on October 25th 2016
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Never say never . . .
Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .
Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.
After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn't play by the rules . . .
The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank's New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series!
¬¬Reviewed by Monique¬¬
Kevin Vandemeer needed a distraction to occupy his mind after a very bad breakup, and his sister Megan found just the thing: a dilapidated house that could prove to be a good investment. One good thing is the pretty woman who lives next door. If only Kevin hadn’t sworn off women for six months… The woman is Holly Greenwood who works as a wedding planner. Holly lives in her grandmother’s house with her cousin Melanie and Melanie’s mutt from hell. Holly is quite the klutz, and when she first comes face to face with the gorgeous Kevin, never more so. She literally makes a fool of herself, but Kevin doesn’t mind because this particular woman is not throwing herself at him; he’s made very bad choices in the past. And his mother is not helping either!
ONLY YOU has a very funny beginning, and if at first the story sounded a tad predictable, it was not: this book is absolutely delightful and a wonderful change from romances where the characters have heavy issues. Not that everything is light: there’s a touching and very emotional story concerning Holly’s grandmother who suffers from dementia, and a few tissues were needed. The overall tone is fresh and young, the prose unencumbered and quite beautiful, and the story flows easily. The dialogues are witty and feel genuine, and things move along briskly. I particularly loved Ms. Grover Swank’s impeccable sense of timing, which she demonstrated in dealing speedily with some misunderstandings that could have dragged the book down. Both Kevin and Holly are nice, normal people and I thought it was very nice and comfortable. I also very much appreciated that the ubiquitous clichés, when it comes to physical descriptions of the characters, were entirely absent, and that is a big plus. The reason why they can’t get together as they’d like to was perfectly logical, and mostly unavoidable; for once, it never felt convoluted. Kevin and Holly’s chemistry also felt real; I didn’t need to be told, it was obvious. Kevin was the ideal romance hero for me: he is not without fault, and it made him all the more real.
Every character is fully-fleshed out, very believable, and while there are numerous players, they are all so well-defined that I never got confused. There were also brilliant twists regarding both Kevin and Holly’s abilities. ONLY YOU is a genuinely charming book, and the more I read, the more I enjoyed it. I was happier after reading ONLY YOU; what more can you ask of a book!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.