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One True Thing (One Thing #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,460 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
Dustin Davis spent years wishing for a prince but kissing frog after slimy frog. When he sees Archer Kyriakides for the first time, Dusty thinks his luck has finally changed. Archer could be it. The One. But their hot and cold romance leaves Dusty confused: why does it feel right one moment and wrong the next? It doesn’t make sense—until the day Dusty meets Archer’s identi ...more
ebook, 260 pages
Published October 26th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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Oh… wow. Just, wow. These two were meant to be together. Them being together is like perfection, it’s like… like, I just want to hug my kindle to my chest and never, ever let go. And then twirl and just smile.

I’m talking about Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea, of course. They can do no wrong, I tell ya. Their stories are loving and sweet and adorable and hot as all hell. Hands down, 5 stars. All the stars! All of them!

"I've been waiting to feel like this since I was a kid and I used to sneak my mom'
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This story was a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and the delicious fluffiness that is Piper and M.J.'s writing, but it didn't resonate with me.

I had a few big negatives. I didn't love how pushover-y Asher was and I think Archer was a bit too villainous. It didn't quite feel real. I'm sad to say but I also think that the sex was... not that hot (gasp!). Maybe it is because I think of Dusty as somewhat childlike. He seemed too innocent, too pure. The sex scenes just felt sort

3 Disappointing Stars!

I wanted so bad to love this book, and I read and read and read...but it just didn't give me that feeling that One Small Thing did. I loved Dusty and I enjoyed his relationship with Asher, but somehow they didn't connect as much as I would have liked. The whole Asher, Archer thing, just confused me. Why do authors find the need to give their characters such similar names?? I know they were twins, but c'mon, sometimes I wasn't sure who I was reading about. The plot tended t
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4.25 I-know-you're-the-one stars

I liked this book more than book 1:

One Small Thing (One Thing, #1) by Piper Vaughn

The first book dropped a pure fuckery moment as its basic premise: A flamboyant gay man fucks a woman once and fathers a child. Uh huh, sure.

No matter. Baby Alice is 1 and cute as a button. Rue and Erik are together in L.A. and crazy about one another and their daughter. They are so in love that it pains Dusty, their friend and housemate, to see them together. Dusty is Rue's BFF from book 1; in that book Dusty had a little crus
Oct 26, 2012 Heller rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
Dustin is adorable in this book. I loved him in One Small Thing and was hoping for an HEA for him so I've been waiting for his story.

This could be a standalone but I'd really recommend you read the first book in the series to get to know Dusty and his roommates: Rue, Erik, and their daughter Alice. This is just a few months after the crew has moved to California. Dusty's feeling a bit like a third wheel and tries to find some new friends and looks for the mysterious hottie he met on his second d
May 28, 2014 .Lili. rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
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In One True Thing we are reintroduced to Dusty, Rue's best friend from OST, and introduced to Asher. Dusty and his little family are now in California and adjusting to their new life. Dusty, although happy to be living with Rue, Eric, and Alice, can't help but feel like the third wheel at times. He longs to have what they have in each other. One day he bumps into Asher and has an instant connection with him but Asher leaves before he's able to get his name and number. What Rue doesn't realize is
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Excuse me while I squee like a fan girl:


Piper Vaughn and M.J O'Shea go together like peanut butter and jelly. And I love PB & J. Something about there writing just...clicks.

Book # 2 of the One Thing series features the lovable Dusty getting his HEA (finally) with the also lovable Asher. And Asher has a twin - (view spoiler)
Oct 31, 2012 Elspeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
This isn't what I wanted, I call for a do over.

This book was a predictable plotted course with side characters that had neon flashing signs to show what their purpose was to push the story forward. It felt so fabricated, and some of their choices were so ignorant to the point of ridiculous.

I also wonder of the next story will be about Josh, he was cute don't get me wrong, but I'd rather read about Michelle. I know I will never get my wish, but I liked her the best out of all the side char
Oct 28, 2012 Susan65 rated it really liked it
Dusty and Asher are so flipping sweet together. Archer is a waste. A useless person, a terrible brother and zero redeeming qualities.
Fortunately, Dusty and Asher didn't allow miscommunications or unfounded fears ruin their romance. They were perfect for each other.
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Oct 26, 2012 Simsala marked it as dnf
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, tossed
Simple writing, shallow characters, light and fluffy story - too light and fluffy.
My poor brain needs food with a bit more substance to keep working and not zoning out...DNF 28%
Tiya Rosa
2 stars for the story and 1 star coz Rue and Erik are in it.

Warning: might be a bit rant-y.

I was still hungover with Captive Prince: Volume Two when I grabbed this and that might have affected my reading experience. I mean, how do you go from catamites and morally ambiguous MCs and cliff-fucking-hangers to a feel-good comfort read doused in fluff? But since I love fluff - and this book has been in my Squee TBR pretty much since it was announced - I figured it's a good idea to drown myself in som
Jan 24, 2013 Macky rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable follow up to One Small Thing. Dusty was featured in Rue and Eriks story and was a very endearing character so it was nice to see him get his own story and HEA. There are some misunderstandings involving Asher and his not so nice twin Archer that could have become complicated and farcical in someone else's hands but is skillfully handled by Piper Vaughn and M J Oshea who are definitely one of the best co author couples out there. I love both the books but Rue's story is still my ...more
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Jan 15, 2013 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: m-m romance readers
Shelves: m-m-romance, adult

This sequel to One Small Thing is sweet, enjoyable and well written. Arguably, a good portion of this story leans towards an unbelievable instant attraction, but there is more here to be discovered. A reality-check is dropped in the middle of the plot that snapped me out of fairyland and delivered on a more satisfying reality.


I was gone. So gone. It didn’t matter how soon it was, or how long we’d known each other. I recognized the feeling that washed over me just then, that pure,
May 24, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
That was just the sweetest story! Sure, there was plenty of predictable drama, miscommunication, asshole twin brothers, and porn stars mixed in, but I loved Dusty and Asher. And the ending was so stinkin' cute. I heart penguins :)
May 23, 2014 Alvin rated it really liked it

Okay. This was a good one but it was a little hard to finish.

After reading One Small Thing and finding out that this book will be about Dusty, I was excited. Because he is finally getting his HEA. I loved him in One Small Thing. He is the martyr best friend. (I will make him a monument if I could.) Giving way for his best friend? And cohabiting with him and his former crush everyday while taking care of their daughter? He can rival Mother Theresa. XD

And the road towards his
Jun 02, 2013 Vivian rated it it was ok
I waffled between rating this 2 or 3 stars, 2.5 stars would be perfect.

Love Los Angeles location stories between WeHo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches I was smiling--of course the drive between those two locales blows. Dusty's a great character and his friends are adorable and lovable. What didn't work for me--Ash's stupidity in dealing with his brother, Archer. (view spoiler) There were so m
Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Oct 10, 2013 Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) by: Jenni Lea
Shelves: m-m, read-m-m
I'm so happy that Dusty got his HEA!

MJ & Piper always deliver! This book was great but there was some definite not so happy stuff going on...Thanks to Archer the Douche Bag. I mean seriously dude...WTF!

Dusty is such a wonderful character he is cute & sweet...'adorable' yup I said adorable! Asher was a good guy and I'm glad Dusty found him. We get to see Rue, Erik and Alice, the book wouldn't have been the same without them. I enjoyed the secondary characters Michelle, Josh and Lane (ma
Aug 11, 2013 Cindi rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, series, 2012, on-blog
I admit to being a total fangirl when it comes to Dusty. I fell in love with him in One Small Thing and I was so eager to read his story and to see him have his own HEA.. finally. This is a really good story about Dusty finally meeting the man of his dreams... or is it men? :) There is a bit of confusion when Dusty meets identical twins, Asher and Archer but that gets sorted out soon enough. Rue, Erik and Alice (from One Small Thing) are in this quite a bit and that makes it that much better as ...more
Nov 09, 2012 Candice rated it liked it
After reading the first book, I was really looking forward to Dusty's story. The first half of the book was kinda slow for me and wasn't really holding my interest too much. I thought Dusty and Asher were very sweet together and was really glad because Dusty deserved that. I liked that where there could have been a lot of unnecessary angst with misunderstandings, the author didn't go there. The second half picked up and kept me interested until the end, but I was not enjoying this one as much as ...more
4.0 Stars

I fell in love with Dusty in One Small Thing and couldn't wait to read his story. I really enjoyed this book. Rue remained a little irritating; Erik was yum, yum, yummy; and I still can't wait for Alice to grow up! Asher? Loved him. Archer? Hated him. The relationship between Asher and Dusty was a slow burn but I adored watching them grow closer. There was very little angst and a whole helluva lotta fluff.

Bottom line: a feel good book to be savored with a warm blanket and some hot coco
I think I'm in the minority here, but this just didn't work for me. It was going so well. Asher and Dusty were so sweet and I had my pom poms out ready to cheer them on. Then the wheels fell off and that was that.


The drama with Archer and the credit cards was too unbelievable. Sorry, but I call bullshit.


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First, I never knew that Dusty had a feeling for Eric (cough), no wonder he's so determined to accompany Eric when Eric was still a manny for Alice.
Good thing is, he's finally found Asher after a shitty ex-boyfriend of his, and after that asshole Archer.
Oh don't let me speaking of that prick!
And I think Asher was too kind for him, mostly like a doormat for his twin.
But it cringed me a bit when Archer finally did what Asher almost did. Well, I hope he enjoyed his new world after screwed up with A
Oct 28, 2012 Leaundra rated it really liked it
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Awilk -never sleeps-
3.5 Stars

A great follow up to One Small Thing, which I actually re-read before starting this one. Dusy and Asher were both very sweet, but Archer's character was a little over done to me. Was especially pleased with the fact that the author's didn't spend a lot of time with the confusion over identical twins for too long.

These authors a great for when you want just a sweet love story.
3.5 stars (I really need half stars on these reviews).

This was a sweet fluffy story, but I felt something missing and I'm still not sure what it was. Dusty and Asher are really sweet together and we get a bit of Erik and Rue as well, but it just didn't grab me like the first book (One Small Thing).
Jan 09, 2015 Cory rated it really liked it
I think I liked this one better than the first. I adored Dusty and Asher together.

I liked how the story flowed and I enjoyed that Rue and Erik were still a part of the story.

I thought Asher was perfect for Dusty (especially after Dusty's ex Gary). They were really cute together and some of those sex scenes were H-O-T!

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Bitchie *hates the new GR Homepage*
This was just a nice, fairly angst free, feel good read. I think Dusty was, to quote Asher's mom, adorable, and the guy on the cover was perfect, he is totally how I see Dusty now.

Asher was sweet, Archer was a tool, but dare I hope for a redemption book about him in our future?
Oct 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I love the first book and I was looking forward to the sequel. Unfortunately this didn't work for me.
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Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse ...more
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“I do love you," I whispered. "Like crazy heat and lightning, but like warmth and comfort too. I feel all of it.” 2 likes
“Dusty leaned over and nudged me with his shoulder. "Then I think you might be my kind of guy."

My heart sped to a ridiculously rapid pace, all from one little sentence. I thought I was his kind of guy too. And I thought he was mine. Just mine.”
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