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Series: 1001 Dark Nights, One Love
Published by: Evil Eye Concepts
on December 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances
Let’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 the night of my charity’s gala.
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.
THE ONLY ONE is a standalone novella following characters first introduced in THE SEXY ONE (Gabriel) and WELL HUNG (Penny).
Whenever something new comes out by the amazing Lauren Blakely, my eyes light up and my heart becomes so full! Something in her romances just speak to me on every single level and I have THE BEST time being transported to her world. It seems like I can never get enough! It seems to be a great thing because she cranked out so many amazing love stories this year, and she ends the year with a BANG with THE ONLY ONE!
I get just as much happiness out of a Lauren Blakely novella than I do a full size story. It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 pages or 300 pages, I adore and devour every single page like it’s my last! And Penny and Gabriel’s story gave me that beautiful feeling I get out of every other book from this author. Their story is unique, beautiful, and oh so sexy. Ten years ago, a woman fell in love with a man in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. When plans to meet back in the states go sideways, Penny’s happily ever after gets blown to pieces. Fast forward to present time and Penny is confronted with the one that walked away. The thing is, he doesn’t seem to remember her at all.
That’s Penny’s point of view, but what she doesn’t know is that Gabriel senses this familiarity about the beautiful woman who walks into his restaurant. Could it be his Penelope after all these years? As fate intervenes, these two are drawn together once again. Memories come to the forefront and feelings that they thought were gone, come flooding back with a vengeance. Penny and Gabriel have a second chance, but will fate be enough?
“He curls his hand around mine and kisses me deeply. It tastes like the past, like the present, and like all our tomorrows.”
Do you believe in fate? In destiny? In the alignment of the stars? Well if you don’t, Penny and Gabriel’s beautiful story will make you a believer for sure. In one of Ms. Blakely’s most romantic stories yet, THE ONLY ONE will melt your heart and mend your soul and leave you on cloud nine for a VERY long time.
The last restaurant with an opening is called Gabriel’s.
I startle as I read the name and, unexpectedly, my breath catches.
I freeze, one hand on the mascara wand, the other holding my phone. Even now, years after my valiant attempt to erase that man from my history, his name alone does something to me.
I’ve dated since him. I’ve had a few serious boyfriends. But there’s still just something about that man. Maybe that’s the curse of experiencing the best sex of your life at age twenty-one. At the time, I figured that sex with Gabriel was so great because I didn’t know better. Now, I’ve learned that sleeping with him was mind-blowing because…sleeping with him was mind- blowing.
Those three nights in Spain were magical, passionate, and beyond sensual. I’ve tried to implement Gabriel amnesia, but he still lingers in the corners of my mind. Letting go of the mascara tube, I take a breath and tell myself a name is just a name. It’s a mere coincidence that this eatery on my list shares the same name.
Except…my Gabriel was a cook. A struggling line cook in a small bistro in Barcelona that summer, planning to move to Manhattan for a job here.
I drop my forehead into my hand as a fresh wave of foolishness crashes over me. What if he’s been here all these years? What if he came to New York and simply didn’t want to see me? What if we’ve been sharing the same island for the last decade? What if he was married when we were together? What if he went home to his wife, his girlfriend, his lover?
I forced myself to stop playing this what if game ten years ago when he didn’t show for our rendezvous. I booted him from my brain and refused to linger on him, and especially on all the possible reasons why he left me alone.
Now, he’s all I can think about. I need to know if this Gabriel is my Gabriel.
When I google the restaurant, I let out an audible groan.
Try to still my shaking fingers.
He’s here. He’s in Manhattan. After a decade, I’m going to come face-to-face with the man who stole my heart and my body.