One night they can’t forget…
Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she’s sworn to keep: the father who won’t acknowledge her, the sister who doesn’t know she exists, and the mother who’s content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship — Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.
One love they can’t ignore…
Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan’s life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess’s legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother’s footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.
…And only one chance to get things right. – Goodreads
I have enjoyed Viv Daniels’ alter-ego Diana Peterfreund’s books, particularly the Secret Society series, which we would now classify as New Adult. Because of this I was more than happy to give One & Only a shot, and I’m glad it I did. It was a nice, contemporary romance novel that made me sigh, and swoon, and because it’s me, rage. I did devour this book, I found it to be a quick enjoyable read and I was even upset to find the second novel not out yet, because I enjoyed the Canton world.
What Daniels’ did was not shy away from real problems that students in college face. From backstabbing classmates, to frat parties, and carrying a full course load and still trying to figure out how to make time to study are all covered in One & Only. One and Only is the story of Tess, a good student, who is the product of a rich man and his mistress. This is important, because Tess is never allowed to acknowledge her father. Ever. He also uses this to guilt her mother and her by giving them money. Because of this power she doesn’t go to her dream school, Canton, but the local state school which doesn’t have a solid science program, but it makes her father happy.
Until two years later she’s had enough and her mentor at the state school, helps her not only go to Canton, but also to pay for it with scholarships. Between that push and a part-time job, she transfers over to Canton and is happier than she ever imagined she could be. Until she sees Dylan, the cute boy she fell in love with two years ago that summer between high school and college, when they met at a Summer Science program. What Tess (and Dylan) weren’t expecting were the sparks to still be here, or Dylan to be dating Tess’ half-sister that doesn’t know she still exists.
Thanks to a big project the two are brought back together and sparks continue to fly off the page. The two not only fight them, but fight with the fact that Dylan has a girlfriend, both do not want to cheat and respect that. Dylan also knows that Tess is hiding things from him, but respects her current boundaries. It does become hard when the truth comes out and both explode, it is beautiful how they find themselves back with each other.