One & Only

One & Only

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by Viv Daniels
     
 

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One night they can't forget...

Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she's sworn to keep: the father who won't acknowledge her, the sister who doesn't know she exists, and the mother who's content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess

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One night they can't forget...

Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she's sworn to keep: the father who won't acknowledge her, the sister who doesn't know she exists, and the mother who's content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship-Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.

One love they can't ignore...

Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan's life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend...who also happens to be Tess's legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother's footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she's always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.

...And only one chance to get things right.

*** New Adult romance suitable for 17+***

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937135041
Publisher:
Word for Word
Publication date:
11/07/2013
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Viv Daniels writes love stories for the young and young at heart. Like many of her characters, she met her husband in college, and knows all the ins and outs of navigating that kind of relationship — from how to date when you’re both flat broke to how to fit two people in narrow dorm room bed.

Her favorite new adult authors include Tammara Weber, J. Lynn, and Cora Carmack.

Viv can usually be found on her Facebook page or Twitter feed, chatting with readers about her favorite New Adult fiction, or sharing pictures of cute boys. Learn more at

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One & Only 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The storyline, old love-reunited, was a big draw. I especially liked Dylan, his direct honesty was sexy and very appealing. I was afraid Tess's issues would get old but, instead I found myself feeling empathy and curiosity for something I've never experienced. The nerd factor, on both their parts was great too. I couldn't wait to come home to read this book. I recommend ONE & ONLY. S.A.K.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cute. Writing was spot in for what you would expect from two smart co-ed's. They're really funny. Plus, you really feel for the main character. 5 *
Anonymous 4 days ago
I really liked this book and read it in one sitting. I also loved that the main character was smart and focused on her career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have such a soft spot for NA novels about smart girls with actual college student problems, which is probably why I loved ONE AND ONLY so much. It doesn't hurt that the premise is great, or that none of the characters fall victim to cliche. Tess is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy lawyer, but she's not interested in being dependent upon his money the way her mother is. She has career goals and big dreams, and she wants more for herself than a life as the secret girlfriend or mistress, which is why life gets a lot more complicated for her when she finds out that her first love, Dylan, is currently involved with her half-sister. Although their chemistry is unbelievable--and my God, were there some sexy not-quite-sex scenes in the story--Tess resists her role as the other woman, and Dylan is no sleazy playboy attempting to change her mind. The two of them bond more over their shared ambitions, or the research project that they're working on, and less over the illicit encounters that span most of their school year. It was really, really refreshing to see a fictional college relationship built around shared interests and not around danger or mystery. Daniels also goes out of her way to avoid demonizing Tess's dad, or his other family. Although her father doesn't make many good choices on the page, it's clear that he's proud of Tess and wants her to succeed, even if he doesn't always go about showing it in the right ways. Similarly, Tess's half-sister Hannah isn't just some bitchy rich girl, and I thought Tess's protectiveness toward her was realistic and sweet. In fact, one of the other things I appreciated about ONE AND ONLY was the variety and depth of the many girl friendships that Tess has. Dylan is not the most important person in her life, nor the only person she has, and that's exactly as it should be. The strength of their connection in spite of the many other meaningful relationships that Tess has adds depth and urgency to their struggle toward being together. I would recommend ONE AND ONLY to anyone looking for a slight change of pace in their NA fiction. I will definitely be picking up the sequel as well.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything by Viv Daniels before and I wasn't totally for sure what to expect. This New Adult genre is pretty diverse and you never really know what you're going to get when you crack one of these open. Thankfully, I was pretty impressed with One & Only. It was a bit deeper than I had suspected it would be and it read more like a contemporary romance novel than a New Adult. But is there really much difference in those two other than the age group of the characters? I'm beginning to suspect not. I enjoyed getting to know Tess and delving into her family life ... which was a disaster, by the way. Tess knows her dad but no one else (other than her mom) knows about her dad. Tess has been told from a very early age to never tell anyone about her father, who he is or anything. It's a bit like a fatherly fight club. The first rule of FFC is that you don't tell anyone about FFC. The second rule about FFC is that you don't tell anyone about FFC. It was a bit surreal, actually. She can't acknowledge her father in any setting, if she sees him outside of her house, she can't call him dad and a bunch of other things. It was wild. What kind of life is that for a kid? So many things happen in your childhood that your father should be involved in. This isn't a case of abandonment, no ... her father is in her life. This isn't a case of him not loving her, no ... he does. I've just never read a book with a situation in it like this and to say the least, it kept my attention. The whole thing with her dad is going on in the background of the story. At the forefront is her education and (of course) a boy, Dylan. I found it hard to not become attached to Dylan. He's a sweet and honest character that had this adorable sense of humor that never ceased to make me smile. I won't lie ... he pissed me the hell off at a couple of points in the story but that didn't last for long because he's such a sweet guy. The storyline was interesting. I didn't get bored or tired of reading about their science stuff when the book would geek out for a little bit. I really enjoyed the flow of the novel ... it wasn't slow in any parts and it kept up at a pretty quick pace for pretty much the entire read. I'm looking forward to getting some free time so that I can read the next novel in the series. I'd like to see how this story continues. And keep in mind ... there is an ending to this one ... it doesn't leave you hanging with the Tess and Dylan story but the next book does cover some of the secondary characters from this one. All in all, I really enjoyed this one and I'll be reading this author again. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
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snaggelpuss71 More than 1 year ago
What a book! this was a wonderful story of first love, loss and finding each other again. And a young girl who is held under control by her fathers secret. I felt so bad for Tess, she has put up with a lot in her life and when she finally gets a break her day snatches away form her. Then she meets Dylan, a wonderful guy who loves Tess unconditionally. But Tess knows she will never be able to have him as he is going to a different school so after a wonderful night together she just stops all communication with him. Then 2 years latter now they are back at the same school. It seems neither of them has been able too forget their time together. There is just one problem he has a girlfriend and gets the shock of her life when she sees who it is. One can only hope they can find their way back together, with all the rules and obstacles between them. I hope there is going to be another book I'd love to know how they are doing after all they went through and if they will be able to stay together happily ever after forever. I hope you enjoy this bok as Much as I did. If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like it when you do, they value your opinions too.
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I think I got a little smarter reading this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book alot. Dylan and Tess were made for eachother. My heart broke for Tess because of the secrets she was forced to keep. And shame on her mother for allowing her father to treat her or them like they are second class. I hate that guy! The chemistry between Dylan and Tess is off the charts. Hannah is different. I didn't really know what to think of her. I think she wants to love Tess but isn't sure how to go about becoming closer. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
girlandhernook More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Viv Daniels’ alter-ego Diana Peterfreund’s books, particularly the Secret Society series, which we would now classify as New Adult. Because of this I was more than happy to give One & Only a shot, and I’m glad it I did. It was a nice, contemporary romance novel that made me sigh, and swoon, and because it’s me, rage. I did devour this book, I found it to be a quick enjoyable read and I was even upset to find the second novel not out yet, because I enjoyed the Canton world. What Daniels’ did was not shy away from real problems that students in college face. From backstabbing classmates, to frat parties, and carrying a full course load and still trying to figure out how to make time to study are all covered in One & Only. One and Only is the story of Tess, a good student, who is the product of a rich man and his mistress. This is important, because Tess is never allowed to acknowledge her father. Ever. He also uses this to guilt her mother and her by giving them money. Because of this power she doesn’t go to her dream school, Canton, but the local state school which doesn’t have a solid science program, but it makes her father happy. Until two years later she’s had enough and her mentor at the state school, helps her not only go to Canton, but also to pay for it with scholarships. Between that push and a part-time job, she transfers over to Canton and is happier than she ever imagined she could be. Until she sees Dylan, the cute boy she fell in love with two years ago that summer between high school and college, when they met at a Summer Science program. What Tess (and Dylan) weren’t expecting were the sparks to still be here, or Dylan to be dating Tess’ half-sister that doesn’t know she still exists. Thanks to a big project the two are brought back together and sparks continue to fly off the page. The two not only fight them, but fight with the fact that Dylan has a girlfriend, both do not want to cheat and respect that. Dylan also knows that Tess is hiding things from him, but respects her current boundaries. It does become hard when the truth comes out and both explode, it is beautiful how they find themselves back with each other.
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I LOVED IT!
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A new angle, new story if secretscand families....but mostly tye draw bwtween two....destine to be. Enjoyed thiroughly, story, charachters, twists and stormy moody male.
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I enjoyed this book. At the start of it, I got super upset on Tess's behalf and didn't know if I wanted to finish it because I knew I would get more upset. (I was legitimately mad at someone in this book like they were a real person. It happens on occasion. I will sulk or walk around with a bit of an attitude because of it. Don't judge. Lol) Anywho... I thought it was well written and I did enjoy that it was kind of different in terms of story line. Nerds need love too. It was a really sweet story.  I do wish there would have been a little more to it though. However, I see there is a second book to come about Hannah. I can only hope that we will visit Tess and Dylan in that installment. I'm curious to see how school and Tess's relationships with Mr. Swift and Hannah progress.
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