- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2173 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (9 July 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MBFS57W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 38 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Only Ever You Kindle Edition
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About the Author
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God, but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up, she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, Reiss moved to Hollywood, California, to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere--but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
Reiss is frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut, which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. Text cdreiss to 77948 to get a notification whenever she has a new release.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Is this a friends to lovers story or a 2nd chance at love for Rachel and Sebastian?? They were best friends at high school and reconnect as adults while celebrating the holidays with their families. Through a series of events they agree to come together in an engagement of convenience and we are left wondering if they really will make it to the alter.
This story has quite a different feel to the normal writing style of CD Reiss and to me "Only Ever You" was definitely more of a general romance read rather than contemporary women's fiction. I really wanted to love it but I was left only liking it and give "Only Ever You" 3.5 stars.
In a moment of wistful future planning, these two teens settled on a back up plan. A marriage contract in the event they were both still single at 30.
Merry Christmas, Rachel!
We’re thirty this year. Big 3-0!
Remember we had a deal? I moved back from Silicon Valley. I’ll be on Mandarin Lane for Christmas. Hope to see you then.
Rachel in all her studious and ambitious glory never expected to be at the bottom of the career ladder, struggling and single. On the flip side, Sebastian, former geek has accomplished more then most. But now 30, he’s back to collect on the deal...
Where Sebastian is ready to ‘get the girl ‘, Rachel has serious reservations. Firstly, which sane person marries their best friend they haven’t seen in over 10 years? Second, both parents are already planning the wedding. But the truth is, she just doesn’t believe she’s worthy....
”I mean, I’m not marriage material, and the odds are that’s never going to change.”
Only Ever You is a friends to lovers romance with a twist. I loved the premise of this story BUT I struggled with it. This had so many great elements to it, a cute couple, crazy families and of course a marriage pact. Unfortunately it was just slow and uneventful. The heroine’s insecurities and the hero’s lack of backbone did my head in. Ultimately it was the lack of chemistry that disappointed me the most.
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Rachel and Sebastian were best friends at school and make a deal that if they are both still single at 30 they would marry each other. Sebastian reminds Rachel of this deal and they agree to plan a wedding to keep her mum happy, but don’t intend on going through with it. However, along the way they realise that they love each other and always have done.
Two kids make a contract to marry each other if they are still single when they turn thirty. What seemed like a joke actually turned into a real contract once the “families” got involved and the thirtieth birthdays have arrived. Rachel thought she would have taken the Hollywood scene by storm. She thought she would be a successful screen writer with Oscars/Emmy’s under her belt. Instead she is a writer’s assistant for a cheesy romantic network. She lives in a crappy apartment and still does her laundry at home to save money.
When she goes home for Christmas, she’s in for quite a surprise. Her family and their neighbors always celebrate Christmas Eve together. Sebastian has come home for Christmas after missing many years of the celebration. He’s no longer the skinny, nerdy boy she used to protect from the bullies in school. He’s a gorgeous, successful man who wears grandpa’s cardigan like a movie star. She’s thrilled to see her old friend.
Connecting with Sebastian is great but when the families bring out the old marriage contract it’s a different story. The odds seem higher now because it isn’t about them but making their families happy because Rachel’s mom’s cancer may be back.
As they plan their wedding it becomes more than simple childish contract. They both want the real deal but don’t really know one another anymore. Getting married is complicated enough. Falling in love is wonderful except it should happen before the wedding.
I am sending all readers an invitation to Rachel and Sebastian’s love story. It is imperfectly the best wedding romance this summer. CD Reiss made me smile and gave me all the goosies I always want when I read a romance novel.
I highly recommend Only Ever You by CD Reiss.
Only Ever You was a nice, quicker read from CD Reiss that was pretty low on angst and hit on a few tropes such as: Marriage pact, friends to lovers, fake engagement/marriage, etc. For me this didn't read like a normal Reiss book, and that's ok. It still was cute and entertaining but didn't pull me in completely.
Rachel and Sebastian were neighbors and best friends when they were younger. Sebastian was the dorky artistic guy that got bullied in school and Rachel was his champion. She stood up for him when no one else would. And their relationship worked. They were such good friends that they both decided to playfully sign a marriage pact for when they were 30. But realistically they both knew their lives were going to pull them in other directions. They wouldn't possibly need that pact, would they??
Fast forward and now Rachel and Sebastian are both 30. They are both single but in completely different areas in their lives than what they thought they would be. Rachel isn't where she wanted to be in life, but she has had life get in the way. She still made the right decisions for herself and her family, because that's the type of person she is. Her steps in life have changed up a bit. The flame that Sebastian has held for Rachel is still there and now we are going to see if that Pact is still going to be in effect and how their lives can intertwine when they've been apart for so many years.
These two characters play out almost in the opposite roles of what normal hero and heroines play. That is the fun of this story. It's cute and unique. Otherwise, this story is almost a story within a story with Rachel and her screenwriting ways and hitting on all the romance tropes. Even when she is writing her romance stories, she almost thinks they are too cheesy or people wouldn't say that. But when her mentor tells her to write her story because she is living a romance trope, she has to open her eyes to what is right in front of her.
I adored Sebastian and his steadfast love for Rachel. Rachel wasn't my favorite but I loved that she wrote her own story and she loved her family fiercely. I laughed with these two and I was pulling for them, even when they weren't sure that they should be something real. They were cute and almost shy with one another but also super honest and the best of friends, which I loved.
Overall, just a cute feel good story that would be recommended for a palate cleanser since it's low on angst and a more sweet type story.
I loved both narrators and thought they did a great job bringing life to the characters. My only complaint was having trouble deciphering parts where Rachel's scripts were being read. Other than that, it was a great listen.