Tuesday, April 5, 2016

5 Star Review: Only You (Love to the Rescue #3.5) by Rachel Lacey

"He was her first. But will he be her last?"

Amy Jameson has one priority these days: her eight-year-old autistic son. Everything else will just have to wait, including her love life. When she agrees to let a friend hold her wedding in Amy's backyard, she may have bitten off more than she can chew, especially when the man who shows up to help her get the place ready is none other than the only man she's ever loved, Luke Benson.

Luke has always considered Amy "the one that got away." He loved her and lost her back in high school, but when he returns to his hometown of Dogwood, North Carolina, for a friend's wedding, he finds himself falling right back into her arms. He walked away once and broke her heart, but he wants to prove that he's a different man now, a better man, the kind of man who will love her forever.







My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Luke and Amy were high school sweethearts, but broke up after graduation. It has been years since they have seen each other, but when Luke returns to town for a friend's wedding, a wedding that they are both in, they come face to face. A lot has changed in the years they have been apart. Luke is now a successful doctor and Amy's top priority in her life is her 8 year old son Noah. Noah is autistic and depends on his daily routines and the unknown can stress him out a great deal. Allowing Luke into their life was a big risk, but one that was definitely worth it.

I loved Luke and Amy as a couple. They were able to fall back into their relationship so easily because there was still so much love between them. And you couldn't help but cheer for them. I especially loved how Luke was able to step in and not only interact with Noah, but also become such an integral part of the boy's life in such a short amount of time. He understood Noah on a level that Amy was not expecting, but that just made him so much more amazing.

Because that's what Luke was...amazing. From the moment Luke came back into Amy's life he did everything he could to let her know that he was sorry for the way things ended all those years ago. And once he realized he wanted a life with her and Noah, he did everything he could to convince her that they belonged together. Even Noah picked up on how great he was:

“Mr. Luke will be here this weekend for the wedding, right?” Noah asked.
“Yes, he will. He’s good friends with Mr. Joe.” Amy wondered what prompted that question. Was Noah tired of having Luke at their house all the time?
“I think Mr. Luke would be a good dad,” he said.
She stared at her son. “What makes you say that?”
“I hear other kids at school talking about their dads,” he said. “And the ones who like their dads have fun dads that play with them, like Mr. Luke does with me.”
She had absolutely no idea what to do with that information. “I’m sure Mr. Luke would be a great dad.”
“If you married him, would he be my dad?” Noah looked up at her, making rare eye contact.
She pressed a hand to her chest. “If I got married, that person would be your stepdad. But I don’t have any plans to get married, Noah. Mr. Luke and I are just friends.”
“I know,” Noah said as he got up from the table.
Amy watched as he went into the living room and started queuing up the latest episode of Brick Tricks. What in the world was that about? Was he saying that he wanted her to get married? To Luke? Or was he worried that it might happen? With a sigh, she picked up her cell phone and called her brother.
I just loved this novella so much!! For such a short book, there were so many wonderful moments and it brought ALL the warm and fuzzies. And having read For Keeps and really loving Amy, I was glad that she got her happily ever after.

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