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.
Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.
This is the second book in the Halo Series; the first being Tattooed Dots. Even though you can read The One as a standalone, I highly recommend you read book one first. The story is told from a dual point of view which I really enjoyed. You get to be inside the protagonists minds and see how they felt and coped with what was thrown at each of them.
The One is Nicole and Avery’s story. Avery and Easton were friends from childhood who grew up together, practically like brothers. Avery was taken in by Easton’s parents, and they brought him up alongside Easton as their own. Easton has gone through his fair share of tragedy, too. Avery has itchy feet! He wants to find The One. He feels it’s time to settle down and have a family. So he talks Easton into going on a singles cruise with him. Once on the ship, he meets Nicole. He knows instantly she is The One and he falls fast and hard. As does Nicole. Things between them move at lightning speed, and every waking moment of the cruise is spent together. Mostly in bed! Hot, sexy and passionate, they can’t keep their hands off each other.
Of course, all good things comes to an end; however, they agree to carry on their relationship. This is by no means an easy feat since they can’t stand being separated. Avery decides he wants Nicole with him. When Nicole is faced with something life changing, she moves to New York to be with Avery. Finally she has everything she has ever wanted and Avery feels the same, too. But they are dealt a cruel and devastating blow that sends them into the depths of despair. They both react and deal with it differently and what follows is heart-breaking. Will they overcome the tragedy that tore them apart and continue to build a life together?
As the drama unfolds for Avery and Nicole, Brooke and Easton also have their own problems to face and overcome. In this book, we get to see how these two couples who are best friends, felt and coped with what was happening around them. It’s a great story, and yes, in a way its Tattooed Dots retold and because I’d read book one, it did at times feel like I already knew what was going to happen. Nevertheless, there are parts of their story not told or revealed in book one. This is Avery and Nicole’s story; their feelings, their lives and their dreams. I just loved each character so much so that it was easy to get involved, easy to fall for Easton and Avery! You’ll find yourself rooting for them all in a story which is fast paced at times, but also tender sensitive and heart-rending at others. A wonderful book and I can’t wait for book three!
“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.
The Halo Series
Tattooed Dots Book #1
About the Author
Kimberly Knight lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks kick butt, crushing candy on Candy Crush, playing computer games like World of Warcraft with Audrey Harte and online poker. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like…watching hot guys ski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading Romance and Erotic fiction.