ARC Review: Only You by Denise Grover Swank

29246615Title: Only You (Bachelor Brotherhood #1)

Author: Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Expected Publishing Date: June 14th 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Mass Market Paperback

Page Count: 368

Rating: 3 Stars



A Bachelor Brotherhood Novel

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 . . .

♦ Personal Thought ♦

Picking a book to read often feels like gambling, you’d either win or loose. Or you get a consolation prize, like what I encountered here. For a first timer to Denise Grover Swank‘s works this book served as a nice introduction. The story was a hoot, the type of entertaining rom com with all the elements: belligerent and snooty boss; crazy or spoiled bride wannabes; mischievous sister(s); impossible parent; and a pair of unique grandmothers.

What I liked most here is the easy banter from the first chapter and throughout the story. Even when there was, say, a gloomy convo on the scene, the author managed to put in uplifting lines that could restore the camaraderie.

The hero of the story was the brother of heroine from the author’s other book: The Substitute, Kevin Vandemeer (I looked it up and added that title to my TBR). When he asked his sister to help buying a house, his well meaning matchmaking sister bought him a rundown house next to where Holly lived. Through weird encounter after another the two were introduced and the chemistry sparked.

Holly Greenwood, the heroine, was too prone to leaky-eyes and martyrdom to my liking, but I couldn’t totally dislike her. Her love for her family and her passion in making the best wedding for her clients were commendable. Her pushover tendency though, not so much.

There were parts of the story that didn’t sit well with me though. Holly’s boss cum Kevin’s mother being the top on the list. I wish we could know what’s on her mind with her keep changing the tunes, especially toward the end of the story. I’m curious to hear what Kevin’s parents talked prior to that last scene.

Another rant would be for the initially seemed a great cousin turned acid-tongued shrew when said cousin’s relationship didn’t last. There was a point in the story where I really hated Melanie. The short “misunderstanding” that happened between Holly and Kevin was partly of her contribution. Everything was from her point of view that I thought she was a jealous and acid-tongued shrew. Harsh, probably. But that’s how I thought of her.

Some over the top craziness might look cliche and the ending was pretty predictable, but I’m willing to overlook one exaggeration or two. Because, grievances aside, this had truly been an entertaining read for me. I’m waiting with baited for the next installment of this series, which I thought would put one of Kevin’s mate – Matt or Tyler – as the MC. I’m betting for Matt. 😉

Advanced copy of the book kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.


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