ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Only For Her’ (Only Series – Book #1) by Cristin Harber.
(This review will also be posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com)
Title: ONLY FOR HER
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only Series (BOOK #2)
Publishing date: March 17th, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)
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The second installment in the Only series. Must read book one first!!
First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he’ll make it right with his girl.
*All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it’s all blank.*
Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life’s been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.
*It’s him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can’t figure out if I’ve been destroyed or set free. The him that… is… dead.*
He’s back with one objective—Emma Kingsley—and she never sees it coming.
Only for Her, Only #2
The novella series will release in its entirety this spring.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘ONLY FOR HER’:
***WARNING: Possible SPOILERS if you haven’t read the previous Novella of the Only Series.***
This is the 2nd installment titled “Only For Her” of a four part novella series by Cristin Harber. After having the chance to read and review the first novella of this series, I was hooked. “Only For Her” is of the New Adult genre and is a Contemporary Romance story that continues to follow the now adult characters Emma and Grayson. This novella is written in the two main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Grayson Ford and Emma Kingsley.
He is dead. Those words were enough to rip her heart open as soon as she heard the news going around town about Grayson Ford, her former best friend and the one guy she’s ever loved completely. She’s only ever loved him since they were kids and now he was gone but she needs to confirm it. She can’t believe it because rumors sometimes are just that, rumors and not true. She continues her busy schedule of taking classes, working three jobs and tending to her most important responsibility, the reason that drives her each day, raising her two year-old daughter Cally. Her twin brother Ryan has been protective of his sister ever since his best friend abandoned his sister with no word to anyone. Emma is determined to do it on her own and so far she has been struggling but doing it. When she receives an unexpected call, her world is sent into an emotional tailspin.
Grayson Ford should be dead. All of his fellow brothers that served along side him all died but he lived. How? Why? Was it his plea to God to live so he could make things right with the one girl he’s ever loved? Maybe. He’s alive but he’s not the same. The him from before is dead but the broken, tormented and determined him is set on finding Emma and fixing everything he ruined the day he left without a word. She’s all he’s ever thought about and he needs to ask for her forgiveness for running away. He doesn’t know where she is but he heads to the last place he left her and the last place he wants to ever return to.
Will Grayson be able to find Emma? Will Emma be willing to forgive Grayson or has that bridge been burned for good? Can the past be forgiven or has it been destroyed? This novella was such an amazing sequel in the Only Series. The story continues to be so captivating, with enjoyable characters, and a storyline that is mesmerizing as well as emotionally consuming. Grayson is darker and the alpha-male in him is more prominent now as an adult. He was book-boyfriend crush-able before but now he is absolutely alluring and irresistible. I highly recommend this novella and this series. The third installment “Only For Us” will be coming out very soon so be on the look-out for that one. I’m so ready to see where author Cristin Harber takes us as we follow the breath-taking story of Emma and Grayson. Heads Up: These novellas each end with a cliff-hanger feel to them but don’t worry. These novellas are coming out not that far apart so the wait is not long and definitely worth it! Loved this! You should positively pick up these novellas. You won’t be disappointed!
★★More about the 4 Book Novella ‘Only Series’★★
Only For Him – Book #1 of the Only Series – Follows Grayson Ford and Emma Kingsley’s story of their early years up till they first become adults (Release Date: February 24th, 2015)
Only For Her – Book #2 of the Only Series – The second Novella of the series picks up from where the first one left off in the now adult lives of Grayson Ford and Emma Kingsley and their emotional story (Release Date: March 17th, 2015)
UNKNOWN – Book #3 of the Only Series – TBA (Release Date: TBA)
UNKNOWN – Book #4 of the Only Series – TBA (Release Date: TBA)
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘ONLY FOR HER’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘ONLY FOR HER’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘ONLY FOR HER’★★★
Grayson’s thoughts: Nothing changes. I fall away from the edge of waking into the hell that I deserve. The only thing that could ever save me was Emma’s voice, and I’ve lost that forever.
Cally and Emma: “Mommy.” She buries her head into my shoulder as we head toward the parking lot. “I wanna go to sleep. Story?”
Oh… I sigh. “Sure thing, snugglebug.” A story makes her bad day go away.
My heart squeezes. Like daddy, like daughter.
Grayson’s thoughts: I had begged God to let me make it right. To stay alive and see my girl. A desperate shudder runs through me. It’s too late. It has to be. It’s been three fuckin’ years since I last saw her. They’ve been hell. I bitched out on a shot at love, at happiness. She’s not my girl. Not anymore.
Emma’s thoughts: No one calls me Ems. No one but Grayson Ford. The boy I dream of, the man I dance for, the reason I’m still living, and the source of all my desperation. My throat tightens to the point that I think I’m going to choke, and an intense pounding in my chest finds its way to my ears. There is no way I just heard what I did.
Emma’s thoughts: Maybe it’ll be better if he stays the unrequited dream-come-true that I dance for every Wednesday. At least that way, I’ll never know what it’s like to be devastated twice in a lifetime.
Emma and Grayson: I’ve never stopped loving him.
“I’ve hardened. I’m… broken. Haunted. But I never stopped needing you.”
Shivers roll through me. “Oh.”
“And I’m back with one mission. You.”
Grayson’s thoughts: It’s not a kiss. More of a claim. This woman is mine. I’ll beg and plead, do whatever it takes. I’ve been wrong. Been scared. Been a motherfuckin ’ fool. The answer to my problems has always been right here, with her.
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