Review: Only For You, by Genna Rulon

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Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? No. (Can be read as a stand-alone).

Category: New Adult/Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance with a touch of mysteries.

Self-Published

Pages: 390

Blurb: 

“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 to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous 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+
• Only For You is the first book in the For You series by Genna Rulon. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone novel.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18458057-only-for-you?ac=1

 

Review: 

This book is the first one of a series, but the second installment is focusing on secondary characters. There’s no cliffhanger and it can be read as a stand-alone, but I can assure you that you’ll want to read the next one!

I decided to read this book on a whim, quite disappointed with the books I had finished recently and I must say that it was a pleasant surprise.

Is it a perfect book? No.

Is it fun? Yes.

Is it gut wrenching? Yes to that too.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I started it, but I soon found myself unable to put it down. Not only the characters all won me over, even the secondary ones, but the plot itself was unfolding in such a way that I had to read the next chapter, and the next one and so on.

But I must admit that I had a hard time at first with the writing style and the dialogues. This author is talented and did an amazing job at writing sarcastic dialogues like I love them, but the words used by the characters were at times almost unbelievable for their age or the situation, which made it uneasy at first to fully delve into the story.

That being said, more times than I can count I laughed while reading this book. The dialogues, or banters, between Ev and Hunter are priceless. I can honestly admit that some of these are gems I’d go back to if I ever feel down after I read books I didn’t enjoy. Everleigh is a fun character, one with a backbone and a personality so strong that it’s impossible to be bored. And her connection with Hunter is undeniable, which is a gigantic bonus when it comes to Romance novels.

The strange thing though is that it’s not all fun and light-hearted scenes. This book put into perspective some very awful dramatic things to the point that my heart broke, shattered even. It’s tastefully done and yet conveys quite well the atrocity. It made me love the characters all that much more.

That being said, unfortunately, I think some scenes or pages are more telling than showing which broke the rhythm of the story. Just slightly, but still enough for me to notice and point out.

But all in all, I had an amazing time with this book and will read other stories by this author, starting with the sequel to this book already available. I hope you’ll want to read it too because I truly think that this book deserves to be read and talked about.

Who read Only For You? What do you think about Hunter? Hot Stuff or not? In my opinion, he’s Hot Stuff all the way! 🙂

 

Rating:

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