Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THE LAST ONE by Tawdra Kandle


Series:  The One #1

Author:  Tawdra Kandle

Publish Date:   09.28.14

Publisher:  Hayson Publishing Cooperative

Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content

Received from:  Tawdra Kandle (via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Goodreads link: The Last One

Date completed: 10.29.15

Description from the publisher:

Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone's life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan's looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn't need excitement, and he doesn't want romance. Fun is out of the question. He's been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won't be easy. Sam's tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.

Nobody ever said love was simple.


This is the first book in the THE ONE trilogy.  It is best that they are read in the order of release.

 Sometimes first impressions are so wrong and sometimes they are so right.  Sam assumed that Meghan was a party girl – irresponsible and immature.  Through a drunken haze, Meghan sees him and responds, “It’s you.”  When she later meets him (when she’s sober), she assumes that the Good Samaritan is actually a walking, talking jerk.  Good thing they’ll never see each other again, right?  Sometimes fate is cruel and puts you on the path of that jerk or party girl again.  Sometimes what seems like cruel fate is actually destiny.  The big question becomes:  can they forget their first impressions? 

Meghan likes to date – a lot - but she does not commit.  She’s never found anyone to make it seem like a possibility for her future.  Sam doesn’t have time for any more commitments than he already has in his life – his farm, his sister, and his niece are enough for him.  The sexual tension between them was intense.  Still, their attraction was irresistible.  I loved that they were willing to admit what they wanted.  Their agreement to a summer fling, with no strings attached seems like the perfect solution to the desire neither seems able to deny, but what do you do when you don’t want the summer to ever end?

I loved the banter between Sam and Meghan, Meghan and her roommate Laura, Sam and his sister Alison (Ali), etc.  Tawdra Kandle is an expert at providing realistic conversation that had me immersed in the world that she had created.  I had to stop myself several times from looking up the map to go join these new friends on their adventure!

 Knowing a bit of Ali’s story, I look forward to getting my hands on the next book in this series, THE FIRST ONE.

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

The One Trilogy:

  1. The Last One
  2. The First One
  3. The Only One

Also from Tawdra Kandle:

Crystal Cove Books:

  1. The Posse
  2. The Plan
  3. The Path

The Perfect Dish Series:

  1. Best Served Cold
  2. Just Desserts
  3. I Choose You
  4. Just Roll with It

The King Series:

  1. Fearless
  2. Breathless
  3. Restless
  4. Endless

The Serendipity Duet:

  1. Undeniable
  2. Unquenchable

Recipe for Death Series:

  1. Stardust on the Sea (short prequel)
  2. Death Fricassee

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