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From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely.

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 10 years later.

Now, it turns out he's the only one in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity's event. The trouble is, he doesn't recognize me.

This woman I'm working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I'm captivated and I can't get her out of my mind. Even if it's risky to tango with someone I'm working with, she's a risk I'm willing to take.

The trouble is, she won't give me the time of day.

But I'm determined to change that.

©2016 Lauren Blakely (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great novella, adding nicely to the series

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-cons, 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 nursing some hurt. I loved their build of interactions, connection and chemistry.

The book is narrated by two of my favourite narrators, Zachery Webber and Andi Arndt and they did a good job, however I do have a niggle. Gabriel was Spanish and described as having an accent, yet the male narrator was straight American. Then, when the female POV narrated male dialogue, she did it with a Spanish accent. This was rather disconcerting, but I went with the flow and still enjoyed it.

A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in return for an honest review.

Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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Perfect quick listen

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Really great, quick listen by Lauren Blakely. Fantastic second-chance romance full of all the right feels and touches of humor that this author is known for. The story flows so well and doesn't feel rushed r like you're missing something despite being a novella. It just makes you want more because it's so good! Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt shine, as always, with their performances.

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A thoroughly enjoyable listen

An epic story packed into a beautiful novella.

Lauren weaved all her usual storytelling magic you get in a novel in this novella. Plenty of time to develop a connection to the main characters and get drawn into the second chance love storyline. Why things didn't happen the first time round with Gabriel and Penny, what will happen this time round?

What I love about Lauren's novella's are that they are never rushed, they are planned out and the endings are well executed.

Both narrators did an excellent job, two of my favourites here.

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Amazing and sexy short story!

I love love love it!!!

The story was sexy, hot and funny! Lauren once again has not disappoint me with her story. And the narrators? They were just perfect. I felt all the right feels listening to them.

The story is about that one night that changed life of two people Penny and Gabriel. They met few years back but because of unfortunate events they were separated. Penny thought Gabriel stood her up and she decided to never make the same mistake. Until she meets him again.

I love the story for it's humour, wittiness and all the right feels.

I definitely 5 stars!

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  • Jan M
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  • 28-05-17

Great second chance!

I really enjoyed listening to this book by Lauren Blakely. Andi Arndt and Zackary Webber are two of my favorite performers. I was not bothered by the fact that Gabriel did not have a French or Brazilian accent when his POV was performed by Zackary Webber, while I did enjoy Andi Arndt giving him an accent when she performed Penny's POV. This book was sweet and short, it has some humor, and a great second chance at love storyline. I think Shortcake was one of my favorite characters, and a great judge. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and or publisher.

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Good performance but Webber needs an accent

Love both of these narrators, but the female POV gave him an accent, but when the male narrator (Webber) was talking he didn't.

I still loved the story, I love 2nd chance romance, but I still feel that the story called for an accent that wasn't there.

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  • ChantalG
  • 31-05-17

Sexy, delightful, sexy....

What can I say besides Lauren Blakely once again bringing sexy and delightful to us. Yes a shorter story but oh so swoon worthy. Can I just say I need me Gabriel. He will steal your heart from the moment you meet him. And so will Penny. Delightful from the first page to the last.
The narrating was wonderful and so well fitting for the characters.

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  • Cyndi
  • 24-05-17

Great Second Chance Novella

I love a good second chance story! With them already having a past I always feel like I don't need as much background to fall in love along with the characters. Gabriel and Penny have great chemistry which was very surprising for a novella because usually they are too short to really feel the connection. Lauren Blakely did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life with such a short amount of time to make us fall in love!

The narration is something that I need to say had some flaws for me. Don't get me wrong both narrators are excellent but they were not consistent in this audiobook. This is all about the accent, Zachary Webber didn't give Gabriel an accent but Andi Arndt did, it was a little distracting for me but didn't ruin the audiobook by any means!!

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  • TERRY L.
  • 13-11-17

The perfect short read.

This book was a perfect short read in an afternoon. Delightful, hopeful and a true love story.
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  • T.8203
  • 12-09-17

Short and Sweet

If you could sum up The Only One in three words, what would they be?

Second Chance Romance

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Only One?

My most memorable moment was when they finally tell each other who they are. Until that point in the book, they THOUGHT they knew the other but didn't tell the other one.

Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

These two are always excellent - no matter the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Epilogue - when the went to the fountain.

Any additional comments?

I like that even though this was a short book, all the bases were covered. It didn't leave me with any unanswered questions at the end or longing for me. It was perfectly written and detailed.

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  • The Audio Flow
  • 29-06-17

The Only One Melts Heart by Audio!

What's not to love about second chance romances written by Lauren Blakely? You can never go wrong because you know you'll get strong, well developed characters, lots of humor and scenes with just enough heat to make cold showers necessary.

The Only One is a beautiful love story between two people who lost contact and by fate reunite.

Zachary Webber gave me Gabriel, with his sexy dialect of Brazilian-French infused tones that drove me crazy. In a good way of course. While Andi Arndt delivered the soft, sexy, confidence of Penny.

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  • RexyRomance
  • 28-06-17

Loved!

Swoony, romantic and so heartfelt! I adored Gabriel and I loved Zachary's subtle accent. Penny is perfect for him! And Shortcake is the best dog!

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  • Kara Hildebrand
  • 06-06-17

Two of my favorite narrators, my favorite author!

What made the experience of listening to The Only One the most enjoyable?

I loved listening to Andi and Zachary bring Blakely's words to life!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Only One?

The sexy banter between the two characters.

What about Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber ’s performance did you like?

I love their voices. They are always so into the story that you truly believe they are the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Gabriel's apology was the best part! He's the perfect man.

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This is an epic second chance romance that filled my heart with love, hope and longing. The Only One is sweet, savory and sexy. And now, I'm off to have dessert!

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  • kgagnon
  • 29-05-17

The One that will never get away again!

I loved this sweet, sexy and emotional, second chance romance! It is a story of miscommunication and understanding that cause heartbreak for two young and passionate lovers. Now a decade later and still unable to give their hearts to anyone else, Penny and Gabriel have a chance meeting. Will they be able to reconcile the hurt feelings and time between them to have a second chance at love? This novella is the perfect example of how these stories should be written. It allowed us to understand both Penny and Gabriel, then & now, and the eternal passion and love they have for each other. This multifaceted tale was fun and flirty, sweet and sexy, while giving me the emotional attachment I crave. Both narrators were fabulous bringing these characters to life. I would have loved a more European accent performed for sexy Gabriel but that didn't hold me back from losing myself in their world. I loved every minute of this story and audio and you will too!

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  • Theresa Martin
  • 25-05-17

Holy Hot Chef!! Gabriel is Heavenly!!!

I don't know how Lauren Blakely dreams up these beautiful men, but I am so grateful she does. Gabriel is the hottest chef around, and Penny is the sweet dog rescuer.

Having met 10 years prior, Gabriel and Penny had an explosive and beautiful fling. Circumstances separated them, and they've excelled in their respective careers. Gabriel, the superstar chef, has had his share of beautiful women. Penny, who runs a rescue shelter, has dated, but none of them compare to the memory of Gabriel.

No spoilers, but when they finally get back together, the heat between these two is intense. Ten years has given them both the maturity and confidence to go after what's important to them. Gabriel is determined that Penny won't get away this time, and he's pulling out all the stops to show her they were meant to be together. This is one of the most beautiful love stories I've read. Lauren knows how to bring the heat and dirty talking hotties, but she also knows how to give you feels. You can't help but root for these two, and know that fate has had a hand in the past 10 years for both of them. I absolutely loved this story, and would love to get more Gabriel and Penny!

Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber do a phenomenal job narrating this second-chance, feel way, way good story. I was hoping Zachary did Gabriel's accent as Andi did, but that didn't make his narrating any less hot. Bravo!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 24-05-17

Love Second Chance Romances

I am a sucker for second chance romance, and Lauren Blakely brought exactly what I love in this book. We have Gabriel and Penny, who met 10 years before, were supposed to meet at the fountain in NYC but life didn't work out as planned. Fast forward those 10 years, and the two meet up again. I love the way Lauren portrays this. She gives us the insight into the mind of Gabriel, the most romantic man(after all, he can cook!). It is always interesting to me the way a man thinks, trying to figure out my own husband, and here we get to be inside Gabriel's head...does he know her? Is he sure it's her? How could it be? So many years have gone by...but is she still his? Then we are with Penny, or is it Penelope. Lauren showed us the young, vulnerable woman and how over 10 years, she matured into a very strong, independent person. But upon seeing Gabriel, should she tell him it's her? Why didn't he show up 10 years ago? Does she still love him?

This book was a quick listen, but so enjoyable. Between the banter of the two characters, the heat the two and the resolutions of their feelings, I got completely caught up in it. Loved it.

Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt are the narrators of this novella. This team is great together, lots of emotion and passion, bringing you into the world of the characters.

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