Friday, February 27, 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Only for Him (Only #1) by Cristin Harber


Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey--close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He's the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She's artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland's "I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford" support group.

I can't say no. The girl's had my heart since before I knew it went missing.

He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother's gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn't know her power over him. She's the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell--though he won't.

I'm stronger, bigger, more of a man than he'll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I've taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.

Until she discovers Gray's embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it's just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.

My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at... But, given that I didn't see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.

Only for Him. Only series, Volume One. All novellas will release Spring 2015.

My Review

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to start this review with a bit of a disclaimer. When I received my approval from Netgalley, this was included in the email:

The Only series follows Grayson and Emma as they find their HEA. There will be cliffhangers but each novella also takes on and completes an individual story arc. Each novella is written like a TV show episode. This is *not* a novel written and chopped up. 
So yeah...this book not only ends on a cliffhanger, but it was a cliffhanger that made me yell "WHAT?" (thank god I was home and not on public transportation) and immediately tweet the author to find out when the next book was coming out. So if you don't like that kind of thing, you may want to wait until all the parts are out before reading.

Grayson Ford and Emma Kingsley have known each other for years and are best friends. He has a secret shitty home life and finds his escape at the Kingsley household. From the very beginning of the book it is clear that they both have feelings for each other, but it isn't until their senior year of high school that Grayson makes a move on Emma. 

The two go to the Sadie Hawkins Dance and end up back at Grayson's house, but before anything can happen, Grayson's father comes home and Emma finds out just how bad he has it. Grayson worries that Emma discovering his secret will change the way she feels about him, but that is not the case. Despite knowing that they will be parting ways in the Fall, Emma and Grayson spend the summer together. They go to a beach house with friends and enjoy each other's company. They even say the "l word" and consummate their relationship. It's all very sweet and lovely and they make a nice couple. 

I really did enjoy this book, but I would have liked to seen some Emma and Grayson flashbacks. It's obvious they are best friends, but how did they get there? Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes so I love to read about the path they took. I feel like once I know more about them I will be able to connect to them more.  

Perhaps we will get some of those in the upcoming books? I have SO MANY QUESTIONS and I NEED answers! Although I well aware this series is far from over so I doubt I will get them any time soon! AHHHHH!!!

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Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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