Title: The One
Author: Lora Leigh
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Buy Link: Buy The One Here!
Rating: You Want To Read
Reviewed by: Donna Bryant
Brenna's love for Jase has grown from a crush to a soul-searing need, a painful hunger…and an unrequited ache, because the savagely sexy Texan doesn't feel the same. A bequest and stipulation in his father's will have hardened Jase, it seems. Now she must endure three months of living under his roof. Three torturous, tension-filled months and Brenna will have fulfilled the stipulation; will be free to attempt to regain the heart lost to Jase so long ago.
Since the age of eighteen, Jase has protected Brenna—from himself, as much as anyone else. Living with her proves too rousing even for his iron will. He'll claim what's his, take Brenna in ways he'd previously only dreamed, sink so deeply inside her luscious body he'll never find his way out. And be damned if he'll let her go.
A scorching Texas summer can't compete with blazing lust as Brenna gives in, gives over, gives all that she is to Jase, to the only man she's every loved…to the one.
I must start by saying that Lora Leigh is one of my favorite authors. However, I was leery of this book because of the disappointment of Midnight Sins, her release just prior to The One. I was pleasantly surprised to see very few grammatical errors and a fairly decent plot, however I can't give this book a 4 or 5 star rating due to the length (only took about an hour to read, if that) and the fact that there were a few loose ends that I felt should have been tied up.
The epic struggle of a bad boy who is trying to save his woman from himself is a little worn thin, but beyond that, I felt that Ms. Leigh was essentially letting the hero be afraid to love and lose. This, too, is a common theme, but it worked well for The One. I liked the characters, despite the man being a typical man (bone-headed) and the woman loving him anyway. The One was a sweet, short story with some steamy sex thrown in. All in all, a good read.