Book Review : Only You by Lorna Peel

November 27, 2013 Book review 2 ★★★

Only You is a chick-lit book that is an entertaining read with characters that slowly drew me in and piqued my interest to the point where I ended up caring about them.

Book Review : Only You by Lorna PeelOnly You by Lorna Peel
Published by Entranced Publishing on 1 Apr 2013
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 200
Format: eBook
Source: Received from Author
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Jane Hollinger is single, divorced, and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life as a genealogy teacher.

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realizes he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.

Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?

First Line of Only You:

“Thirty-one, and reflected in the bathroom mirro, in the late evening twilight, didn’t she know it.”

My Recap of Only You:

Jane while teaching at her Genealogy night class meets with a famous, upcoming British actor. Together they have an instant spark but Jane is uncomfortable with all the attention from the press and public and this makes their relationship flounder.

My Thoughts on Only You:

I thought this book was a light, breezy, easy read and perfect for a few hours escapism. The characters were a slow burn for me but gradually I was pulled into their lives and gradually I grew to really like both Jane and Robert. They have an obvious connection and very quickly grew attached to each other.

What bothered me slightly was that I couldn’t see just why Robert was so attracted to Jane. I mean she was a lovely, warm, common sense character but with all the women throwing themselves at his feet, I wasn’t quite sure just want made Jane stand out for him. Even if had some clues as to what he really found so attractive, I would have believed in this more. We are lead to understand this is the case and eventually I did buy in to it but I would have bought in sooner if I knew what he fell so hard for. However, all that said, they are a strong couple together and they do seem to compliment each others personality really well.

I really enjoyed the humour in the book. It is very subtle humour and once you get used to the style, there is lots to smirk over. I also really like that the humour isn’t OTT, there is no over emphasising something funny. It’s there, it happens, you laugh and move on. I really like that as I hate when it all becomes ridiculous and goes down the comedy capers route.

The genealogy aspect is interesting and I’d like to have heard a bit more about it. The book has a habit of skipping chunks of time and this is a bit distracting at times. For example Robert found out what happened his twin brother (he only found out he had one when tracing his family tree) but it was only later in the book that we found out just how he found that out. I felt like the storyline was dropped and then reappeared. By the end of the book, all loose threads are tied up though so I don’t have any complaints there.

Overall this was a chick-lit that sparkled at times and while it didn’t sustain the sparkle throughout the whole book for me, it was still one I enjoyed reading.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Only You?

Fans of chick-lit books should enjoy this one. If you like London settings, subtle humour and characters that draw you in; give this a shot!

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


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