“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!”
All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.
When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded by her best friend to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, an explosive relationship is born.
Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.
Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.
• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Though Only For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand-alone.
I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
You know that giddy feeling when you’re reading a book? The OMG THIS is why I read so much feeling? That is exactly how I felt as I read Only For You! I smiled the entire time reading. Couldn’t put it down!I became so engrossed in Everleigh and Hunter’s story.
Everleigh Carsen and her best friend Samantha are attending college in Long Island, New York. Recently, there have been violent attacks on women across campus. Samantha convinces, or forces Everleigh to take free defense classes that are being offered to the women on campus. During their first session, Hunter Charles enters as their instructor. Sweet. Baby. Jesus. I loved him the moment he waltzed into the scene. Of course Everleigh makes a snarky comment and gets kicked out of the defense class on the first day! That isn’t the last she’s seen of Hunter Charles. He shows up in her life. Again.
I absolutely adored this book. The banter between Everleigh and Hunter was hilarious. From the moment they met, the spark was there. They immediately connected. Due to unknown circumstances, Hunter could only offer Everleigh friendship. But, as they grew closer, deep down they both wanted more. They became best friends and suddenly Everleigh realized she fell in love with her best friend. By accident. Talk about angst and sexual tension! There was plenty of that in this story. But most of all you get to watch two beautiful individuals fall in love. Yet their love is challenged by means beyond their control. There are twists and turns in this story that you never see coming.
“I wish I could tell you how much you mean to me, but words would never be enough”
“He had a skull and crossbones label on him, but I drank his poison nevertheless and loved it; now I needed an antidote.”
I really enjoyed the realism of this story. Everleigh was a great heroine in that I found her relatable. She was witty and intelligent. Hunter was funny, mysterious and sexy. I loved getting to know them, as well as Everleigh’s best friend Sam. As you read this story, you become so close to Everleigh and Hunter that when they are forced apart, you hurt for them. Their story attests that love truly endures all and knows no boundaries. True love cannot be denied.
“Can I have you, angel? Can I take all of you and keep it?”
While lovers of Slammed and Easy will love this book, don’t go into it thinking that it’s similar. This was such a strong debut, and I would definitely put it in a league of it’s own! There was a part of this book that was quite emotional. The subject matter was heavy, but the author dealt with it well. It was so refreshing to read a new adult novel that was so well-written. The plot, the characters, the pace of the story were my favorite parts of the book. The pace is slower than others, but I think this allowed us to truly connect to the characters. Overall, I highly recommend this read! You will laugh (out loud), tear up a little, and swoon. This book definitely reminded me why I enjoy reading so much. I cannot wait for more from this author.
P.S. Can we PLEASE get more Everleigh and Hunter?
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