My One and Only by Terri Osburn
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, May 17, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Ardent Springs, Tennessee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 290 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 3.5 Gold Crowns
As far as Dr. Haleigh Rae Mitchner is concerned, Cooper Ridgeway is more suited to a superhero cape than mechanic’s overalls. It’s just like Ardent Springs’s most upstanding resident to rescue a pregnant, homeless teenager and bring her to Haleigh’s delivery room. When they team up to help the new mother and baby, Haleigh is determined not to cross the line with Cooper. Not only is he her best friend’s brother, he’s a guy who deserves more than Haleigh’s checkered past could ever offer.
At first glance, Haleigh is no longer the girl Cooper pined for in school. The sleek, professional OB-GYN seems more out of reach than ever for this small-town mechanic. But the more time he spends with the complicated woman, the more he wants her. Who better than Cooper to prove to her that nothing is beyond fixing? Especially in Ardent Springs, a town that’s tailor-made for second chances.
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This is the second book I have read in the Ardent Springs series. I accepted My One and Only in exchange for an honest review via Net-Galley. I enjoy Terri Osborne’s writing style a lot. Her dialogue is so real and put me right in the story.
Haleigh Mitchner has returned to Ardent Springs after she breaks off her engagement to an egotistical plastic surgeon. Between taking care of her mother and paying off her student loans, she has no money, even though she is now an OB/GYN and lives with her best friend from high school and Cooper’s sister.
When a young girl shows up in the ER ready to deliver, she is surprised when she finds Cooper Ridgeway, her childhood friend and savior, holding the girl’s hand as she gives birth. What she soon finds out, Cooper is again playing the “White Knight” as he did for her when she as a teenager.
When sparks fly between her and Cooper, she wonders if she could possible be worthy of him, or will her bad choices interfere with a relationship with him? After all, she has made a lot of mistakes and is bad news for men. The last thing she wants is to hurt such a nice guy who deserves better.
Cooper believes otherwise and sets out to at last win the woman who captured his heart when she was just a teen. Can he convince Haleigh he loves her regardless?
My One and Only is an easy, quick read. Ms. Osborne’s dialogue sparkles and her characters are down-to-earth. I loved the small town aspect to this story. There is also an enjoyable mystery that runs through this book as Haleigh and Cooper try to help the new mother find her long lost father.
There are many things I liked about Haleigh’s character, but some of her choices from her past were difficult for me. She is definitely flawed and has many facets to her personality, but there was one sticking point that I could not move past. So, even though, I was glad that she recognized her faults, I never really liked her.
Now, I truly loved Cooper’s character. He’s one of the nicest guys in the world. He’s a straight-up man and so good-natured. He is a one-woman kind of guy and fell for Haleigh in high school, even though he knew all her dirty little secrets. Even when he finds out the other ones, he still loves her unconditionally.
If you like a novel with a flawed heroine who is her own worst enemy, then you will enjoy My One and Only. For me, Cooper is the shining star and made the book worth my time. Happy reading!