Title: Only For You
Series: For You #1
Published: September 24, 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
“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.
The synopsis basically tells you the story, at least as much as I am willing to give away. So I'd rather just get down to how I felt about this story.
Man, I don't know why. I didn't expect much from this book but something drew me to it when the author asked if I would be willing to read and review. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. Although occasionally the characters seemed too perfect, too insightful, this was so easily overlooked because the story itself was fabulous. The characters were funny, oh so funny, and I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions. The story has suspense and excitement. It tackled difficult situations in a sensitive, interesting and even informative manner.
And Hunter... Oh my swoon. He was absolutely fabulous. Strong, smart, fiercely protective, sensitive, loving, demonstrative and so funny. Everleigh was sarcastic, smart, quick, witty, emotional and pretty much what I imagine myself to be.
More then just being a good, funny, sweet story, I feel like this book taught and reaffirmed for me, my beliefs which is probably one of the highest compliments you can give a author and their book. It reminded me of the type of person I want to be. The type of person who stands up against injustice, to now cower and wait for someone else to be a leader. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the right thing and it reminded me that I ALWAYS want to be the person who does the right thing, regardless of how hard it may be.
As I approached, Hunter rose to greet me, gallantly appropriating my tray to place it on the table. He dramatically pulled out my chair and assisted me as I sat. I appreciated gentility as much as the next girl, but the whole scene struck me as abnormal.
“Care to tell me what that was about?” I distrustfully queried.
“I was merely practicing proper etiquette.” The twinkle in his eyes belied his innocent excuse.
“You were trying to call attention to our matching faux pas, weren’t you?”
“I will neither confirm nor deny.”
“Ass,” I muttered beneath my breath.
“That is the second time you have called me an asshole,” Hunter said sternly.
“I have never called you an asshole—to your face—I simply left a trail of breadcrumbs from which you could deduce my meaning.”
“Ah ha. You finally admit that our song is ‘Sweet As Hole’.”
“I will neither confirm nor deny,” I said, mocking his earlier statement.
“It was exceptionally ingenious of you.”
“I know, right?”
I caught his smile and realized my mistake. He had tricked me, and I confessed the song I had insulted him with.
“Dammit, Hunter. How do you always outmaneuver me? They should have you interrogate suspected terrorists. You would trick them into revealing their evil plot every time.”
“Nah, terrorism isn’t my specialty.” He winked before suddenly whistling, “That is some lunch you have there.”
“I’m as hungry as the bear I just spent the last hour pretending to be. A salad was not going to tame my ravenous need. Besides, who am I trying to impress?”
“Not me, that’s for sure,” he answered quickly with synthetic sorrow.
“Here I thought you were a martial arts instructor. Are you moonlighting as a comedian?”
“Martial arts is my moonlighting gig,” he paused as if weighing his words. “Where is Sam?”
“I’m not sure. She planned to join us.” I searched the dining room and saw her at the cashier with Robbie beside her. “There she is, her new guy Robbie is with her. Don’t ruin it for her by—just try not to be yourself for a little while.”
“You are a cruel woman, Everleigh.”
Genna Rulon is an up-and-coming contemporary romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story.
During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursue her aspirations of writing her own novels.
Genna was raised on Long Island in New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.
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