Release Date: January 16, 2015
When everything falls apart, he’s the one thing that holds me together.
Ginger Teague may seem like your typical Hollywood actress with the famous boyfriend, designer clothes, money, and hit TV show, but constantly being in the public eye has its downside.
People seem more interested in her chaotic relationship with her on again/ off again boyfriend than her acting career,and Ginger isn’t dealing with her new found fame in a way she always envisioned. She masks her unhappiness with too many parties and an unhealthy habit of binge drinking. As much as she wants love, men find her as a pretty amusement, not the type of girl you take home to mom and dad.
When she meets Caspian Norwood, they quickly begin a regimen of flirty emails.
He’s a struggling musician that doesn’t quite fit her idea of the perfect boyfriend. He’s older, mysterious, cultured, knows exactly what to say and do in all the right situations, and Ginger can’t help falling for him. But the world is against them, pushing them apart, and it’s beginning to feel as if they are only meant to be friends.
**The One Thing is a standalone novel in the Hollywood Timelines series. It can be read alone or after The Last Thing.** Intended for ages 18 and up for language and adult situations
The Last Thing (Book 1)
Briana Gaitan grew up in the South, but calls herself a geek at heart. She is a blogger, author, and fangirl who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and Jewelry (bet you never thought you’d hear those three things in a sentence together) For fun, she loves watching any show on the SyFy channel, relaxing with her family, reading, and listening to indie music (sometimes all at the same time). Briana loves to write stories where there are no limits to the imagination.
I had the pleasure of reading both books in the series and I was delightfully surprised at how endearing both stories are. The characters in The One Thing are real and easily relatable to even though their world is set far apart from most people’s lives. Caspian and Ginger have everyday issues and conflicts which the author’s pairs with a romantic storyline that is not an over-the-top unbelievable like a lot of recent book releases.
I originally thought that Ginger’s character was a hot mess and worried she might become annoying. But when she’s given the tools and encouragement, she picks up her life and she pushes it forward in a very respectable and honest way. I ended up really liking Ginger, which pleasantly surprised me – she is loyal and kind plus her life and it’s drama keeps you highly entertained. Her journey with or without a man attached to it is worth reading.
But thanks to the author there is definitely a man involved in Ginger’s life. We’re given an excellent male character to swoon after – Caspian. He is struggling musician who has his own set of problems both with his band and with his ex. Caspian’s a little bit back-and-forth and emotionally confusing but I don’t think I would ever thrown out of my bed. He’s sexy in this confident rockstar way and a good match for Ginger.
The banter and flirting is awesome between these two characters. Their connection and romance builds via text and email and I think that’s what pulls at your heart. It’s a case of instant attraction and lust but the love and affection builds between the two characters creating a solid foundation of friendship. Which is certainly needed – Caspian and Ginger have some very serious roadblocks in their way.
I liked how the author worked Ginger and Caspian’s plot out and I would definitely recommend The One Thing as well as The Last Thing. I look forward to reading more books from Briana Gaitan in the future.