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What it’s about:
Mark DeSanto has never denied himself anything—especially in the bedroom. Rich, attractive, and successful, men envy him and women desire him. But when a sweet, guileless beauty faints at his feet, he suddenly finds himself wondering if it’s time to look for something more lasting…
Until her divorce, Crystal Webber never knew what it was like to follow her heart. Now she wants to experience all life has to offer. So when she catches a glimpse of Mark DeSanto in the halls of Danvers International, she’s instantly infatuated—and eager to join him for a walk on the wild side. Fainting at his feet wasn’t her plan, but at least it got his attention…
But for the first time, Mark wants to take things slow, which—considering the electricity between them—may take far more willpower than he’s ever had.
The One for Me is the eighth book in Sydney Landon’s Danvers series. I haven’t read any of the previous books, and I found it quite easy to jump right in and enjoy the story of Mark DeSanto and Crystal Webber.
Mark and Crystal could not be more different! Crystal Webber is quiet and perhaps a bit shy. She is incredibly loyal and caring as well. Between her caring nature and limited experience, she easily turns into a doormat when her insipid ex-husband or domineering mother confront her. On the other hand, Mark is a self-assured, wealthy and successful business owner. He’s a commitment-phobe who sticks with the “love ‘em and leave ‘em” game plan. The one big thing Mark and Crystal have in common is that their parents are meddling and crazy difficult (in their unique ways). I really liked both these characters. Their chemistry, banter and Twitter flirting is fun. The #MaeWest quote throw down was hilarious.
Crystal’s and Mark’s first encounter hooked me. Imagine the guy you’re secretly crushing on actually approaching you only to toss your cookies all over his wildly expensive suit and shoes! With that auspicious beginning, the relationship is doomed right? You’ll never know unless you read the book, and I would recommend you do. The plot is well paced and there isn’t an unrealistic insta-love (how could there be with a stomach bug). The big conflict involves Mark’s and Crystal’s feelings about their dysfunctional families and Mark’s fear of relationships. I did feel that the conflicts were too easily resolved. The weak became strong, the bullies became nice, and the fearful became brave with a couple short conversations.
Overall, The One for Me was a good, enjoyable, 3.5-4 star read that made me a Sydney Landon fan. I’ll be checking out the other books in her Danvers series!