My One and Only Mass Market Paperback – Jan 4 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Kitty Fontaine is 19th-century London's Queen of the Skies. By day, she is a world-famous aviatrix, by night a cat burglar now seeking the Blood of India ruby. Her only obstacle is Max "the Tiger" Aveli, another thief after the same prize. Kitty desperately needs the elusive jewel to save her father's life, while Max simply enjoys the thrill of robbing and seduction. When they are both apprehended by Scotland Yard, they are forced to work together to find the ruby. They travel to India, where Kitty was born, and soon they are steeped in local political intrigue, revolution and betrayal. Unable to deny her passion for Max, Kitty must accept that her only chance of survival lies in the hands of the one man she can't trust. O'Neal's (Written in the Stars) skillfully written adventure brims with smoldering sensuality. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Praise for Katherine O'Neal, winner of the Romantic Times Award for Best Sensual Historical Romance:
"O'Neal provides vibrant characters and settings, along with plenty of intrigue, daring escapes, 11th-hour twists and steamy romance."
The Last Highwayman:
"One of the most brilliant debut novels to come along in many months. Powerfully written, sophisticated, well researched, highly romantic, smoldering with sometimes erotic sensuality (à la Susan Johnson) and adventure."
Princess of Thieves:
"[A] dramatic story that is both sensuous and spine-tingling...Superb."
"A whirlwind of adventure/romance that seethes with dark, intense emotion and wild, hot sensuality."
Master of Paradise:
"Every page will thrill you."
Bride of Danger:
"A fast-paced, searingly sensual novel brimming with plot twists that keep you guessing till the end. A winner."
--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Written in the Stars:
"Katherine O'Neal continues to reign as the queen of romantic adventure."
--Affaire de Coeur
Top Customer Reviews
Alas - the book reads like a bad imitation of "The Hunky Mach Studly Hero And The Killer Pagans of Unggulu Island" or any other B-grade straight-to-video movies. People talk in grandiose manners - "I will die if you will ever leave me!" - they even die in impressive manners, slowly falling down staircases in slow-mo.
It doesn't help that the heroine's name is Kitty, and her Barbie-doll name only reflects her nature fully as she clings to the hero whenever there's trouble. The hero with his superhuman strength can do everything, too bad that everything doesn't include some semblence of human emotion.
Grandiosity, corniness, and some really cheesy adventures (check out the "Swimming With Crocodiles" scene!) can be fun when one mixes in enough humor and wit. Humor and wit are clearly lacking in "My One And Only" - rendering it a total loss even as a guilty pleasure.
Tiger is actually Max, the adopted son of an Italian count. Kitty is the daughter of an Englishman and his half-Indian wife. Due to a freedom attack on English children, Kitty had left India in fear. Max reminds her of Cameron, a boy she was in love with while she lived in India. She saw Cameron killed; and she has dreamed of him, and India, through the years.
Max and Kitty have an instant attraction. However, their desire for the same stone, will lure them into trouble and a reluctant partnership. Each has a compelling reason to find that stone, The Blood of India. And those reasons will pull them apart. The story itself, will tell us what, if anything, will bring them together.
Max and Kitty are two magnetic leads. Kitty flies planes, is an adventuress, and is engaged to Cameron's half brother. Max is a wealthy womanizer, and adventurer, with a hidden past. His sensual pull, grabbed me, as a reader. I could easily see why Kitty would desire him.
I learned things about India, it's beauty, some of it's history, while reading this book. Ms. O'Neal, herself, lived in India at one time. Combined with the history, is an interesting plot, lots of action, a complete cast of supporting characters, and several sexy love scenes.
This is a book I really enjoyed. I do plan to read it again.
I can understand much of Max's physical training, especially since he had a long time to learn, but for an 11 year old girl, to train for 2 to 3 months, Kitty learned an awful lot and mastered her skills quickly. That she could call upon this learning 10 to 15 years later astounds me. I can appreciate that she is adventurous and out going, an auspicious thing to be for a woman at this time, it just seemed a little too unbelievable to be comfortable reading. Their feats as cat burglars were also highly suspect. The places they were able to break into would have been much more difficult to do.
Once again, I call on the potential that this story could have had, this time in the secondary characters. I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction and depth between all of the players in both England and India. Also, a few more details wouldn't be amiss. There was a lot of interaction between India and England. How was this accomplished? How long did it take to travel back and forth?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I really loved this book! I read a lot of romance, and after a while, they all start to sound the same. This book surprised and thrilled me. Read morePublished on May 23 2000
This is the best book I've read all year. It takes us on a magical journey to India through the exciting experiences of two sexy cat burglars who are at odds not only because what... Read morePublished on May 22 2000
I'm a great fan of Katherine O'Neal's books and I absolutely loved this latest addition. As I've come to expect from her books, it's adventurous, witty, has a hero to die for and a... Read morePublished on May 15 2000