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Not The One
     

Not The One

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by Amy Daws
 

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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

Overview

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.

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ISBN-13:
9781944565015
Publisher:
Stars Hollow Publishing
Publication date:
12/07/2015
Pages:
334
Sales rank:
1,142,052
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Not The One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Wow... so much drama. A bit hard for me to read because i have drama limits. It was worth seeing this one to the end though. The story goes from past to present but it is clearly defined and not confusing. Our main lady has issues and like all of us, she cant change until she is ready to ask for help. Very emotional with some sex scenes but the sex does not overpower the story.
SairaM 11 months ago
This was my first book by the author! I listened to it in audio. I loved the way the narrator brought the story to life! I have to say I am fully in love with these characters, and need to get my hands on the other books in this series. Their stories were amazing! I cried a bit! I fully give this book 5 amazing stars!
JulieHaigh More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC! Her BEST London Lovers yet! As with all previous Amy Daws’ books-this was eagerly awaited by me-I pre-ordered it (I don’t often pre-order) and had to start it straight away-even though I was in the middle of something else! Even though it was 12.30am! And you know what-I could have stayed up ALL NIGHT! It would have been SO worth it! I was straight in, there was no excess wordiness, just straight to ACTION! And I didn't want to come back out again for a long while! It begins with an excellent, quick, snappy first chapter with so much in it. It grips you instantly. Absolutely amazing presentation-the best yet! What an amazing cover-how could you resist the book! The main character Reyna seems confused and pretty mixed up, she's holding things back-excellent for a book as you just want to know what it is! There were lots of questions arising, keeping me interested. I just have to wonder-how does she do it? What is her secret? I read so many books and Amy's are-so special! You just have to stop what you're doing-and just read-and read!!!! This is very intriguing and emotional, smoking hot too! Even early on I was wondering was this my favourite London Lovers book? So far it had been ‘London Bound’ but this is absolutely on a par with it-or possibly even better. The structure is such that we have intriguing scenes in the present and then it keeps going back to three years ago where they were at Oxford University. Little details eke out gradually. It was absolutely EXPLOSIVE and I loved it. Even very early on I had decided it was definitely five stars for me. So much power, depth and emotion in those words. This is a standalone novel yet your ‘mates’ from the other London Lovers books are there in and amongst. It's like coming home. This is one of my favourite series and I can't wait for each new addition to it. This is Amy Daws on top form and is an absolute luxury read for me. I like how a piece of music listened to is mentioned, named, the artist named etc. Being a musician, stuff like this matters to me so I looked it up on YouTube, you can really get the idea of the atmosphere then rather than if the writer had merely said that the character had put some music on. After all the angst there is a welcome lighter interlude with Frank. Then more powerful stuff again. This book is so full of surprises. You just can't leave it alone-I should have been doing so much today as it's the lead-up to Christmas-I've done nowt! (Except read this!). This was certainly tough and powerful stuff, an amazing read. I was gripped, went to hell and back with the characters and lived the book whilst I read it. I was totally absorbed in it and didn't want to come out! I really hope you're writing the next one NOW Amy Daws!!!! Well, phew!!! I finished it! After serious lack of dusting, cleaning etc. for the past few days-for which I totally blame the author-this was a FANTASTIC read!-so I'll let her off re the housework! Intriguing, gripping, sexy, agonising and lovely. All of these things. THE BEST best of Amy Daws.
KMaldia More than 1 year ago
Not the One is contemporary romantic standalone. It is told from Reyna’s (Rey) POV from the past and present. Rey always tells you exactly how she what she thinks and how she feels on her “honesty train.” She doesn’t care if it hurts your feelings, even if it makes you hate her. She wants to keep you are at arm’s length. She doesn’t want you to see her lies. She doesn’t want you to see how she really feels. Then you would see she’s not worth it. Not the One is definitely more of an emotional read. My eyes were leaking without my consent on too many occasions for me to be honest about. Rey is raw and tormented and you feel it. My heart broke for so many of the characters. Amy Daws does include plenty of sexy time with Rey’s romantic interest and funny and down to earth times with our favorite ginger, Frank. Her romantic interest is a guy we met before but didn’t get to know him real well. He is not like I expected. He has always been the good guy, but he can be bad. Very, very bad in the best was possible. He compliments Rey in a way that she needs. It is hard to say which London Lover’s book, I love best. They all have a different feel about them. They are all unique and don’t fall into a mold. I think the character Rey touched me on a personal level. I “got” her. It will definitely be on my re-read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“We can’t control life any more than we can control the hands of time. They both continue without our intervention.” This story touched me so deeply. It’s so full of emotions. My heart hurt, I cried, I laughed, I smiled, and I felt with intensity. It’s the kind of story that touches you so deeply that when you finish, you just can’t move as you process everything you have just been through. “I have trouble letting people see me.” “I see you.” There is a lot that happens in this heartbreakingly beautiful story. You will be touched by not just Liam & Reyna, but by every character in this story. They will weave around your heart, make you smile, make you cry, and you will fall in love with them all. “You have to stand out if you are trying to stand up.” My heart absolutely broke for Reyna, Liam, & Hayden. The pain and heartache that is felt while reading this story is intense and overwhelming. Amy Daws’ writing is stunning and will make you feel everything. The self-hatred and misery will cut you deeply. Learning to love yourself and allowing others in can be painful and difficult. This is a beautiful, raw, and deeply touching journey about self-forgiveness and healing. And the way Amy tells the story is absolutely beautiful. She paints such vibrant detail that you feel as if you are there, living in every moment with these characters. It’s absolutely extraordinary. “It’s a painful thing not living up to other people’s standards of you. It’s an even more painful thing when you’re not even surprised.” This story gripped me from start to finish. I can’t wait to read more stories from Amy. Thank you so much for such a heartfelt, beautifully touching story! “Your heart is mine to cherish.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an Arc of this book. This book is AMAZING. I loved getting to know all the characters and revisiting other characters that I already loved. This book is an emotional roller coaster. It shows the inner struggle that is easily to relate to. The emotions in this book just leap off the pages. I was overjoyed for the happy moments as well as sad with the unhappy moments. For me it was an ugly cry book. I loved books that can make me feel what the characters are feeling. Great job at that Amy. This book is a standalone book but there are 3 previous books that this book will leave you wanting to read if you haven't read them already. I can't wait to read more about other characters. I can never get enough of this group of friends. I never want to leave them when I finish a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won it as an Arc :) This is the 5th book I have read from Mrs Daw's and all I can say is each book gets better. This is the 4th from London series and IMO I'd read the others first despite this being stand alone but I'm weird that way I have to be honest I wanted to punch Rey (heroine) quite a few times and tell her to wake up BUT she grew on me the more I read and understood what her 'issues' were with life/love and her Mum. Liam was an utter sweetheart (and a dirty mouthed one at that) but I loved that he pushed her until he broke and she had to fight for him/them in the end!! The sex scenes in this book were certainly hotter and it wasn't overkill either. And poor poor sweet Hayden..... it was great to see more of him and the issues he faces and your heart does break for him more than once but I'm getting good vibes towards the end :D. This book was darker than the others dealing with mental health issues but it still had touches of humour. Its sad and will want to make you cry and on occasions scream at the people. I loved loved loved loved Rey and Frankie's banter throughout this book and I so cannot wait for his.
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naturalbri More than 1 year ago
Daws has done it again! With each book she adds to her London-based series, she makes me fall more in love with the London Lovers crew. She has a way of creating an entire world in each book. Each book is so real and involving that I cannot help but get completely addicted, trying to read through to the morning. This book took a deeper look into some of our favourites from the original clan. I love that we started with a couple and, through the series, we have met more of their friends and gotten to know their lives. Yet, we can still pick up each book and read, without having met them previously, and we get to know them completely. It was great that we went deeper into the lives we did, in this book, but I love that the author still uses the book to keep us up to date on our crew. The romance, angst and passion that she put into the story created something unforgettable. I must say, with each book Daws writes, her reads just get better and better. I highly recommend checking out this book and all of her books. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Kelly_BTCBlog More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Amy Daws, and I loved it!! The writing was fantastic and the story progressed very well. Amy has found herself a new fan, and now I need to read more from this very talented author. Kudos, Amy! :)
Blamjam More than 1 year ago
“With Every Heartbeat, You Caught Me.” Much like Reyna’s tattoos, this story etched itself into my skin. Reyna has never felt like a miracle outside of it being part of her name. She pushes people away feeling as she is not deserving of the love people show her, feeling as she should never had been the one to live, remaining in a constant state of survivors guilt. She has a connection to the ghosts of her past; they are a blessing and a curse. This constant internal battle has Reyna is slowly pushes her to the brink. She is holding everyone at arm’s length, refusing to let anyone in. The only one she cannot hold off any longer has popped back into her life. Now that she has seen him again it is impossible to deny what they had and till have regardless of how wrong it feels. Liam was a guy that I was not totally on board with out of the gate, but dang he is a good finisher. Loved him by the last lap! “We can’t control life anymore than we can control the hands of time. They both continue without our intervention.” This was a first read for me by this author and it surely won’t be the last. I typically read series in order, but this can be read easily as a standalone, but I am now dying to go back and read all of them and if there is a Hayden book, I will be all over that! Hayden ripped my heart in two and I want more of him!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
4.5 Angst filled stars Favorite Quotes: “Needs are always necessary. Wants have a way of surprising you.” “Sometimes nice guys just have to be bad if they want something this hard.” “If he wants to fight dirty, he’s going to lose. I’m the queen of filth. And I’ve been yielding my words as weapons for years.” “Frank vouched for this doctor, but upon meeting him, I’m not so sure. He looks like Doogie Howser and Mario Lopez had a love child and that love child was entering his junior year in high school.” “Oxford, I’m British. We don’t hug. We do posh air kisses on the cheeks and even that is only because we’re trying to be pompous.” “I don’t want to miss another second with you. I want to make up for lost time. I want to make up for missed chances. I want what I’ve always known we could be.” “Reyna Miracle Miller, we had a rocky start, an even rockier middle, but I want to have an incredible finish.” “Oxford, you slapper! I can practically hear your naughty thoughts screaming at me!” My Review: I know I listed too many favorite quotes, and that is still after I pared them down… I love Amy Daws – but she nearly killed me while reading Not The One. Seriously - I am no fan of angst so I was in abject misery! Had I not trusted or previously worshipped at the altar of Ms. Daws’ mad skills, I would probably have pulled a runner and stopped reading. Thankfully, I stuck with it as the comic relief and ridiculousness of Frank more than makes up for the moroseness, heinous behavior, and emotional instability of Reyna. Reyna has to be one of the most annoying and least likable characters out there. She is caustic on a good day, and generally snide, cruel, and deliberately hurtful to those who only want to help her. She seems to have been on a life-long path of self-loathing, insecurity, hostility, and destruction. While she is fully aware that she is emotionally disturbed - she doesn’t do anything about it until it is almost too late and she has alienated everyone in the most painful manner possible. Then there is Frank – I unequivocally adore Frank. He is always the brightest spot in all the London Lovers books. He knows and is exactly what others need and when they need it. His wardrobe choices and flamboyant character provide the much needed and most welcomed hits of levity that breeze through like a breath of fresh air. Please Ms. Daws, for your next book, let it be all about Frank!
Naughty_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
This book was overflowing and dripping with intense emotion. It's one of those stories that highlights the idea that beauty and pain two different sides of the same coin. Reyna and Liam's love story is not a traditional one and it doesn't take you from start to finish in a straight line, or even a crooked line. It has stops, starts, detours, roundabouts, trap doors and explosions along the way. It travels on a dark and dirty road, sometimes moving at speeds too fast for the conditions. Reyna is definitely one of the most emotionally messed up heroines I ever read. She's up to her eyeballs in complex emotions that are based on self-deprecation and punishment. At times I found myself struggling to understand why she felt that way, but by the end of the story it all made sense to me. There were a few times I didn't like her very much, I didn't understand her and I wasn't sure how the story was going to end. The story pushes some boundaries, breaks some rules and at times it pushed me out of my comfort zone emotionally. I spent a lot of time crying, feeling and thinking. It was beautiful, engaging, heartbreaking with a side of erotic and sexy.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author, Amy Daws, for gifting me with a copy of Not the One in exchange for an honest review! I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the romance to the mental issues that characters had to work through to just regular life drama. Let's start with the romance. The romance is pretty central to this book. The book displays perfectly what a good relationship and what a not-so-good relationship look like side by side (Reyna and Liam vs. Reyna and Hayden). What I love about the romance the most is that fact that the author kept it from developing into a love triangle. While it could be seen that way at one point in the middle of the book, I beg to differ. At that point, Reyna is trying to find herself and fix what she thinks is broken. She knows that her relationship with Hayden is toxic but she's not ready to love herself quite yet. Which leads us to our next topic. The main theme and meat of this book is the journey of the mind and expectations of yourself. Reyna was born a preemie quadruplet and she was the only one to survive. Her father also died when she was very young and consequently, led her mother to 'smother' Reyna. Reyna then does everything she possibly can to show her mother she isn't perfect, which, obviously, goes south really fast. I really liked how Reyna recognized what was wrong and took steps to fix it before it was too late. The ending was so wonderful and I wouldn't have it any other way. One comment I do have about Reyna's issues with herself: at times I was completely fed up with her. Her desire to be as far from perfect as possible was reiterated again and again and again and it felt like she was completely mental. Which could have been the point although it did get a bit annoying after a while. Between the dramatic and dark scenes, there is everyday life. What I really like about this series is that you don't necessarily have to read them in order. Yes, it helps you understand the backstory of other characters and what was going on with them (all of the books take place in relatively the same time period) but it isn't entirely necessary. Frank and all of our other favorite characters from the other books (but especially Frank) make an appearance in this book. Have I mentioned how much I love Frank? He adds the perfect light contrast to buoy the book and keep it from dragging itself down in a dark spiral. The Final Verdict: This book is dark and gritty while still having it's light moments. I loved how the romance was developed as well as the main themes. However, Reyna's mantra of 'don't be perfect' left me exasperated at times. 4.5 stars Quotes: "'Hullo?' Alden's voice croaks through the phone line. 'Hi, is this Mr. Darkby?' I ask politely. 'Yes, bloody hell,' the phone muffles as I hear Liam's dad shout, 'Bertha... it's a bloody telemarketer from America again. Probably selling something. Should I tell them to get stuffed?' 'Alden!' I shout into the phone as I hear it muffle again." "'I hate your tattoos. All of them,' she blurts. 'Even the black roses. I think they are dark and twisty and look like something Marilyn Manson would have.' She covers her mouth in shock at her emotional outburst. My jaw drops and before I know it, we're both laughing and staring incredulously at each other. She pauses to wipe laughter tears from her eyes and I reach over and grab a tissue, handing it to her. I've never seen my mother laugh like this before.
LenaPitterpattermom More than 1 year ago
What a great read to first introduce myself to Amy Daws! I was hanging on every word! Not The One is an amazing story of self discover and learning to love yourself! The angst filled pages tear at your heartstrings, what a love story! Reyna from beginning to end grows so much as the main character and I became overjoyed with her determination! Liam is one hot brit! Together, oh my, Amy Daws has created pages filled with passion! A must read standalone HEA!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars!! “I’m done, Rey. I can’t be perfect here. I can’t say or do the right thing because that’s always serving someone else. Today, I want to be selfish. Today, I want to be patient. Today, I want to choose the direction my life goes. Today, I make you mine.” Not The One is the fourth book in the Lover’s in London series, but can be read as a stand-alone. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I’m telling you now, this won’t be my last. From the moment I picked up this book, I knew it was going to be special. I had a feeling that it was going to take me on one crazy journey. And I have to tell you, it did not disappoint me. I was captivated from the very first page. I was intrigued by Reyna and wanted to know her story. And the further I got into her story, the more invested I got; the more captivated I was. Something about her just pulled me in. She was so easy to connect with and understand. She was so lost and so broken. I just wanted to see her find some happiness. Reyna’s journey to HEA was anything but easy. She had to really hit rock bottom before she could find the light in the darkness that consumed her. There is just so much to love about this book; I don’t even know where to begin. So, let me just say that this book was amazing. I loved every broken second of Reyna’s story; from start to finish. Her story had the perfect balance of angst, romance, drama and heart. I loved Reyna and Liam together. Their journey was not easy. The push and pull they had and their connection, really tugged at my heart. I loved how Liam fought for Reyna and tried to make her see what he always knew. My heart ached watching Reyna and Hayden spiral into darkness. Their friendship started off good, but only ended up toxic in the end. Not The One is a beautiful and honest story.It was so well-written and consuming. I easily got lost in Reyna’s story. I loved how honest and real her character was. Reyna’s story was anything but easy and in fact, she frustrated me at times. But, that’s what made her so real. She wasn’t perfect. She was flawed and frustrating. There was so much more to her that meets the eye. Reyna’s story really dug it’s way into my heart and I know that I won’t be forgetting her story anytime soon. Amy Daws is a new author to me and I have to say, her writing has completely blown me away. I loved the way that she showed the true meaning of love and friendship, forgiveness and hope; even in the darkest of times. I can not wait to go back and discover the first three books in this series, and I definitely can not wait to read more from this author in the future. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous 8 months ago
You are the werst righter ever i (You are diskusting Hate you!)
Anonymous 9 months ago
That's all!