4 Star · Contemporary

The One by Danielle Allen

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:

Heroine (Zoe): 5/5 – loved this lady!

Hero (Julian): 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Grovel: yes!

Cheating: yes because they are on a dating show

HEA: yes

Triggers: dating show

Average score: 4/5

Best Lines: so many good ones!

h: First of all, you will not try to force us into stereotypical roles. We are going to be who we are, period. So to say we need to ‘play up our personalities’ is bullshit code for us to perpetuate your small-minded idea of who we are. You don’t know us to know if we’re ‘fiery’ or ‘sassy’ so to assume that is problematic. Second of all, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits you from even coming to us with this. That case against that other reality show was dismissed only because it focused on casting decisions and how it affected the First Amendment. But the First Amendment does not protect overzealous producers actively violating our rights. Third, I’m a woman, not a girl. Don’t make that mistake again. And fourth, fuck you.

Have I said how much I love this woman!!


Worst Lines: none

Personal Review:

This was a great love story between a couple who are on a dating show (not by their own choice) and they have an instant love connection.

The heroine was a great, strong, vulnerable and determined woman and the hero was a smooth, vulnerable, confident soul searcher. A brilliant combination!

Random Ramblings:

  • I am glad that Zoe followed her heart and made the choice to not become one of THOSE reality-TV women
  • Parents disapproval/disappointment always gets to me emotionally
  • I would have liked to have gotten to know Julian a little more
  • The other dates were torture to read, I felt so much for Zoe

Overall Feeling:

“It’s easy to love someone when it’s easy. It’s real when you love someone when it’s hard.”




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