by Deidre Savoy

November 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-386-6
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Nina Ward wants a baby but not the commitment and accompanying fear that comes along with loving someone. Being abandoned by her parents has given her enough experience to know the bitter taste of loss.

Matthew Peterson believes in that forever type of love, but he can never father children. It is a conscious decision on his part because he too has experienced great loss and is unwilling to face his own personal demons.

When the two meet and are unable to resist an attraction that touches them physically as well as mentally, they must search for a common foundation to build their lives upon. It will be the greatest challenge of their lives as they realize the only way to find pleasure in the present is by first, facing down the past.

Not the One is an entertaining novel. The characters are exciting, and the story’s plot is thoroughly engrossing. As a reader, I couldn’t wait to see how this book would end because I couldn’t imagine two people with such contrasting desires being able to come together, but of course, I underestimated the writing talents of Deirdre Savoy. She devised an ideal conclusion and wrapped this touching romance up with a beautiful heart shaped bow.

Through her writing, Savoy also reveals an extraordinary talent for creating engaging characters. As a couple, Nina and Matthew are so hot together. The chemistry between them can only be described as volcanic, and is one of the strongest features of this novel. The additional characters, especially Nina’s cousin, Yasmin, and Matthew’s parents, enhance the story line with their distinctive personalities.

There was one thing in this novel that diverted my attention from the actual story. As I mentioned earlier, the characters were intriguing, but there were a couple of situations in which I felt there were too many individuals present in one scene, most notably the party for Nina’s young relative. The names of all the people and their relationships with each other got quite confusing.

Even with that small distraction, Not The One was still an enjoyable read for me. I look forward to reading other books by the very talented Deirdre Savoy.

Reviewed in January 2004 by Natasha.

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