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I had a hard time rating this book. I enjoyed the writing style and the story line but I did have a few issues with this book. The characters for one were very hard to connect with for me. Reyna was way to much a drama queen for me. I get that she knew loss but it felt like an excuse to be damaged too me (especially the whole sisters thing). She was a love tornado, taking down every man in her wake and turning a blind eye to their feelings claiming no one could love her. Her now best friend Hayden is an alcoholic with issues stemming from his sisters death. They are a terrible pair, they fed into each others problems and she is blind to all the issues their friendship creates for him especially. Liam is her "dead best friends fiancé", she has a history with him and she runs, crushing him when he needs her most. I loved his character even though he dealt with way more crap then I would have. In the end I love that all of these characters found their way and grew. Even though I had things I didn't like, this book did exactly what a book should, it sucked me in from page one and I didn't stop until it was over. The story line, the writing, the narration and the great cover is why I gave it 4 stars.
The narration was good. At first I didn't think I'd enjoy the accents but I got used to them very quickly.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Not the One is a beautiful story about Reyna Miracle and the tragedies that have shaped her life. There were so many powerful moments that anyone who has experienced loss can truly identity with. This isn't your typical boy meets girl, things go awry and then they make up and the world is perfect. You really feel the struggles of all the characters. It's imperfect and touching and will reach your heart in a way many books don't. There is also humor from the wacky Brits that Amy Daws loves to write about that will keep you laughing.
The narrator definitely had some issues with the male voices/accents but I still HIGHLY recommend this book. Looking forward to more from Amy Daws!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Loving this series so much, but I've got to say I struggled to be sympathetic to Reyna. I found her to be cruel, selfish and pretty much, not a nice person. She was a dreadful best friend, girlfriend and daughter. I loved the story, and I loved the the characters (all except Reyna). Liam was adorable, maybe even perfect, I loved that all the characters tie in with each other from previous and future books. Second chance, friends to lovers, love story. A must for Amy Daws fans. I can't seem to get enough of this series.
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I have to say that when I started this book, I really thought I wasn't going to enjoy it. I didn't take to the lead Reyna and thought I was going to struggle but then boom, I was 50% in, really routing for Rey and thought there's no way I can stop now, I have to finish this book to see how everything pans out.
This is not a sickly sweet romance. The characters are dark and gritty and the story covers some real emotional topics, but for me, that's what makes this book stand out. Interesting and engrossing characters that are multi dimensional and when the characters do have that edge to them it makes the romance and HEA all the sweeter.
I had not read anything from Amy before but that won't be the case after this. I hadn't read the previous books in this series and didn't feel I missed out so would definitely say this could be read as a S/A. I would more than happily recommend this book.
I have to say that when I initially started listening to this, I wasn't sure I would be able to continue as the British accents were too Dick Van Dyke circa Mary Poppins, but thankfully I did get used to it and once I was able to push it to the back. That being sais, I did enjoy this on audio and it is a great book.