I was going to struggle but then boom, I was 50% in, really routing for Rey and thought there's no way I can stop now, I have to finish this book to see how everything pans out. <br/><br/>This is not a sickly sweet romance. The characters are dark and gritty and the story covers some real emotional topics, but for me, that's what makes this book stand out. Interesting and engrossing characters that are multi dimensional and when the characters do have that edge to them it makes the romance and HEA all the sweeter. <br/><br/>I had not read anything from Amy before but that won't be the case after this. I hadn't read the previous books in this series and didn't feel I missed out so would definitely say this could be read as a S/A. I would more than happily recommend this book.<br/><br/>Audible review:<br/>I have to say that when I initially started listening to this, I wasn't sure I would be able to continue as the British accents were too Dick Van Dyke circa Mary Poppins, but thankfully I did get used to it and once I was able to push it to the back. That being sais, I did enjoy this on audio and it is a great book.