One and Done

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 06 Dec 2017

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When Autumn and best friend boarded a plane to Cyprus to celebrate Autumn's 30th birthday, she had no idea she'd meet a world class surfer, Balen, with whom she'd spend her vacation indulging in a hot vacation romp. She doesn't recognize him, doesn't throw herself at him, so Balen's intrigued. He's used to women throwing themselves at him, wanting to catch a little of his fame (money), so her disinterest intrigues him and the chase is on.

I think what I liked most about One and Done, aside from their insane chemistry and sexual tension, was watching them fall in love, yet fight it, not even recognize it. They both have tons of baggage; she thanks to her divorce 2 years ago, and he because of his breakup with his cheating fiancée months ago, so neither of them recognize or want to admit their feelings at first. And in Balen's case, he refuses to see what's in front of his face until he loses it, literally.

I'm hoping there's more to come from Melynda, because I really enjoyed One and Done.
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What a fun, lighthearted book! I'm not one and done with this author though - she had character development and pacing down! I would rec this for those looking for a romance plot with characters who are meant to be together, and snippets of humor and lots of sexiness to round it off!
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This was a light and fun book. The characters were sweet and interesting, and the holiday destination made for creative outings. I found myself getting a little frustrated at times - I mean, hello, Balen? When do the secrets ever not lead to disaster? Men. 🙄

But otherwise, a unique, enjoyable read.
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This was such a sweet read I really enjoyed it the storyline pulled me right in and I did not want to put it down.Autumn and Balen were both wonderful characters that had both been hurt before and had sworn off falling in love every again they were just perfect for each other a super sweet romance I cannot wait to try more from Melynda in the future.
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I loved this books sense of humor and the characters and their quirkiness. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author. I hoping a Summer and next door neighbor novel.
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One and Done, by Melynda Price is a contemporary romance, and it's the first book in the Island of Love book series. 

Autumn Harris is celebrating her 30th birthday with a surprise vacation to Cyprus planned by her best friend, Summer. Due to a family emergency, Summer has to abandon their trip, yet she insists that Autumn still go the the Island of Love and follow through with her surprise plans...according to the Best Friends Guidebook for Having Fun.

Balen Kroft is a top ranked surfer currently dealing with a social media scandal, and he's thrilled that Autumn doesn't recognize him. Instead she believes Balen is an unemployed and homeless surfer living in Cyprus, which doesn't deter her from their holiday fling. 

Even though her birthday trip is slightly derailed, Autumn decides to follow Summer's daily plans, along with Balen's assistance. Throughout this story, there are plenty of entertaining moments, as well as drama occurrences.

One and Done is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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I received this book through Netgalley and this is my honest review...

Holy Angst Ridden/Driven Romance!Get this tissue box read and prepare to have red eyes, a runny nose and a temporary broken heart. This book grabs you by the heartstrings and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride! There's an HEA but our couple has to work for it!

We have two brokenhearted souls not looking for love, one post divorce and the other post broken engagement.  It's my first book by author Melynda Price and I hope it won't be my last! I caught myself getting mad at characters and telling them to talk it out more than once.
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A quick, cute read about a woman who is supposed to go on the trip of a lifetime with her BFF only for her BFF to get called back home at the absolute last minute due to a death in her family.  The BFF made a scrapbook of things for Autumn to complete to make the trip even that much better.  The first one of course is a one night stand with some random guy.

While the book is fairly predictable, it has it's humorous moments mixed in as Balen tries to help Autumn complete each item in the scrapbook.
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One and Done is the perfect heated vacation romance with feelings being dealt with in a progressive manner.

I really liked this. The plot is interesting with Balen, an international surfing champion who just had his sex tape surface the internet, going under the covers for a while till the tape can go low and his sponsor would be back on board. Autumn, who has recently broken up a relationship, is on her way to a get-away vacation. And both are headed to the same place. Things definitely heat up when Autumn decided to share her residence with Balen. The overall story line is quite different and I liked it for that. There isn't an instant love track; Balen is a jerk when they both first meet and Autumn is vocal about him being a jerk. 

The love-blossoming track is well drawn and it's great to read about characters who own up to their establishing feelings and work to get their relationship working. The chemistry between the two, right from the heated scenes to the emotionally draining ones, is on-point and as a reader, it's satisfying enough to agree that both are meant for each other. 

Moving on, there were quite a few things I didn't like. For instance, the peaks in the plot curve were predictable twists and they made the story look ordinary. nothing too exciting. At times, there were unneeded over-reactions that were merely added for a drama sequence--it drew me out of the story almost instantly. The whole vow that Balen takes when he ditches his fiance after finding her cheating on him, is too stereotypical for my taste and I can't help but roll my eyes. I would've preferred a simply trust-issue for his non-commital nature. Anyway. as a big picture, this was a good read.

I would recommend it to those looking for a developing romance plot with characters who are meant to be together, and bits of humor and sexiness to top it off.
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I would love to find my own Balen, especially if he comes with an island paradise. Reading about how Autumn faced some of her fears was enough for me to want to do it myself. This was a fun book to read and would satisfying anyone looking for a romance with a little bit of adventure thrown in. Will we get a Summer or Connor book soon? I hope so.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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Balen and Autumn meet on an airplane.  He is headed home, and she is headed on a vacation.

I loved the connection they have with one another, and I loved that at the beginning, when you first meet Balen, he is sort of a jerk.  Well, not sort of, he is and Autumn calls him on it.

Balen is a well-known professional surfer, and it seems that the only person in the world who doesn't know who he is.  And, he likes this, the idea that the time she spends with him is because of him, and not because of who he is.

Autumn's friend Summer leaves her a book, a list of things she needs to do while on vacation.  Some of the items on the list are maybe a little less easy to pull off than the others, but Balen and Autumn work with the book and work through the list of things in the book.  It was fun to see him support her, and to see the relationship develop.  

The chemistry between them is strong through the whole book, and you feel the attraction.

I did find the end a little frustrating, as I thought the over-reaction was out of character for Autumn, but at the same time, I was able to ignore it.  Mostly.

I did enjoy this title overall.
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Who doesn't love a holiday romance? I really enjoyed this one and struggled to put it down. It made me smile, laugh out loud in places and swoon plenty. You really should add this one to your library.
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i voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
It's Autumn's 30th birthday and her friend Summer is taking her on a vacation to the "Island of Love" so she can get back in the saddle after her divorce 2 years ago. But when Summer can't go with her, she makes Autumn go by herself because she really needs to find herself. Balon is a surfing champion, but he is on the verge of loosing some of his endorsement contracts due to a leaked sex tape and his constant bad behavior. He needs to lay low while things cool down and what better way to do it than with the beautiful redhead he met on the plane. Autumn's first task is to find a "one and done" guy to end her sexless streak and who better than the hunky guy she met on the plane. Autumn has no clue who he is and he lets her believe that he is a homeless surf bum, so she lets him stay in her villa's spare room. But when the sparks begin to fly between them will Autumn's heart be able to stay out of her one (or two or three) and done? Will Balon be able to continue with the surfing playboy lifestyle or go back to his ex-girlfriend?

This book is a really sweet romance with lots of laughs and a few tears! And the sex scenes are HOT HOT HOT! Balon sure does seem to be a very mature 25 year old and will sweep you off your feet. While Autumn is just a sweet girl with a broken heart.
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Autumn Harris is still dealing with the fallout to her self-esteem from her divorce 2 years after the fact. Her best friend since childhood books them a trip of a lifetime on the Island of Love to celebrate Autumn’s 30th birthday. At the last minute, her friend bails due to a family death, but insists Autumn continue on. Once there, she discovers the itinerary her friend had set up for them. 

Balen Kroft is on the same plane as Autumn and has been labeled a douche due to a run in while getting on the plane. Once off the plan, they have another unpleasant interaction, and go their separate ways. Balen is the golden boy, bronzed by the sun, beautiful eyes and muscled, with women falling all over him. Too bad he knows just how hot he is. He is also a 25 year old International Champion surfer, home for a week between competitions to hide out after a sex tape involving him is released on social media. Contracts hang in the balance. It’s been 8 months since his break up with his fiancé after he caught her cheating with his best friend. Balen has been a manwhore since, vowing no more relationships because women aren’t trustworthy and only good for sex and a good time. 

Balen finds paperwork Autumn needs to get back home, so he seeks her out. He’s amazed that she doesn’t know who he is and that she isn’t falling all over him like all other females. In fact, she thinks he’s a homeless, beach bum surfer. Somehow, he convinces her to let him stay with her and be her best friend substitute for the next week and accompany her on all the preplanned activities. 

They spend a great deal of time together over the next few days getting to know each other. Balen lives each day balls out, no regrets. Autumn wants to stay in her safe zone. They both have baggage to work through. A considerable amount of jostling back and forth while trying to figure out what they want and need for themselves and each other. Each day the sexual tension mounting until they give in to it. Then the expected bump in the road happens. Autumn and Balen have to decide if they want to work it out, what they want from each other and do they have what it takes to make it work. 

I liked the epilogue and where they were together. I look forward to the rest of the series. 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.
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Excellent book!!  I really enjoy this author's writing style and she didn't disappoint in the least with this one.  These characters came to life for me and I felt every emotion right along with them.  The characters are beautifully developed and the storyline was fresh and unique.

Autumn Harris needs to get back out there and live again.  After a terrible divorce she's stopped really living.  When her best friend plans a trip to Cyprus for them Autumn finds herself in the middle of a big adventure when her friend has to stay home but sends Autumn off with a plan.  First thing to accomplish - get laid!  A one and done encounter is what it was meant to be but Balen Kroft isn't ready to let Autumn go after one night.  Spending time with this woman who clearly has no idea who he is may be the best thing that ever happened to hi.  What will she think when the truth comes out?

I highly recommend this one.
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This was a great book to read and I really did enjoy this book from start to finish. Very well written with a great storyline and amazing characters that you will enjoy reading about there journey through the book. Would recommend this book to everyone
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Interesting enjoyable read about Autumn and Balen who met on the Autumn vacation. Autumn receives a vacation for her birthday with instruction from her best friend. But with marking her first steps in her life comes Balen a sexy surfer and suddenly they are living together and marking the others steps together. Of course, proximity and attraction are strong and they fell for each other the only problem are secrets and not talking about true feelings. Both Autumn and Balen have a lot of baggage but somehow when they are together it is easy to acknowledge and overcome them and once again start to believe in love again. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
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I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I love a good romance novel and this one was so so good. Steamy and had a great plot. I loved it. Highly recommend it if you enjoy a good romance novel.
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One and Done (Island of Love #1) by Melynda Price is a must read for this year! I was given an advanced copy by the publisher through Netgally.  I officially want to be the book fairy and buy this for everyone who loves a good romance read and move to Cypress to find my own Pro Surfer.  I have never read anything by Ms. Price but I am officially a big fan. Autumn is a beautiful woman in her 30s who has had a rough go at Love her best friend Summer books them on a trip to Cypress and Balen is the bad boy surfer who wakes up not only her body but her heart. The story is seamlessly written flows well and you can’t put it down. There connection is amazing the story is like the scavenger hunt for finding love and the only thing I didn’t like about it is the fact that it was OVER. So grab a bookmark and SURFS UP BABY! Wishing and praying for a book two. As always thank you to all parties responsible for my advanced copy.
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This book is simply amazing. It's the best I've read in a while. 
Autumn and Balen are both wonderful well written characters. You can't help but root for them.
Balen is a surfer who is down on his luck and tiered of being used. Autumn divorced still getting over all the hurt. You can't help but understand Autumn and her hesitations. I rooted for them and loved every bit of their story. This is a must read!!!
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