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The Only One

(One Love #1.5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,943 ratings  ·  412 reviews
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.
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Kindle Edition, 1001 Dark Nights #50, 140 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella

➦I liked it. I liked it a lot. This short novella was surprisingly satisfying. Little angst, good amounts of steam and a whole lot of romance. :)

➦These two main characters meet after being apart for 10 years. Penny is pissed because Gabriel never showed up for their rendezvous in the US and never contacted her after they had 3 magical days in Europe. Gabriel is confused because she looks different now and refuses to admit they've met before.

➦So what happened 10 years go? What prevented these two
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5 'My Penelope' Stars!
ARC provided by the author via InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know exactly how this woman does it but.. she makes me love her books Every.Single.Time. Now it was time for a novella, but it was as wonderful as Lauren’s full-length novels. I can’t complain when she gives us another amazing (second-chance) story between two lovebirds that haven’t forgotten each other after 10 years.

The Only One is a short story belonging to the 1001 Dark Nights series wh
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

Overall Rating: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars
Performance: 4 stars


Penny and Gabriel had a whirlwind romance in Barcelona that ended in heartbreak for Penny when he stood her up when they agreed to meet up again. Ten years later, with Gabriel now a successful chef and restauranteur and Penny focused on a non-profit organization for animals, they meet again in New York. Unfortunately, Gabriel doesn't recognize her at all. Penny has no choice but to work with the sexy Spanish
Stacey is Sassy

Sometimes heartbreak happens for a reason.

How would you feel if the only one had made a success of himself and became known as The sexiest chef….The hottest cook…The heartbreaker in the kitchen...? Well, if I was a better person, I’d probably be happy for their success. I honestly can’t say I’m the better person. I think I’d be a wee bit resentful…especially if the only one broke my heart and I didn’t know why.

The Only One starts off with a prologue showing us ten years ago when Penny was stood
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I like this book and it was fun to catch up with characters that we've seen in other books from this author. There wasn't much drama and a good bit of sexiness was in the small amount of pages it had. I liked both Penny and Gabriel and thought they were good characters with just the right amount of development for a novella. It's the perfect book for when you're looking for something short, sweet, and hot.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lauren Blakely Fans, Romance
4 Fate...Is It Real Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free It's Live!!!
I was new to the 1001 Dark Nights series. I had noticed many favorite authors had done stories through this series, yet for some reason, I hadn't picked one up. The books start with the premise of someone interested in the tale we all know of this woman had to weave stories which kept the husband enthralled every night... or he would end her life and go to the next woman. Somehow this curious woman time travels and has
Sweet and romantic second chance love story. It's a short novella with a hint of mystery.

Gabriel and Penny spend together three hot nights in Spain. They parted with a promise to meet again in the United States. But it never happens. Only after 10 years professional matters accidentally joined them again. He is not sure if this is the same woman, and she does not want to tell him the truth. What will happen as it comes out?

“I can’t stop thinking about her lips, her eyes, her voice, and the way
✰ Liz ✰
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sugary-sweet, novella
“It’s only ever been you, Penny.”

The Only One is a short and sweet novella about the one who got away. Penny, and adventurous businesswoman, is looking for a restaurant to help host one of her upcoming events. When she meets the heartbreakingly beautiful Gabriel, she is shocked to discover that he is an old flame. After coming to terms with the fact that he doesn't seem to remember her, what will happen when the flame is reignited? Can the second time around be just as sweet as the first or
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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A bite sized novella that you will want to savor, inhale and taste. Lauren Blakely is my go to author when it comes to love stories that has the perfect blend of heat and heart. And in her newest novella, The Only One, Lauren has me grinning big as she puts in her fun, heartfelt, and sexy twist on a second chance fated romance.

 photo f820e4d82276e346ef61639a0ecdb5_zpsm8amxada.gif “All I know is I want him to take me again, to have me, to make love to me. I want him to strip me naked, ki
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I liked this one. I liked it a lot. The story had very little drama, tons of steam, and oodles of sappy romance.

Ten years ago, Gabriel and Penny met and had three gloriously intimate days together. In love, they decide to meet up again in NY in a week to reunite in the city in which they'll both be building/starting their lives in. One week later, Penny is the only one who shows up. Fast forward 10 years and fate decides to step in the reunite this pair. And what a hot little reunion it was!

A sh
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I thought I'd like this premise, but it was depressing. Gabriel, the guy she had a three day fling with 10 yrs ago, doesn't recognize her when they meet again. And she's kind of held onto a torch for him for the whole time. Depressing.

When it finally all comes out why he stood her up, meh. I would've preferred some crazy reason vs a realistic one. I also didn't like how the story kept putting flashbacks into the story. It just wasn't for me.

BR with the Abs Loving Geishas
And a thank you to Ail
3.5 Stars? Maybe?

This sucked me in from the word go and I couldn't get enough. While I enjoyed the story as a whole, it started to drag a little in the middle.

Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I have no idea how Lauren Blakely keeps giving birth to these enjoyable book babies so often! The Only One is a novella about young love, fate, and second chances.

Gabriel is a famous reality TV chef and Penny is an animal advocate who owns a doggie rescue. It’s been ten years since the two had a very brief but intense affair in Barcelona, back when Penny was fresh out of college and Gabriel was only dreaming of becoming a professional chef. Ten years have passed since they last saw each other; t
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
“We did so much more than meet. Please tell me you remember everything like I do. And that you remember it fondly.”

Unfortunately, this didn't leave a mark on me. I'm sure, I will forget it after I posted this review.

Not for me. Not sure why.

Rating it 1 Star

Buddy read with my gorgeous Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-arc
5.0 "My Penelope" Stars!!!

"What if fate was meant to bring us back together?"

One of my weakness when it comes to books' story line is "second chance romances". I really do not know but I am just very fond of a story that showcased great emotions and a topsy turvy feeling. So when I received "The Only One" in my reader, I cannot help myself devouring it. And boy Lauren Blakely did not disappoint. She yet again have written a story that compelled emotions with depth and a perfect blend of ever
Bex |
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: second-chance, arc
I don’t know how Lauren Blakely keeps coming up with all of these charming characters for me to fall in love with and all of the tantalizing words that make me swoon, but I’m gonna keep reading whatever she wants to write. Like an amuse-bouche, The Only One is a perfectly written second-chance romance wrapped up in a pretty, petite package. It has everything I love about Lauren’s writing served up in a delectable bite-sized portion that feels neither too short nor unsatisfying.

Penny fell in love
Karen Mc
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“And when one of them meets the other half, the other half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s site, as I may say, even for a moment.” ~Plato

Maybe it's because my favorite candies are caramels.

Maybe it's because of soft spot for second-chance romances.

Maybe it's because of my mad love for Lauren Blakely books.

No...not maybe at all...but YES!!! YES to the
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

This book was really good!!This is my fifth book by Lauren Blakely and I can't get enough!This story was beautiful and sexy.
Penelope and Gabriel first met in Barcelona and they spent three days together,but fate has other plans for them.
Now after ten years they'll meet again but he seems like he doesn't remember her anymore.

I fell in love with this couple!!They were so intense together and omg there were some really steamy moments!!!

I love this author and I'm planning to read more book
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
This was sweet but it felt rushed - they could easily have had a full book.

3 Stars

Thanks for the buddy read you lovely Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas!
Some books are a hit for people, a complete miss for a very, very small minority - the latter group of which I clearly belong to. I've enjoyed a few of Lauren Blakely's books this year, but this one turned it right around and into the pits for me.

The second-chance reunion trope has always been a tricky one for me to swallow hook, link and sinker unless the circumstances that led to separation, the reunion as well as what the characters did during that time are written 'ideally'. But throw a pla
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-top-25
It has been a while since I left a review like this for a book. This book is one that I could not put down. I read until I fell asleep at night for two nights and could not wait until I got home from work so I could see what was going to happen next. Lauren has a gift when it comes to writing second chance romances. She gives all of us hope. Hope that if we were in a situation where we ran into a sexy ex that things could be different and that things may not have ended as we thought they did. Of ...more
Carmen Rae
Well I am sure it’s no surprise I loved this. I don’t think there has been a single book of Lauren Blakely’s that I have read that I haven’t loved. So when this one was announced I was so excited to dive in. My only complaint is that it isn’t a million pages longer so I can stay in this world forever.

Normally I can go either way on second chance romance, but this one was just beautiful. There was the expected heartbreak but what wasn’t expected was the complete lack of emotional drama around it.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Only One - a One Love Novella by Lauren Blakely.

What a deliciously decadent story about two characters we've met previously and who I was hoping so hard would get stories of their own! And they did! With each other, no less!

Penny runs Little Friends, an animal rescue, and is looking for a new chef to handle the Picnic in The Park fundraiser after her last one pulled out. The person she's meeting as her final choice bears the same name as the man who she feel in love with and then stood her
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh-whatever
Just okay. Didn't have an issue with his reason for standing her up 10 years ago as it wasn't his fault. Couldn't understand how he didn't really recognize her when he saw her again. Having to keep ask her where he knows her from was cringeworthy. She says herself she hasn't changed much except for her career and her tattoo. How is something not related to physical attributes making it difficult to recognize a woman he spent 3 days with? Ehh ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Audiobook review.

This novella is a gorgeous story of second chances, one that comes ten years later. THE ONLY ONE is less of a rom-com feel, rather a contemporary read without as many witty quips and having recently read/listened to a number of Lauren Blakely's rom-coms, I enjoyed the change in pace.

The characters meet for a work deal unexpectedly after missing a planned meet ten years ago. I loved Gabriel, chef and restaurant owner, Spanish and all over nice guy. Penny was sweet but still nursi
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5+ stars

Fans of Lauren Blakely might recognize Penny from the dog shelter Little Friends in Well Hung, and Gabriel, the sexy restaurant owner who partnered up with Simon in The Sexy One. But who knew that Penny Jones and Gabriel Mathias had a hot and emotional three day affair in Barcelona ten years ago?! It's a small world. She went home and they were supposed to meet again, but in the end she was left heartbroken.

But now they are face to face again. Gabriel's restaurant is the only one avail
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 s
Beneath The Covers Blog
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 2016-reads
An extraordinarily dreamy love story that will melt your heart!

The Only One gives second-chance romance a whole new meaning. This book encapsulates everything we love from Lauren's writing - desire, intimacy and charm, with splashes of drama and comedy throughout. The character dynamic is intriguing and well developed; Lauren has this truly remarkable way of enabling her readers to become so engrossed with the characters from the get go, no matter how long the book is. This story showcases that
Elisa ❀
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
summary:they had a fling 10 years ago, and they see each other again.

you know those scenes where the characters are trying to find each other, and they go to the same places but at different times? this book had this, they were supposed to meet but something happens and he doesn't show up, he tries to call her but her number is disconnected, she calls him he destroyed his phone....
this book is short, but my God this audiobook felt so long.

Pam Nelson
Ahh LB never disappoints. I enjoyed these characters Gabriel and Penny they are sweet and even though she doesn’t tell him right up front that yes they do in fact know each other from before I still enjoyed their story.

I like that they have their history but also that they are learning who they are now. Their chemistry is explosive but I think it’s more destiny that plays its role.

Ahh the narration, I enjoy both of these narrator immensely I was disappointed that Andi did the French accent for
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