Not the One by Amy Daws

I first fell in love with Liam back in the first novel of the London Lovers series. I couldn’t wait for his own story, and thought he was so darn sweet. Which he is, but damn does he have a naughty side!

What’s it About? 

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My name is Reyna Miracle. Even though a part of my name is Miracle, there’s nothing miraculous about me. My body portrays the tales of my life. Every feeling, every heartbreak, every emotion. Marked. Inked. Stained. A walking canvas of my messed up truth. But there’s one confession I can’t put in a tattoo. A confession that will kill me to tell, but my best friend died before I had the chance.

Now I’m left with him. The only one who can hold me in the night and squeeze that spot on my neck that feels like my lifeline between sanity and chaos. But we don’t work together. We’re absolute poison for each other. We’re a stifling, suffocating, sickness of darkness. But I feel safe…because I’ve made an art of pushing people away. Now he’s pushing back…And making me believe…Making me wonder…Maybe, just maybe…I could be the one.

First Impressions

Emotions often run high in an Amy Daws novel, and this book is no exception. There are definitely some dark aspects to the story, from an unplanned affair to a suicide attempt. That being said, there are also some remarkably sexy and sweet moments between Reyna and Liam. And of course, you can’t forget the lovable and laughable antics of dear Frank. Oh, and can we take a moment to drool over how awesome the cover art is? Alright, I think I’m good. Wait…no I’m gonna need a few more minutes to just stare and admire the beauty.

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An Affair By Any Other Name

Reyna was friends with Liam back in college, as he was dating her best friend and roommate, Marisa. There was always a deep connection between Liam and Reyna that neither could explain or ignore, and one night they do the unthinkable and sleep together while Marisa is away on holiday. Reyna is flooded with immediate guilt, and has every intention of confessing to Marisa right away what happened. Unfortunately, the very next day Marisa dies in a terrible accident, and Reyna never has the chance to say she’s sorry. Needless to say, this creates some negative and long lasting affects.

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The whole aspect of the affair was pretty unsettling, especially seeing as my boy Liam was involved! Not only that, but Liam sort of used his relationship with Marisa to get a rise out of Reyna so she would admit to having feelings for him. Marisa appears to both Liam and Reyna in their dreams basically giving their relationship her stamp of approval, but I kind of question if that would have been true had she been alive. Definitely gives you some things to think about!

Bizarre Dreamland

Throughout the novel, Reyna’s dreams have a very important role to play in the overall story. Not only does she often receive messages from Marisa in her dreams, but she also has a connection with her three sisters who died shortly after their premature quadruplet birth. Reyna’s therapist actually provides a scientific reasoning for why she has memories of her sisters from the time she was a baby, but combine that with Marisa’s dreamy appearances and I felt like there was almost a paranormal aspect to the novel which was kind of different.

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*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: London Lovers, book 4. I would definitely recommend you read the other books in the series first. Not only are they awesome, but it will help you better understand the emotions and motivations behind the actions of the characters.

Should you read it? It definitely deals with some heavy subject matter, including regrets and unhealthy relationships. However, it is written remarkably well, and there is an amazing romance underlying all the drama.

Smut Level: I knew there was a reason I liked Liam so much. The man is talented in the bedroom!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Stars Hollow Publishing. 287 Pages.

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