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Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection - Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John "John Boy" Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.
Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she's worked for.
Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together...unless he shatters it first.
**This is not a sequel to The Only Exception. It's a companion novel with two characters from the first book. You don't need to read The Only Exception to understand this book.**
Posted October 26, 2013
It's all about Johnboy!
Magan Vernon is on a roll! This book has characters we first saw in her previous book The Only Exception. This time we get to see Melanie, Monica's best friend, and the infamous "Johnboy" fall in love and overcome obstacles. Magan Vernon once again did a fantastic job with her characters. They're both so easy to like and relate to. Johnboy is definitely a guy any girl could fall for. He's hot, charming, considerate, and multi-faceted. I don't know what I liked about him more; the face that he could make caramel cookie dough cheesecake with a chocolate topping (I want some!) or the fact that he was really there for Melanie in her time of need.
Their journey isn't perfect. Melanie has low self-esteem and it shows. Johnboy keeps surprising her all the time and he keeps buoying her confidence. Plus she's thrown for a loop and is surprised to see the Johnboy doesn't run. She's also surprised to see the way the people she's close to step up. All in all, this is a great book with some fabulous dialogue. Some of my favorite lines are: "I want to be your knight in shining armor. To take away the pain. I’ve never felt like this before and whatever we have, I don’t want to lose it."
Another Johnboy dialogue that made my heart pitter patter: “It’s always been you and me, Red. Even before we were us. You’ve always had the control in this relationship. Some things may distract us, but I’ll always come back to you.”
How can you not love a guy like that? It was great to meet Short Stack, Johnboy's little frat brother. It was also great to see Monica and Trey again.
I'm loving Magan Vernon's books and characters. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she publishes next. I hope we get to see more of Melanie, Johnboy, Monica, and Trey.
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Posted June 20, 2014
The Only One, Magan Vernon
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love the drama and emotion good New Adult books contain, sometimes that's just what I want to read and yesterday I
began this story. I loved it, full of good plots, emotion, and great characters. There's Melanie, quiet, studious and
hardworking, her best friend Monica, Monica's boyfreind Trey, and of course John Boy....ah John Boy!
I hadn't realised there was an earlier book about Monica and Trey, but they're each standalone novels ( hurrah!!) though
the characters overlap. I'd love to read the first novel - its now on my wishlist...This book is great, not just a typical
college drama, but one where the people involved have to cope with some really upsetting news. We see just how
important family and friends are when the chips are down, how easy it would be to just give up without that support.
Melanie meets John Boy at a party. She's not really the party type but has been dragged out of her studying by Monica and
Trey, and John Boy bumps into her, spilling her drink all down her. He calls her Red after that from the colour of the drink,
a name he continues with throughout the story. He keeps on finding her after that - at the coffee shop where she works, at
her lectures where he shares some of her classes...and though he's a renowned man-whore he acts differently with Melanie.
He's with her when she gets That phone call - the one that changes so much of her life, where its devastating news for her
and she's so upset. He's not the sort to cope with tears usually, but Melanie brings out a side of him he didn't know
existed and he's there for her - even when she keeps pushing him away. He likes the person being with her makes him
become, some one more than the shallow person he was.
Oh poor Melanie - having been through sometimeng very similar I have to say how well her emotions were written, that's
exactly how I felt at times, scared, not knowing what to do, pushing people away, wanting to just curl up and ignore
everything....and then John Boy, who was such a great support. I really felt for him at times, Melanie was so uncertain, so
convinced he's leave her for someone else, and it seemed nothing he could do would convince her.
Its a beautiful story, just the right amount of sadness and drama, mixed up with some very hot and sensual moments. It felt
like real life, when too many NA feel over constructed and devolved from reality. I could imagine this unfolding in real life
exactly as it did in the book. A great read.
Stars: Five, cracking book.
ARC supplied via Netgalley
Posted June 16, 2014
Melanie is at a frat one night when she runs into John Boy. In a loin cloth. Yowza! But never mind that because he spilled her red drink all over her outfit and now she needs to change. John Boy offers up his T-shirt and a whole lot more.
John Boy doesn't date. But when he sees Melanie at his frat's party, he knew he had to live up to his reputation and get the uptight girl let loose a bit. And she's hot, so that helps too.
After inserting himself into Mel's life and becoming "friends", John Boy starts to realize that he doesn't just want to "hump and dump". And one night while at his place, right before he could seal the deal, she gets one of the worst calls of her life. John Boy starts to look at Mel in a new light and realizes he wants more. A relationship. With her. But he can do that?
I liked this book. It was good and written very well. Two things annoyed me about this book. One, John Boy. He was supposed to be this college frat/playboy. Yet, I found his character was very annoying. He was supposed to have turned into this real nice guy falling love with the unexpected girl, but he seemed to be trying too hard to get the girl who was all too willing to start a relationship with him. It didn't seem right to me.
Two, Mel's situation. Without ruining it, all I can say is that I've been in that situation and I have never come across a doctor that didn't take the time to explain things in great detail. Up until the phone call on Christmas Eve, their interactions felt kind of cold to me. I also feel like the author made a bigger deal out of the sitatuion than necessary but then again, maybe that was the point of the book. I just think there could have been worse scenarios that could have knocked Mel down. It was an original situation for hitting rock bottom in college, I'll give the author that.
But looking past those two things, this book was written very well and despite my frustrations, I continued reading with my interest more in Mel and John Boy's relationship and not the situation that caused her to "break".
***I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
Posted June 12, 2014
This is a gorgeous romance story! I was worried that I wouldn't be able to connect with the characters due to their youth, but did not have a problem with this at all. I found I was able to relate with Melanie's doubts about John's interest in her, as well as her desire to want to believe him. I think we all go through the same doubts when we've been hurt by others. I don't usually cry when reading romance, but I know I've read a good one when I'm holding my chest at the end, which I did with this one! This should definitely be on your must read at the beach list this summer!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2014
Posted April 5, 2014
Pretty cheesy at times. Tough topic to take on. Writing is choppy in places, mercurial. I had a hard time liking main character, Melonie. She was a good girl, she was a slutty girl, she was studious, she was self-deprecating, wow, it was hard to keep up! John boy was confusing too, such an about face! I understand it's fiction and I do enjoy a little unrealistic behavior for the good of "romance" but, this seemed awkward.
Posted January 4, 2014
Posted November 12, 2013
Mel is forced to go to a Halloween party by her best friend Monica where she runs right into the naked chest of John boy spilling her drink all over her chest. He offers to give her a shirt as he flirts relentlessly. She feels like a third wheel as Liv and her boyfriend dance when John boy comes behind her and starts dancing. Next thing you know they are making out and he invites her to his room but she turned him down and leaves. The next day John Boy shows up at her job flirting his buns off and then shows up in her class. They keep up with a flirtatious game and until Melanie can't take it anymore and goes to the frat house in hopes to have him for a night and get it out of her system. While they are giving into their lust, she gets a call from the doctor telling her she has HPV. She completely breaks down in from of this uber sexy man that she barely knows. She tries to give him an out to run for the hills but he doesn't take it.
With all her insecurity issues she doesn't understand nor can she accept why such a beautiful man would want to deal with a girl going through cancer that he hasn't had sex with. She lets her insecurities get the best of her and when she finds a reason to doubt him, she pushes him away with everything in her but he refuses to let her go.
This book broke my heart and then pieced it make together. Cancer stories always kill me but man this one really hit home. I related a lot to Melanie's personality. I found myself finding a lot of similarities with Melanie and Monica. John really was amazing. I was nervous about him in the beginning but I really had my heart set on him being THE ONE. I definitely think everyone needs to read this book. It is a tear jerker but so worth it. Plus who can resist a hottie like John Boy!
Posted November 13, 2013
Posted October 31, 2013
Mel has patience of steel!
So I’m not 100% sure how I felt about Mel. Did she bother me sometimes? Yeah, she did. Did I want to slap some sense into her? Yuppers. Do I love John Boy? Yes, of course. Did I want to punch him sometimes? Yup. Did I want to rip that loin cloth right off of him? Most definitely.
But, hey that’s just Magan Vernon and her awesome plot, writing style, and characters. This is the same author who wants to write Caveman erotica…and I’d probably read it. I really enjoyed The Only Exception and I like it when series continue on with different characters of the same world and setting. But, John Boy was a whole new level for me. He is sex on a stick and I have no clue how Mel cold handle it. There was some serious things and events that come up in Mel’s life, and I’m not gonna lie—It got me thinking. Magan Vernon manages to bring up serious subjects and mixes it with sexy men…in loin clothes. I can’t deny that I would immediately run to any party that John Boy is in attendance of. Damn, I just got side-tracked by John Boy again. That’s bound to happen. Anyhow, Mel has to get her life together and learn about the things that are important in life, but she stuck with her old habits and afraid because of her past. Luckily she has John Boy around, as well as some familiar faces, to help her get on track! Oh, and did I mention that this boy has a tattoo that references a major children’s novel? That is my kind of guy.
John Boy- Because he’s John Boy
Mel- She kind of reminds me of…me. All focus on school and some lack of partying during our college years.
John Boy’s loin cloth- Because it stayed in place.
Sometimes I didn't really like Mel. Sorry, but it's true.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the story was emotional and an awesome read. The opening scene is pretty gripping and from there I couldn’t put it down. The story was easy to follow and I never had to stop and re-read unless it was the Halloween Party scene…then I just liked to read about John Boy in a loin cloth. The book was seductive in multiple ways, just like all of Magan Vernon’s characters are, and if she wishes to write more stories with these characters or in this world…I wouldn’t oppose at all.
This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.
Posted October 25, 2013
Sweet, steamy, and a wonderful New Adult read. The Only One was a fantastic romance. I loved it! The romance was sweet, the emotions were deep, and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Melanie is a deceptively strong heroine. She doesn't seem like it at first, since a quiet kind of person. But, when it comes down to it, she can handle anything life throws at her. And it throws her one hell of a curve ball. I really liked her. I thought she was a great character.
John was amazing. This guy is so adorably, charmingly, unbelievably sweet! I just adored him. I loved how he was so determined to stand by Melanie when she needed him, even when she tried to push him away. Nothing was going to stop him from being there for her. There was one point in the beginning where I wanted to whack him upside the head for doing something so stupid. But, other than that, I thought he was perfect and lovable and a brilliant character.
The romance was both sweet and steamy. Their feelings for each other grew steadily and it was sweet to read. I loved how John was so intent on being there for Melanie. And, the chemistry between them was there from the moment they met. And, when all that sexual tension finally exploded, it was super hot. Also, it might just be the Potter nerd in me, but I loved how Harry Potter was a constant facet of their relationship. Potterhead soulmates :)
The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect.
The Only One was a wonderful New Adult romance. It was sweet, steamy, and full of emotion. I totally loved it! Lovers of New Adult romance, this is a book you'll want to read.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Posted October 9, 2013
Magan Vernon is fast becoming one of my favourite New Adult authors. I think my favourite thing about Magan's New Adult novels (aside from the hot guys and kick ass girls) is the relevance of the stories. Not only do we get a hot romance but we also get real life issues that can raise awareness and help people. I really liked that about The Only exception and it continues in The Only One.
It's at a frat party Mel comes nose to chest with a partially naked John Boy with only a loin cloth covering his modesty. Of course Monica intervenes straight away and tells Mel not to go there. John Boy is a player and will break her heart. But it wouldn't be much of a story if Mel listened to her best friend would it now?
And of course John Boy received the same warning. Mel is deemed too nice for his player reputation. Too late for warnings though, John Boy already had Mel within his sight. So lots of flirting and teasing ensues but before things can really take off Mel receives some news that turns her world upside down.
Even though John Boy is insanely hot, cheeky and downright delectable it really is Melanie who is the star of the show. I loved her. In my reviews I bang on about strong females, for me to enjoy a character and connect with them I need a little more than air between their ears. Melanie is one cool chick. I love the way Magan makes all her female characters relatable, I could so be friends with Mel, her insecurities are there but she doesn't drone on or say woe is me, she worries about them naturally, as much as the next girl.
Now the story line itself, is an important one and I won't go into great detail as you need to read it for yourself but the independent woman in me was fist pumping with joy for the fact that it was being addressed in an NA novel as I think every young adult to new to old should read this book! These are issues I feel passionate about and I can say it flowed effortlessly, it wasn't a barrage of information to overwhelm the reader, but it was honest and thought provoking. The information was well planned out and you could tell it was thoroughly researched, it was really well done. I know a lot of people already who are going to love this book for that reason alone!!
I can't finish my review without mentioning Mel's sister Val. Val was a secondary character that really stood out for me. I think I laughed at every word she said! I loved that she was the comic relief when Mel needed it most but she also kept things real and told Mel hard truths even when she didn't want to hear them. My favourite scene between Mel and Val was when Val started talking to Mel whilst she was in the shower, it was hilarious and it made me I wish I had a sister for all the fun crazy chat. The great news is Val is getting a little something of her own soon and this makes me so happy!!
Now if for some crazy reason you do not love John Boy in the first 60% (impossible because he's so swoon worthy) then OMG just wait until 'Mel's situation' and what comes after; it's full on panty throwing, puddle of goo, fetal position rocking action kinda love for that boy! I loved him throughout Mel's ordeal, he showed up even when she didn't want him to but really she secretly did. The whole aftermath was probably one of my favourite parts of the book. I really liked the detail and reality of Mel's experience and how it was portrayed and then John Boy and his sweetness afterwards was just the icing on the cake!
Posted June 16, 2014
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