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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Review by Courtney
“Plato Said, ‘Love is a serious mental disease.’ Damn that guy was smart.” –Everleigh, OnlyFor You
Everleigh Carsen aka ‘Ev’ is preparing to graduate college with her best friend since childhood, Samantha Whitney. Girls attending Hensley University are being gruesomely attacked. Sam enrolls both her and Ev into a self-defense course, much to Ev’s displeasure. Hunter Charles is an instructor for the self-defense class. Their initial meeting is anything but enjoyable, but nothing is what it seems as Ev and Hunter find each other forced to endure each other’s presence.
I loved the use of quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They somewhat foreshadowed what was going to happen in the chapter or where the situation was headed. I am a total quote girl and loved having such an awesome variation throughout the book.
Ev and Sam’s friendship is truly beautiful and I admire both of these characters. I always looked forward to when they would be together in the story and I enjoyed their characters probably more than I did Ev and Hunter. I loved that since childhood Sam did nothing without Ev. From ballet, to piano and even college Ev and Sam were inseperable. Their bond is a true testament to friendship and sisterhood!
Everleigh is incredibly witty and a hysterical character. I love female characters with wit and sarcasm and she was full of it. Her comebacks and internal dialogue, even in stressful situations, was so funny and kept the story going forward.
The movement of the story with Everleigh and Hunter was sometimes slow. Hunter is so mysterious and aside from his back and forth banter between him and Ev, I sometimes found myself getting frustrated with him.
While the characters in this book are all awesome and loveable and there is so much wit and hilarious moments, there are also really tough issues that come through. There are moments that are so heartbreaking, but the characters involved are truly inspiring.
I truly didn’t know what to expect with this book, but was pleasantly surprised. I LOVED it. I cannot wait to read Sam’s story next! I give this 5 books!
About the 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 Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.
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.