The One

Author: Lora Leigh

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: June 2011

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: EBOOK

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Brenna has lost all hope that her stepbrother Jase will ever reciprocate her affections.  She stood by hopelessly as a bevy of women decorated his arm and eventually his bed until she couldn’t take it anymore and left the Texas ranch she considered home.   Brenna’s crush quickly became a desperate need that led to her despising any woman who even considered getting their hands on Jase and the one kiss they did share on his birthday ended in disaster when he apologized and blamed the incident on alcohol.

One year after she left to make a new life for herself in New York Brenna’s back in Texas but the circumstances are anything but pleasant.  Her beloved stepfather Pappa Jason has passed away and stipulations in his will dictate that Brenna return to the ranch, with Jase, for a period of three months – and would be unable to sign the entire ranch over to him for at least a year.  Brenna’s under a gag order that prevents her from revealing any part of the will that Jase isn’t already aware of – and because he has no knowledge of the conditions she has to meet Jase is livid.  As far as he’s concerned his father just handed Brenna forty percent of the ranch Jase has spent his entire life believing he’d inherit.


When Jase was eighteen and his father brought Brenna and her mother to their home he’d understood that it was his duty to make sure that no harm ever came to Brenna – that included his own desires.  Now she’s all grown up and more than willing to go toe to toe with him – and all he wants to do is show her exactly how he feels because living without her isn’t an option – no matter how angry he is at the moment.  


Lora Leigh’s books have long been one of the building blocks of any erotic reader’s collection and THE ONE is just a sampling of the sort of storyline that’s made her such an icon.  Jase and Brenna’s relationship has endured a long rocky road with many roadblocks and detours but in the end they find each other and beat the odds.  I genuinely love how Brenna grows from an adoring teenager to a woman who fully understands her wants and needs and makes no apologies for standing up for herself.  Jase is one of the good guys who’s trusted the wrong people so you have to feel for him, but I have to confess he really pisses me off with the way he acts like the ranch is no longer Brenna’s home.  Like all Lora Leigh books THE ONE is full of sexual tension, raw human emotion and enough secretive additives to hold the reader’s attention until the end.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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