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Published by Forever on June 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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 . . .
The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank's New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series!
Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)
By Denise Grover Swank
Surviving the freaks helps you recognise the spark.
I think anyone who knows me or knows anything about my life would see that I LOVE my hubby. He is the most important person in my life. Funny thing is, I went through a few toads to get to my Prince Charming. BUT, I actually think meeting those toads put me in a position to recognise what I wanted, what I needed and what would work best for me when I found him. We are not alike (he likes sports…weird) and have differing opinions (he thinks reading is boring…weird), but there’s a spark that was ignited and lucky for us the spark turned into a flame that still glows brightly. Kevin, Matt and Tyler are the Bachelor Brotherhood. These three blokes have had a wee bit of bad luck with the ladies lately. In their case, they’ve been meeting a few witches, freaks and psycho chickens. One night they sit down to beer and burgers and decide to stop dating/hooking up for awhile. The BB decide that blue balls were better than what they’ve previously had and are starting to question their judgement in picking women. What they previously thought was a spark in their relationships, turned out to be a ticking time bomb.
In Only You we meet Bachelor #1 – Kevin Vandemeer, a former marine and survivor of the circus freak (you’ll have to read it, to find out that hilarious story). Kevin has come home to be closer to his family and friends after serving his last tour. He is craving normalcy and decides to get his sister, Megan, to find him a flick-and-trick home to live in while he does it up. Lucky for Kevin, his fellow Bachelor, Matt, offers him a job running the accounting side of his construction company. Kevin thinks he has all his ducks lined up in a row UNTIL he sees the great investment Megan has found for him. It’s a complete DUMP. Hardly even livable. What was she thinking? He’s OK as a handyman, but definitely not up to the standard needed for this mess. Megan seems a little cagey on why she chose this particular house. Kevin gives her the benefit of the doubt purely because Megan’s pregnant and hormonal and doesn’t want to deal with that on top of his other worries. There is one positive to the rundown house, his very cute neighbour.
Holly Greenwood has a lot on her plate. She’s a wedding planner with a dragon of a boss. Holly is biding her time, getting experience and trying to learn as much as she can from her boss Nicole. One of the main reasons she is biding her time and biting her tongue is because the pay is good and allows Holly to pay for her Grandma’s special care in a nursing home, because of her dementia. Holly and her cousin Melanie have lived with their Grandma since they were little. Grandad had died of a heart attack and then one year later, both of their parents were killed in a car accident which left the three of them the only surviving family. With the amount of loss Holly suffered she finds it hard to have relationships. No guy has made her feel anything close to love…UNTIL…she meets her new and very cute neighbour.
Holly and Kevin are really attracted to each other. They fight the feelings they have because they are weary of starting something that they think will be doomed. One night of passion at first makes them think that this was the spark they’ve been looking for. Unfortunately, the next morning their spark flickers out for awhile. Every time that spark looks to ignite, it seems someone’s on the sidelines with a water pistol trying to put it out. Will their fire ever get the chance to start?
I really enjoyed Only You. It was sweet, a little corny and funny. I was reading early this morning before hubby woke up and trying not to bust a gut laughing. I even had to put my kindle down for a minute so I could cover my mouth to try and muffle the sound. There’s this chick Bethany…absolute space cadet (another story you’ll have to get the book to find out more). I didn’t particularly like Nicole (boss) or Melanie (cousin). I don’t think either of them was looking out for Holly’s best interests. There are a couple of sexy scenes but it’s not kinky or OTT. We get enough though to see their attraction and feel their connection. This was a little insta-love and the ending was very unrealistic, but it’s a love story and anything can happen when you find true love’s spark.
I’d definitely consider reading more from this author.