THE ONLY ONE: New Release Review

Title: The Only One
Series: Sweetbriar Cove #3
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 10, 2017

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Brooke Delancey is looking for a fresh start. She’s packed up her heartbreak and traded her old life for a new beginning, managing the prettiest hotel on Cape Cod. She swears this time will be different: no drama, no distractions, and definitely no heart-stopping kisses with a handsome stranger. Which is exactly what she finds the night she meets Riley Ford.

Riley is gorgeous, charming… and intrigued by the buttoned-up blonde whose kisses are anything but restrained. He knows a thing or two about starting over, and he’s convinced a little fun is exactly what Brooke needs to put the past behind her. And he knows exactly the man for the job…

With a tempting offer like that, Brooke can’t help but try another kiss – or two, or three. But as the chemistry gets hotter, and their connection deepens, Brooke and Riley will discover that building a new future means reckoning with the past.

Can two unlikely hearts take a chance on a new tomorrow? Or will their sparks burn out with the end of summer in Sweetbriar Cove? Find out in the sweet and sexy new read from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!

The Sweetbriar Cove Series:
#1 Meant to Be – Feb 2017
#2 All for You – May 2017
#3 The Only One – August 2017
#4 I’m Yours – November 2017
#5 Holiday Kisses – Dec 2017
#6 No Ordinary Love – Feb 2018

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 KIM’S REVIEW

The Only One is another sweet trip to Sweetbriar Cove, a fictional town located on Cape Cod. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

Brooke is a fairly recent transplant to the area which seems to serve as a refuge for those on the run from heartache and the pain of their past based on what we have seen from the characters in the first two books of this series.  In Brooke’s case, she left big city living and Chicago in the rear view mirror as quickly as possible to escape the pain of heartbreak, but months later she is still stuck in the quagmire of guilt and remorse over how her last relationship ended. She is throwing herself into her work but as the story opens, her friend has convinced her to go on a blind date with some pretty funny results. As Brooke is searching for an escape route, she notices one seriously hot guy at the bar who ultimately throws her a lifeline AND one of the most scorching hot kisses of her life. She has no doubt he is an extreme danger to her fragile heart though so she runs away as fast as possible.

Riley has been enjoying living a low key life in Sweetbriar Cove since he walked away from a high stress job and a backstabbing best friend and business partner in Silicon Valley. His days consist of bartending, lounging on his sailboat, and enjoying the company of the very many willing ladies as long as they know the score: he is looking for a good time only. Anyone looking for commitment or strings attached can look elsewhere. The blonde who rocked his world with a kiss then turned him down flat was both unexpected and an intriguing challenge- and he has never been one to back away from a challenge. When she turns up in his bar with her friend not too long after they first met, he is thankful that the gods have put her back in his path again even as he takes note of her unique combination of humor and flirtiness mixed with the shadows of pain and sadness.

Brooke is in no hurry to risk her heart again, and she is still questioning her own judgment after her last relationship disaster. When Riley offers her a little no strings attached fun to get back in the game, it doesn’t take long to cave to his sexy smile and his magnetic personality. Their chemistry is off the charts and soon sparks are flying as they become friends with benefits that starts to turn into much more. Riley has been searching for peace and a path forward in his life, and he may have just found it when he least expects it, but Brooke’s fear and lack of confidence may tank any chance of a relationship before it ever gets started so he has to pull out the big guns to show her that he is worth taking that leap of faith.

Riley was definitely a sexy swoony hunk who can bring the romance when the occasion calls for it. Brooke was a bit more difficult for me to cozy up to though as it seemed like she could make finding fault or reasons to run away from anything resembling feelings into an art form that would make any commitment-phobe proud. I get that she was hurt badly, but eventually I just wanted to reach into the pages and shake some sense into her. In any case, The Only One was a pretty enjoyable read. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series though! I’m Yours is going to be Mackenzie’s story, and I have been waiting to see the town matchmaker who hides a broken heart find her HEA and if the preview chapter at the end of this book is any indication, it is going to be great!

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NYT bestselling author, a SoCal transplant, and sexy romance junkie 😉 I never say no to ice-cream…
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