Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can't refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.
A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he's already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he's not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they'd ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What's the real thing? And where does it go from here?
Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to contemporary romance authors. I know I can count on her for a good story with characters I can care about. I know I'll laugh a little and tear up a little. And of course there will be well written steamy scenes. Still the One has all of those things. I loved Darcy. She's recovering from a serious accident and loves gummy bears and rescues dogs. A.J. is great, too. He has his reasons for rejecting her. He has worked hard to help her recover and he just gets her. He also has a project that he needs Darcy's help with. They spend most of their time fighting, but when they are forced to spend a weekend together, things start to change. I sped through this because I couldn't stop reading. It was just so good and left me with a happy sigh.