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I make no secret of the fact that I am a huge fan of the writing of CD Reiss. I love her books and if anything new from her pops up on my kindle, it is an auto one-click from me. What I particularly enjoy though is while she has certain characters that have formed the basis of a large number of her stories (the Drazens…oh my), every now and then a standalone pops up and for a day or 2 we get to experience something a little bit different to the norm.
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.
Rachel & Sebastian were besties through high school. Where Sebastian was the nerdy artist besotted with his friend; Rachel was the protector. 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. -Sebastian
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.