Review: Not The One by Amy Daws

Posted January 11, 2016 by Angie in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Not The One by Amy DawsNot The One (London Lovers, #4; Lost in London #1) by Amy Daws
five-stars
on December 8, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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My name is Reyna Miracle. Even though a part of my name is Miracle, there’s nothing miraculous about me. My body portrays the tales of my life. Every feeling, every heartbreak, every emotion. Marked. Inked. Stained. A walking canvas of my messed up truth. But there’s one confession I can’t put in a tattoo. A confession that will kill me to tell, but my best friend died before I had the chance. Now I’m left with him. The only one who can hold me in the night and squeeze that spot on my neck that feels like my lifeline between sanity and chaos. But we don’t work together. We’re absolute poison for each other. We’re a stifling, suffocating, sickness of darkness. But I feel safe...because I’ve made an art of pushing people away. Now he’s pushing back… And making me believe... Making me wonder... Maybe, just maybe... I could be the one.

Don’t judge me. I started backwards. Backwards meaning, I read this one first! I couldn’t help it! My book friends would NOT stop talking about this book!! I had to! I was forced. 🙂

I’ll start with the book overall. I. LOVED. IT. I can’t tell you all the feels I had with this book. My emotions were definitely up and down. This is my first Amy Daws book and it certainly will NOT be my last. The transitions in this book were done effortlessly and I felt like I was IN the book. Every description was so vivid and spot on that I felt like the proverbial “fly on the wall” while reading this book. Speaking of vivid, I’m a cover bitch and the cover to this book is one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve seen. I’m a tattoo lover, that helps. *Wink*

Reyna is a beautiful, tortured soul and while at one point, I wanted to throw my phone at the wall in frustration, I understood why. Liam. Don’t get me started. I want a Liam! 🙂 The fight, the push and the pull, this book had everything. It made me laugh and cry, sometimes both at the same time.

Read this book. Please. Amy does a beautiful job of sucking you into this story and keeping you hooked until the very end.

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Why was I not wordy enough?!?!? WHY!?  Why was I so afraid to scream about this book from the damn rooftops?!?!?!? I’m on a blog revising rampage! So, don’t mind me while I repeat myself and re-type thoughts I should have typed out a long effing time ago.

This book. *HUFF* This book is everything guys.  There are certain things, taboo things that need to be done right for me to really, really get into it.  If it’s not, I lose interest mainly because I can’t control the personal part of my brain that doesn’t agree with things.  Does that make sense?  It will when you read it.

First, I want to talk about the cover because I am a cover whore.  It’s one of my favorite covers, ever.  I’m also a tattoo fiend and that’s what drew me to the cover as well as my friends NOT shutting up about this book.

Now, the story and the beautiful people in it. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book and STILL do.  Amy’s storytelling with this book had me flipping the pages real quick. She kept me interested, intrigued and hungry for more information.  When I had to stop because of real life adulting duties, I didn’t want to and pouted in my head when I had to put my Kindle down.  I was flipping the pages but absorbing every single word.  Reyna is the poster child for self-hate and I connected with her in a lot of ways but at the same time did feel sad for her because of the pressures that she had to endure pretty much all of her life.  She’s getting hit from pretty much all directions and that’s why I get her.  She feels pressure from her mother, her “relationship” with Liam, the loss that she’s suffered to top the list.  I will admit that there were times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room because of how frustrated I was becoming with Rey, but ONLY because she deserved every happiness that she was pushing away.

Liam, Liam, Liam, Liam….*HEAVY SIGH*.  This man tries so damn hard and thank God he’s persistent and sees past Rey’s walls and stubborness.  He tries to make something beautiful out of something ugly but I think because of the circumstances the time that he does give Rey is very much needed.  As much as he doesn’t want to he doesn’t have a choice.  When they do cross paths again it’s hard for BOTH of them to fight it and I LOVED reading the push and the pull with these two.  I was rooting for them for sure.

As I mentioned, Amy’s writing is precise, angsty AF but beautiful all at once. I’m SO glad that I started with this one.  They’re all standalones but I was THAT intrigued by all of the other secondary characters that I needed to read the others.  I look forward to reading more from Amy Daws.

 

Angie

five-stars

About Amy Daws

The Vanilla Bio: 

Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.

The Shades of Gray Bio:

I’m a big goof most days. I love making dumb videos and releasing a rap video with all my new releases. I think I should have tried my hand at improv theater but I decided to learn how life looks behind the lens of a camera first.

I make TV ads by day and write books by night. My family is my whole world. My husband, Kevin is the ultimate “nice guy” and my curly-haired daughter, Lorelei is the yin to our yang. Lorelei is named after Gilmore Girls. If you don’t know what Gilmore Girls is then you have not yet lived.

We enjoy dance parties in our living room and jam-fests in the car with the windows down.

My contemporary romance novels are a part of my London Lovers Series. There are currently three installments out with more on the way. My infatuation with all things British inspired my American Girls in London idea. Reading a book set overseas is another level of fantasy that I crave in a romance novel. What could be better than London Bloody England?
My writing style takes emotional and comical and makes them have a really cute batch of ugly-crying/snort-laughing octuplet babies. I want to make you cry. And I want to make you LOL. If I can do both in one chapter, I’ve accomplished my goal.

My inspiration for writing is and always will be my six precious angel babies and my daughter, Lorelei. They inspired my memoir, Chasing Hope and my passion for writing.

Everything I do…is for them.

Random Facts:

–Chasing Hope was my first published book and is a true story.
-I wrote my first fictional romance book, A Broken Us, in two weeks.
-I’ll be releasing another memoir in my Chasing Series.
-I hung out with Abbi Glines for a whole day.
-I am Samantha Young’s biggest fan.
-I am Author BFF’s (that’s a thing) with author, Sarah J Pepper, who lives three minutes from my house.
-I collaborated on a college romance novel with said author BFF.
-I like cheese…like, a lot.
-The more words I write, the bigger my double chin gets because no one told me that writing isnot exercise.
-The first three books in my London Lovers Series were all written before I ever visited London!
-London truly is the most magical place on earth. Forget Disney.

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