Book Review : Only For You by Genna Rulon

October 24, 2013 Book review 9 ★★★★

Only For You is a clever NA book with a well developed romance that gives this book a heart and that gave my heart cause for little palpitations.

Book Review : Only For You by Genna RulonOnly For You by Genna Rulon
Series: For You #1
Published by self published on 24 Sept 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 330
Format: eARC
Source: Received from Author
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“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.

My Recap of Only For You :

Everleigh is her final year of college and has her future career all mapped out.  Unfortunately her last year is marred by ever increasingly vicious attacks that are happening on campus.  When she meets new student Hunter, he sets her heart racing but in the current climate is it safe to trust anyone?

First Line:

Uggghhhhh!  I groaned and dragged myself from the warm cocoon of my bed, giving the alarm my most scathing stare’

My Thoughts on Only For You:

The first thing that strikes you about this book is the friendship that Everleigh and Sam have.  They have been through a lot together and have a bond that is as strong as sisters and actually they are sisters in everything but blood.  They are a lot of fun together and dance around each other verbally and physically in well choreographed routines.  I love books with strong friendships at their core and I knew from the first chapter that was exactly what we would get here.

Not just friendship though, we get a swoony romance as well.  And for some reason, it seems to be a forbidden romance.  I very quickly guessed the reason why but Everleigh was a little slower on the uptake.  I did find her thinking that Hunter was gay to be a little crazy, they rapidly become great friends and exchange all kinds of stories; I think this subject might have come up!

That said, I loved both characters.  Everleigh is sarky, independent and speaks sarcasm with a fluent tongue which makes her great fun.  I have a love of coffee but this girl takes her passion for coffee to a whole new level even basing her future career on it.  Hunter is strong, honest and well able to match Everleigh, snarky comment for snarky comment.

The sinister element of the attacks on female students make for a dark, threatening background.  Even as a reader, I felt ill at ease and suspicious of lots of male characters.  You can see what a difficult atmosphere it would be to live in and you can understand how jumpy it would make you feel.  As an added bonus, there is some great practical advice on self defence for women in this book.  Always good to note and know.

Music plays a big part in the book too.  I love music and I love how often you just hear the exact song you need to hear at a moment in time.  So this quote had me nodding my head and smiling at the image of a little genie who picks my soundtrack.

“I smiled at its timeliness; I swore there was a genie that lived in my ipod.  Provided I instilled my trust in her infinite wisdom, demonstrated by selecting random shuffle, the mystical imp saw fit to grace me with the perfect song when I needed it most.”

The only place the book feel flat for me was in the dialogue at times.  I didn’t hate the dialogue, I actually liked it as it was clever and I wish I had the linguistic skills of the characters.  However it doesn’t come across as real as I don’t know anyone who talks in as wordy a fashion as the girls do.

Overall though, this is a great read.  It has mystery, danger, a red hot romance and great characters.  A very impressive debut and I’ll be looking forward to Genna’s next book with much anticipation.


Who should read Only For You?

I’d highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy contemporary NA romances.  Also to those who love to read about strong female friendships and to those who like a healthy dose of humour in their books.  If you enjoyed Easy or Slammed, then I’d say you would appreciate this one too.

Thanks to Genna for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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9 Responses to “Book Review : Only For You by Genna Rulon”

  1. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Great review! I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoyed the mixture between romance and suspense. I honestly didn’t suspect Hunter’s true reason for not wanting a relationship with Everleigh but I found the campus killer was definitely predictable. I really enjoyed the friendship between her and Sam as well.

    • trish

      The funny thing is I was second guessing the killer, I thought he was too obvious so I was sure it was someone else. So basically I suspected everyone but Hunter! I loved the characters though and this was a great read, loved it.

      • trish

        I love books that keep you guessing so I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure it all out. I sussed Hunter immediately though! Great read, I loved it and can’t wait to read more from Genna in the future.

    • trish

      The friendship is great, they are just like sisters and from their background story that makes perfect sense. There is a lovely snarky tone to the book too that I think you’d appreciate!

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