February 28, 2014

Review: Only For You by Genna Rulon

Only for You (For You, #1)

Title: Only For You
Author: Genna Rulon
Series: For You (book 1)
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Publication: December 6, 2013, 390 pages

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All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she 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 casts Hunter as her prime adversary. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing his 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 witty characters, intelligent dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.
Only For You is a blend of comedy, mystery, and romance, which offers laughter, suspense, tears, love and friendship.
• This story is appropriate for readers 18+

Oh, what can I say about this baby? I LOVED it, that's what! Ev and Hunter have some off the chain chemistry. Ev is kind of a hard ass, she's extremely intelligent and very vocal. After Hunter kicks her out of his class, and after a few bouts of verbal sparring, Ev decides she has met her match with Hunter. I loved Hunter, tall, dark, and handsome. His great style was, whatever, as far as I was concerned, but it did make Ev question his sexual preferences, as well as his not immediately falling under her spell. So, she decides to invite him into her friends only club. I kept thinking this girl is crazy. Why would she think Hunter is gay? He is very clearly not gay. I mean, I know why she thought that, which I will not share, but seriously chick?

Back to the story line though, there is a lot of uncertainty for the female students at Hensley. As Hunter and Ev grow closer, as well as Hunter and Sam, his only concern is the safety of two of his best friends. Hunter has secrets that he obviously can't share. Something that Ev has a hard time accepting, and I can't really say I blame her. There are quite a bit of things that happen in Only for You that some people may not like to read about. Fortunately for me, I like my books with a lot of depth, and this book has that. Yes, it is a love story, but it's also a lot more than that.

Now, normally it doesn't seem relevant to me to discuss a book cover, but did you see that gorgeous cover? Man, that thing is beautiful. Not just because of the hot guy either, I think it's the contrasting colors that drew me in originally. I'm not sure why I don't generally talk about covers, especially considering they are usually the reason I read the synopsis, and then skim the reviews.

I would recommend this book to people with skin that is a little tougher. It does have some pretty intense violence, and rape references. I know those are things that some people don't want to read about, and that's understandable. But this story is so good, I loved it.  

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