One and Done

One and Done

“Surfs up! Hop on my board and I’ll give you the ride of your life…”~Balen Kroft, International Surfing Champion“If you kiss enough frogs, eventually you’re going to get a fungus.”~Autumn HarrisWhen Autumn’s best friend surprises her with a girls’ getaway in Cyprus for her 30th birthday, she makes up her mind that now is her time to shine. This is exactly the fresh start s...

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Title:One and Done
Author:Melynda Price
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Edition Language:English

One and Done Reviews

  • B.

    The woman who takes a trip to forget everything after having been dumped by her boyfriend/husband and then meets a new guy has become a standard romance novel plot. This is an enjoyable version for that rather clichéd storyline. The hero is a world champion surfer whom she encounters on the plane traveling to Crete. I wouldn’t have known that Crete is a location for surfing or that there are millions to be made by a champion surfer.

    Autumn has her own problems getting over a bad marriage and whe

    The woman who takes a trip to forget everything after having been dumped by her boyfriend/husband and then meets a new guy has become a standard romance novel plot. This is an enjoyable version for that rather clichéd storyline. The hero is a world champion surfer whom she encounters on the plane traveling to Crete. I wouldn’t have known that Crete is a location for surfing or that there are millions to be made by a champion surfer.

    Autumn has her own problems getting over a bad marriage and when her best friend abandons her on the plane on their way to a dream vacation in Crete, the stage is set for her to have a romance with the sexy hunk ogling her on the plane. He doesn’t tell her about what he does since he doesn’t want her finding out the sex scandals he’s been involved in. She thinks he’s just some surfer dude who is poor and maybe homeless. She writes greeting card messages and is from Montana and doesn’t even know how to swim. So clearly they’re meant for each other. But it turns out that they can become good friends in just a few days and even more by the end of the week. Shocker, right? But it was still a fun read and I liked that they learned to enjoy each other’s company before acting on their insta-lust. It made the unlikely plot more believable.

    I was given a free ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Terry

    4 1/2 Surfing Stars!

    It's Autumn's 30th birthday and her friend Summer is taking her on a vacation to the "Island of Love" so she can get back in the saddle after her divorce 2 years ago. But when Summer can't go with her, she makes Autumn go by herself because she really needs to find herself. Balon is a surfing champion, but he is on the verge of loosing some of his endorsement contracts due to a leaked sex tape and his constant bad behavior. He needs to lay low while things cool down and what

    4 1/2 Surfing Stars!

    It's Autumn's 30th birthday and her friend Summer is taking her on a vacation to the "Island of Love" so she can get back in the saddle after her divorce 2 years ago. But when Summer can't go with her, she makes Autumn go by herself because she really needs to find herself. Balon is a surfing champion, but he is on the verge of loosing some of his endorsement contracts due to a leaked sex tape and his constant bad behavior. He needs to lay low while things cool down and what better way to do it than with the beautiful redhead he met on the plane. Autumn's first task is to find a "one and done" guy to end her sexless streak and who better than the hunky guy she met on the plane. Autumn has no clue who he is and he lets her believe that he is a homeless surf bum, so she lets him stay in her villa's spare room. But when the sparks begin to fly between them will Autumn's heart be able to stay out of her one (or two or three) and done? Will Balon be able to continue with the surfing playboy lifestyle or go back to his ex-girlfriend?

    This book is a really sweet romance with lots of laughs and a few tears! And the sex scenes are HOT HOT HOT! Balon sure does seem to be a very mature 25 year old and will sweep you off your feet. While Autumn is just a sweet girl with a broken heart. I sure hope that there will be a book 2 with Summer and her neighbour. I highly recommend this read!

    I received an ARC copy courtesy of the author through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

  • SBee Reviews

    Review Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

    He misses the biggest wave of his life

    I received an Advance Reader Copy for One and Done (Island of Love, Book #1) written by Melynda Price and voluntarily reviewed this book. What happens when a sexy-hot virgin with a milestone birthday to celebrate meets a Johnny Depp-kinda-lookalike/sexy beach bum meet on plane and then end up on the very same Cypress beach paradise? Things heat up quickly on the beach, especially when Autumn Harris shares her accommodations w

    Review Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

    He misses the biggest wave of his life

    I received an Advance Reader Copy for One and Done (Island of Love, Book #1) written by Melynda Price and voluntarily reviewed this book. What happens when a sexy-hot virgin with a milestone birthday to celebrate meets a Johnny Depp-kinda-lookalike/sexy beach bum meet on plane and then end up on the very same Cypress beach paradise? Things heat up quickly on the beach, especially when Autumn Harris shares her accommodations with him for the remainder of her getaway vacation, courtesy of a once-in-a-lifetime gift from her best friend Summer. After all, Balen is oh-so-hot, and maybe she can use him to really get over her last relationship.

    Balen is actually Balen Kroft, International Surfing Champion, but he now has a PR nightmare on his hands ever since a sex tape of him had surfaced on the media, and it has cost him his main sponsor already. If he can just manage to lay low for a while, away from the limelight, he may just have a chance to get the sponsor back on board. What more of a well-timed opportunity can fall into his lap than when the sexy redhead from the flight over DOESN'T recognize him one bit AND offers him shelter and therefore THE perfect cover for his needs?

    While they adventure on all the previously booked excursions planned by Summer, and enjoy their surroundings, they do share more of themselves, and find that they have a chemistry that might go further than just their vacation fling. But what happens when Balen’s secrets come out, will it cost him much more than just the sponsor he’s already lost?

    Great story, with a lot of funny bits and sad bits, but you really get a feel that they are meant to be together, and how Balen owns up to his slowly-developing feelings and makes things right shows his emotional maturity, even though he is younger than Autumn. Looking forward to reading Summer’s story as well, as she didn’t get a much of a chance to enjoy this vacation with Autumn. Loved the scrapbook notion, too!

  • Kahea

    Balen and Autumn put me through a Cat 4 emotional hurricane...at the very least. The ups, downs, sideways and inside outs were all kinds of crazy and yet their story was absolutely addicting. You have the sweet and smexy mixed up with a heaping amount of angst, because lemme tell you Balen and Autumn gots lots of baggage, and then you’re hit with these bouts of humor and heart that just make you keep turning those pages until the very end because not knowing

    Balen and Autumn put me through a Cat 4 emotional hurricane...at the very least. The ups, downs, sideways and inside outs were all kinds of crazy and yet their story was absolutely addicting. You have the sweet and smexy mixed up with a heaping amount of angst, because lemme tell you Balen and Autumn gots lots of baggage, and then you’re hit with these bouts of humor and heart that just make you keep turning those pages until the very end because not knowing how everything turns out isn’t an option.

    Balen and Autumn...these two. I honestly loved both of them, but they had lots of baggage to sort out. Balen is all about living in the moment and not letting life slip by him. Autumn is about playing it safe and sticking to what she knows best. They both had be wanting to reach out and smack some sense into them throughout the book, but when they forgot about what they thought they wanted and were just in the moment, they were really amazing and insightful humans who needed to learn that the past didn’t define their present and future.

    So, their journey to their HEA was all kinds of angsty. The push/pull was real and dear lord did it jack up the sexual tension between them. But even with all the crazy going on, what ended up happening was that they helped each other heal and work at moving past the demons plaguing them and crazily enough finding that despite everything they have the kind of connection that goes soul deep. Of course there has to be a big ole bump in the road, you can kind of see it coming and when it does it’s a doozy, but one that rocks both Balen and Autumn and forces them to really figure out what they really want. Thankfully, things don’t get dragged out and I loved where they were at when the book ended.

    Even though One and Done gave me a really good case of emotional whiplash, it was an enjoyable character driven read and I loved watching as both Balen and Autumn evolved throughout the book. The writing was engaging and the pacing good, though there were a few places it dragged for me and the dual 3rd person POV was done well. As for the secondary characters, Summer, Conner and Cullen all have my interest peaked and crossing my toes that they’ll all get their own HEA’s as the series progresses.

  • Fanna

    I really liked this. The plot is interesting with Balen, an international surfing champion who just had his sex tape surface the internet, going under the covers for a while till the tape can go low and his sponsor would be back on board. Autumn, who has recently broken up a relationship, is on her way to a get-away vacation. And both are headed to the same place. Things definitely h

    I really liked this. The plot is interesting with Balen, an international surfing champion who just had his sex tape surface the internet, going under the covers for a while till the tape can go low and his sponsor would be back on board. Autumn, who has recently broken up a relationship, is on her way to a get-away vacation. And both are headed to the same place. Things definitely heat up when Autumn decides to share her residence with Balen. The overall story line is quite different and I liked it for that. There isn't an instant love track; Balen is a jerk when they both first meet and Autumn is vocal about him being a jerk,

    The love-blossoming track is well drawn and it's great to read about characters who own up to their establishing feelings and work to get their relationship working. The chemistry between the two, right from the heated scenes to the emotionally draining ones, is on-point and as a reader, it's satisfying enough to agree that both are meant for each other.

    Moving on, there were quite a few things I didn't like. For instance, the peaks in the plot curve were predictable twists and they made the story look ordinary, nothing too exciting. At times, there were unneeded over-reactions that were merely added for a drama sequence—it drew me out of the story almost instantly. The whole vow that Balen takes when he ditches his fiance after finding her cheating on him, is too stereotypical for my taste and I can't help but roll my eyes. I would've preferred a simply trust-issue for his non-committal nature. Anyway, as a big picture, this was a good read.

  • Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    When Autumn and best friend boarded a plane to Cyprus to celebrate Autumn's 30th birthday, she had no idea she'd meet a world class surfer, Balen, with whom she'd spend her vacation indulging in a hot vacation romp. She doesn't recognize him, doesn't throw herself at him, so Balen's intrigued. He's used to women throwing themselves at him, wanting to catch a little of his fame (money), so her disinterest intrigues him and the chase is on.

    I think what I liked most about

    aside from t

    When Autumn and best friend boarded a plane to Cyprus to celebrate Autumn's 30th birthday, she had no idea she'd meet a world class surfer, Balen, with whom she'd spend her vacation indulging in a hot vacation romp. She doesn't recognize him, doesn't throw herself at him, so Balen's intrigued. He's used to women throwing themselves at him, wanting to catch a little of his fame (money), so her disinterest intrigues him and the chase is on.

    I think what I liked most about

    aside from their insane chemistry and sexual tension, was watching them fall in love, yet fight it, not even recognize it. They both have tons of baggage; she thanks to her divorce 2 years ago, and he because of his breakup with his cheating fiancée months ago, so neither of them recognize or want to admit their feelings at first. And in Balen's case, he refuses to see what's in front of his face until he loses it, literally.

    I'm hoping there's more to come from Melynda, because I really enjoyed

  • Book Lover

    Autumn Harris is still dealing with the fallout to her self-esteem from her divorce 2 years after the fact. Her best friend since childhood books them a trip of a lifetime on the Island of Love to celebrate Autumn’s 30th birthday. At the last minute, her friend bails due to a family death, but insists Autumn continue on. Once there, she discovers the itinerary her friend had set up for them.

    Balen Kroft is on the same plane as Autumn and has been labeled a douche due to a run in while getting on

    Autumn Harris is still dealing with the fallout to her self-esteem from her divorce 2 years after the fact. Her best friend since childhood books them a trip of a lifetime on the Island of Love to celebrate Autumn’s 30th birthday. At the last minute, her friend bails due to a family death, but insists Autumn continue on. Once there, she discovers the itinerary her friend had set up for them.

    Balen Kroft is on the same plane as Autumn and has been labeled a douche due to a run in while getting on the plane. Once off the plan, they have another unpleasant interaction, and go their separate ways. Balen is the golden boy, bronzed by the sun, beautiful eyes and muscled, with women falling all over him. Too bad he knows just how hot he is. He is also a 25 year old International Champion surfer, home for a week between competitions to hide out after a sex tape involving him is released on social media. Contracts hang in the balance. It’s been 8 months since his break up with his fiancé after he caught her cheating with his best friend. Balen has been a manwhore since, vowing no more relationships because women aren’t trustworthy and only good for sex and a good time.

    Balen finds paperwork Autumn needs to get back home, so he seeks her out. He’s amazed that she doesn’t know who he is and that she isn’t falling all over him like all other females. In fact, she thinks he’s a homeless, beach bum surfer. Somehow, he convinces her to let him stay with her and be her best friend substitute for the next week and accompany her on all the preplanned activities.

    They spend a great deal of time together over the next few days getting to know each other. Balen lives each day balls out, no regrets. Autumn wants to stay in her safe zone. They both have baggage to work through. A considerable amount of jostling back and forth while trying to figure out what they want and need for themselves and each other. Each day the sexual tension mounting until they give in to it. Then the expected bump in the road happens. Autumn and Balen have to decide if they want to work it out, what they want from each other and do they have what it takes to make it work.

    I liked the epilogue and where they were together. I look forward to the rest of the series.

    I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

  • Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***

    3.5 Stars

    Balen and Autumn meet on an airplane. He is headed home, and she is headed on a vacation.

    I loved the connection they have with one another, and I loved that at the beginning, when you first meet Balen, he is sort of a jerk. Well, not sort of, he is and Autumn calls him on it.

    Balen is a well-known professional surfer, and it seems that the only person in the world who doesn't know who he is. And, he likes this, the idea that the tim

    ***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***

    3.5 Stars

    Balen and Autumn meet on an airplane. He is headed home, and she is headed on a vacation.

    I loved the connection they have with one another, and I loved that at the beginning, when you first meet Balen, he is sort of a jerk. Well, not sort of, he is and Autumn calls him on it.

    Balen is a well-known professional surfer, and it seems that the only person in the world who doesn't know who he is. And, he likes this, the idea that the time she spends with him is because of him, and not because of who he is.

    Autumn's friend Summer leaves her a book, a list of things she needs to do while on vacation. Some of the items on the list are maybe a little less easy to pull off than the others, but Balen and Autumn work with the book and work through the list of things in the book. It was fun to see him support her, and to see the relationship develop.

    The chemistry between them is strong through the whole book, and you feel the attraction.

    I did find the end a little frustrating, as I thought the over-reaction was out of character for Autumn, but at the same time, I was able to ignore it. Mostly.

    I did enjoy this title overall.

  • Raj

    I doubt I'm going to be one and done with this series.I understood the heroine had been hurt in her previous relationship but so had the hero.Her knee jerk reactions to any situation that stressed her was a bit over the top at times,it remained me of a goldfish puffing air while a boy has his face pressed up against the aquarium glass desperate to communicate,like one character was of the air while the other breathe water.

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