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The One in My Heart

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  894 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
When Evangeline Canterbury meets the gorgeous, intriguing doctor next door, all she wants from him is a bit of distraction, to help her get over a few rough days.

Her one-night stand, however, has other plans: He needs an accomplished and presentable girlfriend to bring before his parents—and for six months of her time, he is willing and prepared to spend an obscene amount
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Sherry Thomas
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Christina ~ Brunette Reader by: Jill

Starting from a couple of premises that don't bode very well with me, namely the one-night-stand trope and, having a very low tolerance for snobbery in modern settings and for egomaniacs in any setting, the mi/billionaire hero, I surprisingly managed to quite enjoy this book anyway. It didn't wow me as a whole, but Sherry Thomas's wonderful prose, which I've already come to appreciate in Historical Romances, did the trick again also in her first foray into Contemporary territory. Some plot point
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 STARS⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my first book by Sherry Thomas and I fell head over heels in love with her writing style and characters!
I was so engrossed in my book I said goodbye to Monday obligations, I just couldn't put it down!
Over the first chapters what started as a mere crush for this book and author, grew exponentially.

First, the banter between Evangeline and Bennett was *use Smeagol voice here* precioussssss! *use Smeagol voice here*

Tongue in cheek retorts from both characters and relentless

Arc provided by NLA Digital LLC through Netgalley

Release date: April 21

My reaction after having read this novel:

Evangeline has friends. Bennett has a brother and sister. There's clearly a great number of people waiting to be...paired of... with their significant others! ;)

What is so great about this novel _ despite the fact that Eva does go into a stranger's house in the middle of the night... a stranger who knows how to use scalpels! _ is that they're actually pe
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

First, I must say that I love authors who venture into other genres. Mainly HR-authors writing Contemporaries/Young Adult novels. It’s like Oreos: Classic Oreos are the best, but sometimes there are other flavours and special editions like cookie dough, gingerbread, or red velvet. Yes, classic Oreos are how we get to learn these gifts of God from the beginning, but you can try out those other flavours, and you may even like them.

So we have Sherry Thomas, who is one of the most talented
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came upon this book following a back-to-back reading of 2 NA books. I gave those two reads 5 stars which brings me to this conclusion: Goodreads should provide for reads above 5stars because The One in My Heart deserves way more than that. While I thoroughly enjoyed those two traditionally published books, they were "commercial" books. They were "written and produced" to pass away a few hours of your time. They were enjoyable reads - with the right amount of banter, wit, smarts, angst and roma ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this, mostly. The heroine, Evangeline, is an interesting character for a romance. She's very reserved, wrapped up in her world of academe and family. A lot of that is her step-mom, Zelda. Zelda is bipolar and that has a lasting impact on Eva as she dreads the events that so fundamentally change the personality of the woman she thinks of as her mother. At least some of my interest was their shared love of nerd icons (the Lord of the Rings, mainly, but other nerd tropes play a strong rol ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to -y.a by: Jill
Not all those who wander are lost.
~The Lord of the Rings

A heroine with an abandonment issue:

We don’t live in a fairy tales and true love cures nothing.
I was a scientist, a pretty damn good one too. A core principle of science was that the hypothesis must fit the facts: One didn’t bend, ignore, or dismiss facts to suit one’s hypothesis.

...if I looked at the entire picture objectively, it was much more likely that I wasn’t simply a means to an end. I was an end in and of myself.

A hero who was
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ARC courtesy of NLA Digital LLC via NetGalley
I'll say this much for ‘The One In My Heart’ it made me think more than any book I've recently read. My Kindle tells me I have 22 notes scattered throughout the book. The problem is that none of them are complimentary, most are variations on: ‘eh?’ This book frustrated and confused me in equal measure.

Before I get on to the problems I’ll highlight the positives. There’s no doubt that Sherry Thomas can write. I read this all the way through. I did not think about packing it in. There’s also a me
4.5/5. What a wonderful book! Sherry Thomas is just one of the best romance writers ever, effortlessly changing genres from historical romances to fantasy to contemporary and excelling in each. Her settings might change, her language might adapt to the genre and audience, but her essence remains the same - skillfully weaving complex character-based, emotionally-laden, psychologically multi-layered stories. This one, her first and only contemporary romance to date, is no exception. The banter bet ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to seton by: I'm a big fan
Shelves: pretend-s-o
Genre: CR
Sensuality: R (rating reflects more on quantity than quality)

31 year old millionaire surgeon hires a 32 year old professor to help him reconcile with his estranged family.

The H is a descendant of the H & h in the author's daring first novel, Private Arrangements and it made me a bit wistful. A sapphire ring (now called the Tremaine Ring) that played a pivotal role in that bk makes an appearance here and it took me back to that time when I read PA seven years ago and how my heart bea
Another Sherry Thomas's book and another delighted read for me. It's official now, she is one of the best author that I love to read.

I was undecided to give it 4 or 5 stars. When I started to read I had overjoyed to reading this kind of story. Because when I thought I would read a classic trope, story progressing promised different kind of thing waiting for me. And I wasn't wrong. Step by step we read about a relationship in progress or maybe an emotion, love that was trying to find a place and
Wicked Incognito Now
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rife with all the talent and pure emotional resonance that I've come to associate with Sherry Thomas. I hope she continues to write contemporary romances because this was a winner.

I will say, for those who are used to a standard light-hearted and silly romantic romp, you may be thrown by this author. I've read many reviews that were not impressed. I think those reviewers are probably not into the Sherry Thomas type of writing. Her work is purely character driven. It's very much like a Megan Hart
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars. I liked this CR from an author who is better known for her HRs. It's an emotional and intense story, which I suppose is kind of the trademark of her HRs as well, so no surprise. But if you're looking for a light, fluffy CR, this isn't really the one.

It starts off typically enough I suppose, with Evangeline and Bennett having a hot one-night stand. But it's not too long before you start noticing that this story is a little deeper than it first seemed. Some of Bennett's behaviour almost
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid three star read. I found the story only somewhat compelling, and the writing was not as good as in some of Thomas's historical romances, like the fabulous Not Quite a Husband and Private Arrangements.

The plot cliches actually didn't bother me; they were handled deftly enough. But I could never get past how ridiculous and perfect the hero, Bennett, is. He never came to life for me and as such the romance never really came to life for me either.

Who is Bennett Somerset?

He is gorgeous and
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH. MY. GOSH!! I don't even know where to start with this book! There is just so much of... Everything! Would it help if I start by saying I have only read THREE books more than once, in my entire life - and this is the third! Yep, that is how truly amazing the depth, layers and nuances of this story are.

But first... A disclaimer (and the reason for the 1/2 star deduction). Anyone who knows me or has even read many of my reviews knows I have one all-consuming, head-banging, red-faced, ste
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Томас, безусловно, очень талантливый автор. Можно любить или не любить ее героев, понимать их или не понимать, но не верить им и их чувствам не получается.
Томас уже завоевала сердца любителей ИЛР. И в сегмент YA ворвалась с фанфарами, порадовав поклонников фэнтези "Трилогией стихий". А теперь вот добралась до СЛР.

Тут, в общем-то, все просто: встретились, разошлись, встретились вновь - только теперь и обстоятельства другие, и цели, и стремления.
И больше о сюжете ни слова. Потому что не в нем с
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book confusing. I really couldn't get a handle on the characters. I certainly didn't understand Eva. She fantasised about the perfect man and relationship and when she has it in her hands she walks away from it. Perhaps this is because the characterisations weren't strong enough. Eva admits to herself that she's in love with Bennett and figures out that he's in love with her, but when he comes out and actually tells her she leaves him. WTH? Why? I just didn't understand her motivati ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so so good! I know some readers might feel skeptical to start this book, with the plot being a little too used, but I promise you this book offers a whole lot more than your ordinary pretend/fake relationship stories. This book will definitely give you the feels yet will make you also feel so light you're like floating in fluffy clouds. What I think I loved the most about this book is that it was not just about romantic love but it also gives a great dose of both friendship and fami ...more
Dumb plot, absurd contrivances, annoying WASPx100000 names, irritating 1st person POV (what did she even LOOK like? No idea.), and constant, endless expository dialogue, mostly centered around the hero recounting his icktastic first romantic relationship.

As for the current romance - nothing unfurled naturally - it was all forced - and it was really hard to see what either of them saw in one another. Bennett's great-great-great grandmother, Lady Tremaine would have rolled her eyes at these two f
Pat Wade
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You have to read this book. That's what I'm telling everyone. Ms Thomas is an exceptional writer, and The One in My Heart ranks among her very best. She takes the same elements as other writers, i.e., talented, handsome, beautiful flawed protagonists, and creates a riveting and compelling read. I couldn't put it down. When I finished, I wanted to start all over again -- just didn't want to leave Bennett and Evangeline's world.
Apr 02, 2015 marked it as amazon-kobo-netgalley-freebie  ·  review of another edition
Did I just get approved by NetGalley?? For a Sherry Thomas book?? YES! I hardly EVER get approved!!
Elizabeth May
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherry Thomas has some of the most beautiful prose I've ever seen in romance. I just completely lose myself in it. I didn't want this book to end.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
So, this made me achy in a good way. However, weirdly, it also felt a bit like a historical. Not in the sense of the gender roles or the societal tropes, but given the type of families involved. I mean, it's basically the descendants of the English aristocracy in ST's other books. I dunno, maybe it was because most of what ST writes is historical in some way, but this didn't feel entirely modern (though it also absolutely is? I know I'm being unclear).

I dunno, I liked it a lot generally, but als
“Praise the Lord,” he murmured, slipping off my undies, “for a woman who can bring me to my knees.”

The One in My Heart is Sherry Thomas’ first foray into the world of contemporary romance. Written in the first person, The One in My Heart is a novel that firmly entrenches itself in the reader’s heart as you go deeper into the story. If you have read any of my reviews on Ms. Thomas’ historical romances, you’d know that I always praise her for her ability to write stories in such poetic prose –
*The Angry Reader*
Have you ever been at a wedding or an event - it's night. Dark and cool. The trees are wrapped with twinkle lights. Everything is gorgeous and magical. You've had a fabulous evening, and you're feeling melancholy and sweet and a little happy. That's what it's like to read this book. Exquisite.

The blurb doesn't do it justice. The writing is flawless. The characters strong, nuanced, gorgeous and meaningful. I am head-over-heels in love with brilliant, layered, witty and vulnerable Evangeline. Ben
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
As a fan of Sherry Thomas' historical romances, I was very excited to see her branch out into the genre of contemporary romance. I was certainly not disappointed! I was charmed and delighted by this book. I loved the main characters, as well as some of the secondary ones. The imperfections of both Bennett and Evangeline only made them more likable. The storyline kept me interested, and the chemistry between the two main characters was fantastic! The descriptions of the settings were vivid and en ...more
So, I'm pretty open about the fact that I enjoy romance novels, but always in a kinda aloof "yeah I like cheesy shit" kind of way—like the equivalent of a dude wearing a "real men wear pink" shirt.

I'm talking about this because this book is exactly about that: being a romantic but also holding those feelings at arms length from yourself.

It's also about having loved ones who are dealing with depression, and contains arch dialogue and a book long Lords of the Ring allegory that starts out cheesy
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

Putting aside the fact that the hero and heroine meet and have a one night stand, this book was a romantic, sexy, fun romp. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The story, while cliché, had enough interesting characters, chemistry and dialogue to keep me entertained.
Sherry Thomas, I think, is talented to the point that she can write whatever she wants, no matter the premise, and I'll still read it. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Historical romance novelist Sherry Thomas' first contemporary. I wasn't keen on the storyline, the premise of the fake relationship and both hero and heroine with "issues" and angst but I can definitely appreciate her writing style. Time to try her historicals, I think.
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