Sunday, March 11, 2012

Review for The One by Lora Leigh

A story full of desperation and passion, like the sinful temptation of chocolate cake on a strict diet.        

Title: The One
Author: Lora Leigh
Release Date: 6/29/11
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Pages: 73
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Series: N/A
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781419934414
Posted: March 11, 2012
Reviewer: Monica
Rating: 4 stars
Heat Level: I


Ever since Brenna was 10 years old and her mother remarried, she has loved her 18 year old stepbrother, Jace. Thirteen years later, on the night of his birthday, they engage in some hot and heavy petting but don’t complete the act since Jace puts a stop to it, admitting he has only ever thought of her as his sister. He states that it wasn’t meant to go that far, though Brenna confesses her intention was to get him to bed. She leaves for New York
immediately after the rejection. A year later, Brenna returns to Texas. Her stepfather has passed away and left a will that dictates that she spend three months at the ranch or Jace will lose his share of it. Things get pretty interesting between Jace and Brenna now that they’re going to spend time together and Jace is forced to acknowledge his feelings for Brenna.


One of the things I love about Lora Leigh’s stories is her ability to combine drama,sensuality, and tenderness so well. One can truly feel the emotions of the characters. This story is no different. Since the death of his mother, Jace has feared attachment and relationships like the plague. He thinks it is far safer to never fully and wholeheartedly care about someone than to care deeply and lose them. While his reasons for pushing her away are understandable, it is frustrating at times, although you can forgive him at the end. Brenna, to her credit, continues to love him in her calm and sensible way, even though she has realized and accepted that he might never love her back.

The attraction between the characters feels desperate and passionate. Imagine you’re on a strict diet and then you’re faced with the sight of a sweet and moist chocolate cake. Both Jace and Brenna cared about the other, though Jace denies it, thankfully not until his dying breath. The characters endeared themselves to me- one who loves and the other who fears the loss of it after experiencing its headiness. I empathize with Jace, perhaps because I have been in his situation and truly understand how terrifying the thought of loss is and the extent one is willing to suffer to protect one’s heart.

Despite the fact that the story is not a full length novel, The One captures the passion and sweetness characteristic of Lora Leigh. I highly recommend it for a quick and satisfying read.

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