REVIEW: How can you love someone when you don't love yourself? That's the question Amy Daws proposes in her new standalone novel. Reyna Miracle doesn't feel much like her name - far from it. Suffering from survivor's guilt, she drowns her feelings and loneliness in drink and sharing her bed with her best friend, Hayden. They say misery loves company - right? Until she runs into the biggest mistake of her life and one of the main reasons she's left with survivor's guilt - Liam.
Everything is perfect with Hayden - no strings, no feelings - until Liam steps back into the picture and Rey realizes Hayden has feelings for her too. So she does what she does best and pushes back.
This is a fantastic book! I had my doubts going into it because I was expecting something else. But surprise after surprise awaited me, and watching Rey as she slowly declines to hit rock bottom was intense. Hayden and Liam both battled their own demons and the three held on by a thread. Rey was not the most likable character in the beginning but her character stuck with me so I had know why.
This is a love story, but not in the traditional sense. This is about loving yourself first - truly loving yourself - before any other love can develop. Amy Daws added her own flair of humor with Frank, Rey "boss" and soon to be best friend. His clothing choices, outright love for life, and brutal honesty when she needed, made him the ultimate supporting character.
I'm giving Amy Daws' Not the One a solid 5-stars! It warmed my heart and made me smile.