Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: Only You by Denise Grover Swank

Only You by Denise Grover Swank
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Amazon Link: HERE
Received From: Goodreads Giveaway

Summary (from Amazon):
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, and 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...

Holly's instantly attracted to Kevin, who moves into the run-down fixer upper next door. And even though she's awkward during their first meeting, Kevin seems to be interested. They end up having mind blowing sex, but the morning after Kevin runs because he's afraid Holly is like his previous crazy ex-girlfriends. When Holly discovers Kevin is her boss's son, she knows they can never have a relationship because it would jeopardize her job. Can Kevin put aside his fears and give Holly a chance, and can Holly forgive Kevin for running and put her job on the line for love?

This is one of those books that took me a little longer to get into. I'm not sure if it was because of the writing or the story started out slowly, but either way after the first few chapters I began to really enjoy it. Holly was endearingly clumsy and awkward, evident in Holly and Kevin's first meeting, and the love scenes were well written. The one problem I had with the story was Kevin because he made assumptions about Holly after they had sex and it bothered me that he wasn't able to think logically or give Holly the benefit of the doubt. Yes, Kevin dated many crazy women, but that doesn't give him the right to lump Holly into that group before getting to know her. I also thought the relationship progressed too quickly. Right after they sleep together, when they haven't even known each other for more than a few weeks, Kevin looks at Holly and thinks she's the person he wants to be with for the rest of his life, which I found unrealistic and hypocritical.

Overall, I enjoyed Only You but I had problems with the hero and the relationship progressing too fast.



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