Review: One and Only by Karla Sorensen


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing.

Karla Sorensen's back with what I suspect is the first in a new spin-off series (but I could be totally wrong!) featuring the Wilder siblings, albeit two have already gotten their happily-ever-afters--Erik Wilder with Faith Pierson in The Plan and Adaline Wilder with Emmett Ward in The Crush, books two and three in the Wolves series, respectively. One and Only features Greer Wilder and Beckett Coleman. She's an interior designer who mostly works for the family-owned Wilder Homes; and he's a tight end with the Portland Voyagers. Beckett also happens to be a single father to his almost seven-year-old daughter, Olive. When he finally has the opportunity to have custody of Olive while Olive's mother is in London for an extended period of time, he hopes to give his daughter a bedroom that she'll both love and feel comfortable in. His teammate's sister seems like the perfect person to help do exactly that, but then how does he end up going from prospective client to husband-to-be? Both Greer and Beckett may have good intentions going into this fake marriage, but if the truth gets out, it could lead to real consequences.

While I've always said that the fake relationship trope isn't a personal favorite of mine, I must admit that when an author puts their own creative spin to it and gives me a romance that feels fresh and different, well, even I can't resist diving in. Now, I'm not saying that I wholeheartedly agree with what Greer and Beckett did, because let's face it, the truth was bound to get out, but I do empathize with their respective situations, and what they wanted was for the benefit of family members who meant a great deal to them. I also liked the pace in which Greer and Beckett's relationship developed. Nothing felt forced between them, and I enjoyed seeing them create their own family with Olive while also having Greer become a part of the family Beckett shared with Olive's mother and her fiancé and Beckett be embraced by the rest of the Wilder clan. One and Only was a truly entertaining read, and while I do give it 4.5 stars, I sure hope it isn't the one and only story to be published this year with a Wilder in it. Yep, I'm going to need more and soon.

Date Read: 14 May 2023

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