Title: One True Thing (One Thing #2)
Author: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Buy Link One True Thing
Genre: M/M Romance
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: True love that lasts is an elusive thing but when it seemingly comes in doubles it is hard to resist.
Blurb: Dustin Davis spent years wishing for a prince but kissing frog after slimy frog. When he sees Archer Kyriakides for the first time, Dusty thinks his luck has finally changed. Archer could be it. The One. But their hot and cold romance leaves Dusty confused: why does it feel right one moment and wrong the next? It doesn’t make sense—until the day Dusty meets Archer’s identical twin, Asher, and realizes he’s been seeing them both.
Asher Kyriakides dreams of being a fashion photographer, but he’s stuck with a job he hates and an irresponsible playboy brother whose habits drive him absolutely insane, especially when he finds out Archer is dating the cute little blond Asher can’t seem to forget. Torn between loyalty and desire, Asher does nothing but try to warn Dusty away.
But when Archer finally goes too far, Dusty turns to Asher for comfort, and Asher knows he can’t refuse. It isn’t long before they realize they’re falling fast, but more than one thing stands in their way, not the least of which is Archer, who isn’t quite ready to stop being a thorn in his brother’s side.
One Small Thing Series
Review: Sequels are tricky. No matter how good they are, someone will no doubt decide that another character or plot point of the original should have been the focus for the second go round. Add to that the idea that sequels following a superior first novel have a great deal to live up to–and, well, you have got a sprint right out of the gate to catch and hold your returning audience. One True Thing tried so hard to do that–but the best it could muster seemed to be a strong run with a few stumbles on the way.
From two seasoned authors comes the story of Dusty and his move to California with the well remembered characters of best friend Rue, his quirky star wars loving nanny turned boyfriend Erik and of course sweet baby Alice who all made the first novel, One Small Thing such a success.
On his first few days in town, Dusty accidentally stumbles and falls in the street while talking with Rue on the phone. He is helped by a passerby–a man who sets off sparks of longing and desire so fierce in Dusty that he cannot seem to forget that one brief interlude. So begins Dusty’s search for the man who seems to be “the one.”
Along the way he will discover that the object of his desires (Asher) has a doppelganger (Archer) who is not so very nice. Confusion will lead Dusty to make one wrong turn after another in his quest to once again experience that heady rush and certainty that he has found his one true thing–a man to love–a happy ever after.
Miscommunication after mishap and some very shady dealings by Archer set Dusty and Asher on a roller coaster ride of a romance that often seemed stalled by too much introspection, hesitancy and doubt. In fact, the story overall seemed to suffer from way to much “inner dialogue” that after a while simply slowed the pace of the story and left me gnashing my teeth while simply wanting the plot and their relationship to move along,
These were very like-able characters–particularly Asher and Dusty. Their love for one another was apparent and the tender way in which they took care of each other was heartwarming and sweet. However, when the love story seemed to drag there was no quirky fun character like Erik or sweet moments fretting over baby Alice to save it. Rather it seemed to languish and I found myself impatiently tapping my kindle wanting the story line to progress–move and keep my interest.
The novel seemed indulgent–too long and there was not enough interaction with the evil Archer to give it a much needed tension to hold its pace.
Still, these authors, Vaughn and O’Shea know how to write–and this story was saved more than once by their ability to write a good love story. It was simply covered in too much extra “stuff” to make it a worthy sequel to their original effort.
So, dear reader, I leave it to you. No doubt this sequel, as I mentioned in the opening paragraph, may have hit the mark for you. Unfortunately One True Thing left me a bit unsatisfied. However you found it, once again Piper Vaughn and M. J. O’Shea have written a sweet little love story that simply needed some final editing to make it a really worthy sequel.