TWO 4 Stars for One True Thing (One Thing #2) by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea #MM #Romance @mjosheaseattle @pipervaughn @dreamspinners

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Title: One True Thing (One Thing #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 20, 2012 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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Review

FourStars

Piper Vaughn always writes the best pretty twinks. And twinks don’t get much prettier than hairdresser Dusty and photographer Asher. These two are super cute, super sweet and absolutely perfect for each other.

I knew I’d love the pretty men, but I wasn’t expecting such a complex plot. Dusty is a typical small town boy adjusting to West Hollywood, but his group of friends are brilliant. I love fitness instructor Michelle and I’d love to see her in her own book. Asher, a photographer shooting porn to pay the bills, is a bit more complicated. His relationship with his twin brother is difficult at best and it doesn’t help that people are always confusing the two brothers.

This is insta love with a twist or two to keep it just on the right side of sugar overload. Trips to Disney with baby Alice and a romantic escape to a vinyard might just push it into saccharine territory at times.

The story is well crafted and I love the writers’ California – the shot of sunshine is very welcome on the first day of a cold English December. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but this works well as a stand alone story. The authors have set up a few other characters for further installments. This is a happy, feel-good romance.

Sarah

FourStars

Triggers: Drug use, theft, emotional abuse
I want to preface this by saying that I did not read book 1 in this series.  And, while it’s not completely necessary, it might have helped to know more background about the relationship between Rue, Erik, April and Dusty.  Also, it could potentially give you more information on Dusty’s past relationships, but that’s only conjecture on my part since I didn’t read it.
Now, on to the actual story:  Dusty is sweet, emotionally saddened by his family and is looking for his forever guy.  I love his personality with his clients and even though he is sometimes too naive, I think that only adds to his lovable quirks.  When he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a very strange, almost comical situation with twins, he handles the situation pretty well.
Then you have Asher and Archer… What a pair… While I love that Asher is committed to his family, I think that it take entirely too long for him to stand up to Archer.  Even their own mother and father think that Asher needs to stop cleaning up after Archer.  Then, despite the very brief encounter with Dusty, Asher can’t get him out of his mind.  Surprised him when he saw his brother not only with his mystery man, but they were on the couch making out!
I didn’t love how they figured everything out – there were terrible assumptions made by Dusty and I didn’t feel that they were ever truly resolved in a manner that I would have felt OK with.  Then you have the miscommunications due to those assumptions and what ensues is a series of mixups, situations that are misconstrued and a case that should be cut and dry in a family.
What you get, however, is a story about two people, who are only just beginning in their relationship trying to navigate family baggage, new love, protective friends and their own inner struggles.  I enjoyed this story a lot and really hope that Archer gets his own story too, even though I didn’t really like him all that much.  I also hope that Dylan’s co-worker, Lane and Josh get their own story, as I can see the makings of a super sweaty, hot mix with those two.
~AvidReader

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Piper Vaughn

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

M.J. O’Shea

M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

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