The One by Danielle Allen

RATING: READ IT

Okay, I’m going to admit something that goes against the current trend in pop culture: I strongly dislike reality television. Whew, there, it’s out in the open.

I just can’t believe that there are enough people who are truly comfortable exposing themselves on national television and risk the criticism we, the viewing audience, gladly dish out. I don’t believe for one minute we’re seeing regular folks as their true selves plastered on 40” HD screens. Maybe this is one reason why I enjoyed Danielle Allen’s The One so much!

The reality love story of Zoe + Justin, set on a reality television sound stage, is a beautiful insta-love read. Yes, insta-love. The backdrop of the story does take place on a show very similar to “The Bachelor,” so a connection forms quickly. Ms. Allen does something unexpected for me with this story though – she convinces me that a happily ever after is possible, even when created out of the craziest situations!

The other aspect I loved so much about this story is the racially diverse characters throughout. It’s not just one or two, but an entire story involving characters of all backgrounds. This is a trend I hope continues in the romance genre. As a black female, I sometimes feel like the only characters that are worthy of love and HEAs in books are the perky blonde-haired, blue-eyed twenty-somethings. That’s not the reality, I know. Okay, sure, my love life is DOA, but in 2016, with many couples being diverse, in race or religion, it’s nice to have my book love life represent the truth as I know it.

The final point on why I really liked this book – the use of poetry! I see poetry as the original romance stories. It was lovely to read a book that highlights the passion poetry can convey in just a few lines. Look for lovely surprises at the conclusion!

As of 5.2.16 The One is available on Kindle Unlimited.

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