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Blog Tour and Review: Not The One (London Lovers Series #4) by Amy Daws

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Title: Not The One
Author: Amy Daws
Release Date: Dec 8, 2015
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~Not The One is a full length standalone adult romance~
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.


My Review

“I’m done, Rey. I can’t be perfect here. I can’t say or do the right thing because that’s always serving someone else. Today, I want to be selfish. Today, I want to be patient. Today, I want to choose the direction my life goes. Today, I make you mine.”

Not The One is the fourth book in the Lover’s in London series, but can be read as a stand-alone. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I’m telling you now, this won’t be my last. From the moment I picked up this book, I knew it was going to be special. I had a feeling that it was going to take me on one crazy journey. And I have to tell you, it did not disappoint me. I was captivated from the very first page. I was intrigued by Reyna and wanted to know her story. And the further I got into her story, the more invested I got; the more captivated I was. Something about her just pulled me in. She was so easy to connect with and understand. She was so lost and so broken. I just wanted to see her find some happiness. Reyna’s journey to HEA was anything but easy. She had to really hit rock bottom before she could find the light in the darkness that consumed her.

There is just so much to love about this book; I don’t even know where to begin. So, let me just say that this book was amazing. I loved every broken second of Reyna’s story; from start to finish. Her story had the perfect balance of angst, romance, drama and heart. I loved Reyna and Liam together. Their journey was not easy. The push and pull they had and their connection, really tugged at my heart. I loved how Liam fought for Reyna and tried to make her see what he always knew. My heart ached watching Reyna and Hayden spiral into darkness. Their friendship started off good, but only ended up toxic in the end.

Not The One is a beautiful and honest story.It was so well-written and consuming. I easily got lost in Reyna’s story. I loved how honest and real her character was. Reyna’s story was anything but easy and in fact, she frustrated me at times. But, that’s what made her so real. She wasn’t perfect. She was flawed and frustrating. There was so much more to her that meets the eye. Reyna’s story really dug it’s way into my heart and I know that I won’t be forgetting her story anytime soon.

Amy Daws is a new author to me and I have to say, her writing has completely blown me away. I loved the way that she showed the true meaning of love and friendship, forgiveness and hope; even in the darkest of times. I can not wait to go back and discover the first three books in this series, and I definitely can not wait to read more from this author in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*



“Christ, I hardly recognized you,” he seethes, the angry bulge in his jaw bone ticking violently. He grabs my arm firmly and pulls me off the concrete steps and into a covered archway away from all the other happy students. “What the fuck, Rey?”
 
“What are you talking about?” I ask in utter confusion.
 
He reaches beneath my chin, grabs the zipper and yanks it down harshly. I shove his hands away as my robe is yanked open.
 
“Fuck, Rey! You’re skin and bones!” Liam’s face is tortured and sickly. Dark circles reside under his eyes but he still looks gorgeous as ever.
 
“Don’t be ridiculous.” Grabbing the edges of my robe, I cover myself back up, protectively. I’m wearing a short blue shift dress that used to hug every one of my curves but now hangs on me like a potato sack. I know I’ve lost some weight since Marisa but I’m not about to let him scold me like a child over it. “I’m a twenty-five-year-old adult, Liam. I don’t need you chastising me over this.”
 
“Rey,” he says my name on a sigh. “How can you expect me to ignore this?” His eyes are pleading and pained as they flash between my eyes and my mouth in utter agony.
 
“I’m not your concern!” I push back my dark hair and squeeze the back of my neck to try to gain some of my control back.
 
“You made that perfectly clear when you shoved me out of your dorm room. Fuck. How did we get this so utterly wrong?”
 
“Just leave it, Liam.”
 
“No.” He grabs my shoulders and turns me to face him. “Don’t you miss me? At all? I miss you like crazy. I feel like I’m mourning two deaths instead of one. It’s like you died on me two weeks ago. And now I see you today and it makes me sick to my stomach that I’ve left you the way I did!” His eyes are shimmering with tears and pain, only adding to the self-loathing I’ve developed the past fourteen days.
 
My eyes are dead and cold, my voice flat and unaffected. “I told you I wanted nothing to do with you, Liam. I meant it.”
 
“You’re lying to me. Again!” he roars, angrily punching the concrete wall beside my head. 
 
Q: Readers are calling Not The One a “painfully beautiful love story.” Why is that? What was the writing process like?
A: Writing this book was terrifying. I’ve never been so far outside my comfort zone with any other book. This storyline literally terrified me and I got pretty depressed during the process. It was crazy hard, but crazy cathartic. It feels good to sink into those dark corners sometimes. It makes finding the light that much more magical.
Q: What inspired this story?
A: Well, Reyna was a character in my London Lovers Series that I couldn’t get out of my head. I had an idea for an interesting backstory for her…a mother/daughter dynamic that I’d never read before but could relate to because of some of my own personal struggles. I needed to know more about her, so I wrote it.
Q: But this book isn’t a London Lovers Series novel, correct?
A: Correct. I’m calling it a spinoff. A cross-pollination so to speak. There are characters from my London Lovers, but it reads best as a total standalone.
Q: Who the heck is Frank? And how did you create him?
A: LOL! Ohhh, Frank and Beans. He is my London Lovers secondary standout. He’s a fantastical redheaded gay Brit that everyone needs in their life. Magically, he fit into Not The One like it was meant to be. Frank is the comedic lightness that this story needed, but he’s so much more. He’s special.
Q: Will he get a story? 
A: He is my most requested story.
That’s not an answer. 
LOL…Let me be “frank” when I tell you…it is a distinct possibility. 😉
Q: Who designed your cover? It’s stunning!
A: I’m so glad you like it because I did! LOL. My sister in law took the photos. We do all of my covers together. We both come armed with cameras and click away until our models can’t take anymore. But I always end up using my sister-in-laws pictures for the cover. I just like to see through the lens instead of my eyes. But I do all my own layout and designing in Photoshop.
Q: And the cover models? 
A: All of my covers have just normal people. I never shoot models. The cover models on Not The One are just a couple of local hairdressers that my sister-in-law knew! It’s funny…I had met the girl a couple of times and talked with her briefly about her incredible ink and through the writing process, her tattoos fit my story perfectly. It was kind of chilling.
Q: So what’s next for you?
A: I’m pretty sure I’ll be continuing on this London path for a couple more stories. Without revealing any spoilers, I’m really hoping readers will be interested in one of the characters’ HEA. I’d love to write his story next. And then…finally, Frank and Beans. 🙂
Amy Daws is a commercial producer and lives in South Dakota with her husband and daughter. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired her passion for writing. Amy is a lover of all things British and her award-nominated romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series, is centered around Americans in London. It’s emotional and self-deprecating with lots of humor sprinkled in. 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.

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