Title: Only for You (For You #1)
Author: Genna Rulon
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!“
All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.
When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.
Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate–that fickle shrew–continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication… Hunter is resolutely pursuing 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 intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.
Note: Although this is series, each novel can be read as a stand alone.
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Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author. During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.
Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.
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What I say (review): I usually try to play it cool with my reviews (I didn't say I succeeded) but in this case I'm gonna put it out there straight away...I really liked Only For You! Why? It's pretty simple, Genna Rulon does a great job of tackling a pretty horrific subject with care and charm.
Everleigh is in her final term at Hensley University. She lives with her closer-than-a-sister bestie Sam and is looking forward to graduation. Everleigh/Ever/Ev is witty, sarcastic, cynical and obsessed with coffee.
For over a year the female students of Hensley have been plagued by a series of horrific sexual attacks. The students are quite rightly concerned by the attacks and Sam convinces Ev to take self-defense classes with her. Here they meet martial arts extraordinaire and uber hottie instructor Hunter. Hunter promptly kicks Ev out of the class after one too many sarcastic comments.
I really liked Hunter and have added him to my book boyfriend list. I noticed some other reviewers have disliked Hunters aloofness but I found it intriguing. His mysteriousness adds to his charm as does his quick wit and his constantly besting Ev. I'm not going to spoil any of the story for you, so I'll leave you to discover Hunter's awesomeness for yourself.
My favourite part of the story was Ev and Sam's friendship. Although a great deal of the plot focuses on Ev and Hunter, for me the real hook was the wonderful friendship between the girls. Ev and Sam have less than ideal families, so they became each others family at a young age and have been friends ever since. The love they have for each other was so sweet to read about. Speaking about friendships, I'm on the hunt for a barman bestie like Griffin.
The attacks in the story are pretty horrific and thankfully Genna doesn't go into too much detail.
The angst and drama in Only For You is definitely memorable, as is the heartbreak. I wanted to slap some of the characters at times for not realising what was happening sooner. Again, I want to keep this spoiler-free but have the tissues at the ready when reading this one!
A good NA story with romance, friendship, tragedy and some great one-liners. I'm looking forward to the next book. Check out the cover reveal for book #2 Pieces For You here or visit Genna's website for a sneaky peek at Hunter's POV coming up in Ever For You here!
4.5 Stars in my Sky!