Not The One by Amy Daws

Not The One

By Amy Daws

  • Release Date: 2015-12-08
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 96 Ratings
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Description

"Gripping and painfully raw, Not the One stole my heart and held it hostage until the last page." 
~Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling Author 

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. 

✦A London Lovers Series Spin Off✦
✦Reads Great As a Standalone✦

Reviews

  • A Great Read

    4
    By KBReads
    This story is charming and heartfelt. You can live the emotion with her characters.
  • Not The One

    5
    By Brenda0990
    Such a great read!! I was stuck since I started reading it.
  • Not the one

    1
    By NolaWin65
    The self-loathing is so annoying. I don't think I can finish because I'm mad at Liam for continuing to try and just don't like Reyna. We keep hearing the same thing over and over but sh isn't doing anything to get better....annoying!
  • Very Emotional Read

    5
    By 🐻lb
    Loved the story. Characters seemed realistic and flawed at the same time. Such a well written book and it was free. I did not read the previous books before this one, but will definitely buy the next book about Hayden and Vi.
  • AMAZING

    5
    By KatelynnAlex
    Such an great introduction to a new author. Wish I could have been introduced to her work sooner. Great book couldn't put it down. Finished within 10 hours. Excited to read more of her books. Definitely a read I could relate to!!
  • Raw and Beautiful

    5
    By Huntersmama0714
    I've been in love with Amy Daws' writing style ever since I read her first London Bound book. Now we're on the fourth installment in London, in a new series and I find myself aching for more. Out of all the series this book left me feeling raw and emotionally crippled. This book made me FEEL. Reyna is such an organic character, different from many main heroines you find in most books, and I loved her. In a sense I found myself in her, and felt every emotion she experienced. Liam is her perfect counterpart. On paper they may not match up but together they can fight anything. He saves Reyna from herself, and I found myself dreaming of him. Such a wonderful story of finding your strength to pull through when things seem impossible. *Read and reviewed on behalf of Kylie's Fiction Addiction
  • Love Love Love!

    5
    By Wisco Reads
    Amy freakin Daws, ladies and gentlemen! Reyna Miracle is stuck in a life of complete darkness after so many tragic events in her short life. Amy does a FANTASTIC job of taking you into the darkness with her. You will feel sadness, angst, and despair. And all the while you will find yourself completely rooting for her to finally find the light. Every character found their way to my heart. Frank and Beans deserves special mention. My new favorite ginger that had me laughing the second I met him. Definitely one of my top books of 2015.
  • One of my top reads for 2015

    5
    By j.lynn007
    Listen bookies, I am about to get really real with all of you. Not The One is a book that needs to be read by all of you. I promise. Let’s talk about the cover first. It is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen, and then the very first sentence pulled me in. I knew I was in for an amazing read after that. AND I was NOT wrong. I was sent on an emotional rollercoaster ride, riding the highs and the rockiest of lows with the characters in this novel. Every single one of them. It’s not an easy task finding words for a review of a book that completely consumed you. I mean, I know what I want to say, but the words just won’t surface. There aren’t too many that can describe the feeling I have in my soul after finishing this book. They are nonexistent. Maybe on some level, I relate to Reyna’s self-destructive behavior, pushing and shoving people away; or maybe I relate to Liam’s need to fix everything…OR the intense need to find a Frank (and beans) to spend my days with. (He is so funny by the way!) I cried with Reyna when it felt like she hit rock bottom, only to find those rocks slip away to fall further, and I felt her joy when she finally felt her worth. I loved that this novel is set in London. It’s a great change from the norm and all of the English verbage and slang was fabulous. Not The One is my First Amy Daws novel, and now I am itching to go back and read all of the London Lovers books. So. In closing. Read this book. It has stormed in and added itself to my list of my top reads for 2015. Reyna, Liam, Hayden, and Frank have dug themselves into my skin, and I can NOT wait to see where the rest of these characters take me!
  • So many feels

    5
    By Ashley lovestoread
    So many surprises throughout this story, so many things I never would have expected in how the plot developed. I never wanted to put this book down from page one I loved and enjoyed reading it!
  • Perfect balance between grit and light

    5
    By Laura @BlueEyeBooks
    Thank you to the author, Amy Daws, for gifting me with a copy of Not the One in exchange for an honest review! I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the romance to the mental issues that characters had to work through to just regular life drama. Let's start with the romance. The romance is pretty central to this book. The book displays perfectly what a good relationship and what a not-so-good relationship look like side by side (Reyna and Liam vs. Reyna and Hayden). What I love about the romance the most is that fact that the author kept it from developing into a love triangle. While it could be seen that way at one point in the middle of the book, I beg to differ. At that point, Reyna is trying to find herself and fix what she thinks is broken. She knows that her relationship with Hayden is toxic but she's not ready to love herself quite yet. Which leads us to our next topic. The main theme and meat of this book is the journey of the mind and expectations of yourself. Reyna was born a preemie quadruplet and she was the only one to survive. Her father also died when she was very young and consequently, led her mother to 'smother' Reyna. Reyna then does everything she possibly can to show her mother she isn't perfect, which, obviously, goes south really fast. I really liked how Reyna recognized what was wrong and took steps to fix it before it was too late. The ending was so wonderful and I wouldn't have it any other way. One comment I do have about Reyna's issues with herself: at times I was completely fed up with her. Her desire to be as far from perfect as possible was reiterated again and again and again and it felt like she was completely mental. Which could have been the point although it did get a bit annoying after a while. Between the dramatic and dark scenes, there is everyday life. What I really like about this series is that you don't necessarily have to read them in order. Yes, it helps you understand the backstory of other characters and what was going on with them (all of the books take place in relatively the same time period) but it isn't entirely necessary. Frank and all of our other favorite characters from the other books (but especially Frank) make an appearance in this book. Have I mentioned how much I love Frank? He adds the perfect light contrast to buoy the book and keep it from dragging itself down in a dark spiral. The Final Verdict: This book is dark and gritty while still having it's light moments. I loved how the romance was developed as well as the main themes. However, Reyna's mantra of 'don't be perfect' left me exasperated at times. 4.5 stars Quotes: "'Hullo?' Alden's voice croaks through the phone line. 'Hi, is this Mr. Darkby?' I ask politely. 'Yes, bloody hell,' the phone muffles as I hear Liam's dad shout, 'Bertha... it's a bloody telemarketer from America again. Probably selling something. Should I tell them to get stuffed?' 'Alden!' I shout into the phone as I hear it muffle again." "'I hate your tattoos. All of them,' she blurts. 'Even the black roses. I think they are dark and twisty and look like something Marilyn Manson would have.' She covers her mouth in shock at her emotional outburst. My jaw drops and before I know it, we're both laughing and staring incredulously at each other. She pauses to wipe laughter tears from her eyes and I reach over and grab a tissue, handing it to her. I've never seen my mother laugh like this before. 'That was definitely something real,' I laugh and look over to Miguel for approval."

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