Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: "Only You" by Denise Grover Swank (Contemporary Romance)

Only You (#1)
by Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: Forever
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016

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Description from Publisher: 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 . . .

My Rating:
Heat Rating:
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my 100% own.

I absolutely loved the funny banter, the warm characters, the chemistry between Holly and Kevin, their friendship, them trying to stay away from one another... So well-written and immersive, I couldn't put it down.

The animals were also a fun touch, though how exactly Kevin and Holly didn't think to check the sex, I can't figure! Haha. Every supporting character added their own flair and bit of fun to the story, from the friends to siblings/cousin to parents and grandparents.

That said, the outcome of the wedding is a bit cheesy and escapist for me. It felt rushed and convenient. But it also felt like a rom-com ending, so it was still fun.

Another thing I enjoyed was how all characters got to be more than just good or bad. They were more complex then that, which is a lot more realistic and thus enjoyable. The dialogue and most of the situations felt very real as well, and there were more literal laugh-out-loud moments than I could count!

Overall, this was a really, really great read and a fantastic addition to the rom-com/contemporary romance genre.

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