Series: The Halo Series, #2
Published on October 20, 2014 Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Avery and Nicole’s story.
Avery Scott is a hopeless romantic, the complete opposite of his best friend, Easton. For most of his life, he’s been searching for that someone special to spend the rest of his life with. The problem is, he’s had nothing but bad first dates with crazy women he’s met online or at his bar, Halo. When he hears about a singles cruise, his plan is to meet a lot of single women, to test the waters, but when a blonde consumes his every thought, he throws that plan overboard.
Nicole Chambers has had her fair share of heartbreaks. She’s tired of being single or dating guys with girlfriends. She wants to find The One. So she convinces her best friend, Brooke, to go on a singles cruise with her. What she doesn’t expect is to fall head over heels with the first guy she meets.
But what happens once the cruise ends?
Life isn’t always fairytales and rainbows…
And meeting The One doesn’t always mean finding your happily ever after. Because life can give you a precious gift and then dangle it in front of your eyes and you’re left questioning where to go with your future—or if you even have one.
The One by Kimberly Knight is book two in The Halo series. While book one focuses on Brooke and Easton, book two looks at the relationship between their best friends, Nicole and Avery.
Much of the book follows the same outline of book one, but from Nicole and Avery’s points of views, it’s their story. Nicole is looking for a serious boyfriend, she’s ready to commit. Avery is tired of one night stands and is ready to settle down, get married and begin a family. Both are looking for THE ONE. When these two characters meet on a single’s cruise, love is definitely in the air. While I’m not always a fan of insta-love, it works in this story. Avery and Nicole form an instant connection and have immediate chemistry. Oooolalala.
The book is told in dual point of views, and I liked how I got a chance to see how Nicole dealt with Brooke’s medical issues and how truly connected Avery is to Easton’s little girl. The reader gets a better insight on not only these two characters as lovers and mates, but as friends to each other as well as others, too. You get to see how these two people are so right for each other, not only physically connected- but emotionally, too.
This story is fast paced and I read it pretty quickly. I really enjoyed visiting these friends again—it was nice to reconnect with Easton and Brooke, as well as getting a better view of Nicole and Avery. I strongly encourage you to read Tattooed Dots prior to this book; however The One is a standalone. Kimberly Knight never fails at telling a sweet and sexy story!
Read below for a special EXCERPT!
“Come with me for a second?” Avery asked, whispering into my ear.
I shivered as his breath tickled my ear, causing goose bumps. I looked up at him silently questioning where he wanted to take me, but really, it didn’t matter. “Okay.” I stood.
“We’re going for a walk,” Avery murmured to Brooke and Easton. They barely registered what he’d said. Brooke was laughing with Easton—something that I hadn’t seen her do in a long time. Even her beautiful brown eyes had a twinkle to them.
“Where are we going?” I asked as we started to walk through the crowd.
He linked our hands as we walked to the lounge through the doors that led to the side deck. It was quiet, just a few people making out. We stood against the railing looking out into the open water. All I could see was the Pacific Ocean. No birds. No land—just calm blue water and the ship making little waves as we parted the water.
The heat from Avery’s body radiated off him as his left arm pressed into my right. I wanted more than just his arm touching me. I wanted to know what his mouth felt like on mine. I wanted to know the way he tasted, and the way his hands felt on my body.
“It’s crazy that we’re surrounded by nothing but water,” I said, the wind whisking around us causing my hair to fly in my face.
“Yeah, it is.”
I looked over at him as he spoke, his mouth moving closer with each word. I licked my lips, anticipating the moment his mouth met mine. The seconds felt like hours, and everything was in slow motion as he leaned down, brushing my hair aside with his hand before his lips finally met mine.
It started off slow, like he was testing the waters, testing my reaction. I felt his tongue slip out between his lips, silently asking me to open to him. I moaned, doing what he asked and opened up, allowing his tongue to slip in and take a swipe to taste me. I’d never had a kiss be so slow. So passionate. So right.
Avery’s lips were soft and they fit perfectly with mine. Like they were made for me to kiss…only me.
My hands reached up, running through his silky hair, our bodies stepping closer to one another until they were flush. I felt Avery’s arousal and if he could feel mine, he’d know I want to do more than kiss.
Just as our kiss intensified, we were bumped hard into the railing. I broke our kiss, looking at the couple stumbling as they tried to walk. They didn’t even bother to say they were sorry for running into us.
“Are you okay?” Avery asked.
“We should get back to our friends,” he said with a tight smile. Avery looked as bummed as I felt about the assholes breaking up our kiss.
He reached down and grabbed my hand again. I smiled because even though we’d lost our moment, what was happening between us wasn’t going to stop at one kiss. Maybe we would just talk, get to know each other. But if I was right, his lips were made for me and I wasn’t going to let some drunk assholes ruin my moment.
“Wait.” Avery halted us just before we rounded the corner to the pool. “I want to do that again. Tonight,” he said, looking at my mouth.
I smiled. “Me, too.”
“Good.” He smiled back.