Review: “My One and Only” by Layla Hagen

Series: Very Irresistible Bachelors, #5

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Release Date: January 12th, 2021

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Tess Winchester loves her life. Her family is growing with new nieces and nephews for her to spoil. And her lingerie business is really taking off, so in order to keep up with demand she needs more capital. Though Tess had always dreamed about finding Mr. Right, and having a family of her own, dating hasn’t been easy so working extra hours is never a problem.
When an opportunity of a lifetime arises, Tess jumps at the chance to present to the principal of Harrington & Co, New York’s hottest investment firm.
She’s determined to make the right impression, but when Liam accidentally walks in the ladies room during a wardrobe malfunction, things get off to an… interesting start.

Tess isn’t Liam’s type, they’re too different:
She’s a romantic. He’s a realist.
She’s a dreamer. He’s a practical man.
Besides, if they’re going to sign a deal, it’s best not to mix business with pleasure. Something they both agree upon.

Despite their differences, Liam finds himself doing anything in his power to win her over. She’s captivating, and he won’t back down until they explore the connection that keeps him on his toes. He can’t get enough of her sassy mouth, her tenacity, and the tenderness that encounters him at every turn. Her blushes drive him crazy. Liam wants Tess.
And Liam always gets what Liam wants.


Oh boy, My One and Only is probably the steamiest book I’ve read in a really long time. Have bottles of water on hand and a fan too, because Tess and Liam will set your Kindle on fire. Right from the minute they meet, Tess and Liam have the most explosive sexual chemistry and through the course of the book, their relationship is very heavily physical. Not to say there’s no emotional investment, because there is, but they are the kind of couple that shows their love rather than talk about it all the time. Therefore, whenever they’re alone, clothes start coming off and it’s intense. *fans self* Now that I have that out of the way…

“I wanted her to get lost in me, but with every touch, I was the one losing myself in her.”

I truly love books where the women are entrepreneurs and we get a lot of insight into their business, the way they run stuff and their passion and drive to go beyond what they already have. Those kinds of characters are so brilliant and Tess Winchester fits that perfectly. She’s a go-getter and she’s not averse to risk, she’s just going to go after what she wants and wait for you to catch up. Which is what brings Tess and her sister Skye to Harrington & Co, an investment firm, to find investors for their lingerie brand. Of course they win that pitch and earn an epic investment to start a new store for their company, but it becomes about so much more than that!

Liam is one of the partners at Harrington & Co. and he’s a bit of a grump who spends more time working than anything else. While we don’t actually get to see too much of his grump side, we hear about it enough from his partners – Daniel and Becca – and somehow that is good enough. We also get great insight into Liam’s work life, his company and all the drama that goes with it. He’s wealthy and lives a good life, but he doesn’t behave like that. Which was another thing I really liked about the book. 

“The man didn’t even need words to make me simmer. One look and I was done for.”

Both characters make you feel something for them individually, but also as a couple. I did feel like things happened way too fast for them, but it’s also a case of when you know, you know. They’re meeting friends and families, grandmothers and the whole nine yards – which felt a little rushed, but also makes you aware that neither of them want to take forever to find love.

But like I said at the start, their sexual chemistry is explosive and it’s beautiful to watch this very sex-positive and forward couple explore their relationship. And the chemistry isn’t intense, it’s playful and fun and there’s lots of giggles and snorts and heavy petting. Liam and Tess want each other and they’re not going to beat around the bush about it. They want sex, they will have sex.

“You think my smile is panty-melting?”

“Want to check?”

“Don’t tempt me.”

It probably stems from not having read the other books in the series, but there were a whole lot of characters and at one point, it was hard to keep track. There were some characters that slipped in and out as well, which was a little confusing, but when they’re on the page, the dynamics are undeniable. Tess’s relationship with her siblings and the family councils, it was great. I love supportive and exciting families, because they add a little something to the book to make you stay interested longer.

If you’re looking for a fun, sexy, steamy and heavy on the character kind of book, My One and Only is everything you need. It’s a great ride, with a great story!

Thanks to Layla Hagen and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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