Review: Only You by Denise Grover Swank

Review: Only You by Denise Grover SwankOnly You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1) by Denise Grover Swank
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #1
Published by Forever on October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Source: Edelweiss
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three-half-stars

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 . . .

Review:

I’m always a sucker for an adorable neighbour-romance. Only You is a kinda-spin-off series of The Wedding Pact featuring Kevin Vandemeer, ex-marine, now owner of a run-down house and a kitten, and Holly, girl-next-door and wedding planner. It started off really fun, than went a little sluggy, but managed to work it self out in the in the.

Both Holly and Kevin had actually sworn of dating but of course than they meet and there’s sparks! I loved their ridiculously adorable and awkward meet-cute. Holly is pestered by her cousin to bring the new (hot!) neighbour some home-made lasagna and it’s all cute flustering banter. I could just feel the embarrassment of Holly (and the amusement from Kevin.).

Everything is rainbow and sunshine and they finally get to together and it’s lovely. But than after that everything goes a little stagnant as we go through the “misunderstandings” and getting over some fears. Holly’s wary to fall for Kevin…(but really who can resist this?)

He got the kitten free and held it close to his chest, the animal’s feet dangling free.

Holly’s last defense against him slipped away. The sight of the tall, strong man cradling a tiny kitten was impossible to resist.

Not only is Holly afraid to fall in love, but Holly’s crazy boss also happens to be Kevin’s mom. If you’ve read any of the Wedding Pact, you’ll know that Kevin’s mom is pretty intense and it takes a lot to like her. So I get why Holly doesn’t want to screw her career. I liked Holly, but she also frustrated me. She’s got a big heart but the big issue I had was too much of the story focused on Holly’s personal angst which really just dragged on and on too long without the needed development and growth. Also, Kevin’s mom caused a lot of unnecessary angst, too. Jeez louise, that lady.

Kevin on the other hand, I really liked.

“I’m in a world of shit, Whiskers.” he said, leaning over to ruffle the kitten’s head.

He’s got a whole bunch of problems to work through and actually does try to work it out. Like his feelings for Holly, trying to work on their friendship, and fighting for a chance to have a relationship. Thankfully, by the end, we get back some of that awkward cuteness between them as Holly finally works it out.

Overall, it was a cute romance and a nice introduction to the new series, Bachelor Brotherhood. It was nice to see the old characters, but I especially loved getting to know Kevin’s guy friends! I can’t wait to see them fall one by one out of the bachelor brotherhood and get their happily ever after!

{* Thanks to Forever and Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

three-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

12 Comment

  1. aww yay for awkward cuteness, her romances sound sweet. I think I have a book or two on my kindle.

    1. Agree! Hope you enjoy them! I enjoyed her other series, it’s also very cute!

  2. I enjoyed this one, too, Cyn, and like you, I gave it 3.5 stars. I look forward to reading about the other friends who wanted to stay far away from women and relationships 😉
    Great review.

    1. Yes, definitely excited for the friends to find their HEA!
      Thanks, Lexxie!

  3. Adorable? Cute? Neighbor romance? I love the sound of this book! I’d not heard of it before, nor the author, but it sounds wonderful. =)

    Great review, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. This author was totally new to me until this summer when my friend recommended her other series. I’m glad I checked her out! It was a cute read 🙂

      Thanks, Alyssa!

  4. This sounds like a fun series, and I like that each book is on a new character from the group.

    1. I’m definitely excited for the rest of the stories 🙂

  5. I’ve read Ms. Swank’s The Curse Keepers and really enjoyed it. I’ve yet to try a contemporary but this sounds fun 🙂

    1. I’ve only read her contemporaries, I didn’t know she did paranormal! I will have to check that out!

  6. Aw man, this one sounds soooo cute and I adore the cover! It looks so flirty and light. The misunderstandings seem a little stagnant but there usually has to be that kind of conflict in these romances, doesn’t there? So glad you liked this one!

    1. Haha, very true, I think sometimes it’s can’t be helped, the misunderstanding. But as long as the rest of the story is great, I can kind of overlook it 😉

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