Sunday, February 3, 2013

One True Thing by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea

Title:  One True Thing
Author: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O'Shea
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: #2
Main Characters: Dustin and Asher
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: 9781623800468
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Dustin Davis spent years wishing for a prince but kissing frog after slimy frog. When he sees Archer Kyriakides for the first time, Dusty thinks his luck has finally changed. Archer could be it. The One. But their hot and cold romance leaves Dusty confused: why does it feel right one moment and wrong the next? It doesn't make sense-until the day Dusty meets Archer's identical twin, Asher, and realizes he's been seeing them both.
Asher Kyriakides dreams of being a fashion photographer, but he's stuck with a job he hates and an irresponsible playboy brother whose habits drive him absolutely insane, especially when he finds out Archer is dating the cute little blond Asher can't seem to forget. Torn between loyalty and desire, Asher does nothing but try to warn Dusty away.
But when Archer finally goes too far, Dusty turns to Asher for comfort, and Asher knows he can't refuse. It isn't long before they realize they're falling fast, but more than one thing stands in their way, not the least of which is Archer, who isn't quite ready to stop being a thorn in his brother's side.

My Review:
As much as I read, one of the huge things that sets books apart for me is if I remember the details a month or two after I've read them. Unfortunately, that's never something that makes it into the reviews because I write my reviews immediately after reading the books. Well book #1 in this series, One Small Thing, was one of those that stuck...and stuck good. I remember specific scenes in that book. That NEVER happens, so I knew when book #2 came out, I definitely wanted to read it. While, not quite as charming as book #1 was (there can never be another love story like Eric and Rue's), this book definitely did not disappoint. 

This book is about Dusty. He was Rue's best friend in book #1. The four of them (Dusty, Rue, Eric, and Alice) have just relocated to California. Dusty lives with Rue and Eric and it works fairly well for all of them. But he hasn't made many friends yet and a lot of the time feels like a third wheel to this little family. He has an instant connection with a guy that he bumps into on the street, but he's so flustered by it, he doesn't get the guy's name. That guy was Asher. What Dusty doesn't realize is that Asher has an identical twin brother named Archer. They may be identical in looks, but that's where the similarities end. Dusty ends up dating Archer (the wrong twin) and doesn't understand why those incredible vibes just aren't there. That's the first half of the book.

The second half shows Dusty and Asher as a pretty solid couple. I liked that. Usually the main characters find their happily ever after and that's the end of the book. But with this book,  the reader gets to observe them and how they learn to deal with real life stresses and still make the relationship work. And these two guys are having to deal with some pretty harsh life stresses because Archer is still around making waves.

These two characters are very different, but I really loved both of them. Asher is a photographer trying to catch a break in California. In the meantime, he takes photos for the porn industry. He's a really stand-up guy which gets him in trouble sometimes as he really works with his subjects to help to get them to relax so they get the best photos possible (nothing sexual here, but it does open him up to some unusual friendships). Then there's Dusty. He's a hairdresser and definitely the more effeminate of the two. He's one of those people that gets taken advantage of just because he expects the best out of people. When someone is screwing him over, he assumes that he's just reading the situation wrong and gives them the benefit of the doubt. That leaves him wide open for a lot of hurt.

But the thing they both have in common is that they are both truly nice guys. They deserve a great happily ever after and it's so much fun to watch them find that with each other. This is one of those books that just makes you happy to read it. *happy place*

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