Review: The Only One by Melody Grace
Brooke Delancey is looking for a fresh start. She’s packed up her heartbreak and traded her old life for a new beginning, managing the prettiest hotel on Cape Cod. She swears this time will be different: no drama, no distractions, and definitely no heart-stopping kisses with a handsome stranger. Which is exactly what she finds the night she meets Riley Ford.
Riley is gorgeous, charming… and intrigued by the buttoned-up blonde whose kisses are anything but restrained. He knows a thing or two about starting over, and he’s convinced a little fun is exactly what Brooke needs to put the past behind her. And he knows exactly the man for the job…
With a tempting offer like that, Brooke can’t help but try another kiss – or two, or three. But as the chemistry gets hotter, and their connection deepens, Brooke and Riley will discover that building a new future means reckoning with the past.
Can two unlikely hearts take a chance on a new tomorrow? Or will their sparks burn out with the end of summer in Sweetbriar Cove? Find out in the sweet and sexy new read from New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace!
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This book wasn’t bad until the last 20% when I became completely over this story. I have been reading Melody Grace since she started and maybe I have out grown her, but I feel like her books aren’t progressing and she isn’t growing as an author. Each of her books are becoming redundant and I want to see a kick-*ss, brazen female who can admit she screwed up without the man groveling first.
I feel like Melody takes me up to the point where she could break my heart and then put it back together but instead she hands me a cookie and sends me on my way. Now I am not saying the cookie is bad but d*mnit I need her to go there sometimes and make me sob. I want to have that emotional connection to her characters but instead I just feel very meh and over them by the end of the book.
I found Riley charming and charismatic, he is quick and bold and damn be the consequences and I find his love is like his personality. They just fit him flawlessly. Now let me tell you about Brooke…I have many issues with her. Mostly being that I felt like she didn’t grow as a character, she was very stagnant, stubborn and full of herself. I was actually pissed at last 20% of the story because Brooke should have been groveling at Riley’s feet begging for forgiveness. She was fickle, insecure, and indecisive. I also so thought she was a hypocrite because God forbid she calls everyone on their sh*t but the second someone calls her out, she goes off on them and then spends months avoiding them. I know, I know she sounds like a real winner.
I am just desperately missing the emotional connection to her female leads lately, I find Brooke to be passive, unrelate-able, whiny, and annoying. Which is probably why I will say Riley can do better. So while the story wasn’t bad, it just isn’t doing it for it. These characters aren’t memorable and I will be thinking about the food in the story far more than the story itself.