The Only One dives into the story quickly and introduces us to Ken who has been ‘kidnapped’ by his wife’s brothers. Ken comes across as a real character, feeling the pain of separation, perhaps pending divorce. We feel more of his pain when he sees his wife working as a waitress in what appears to a sleazy bar. We’re also told that they lost a baby and as the story unfolds, begin to learn what happened from Karla’s viewpoint too.
I haven’t read any of the other books in the series so I’m not sure if these characters have been introduced before but I felt what could have been a very emotional story as they dealt with their pain, became rushed, and told rather than shown. I think had this been a longer story and more pages devoted to the theme of loss and recovery, it would have been a wonderful read.
Apart from that, the dialogue is natural sounding and the setting perfect. And if you’re looking for a quick read about a hot cowboy this might be one for you.
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