“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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was a slow paced book but it did pick up nicely when it was supposed to. I enjoyed the banter between Everleigh and Hunter but I didn’t feel like there was a lot of sexual tension between them – well, not the kind that I wanted, that is – there was just enough to keep me interested.
As for the writing, I found it really smart and witty – which I always love – but it took me a while to be fully comfortable with some of the dialogue because they almost sounded too smart and formal (?) in my head.
Overall, it was a good read for me but it might not be up to par with what most of us are used to reading these days.