One Good Man by Emma Scott
Publication Date | April 19th, 2018
ARC provided by the author
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Emma Scott is one of those authors who has been on my to be read list for a long time, but it wasn’t until One Good Man crossed my path that I finally picked up one of her books. The bar was high, because I’ve seen a lot of people on bookTube rave about her, and a lot of blogs I visit love her as well. I’m thrilled to say that I adored this book! Now the story starts of very cliche, and I did have my doubts. But it wasn’t long before the pushy journalist and sexy athlete tropes were turned on their heads, and I was all in. Janey was a journalist struggling to make it in a male dominated field, and as young as she was, she was already quite jaded. So she had thoughts about up and coming soccer star Adrien before even meeting him. I love layered characters, and Adrien really was so layered. There was so much to him, and the title of this book, One Good Man, may not mean much to the reader when they start the book. But by the end, it will make your heart melt. He loved his family so much, and he was willing to sacrifice so much for them. Every time I learned something new about him, it just made me love him more. I wanted so badly for his dreams to come true, for him to just let the pressures go and do what he wanted to. But that just wasn’t who he was. One of my favorite things about him was that he immediately recognized a formidable opponent in Janey, even while she didn’t see it right away in him.
I think it’s hard to keep a decent pace in a novella, but Emma Scott managed it flawlessly. There was a lot of story here with a few twists and turns along the way, but nothing felt rushed or forced. Things came together so naturally and beautifully, and I loved every second of this book.
My first Emma Scott read was a wonderful experience, and now she is the one who’s set the bar high for herself. For other authors, too, really, because I can’t think of another novella that packed so much emotion and story into so few words without missing a beat. If you’re looking for a quick read that will pack a big punch and stay with you, I can’t recommend One Good Man enough. I’m excited to dive into this author’s back list!
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Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy my novels.
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I reached over and pushed ‘stop’ on Janey’s tape recorder and turned to her. “Saturday then?”
She coughed in surprise. “What happens Saturday?”
“We conclude the interview. You need to see a football match firsthand or your article is going to sound like a bunch of amateurish gibberish. You want to be taken seriously?”
She pressed her lips together for a moment. “Yes.”
“So do I. Saturday at noon at Stade Jean-Marc. We’ll finish the interview after.”
“Antoine wants the article in two days,” she said.
“Tell Antoine I said to wait.”
She took another long pull from the lemonade, her pride not letting her say yes to me so quickly.
“Saturday then,” she said. “For the article.”
“Right,” I said, holding her gaze. “For the article.”
She finished off the lemonade and set the glass down. “Thank you very much, Sophie. It was just what I needed.” She gathered her belongings and turned to me. “See you.”
“You have a drop of lemonade on your chin,” I said.
“Where?” Her hand flew to her mouth. “No, I don’t…”
I held out the cocktail napkin with my sketch of her, my brow raised.
Janey dropped her hand from her dry chin, fuming. I expected her to flounce away. But she snatched the napkin out of my hand, dropped it into her bag, and coolly walked away.
I wasn’t in love with her, but in that moment, I knew someday I would be.