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(Not) The One

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Three reasons why rebound s-e-x with my hot neighbour is a very bad idea.

1. My life is already complicated enough
2. He knows I wear Batman undies (please don’t ask)
3. He’s older, sophisticated and so hot he makes me go weak at the knees

I know that’s more than three. But it still didn’t stop me.

On paper, we’re the worst kind of match.
He’s rich.
I’m . . . not. My second
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Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published October 2nd 2019
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M Hurford
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Most Deliciously Delightful Storyline
Author, Donna Alam is a gifted writer of romance stories. She gives her characters wonderful, unique witty dialogue and inner voices. In this story Miranda and James, aka Harry meet when she gets stuck in his father’s doggy door. From then on they don’t know what to do with each other except to have sex. That activity, they are very good at. So good Miranda becomes pregnant. James is over ten years older and yet he is more ready for the responsibilities th
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Sara Oxton
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Not) the one by Donna Alam a five-star read that is the one you need to read. This woman has a way with words that mean I wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating cat food (only the fanciest cat food for furless pussies mind) never mind kick out the hunk of beef she has written about in this story, because he’s yummier than the aforementioned cat food looks on the adverts and weirdly yoga puts me off unless its done in a kilt of course so I was a tad hesitant at first. But then I started reading ...more
Lisa Staples
I am so blissfully exhausted by this book! Donna Alam has once again put my heart and soul through the wringer and given it a new shiny loved-up lease on life!!

I couldn't wait for this next instalment in Donna's new series following on from To Have and Hate, and this stand-alone Age Gap romance did not disappoint!

The vibrant, driven Miranda Henry we met in THAT.
This PA/come Marketing Manager/come Pet Sitter is working hard to move out of her parents' 'Hate Nest' after a recent and
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Henna James
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am lucky enough to be in Donna's ARC -team and got my hands on this on Wednesday afternoon, in the middle of my lecture I was attending. It was so HARD to concentrate on the subject at hand and maybe that is why I got a punishing headache. Due to more lectures I was only able to finish the book last night. And what a book it was!!Donna's dialogue between (all) the characters made me giggle and that was bit of a problem in the middle of the said lecture. As with all of Donna's books so far, the ...more
Danielle Marlowe
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Donna Alam did a great job on (Not) the One. This was a great story, the plot was well written. It'd had many different feels. Miranda and James were both strong characters. They may have had their differences but these two were made for each other. No matter how hard they fought it, they were drawn to each other. The attraction was strong and their chemistry was sexy. I enjoyed James and Miranda's story, they were great together.
This was a good story. Thank you, Donna Alam. Great work :)
Kaye
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ONE WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!!
Lock and load! Donna showcases such imagination that's so touching and heart melting with passion, style and finesse that blows this baby wide open. The love and chemistry between the two main characters is such a beautiful thing to behold. Hurdling the trials and tribulations as we witness the struggles our characters endure brings them together move by move. Donna brought out the magic and heat with 100% on point realism that thrusts this baby to life flawlessl
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Zelda
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to crawl under your ribs and wrap myself around your heart.

This book is set in the same world as To Have and to Hate. Remember Olivia, starting up her own company? Miranda works for Olivia but also has a side job as a pet sitter, which is how she meets James and Rufus. How can their meeting be hilarious, humiliating, and hot all at the same time? This story hooked me from the start, and kept me totally riveted until I was crying at the end. I could feel the wanting James has f
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TheSassyNerdBlog
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am slowly but surely making my way through this author's collection and with each book I read of hers, the more I fall in love with her way with words.

(NOT) The One was funny and delicious. The author bought two characters back from her last book and created an awesome, entertaining love story that I could not get enough of. I couldn’t help but fall in love with these two, adding in a steamy, intense, fun plot and I was a goner.

Miranda and James met by chance, and it was not at all what they
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Anna
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore James (Harry) & his quest to conquer Miranda's heart!

Some familar faces, James & Miranda, but also Bolivia, Heather, and the E-Volve office as well as Beckett's friends since he's James' best bud.

What starts with the most absurd hilarious meet cute, ends with all humor and love. We get to explore Miranda's side of the infamous speed date night. And boy, what a night she had!

James' finds himself intriged by his charmingly awkward one night stand and in even deeper when he fin
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Kristen Lewendon
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am at a perfect loss for words. I just don’t know what to say about this book that won’t give away all the best parts and be more in depth than “I loved every word of it”. Miranda is fiercely independent and uproariously feisty. She’s also pretty sure she doesn’t believe there’s any such thing as true love anymore. James is the hot older guy next door. But that description doesn’t even begin to scratch his surface. (I’m just afraid that if I go much deeper than that I’m going to give away the ...more
Jeeves Reads Romance
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chemistry that sizzles

Pretty sure I experienced every emotion imaginable while reading this book. It is extremely well written (and decidedly British), with characters that are complex and interesting. While I’ve read many books about one night stands turned into more, I’ve never read a book quite like this one. It’s sensual and sexy, starting off with great banter and sex, slowly moving into the serious side of things. We watch as James and Miranda’s relationship evolves from a rebound to a r
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Stephanie Ditmore
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun and enjoyable read! I loved Miranda and James together. The banter between them was amazing, they are deliciously sexy together. When Miranda is dumped by her ex it’s time to move on and start over, what she wasn’t expecting was James the hot neighbor next door from where she is pet sitting. James is not like her ex, he’s sexy, delectable, has the filthiest mouth she’s ever heard and she loves it. When an incident leaves her literally stuck halfway in and out of his house, what’s a ma ...more
Aly
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2019, 2019
Cute romance

I love a good leading man. James isn't a bad boy, he doesn't pretend he doesn't like Miranda and act aloof. He is the one chasing her. Trying to ease her into dating him, moving in with him, raising their child together. I love how committed he was to her and how much he loved her. Miranda is funny and babbles and a cute woman. They fit well together and had good chemistry.
Lopke
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2019, ebook
I'm usually not one for the older hero romances but i really liked this. Entertaining from the start and very mature characters. An accidental pregnancy story which covers most of the book - which is honestly very rare.

The only reason for my one star deducted, is because there were some unnecessary rambling dialogue. But other than that, i really did enjoy!
Michele McMullen
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
What happens when a chance meeting turns into somethng that you were so Not expecting ? You have (Not The One) . Miranda is a young fabulously funny quirky woman that is fresh off a bad break up. She is now working her day job and also moonlighting as a house/pet sitter. When she losses one of the furry critters she is forced to go on a slightly tipsy chase through the neighborhood . She ends up in quite a tight situation when the prissy critter makes it way though a neighbors pet door . While s ...more
Gretchen Chasse
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the whole night stand/unexpected pregnancy is always a favorite trope of mine but this was a bit more. Funny and quirky, with an emotional journey that I loved taking. Miranda is crazy, unexpected and unsure of taking a chance on James. James is older, wiser and richer (which is part of the problem) and just sure enough for the both of them.
Jennifer D.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can always count on a Donna Alam book to provide lots of sexy times and plenty of humor. (Not) The One was definitely an enjoyable time. 😉 I might be a little in love with James. He totally swoon-worthy! I liked that it wasn't insta-love for he and Miranda. They had to work a little for their HEA but it was so worth it. 😍
Agnė
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was really cute read. I loved the characters. I really loved Miranda and her humor and eventho it took longer for me to warm up to James - I ended up really liking him. But I have to say I didin't fully connect with them. Because if I did - I would have been a mess then the worst happened. But it didn't get many emotions from me. That said, I still loved the writing style and the plot itself. It was something a little different. I'll be checking out more of this author books.
She's a Lip Biter
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars
An accidental love story that has a huge element of fun, a fantastic mix and works so well.

Miranda Jennings cartoon character undies is just one of the humorous elements in this story. I laughed out loud in many, many scenes due to the hilarious comments, often self-directed, and fun banter between the characters. This alone was worth reading the story and a reason for an extra half a star.

James Harrison is older than Miranda but just right for her! He is one
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Ree
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought I loved Bolivia, but James & Miranda have stolen the show.

Miranda is young, yet cannot be called naive. Still reeling from a breakup, she's not eager to be in a new relationship, yet James somehow manages to sneak past her walls - repeatedly - through clever manipulations. She's worried by what society might think about them, but something always keeps her coming back ;)

I liked James immediately. I saw James as the deeper feeler/thinker of the group when I f
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Amber
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

(Not) The One is the second book that I've read by Donna Alam and I think I'm hooked and have become a fan for life! This was a great book. It was highly emotional, forbidden in all the right ways, and just unexpectedly down right sexy! I enjoyed the plot and the characters, some which are from to Have and to Hate which was a fantastic book! Miranda and James' sexual chemistry is off the charts! I always enjoy reading about forbidden romances because if the guy is the older
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Faith89
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, cute sexy book.. Miranda is stubborn to a fault. she has is not a big believer in love. Her past and present says that love turns into something that is not so sweet. Her parents have created a war zone and her ex fiancee slept with her ex best friend. When she meets James she is not ready for love. He is rich, gorgeous and older. she sees all differences and tries to ignore the good. James is also stubborn. He knows they are a perfect match. He has to be patient and somewhat devi ...more
heareads
What an angst filled journey. I was screaming at this pair, well mainly Miranda to open her eyes and see how much James loved her.

Miranda is a little jaded with love, her ex-fiancé cheated on her and her parents own marriage isn’t something she looks up to so when James swoops in, she’s not prepared for the feelings and how he makes her feel.

James, this man will make you swoon so bad. He’s got it all, older, confident, wealthy and will set you on fire.

I love their first
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Robyn Corcoran
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for She’s a Lip Biter Blog
4 1/2 stars
An accidental love story that has a huge element of fun, a fantastic mix and works so well.

Miranda Jennings cartoon character undies is just one of the humorous elements in this story. I laughed out loud in many, many scenes due to the hilarious comments, often self directed, and fun banter between the characters. This alone was worth reading the story and a reason for an extra half a star.

James Harrison is older than Mirand
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LWM
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really, REALLY, sexy, amusing, entertaining story filled with loads of feels. . .

Loved the dynamics and erotic tension sizzling between James/Harry and Miranda -- in fact, their attraction to each other transcended the betrayal Miranda had had to endure prior to her meeting James, which was her ex-fiance's cheating. Her one night with James had been magical, romantic, and so lovely Miranda was bereft after he snuck away before she woke up the next morning, proving just how young, inexp
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Mama Moon
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not the One

This book definitely gave me all the feels. My first book by this author. I would recommend you put it on you TBR. Loved it!
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
3.5 stars

It was heading into 4 star territory but then we got the ending. (view spoiler)
Coco.V
Oct 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-but-not-read
(Not) the One is on sale for $0.99 (regular price $3.99) on Amazon today (10/4/2019)💞
Stephanie Villere
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is (Not) The One written by Donna Alam. Ms Alam is one of my MUST READ authors for very good reason. You will fall in love with Miranda as she is trying to put her broken engagement behind her. What a great way to do it! By falling into the arms of the hot as heck next door neighbor as she is pet sitting for some extra cash!! Whew! James Harrison is male perfection and wants Miranda. All of the little cute snark that goes around will have you chuckling. Can she trust James with her body? Wh ...more
Becky Cox
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ot the One is clever and sexy. Donna Alam, who I am a huge fan, is so very witty and keeps me laughing. There is always a bit of angst with her characters with a side of humor. I have loved them all.

James and Miranda have quite the entertaining story. I love love James. He is patient and thoughtful. A bit cheeky and a whole lot sexy.

Miranda is a bit of a wreck and trying to find her footing. She is making strides after a failed relationship and great efforts towards getti
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“James died on the last Saturday in September, on the most beautiful day of the autumn so far. His death was brief, and his guardian angel wore a uniform that day. She was there to save him when his body went into Ventricular Fibrillation. He was shocked twice before reaching the hospital. He died,” 0 likes
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