Title: Only You (A Second Chance Novel)
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Only You is a STANDALONE novel in the Second Chances Series.
I spent my life searching for love, but Evan was right there all along. As gorgeous on the inside as he was on the outside, I never had to wonder if he loved me. He showed me with every glance, every sweet touch, every scorching kiss.
I wanted nothing more than to give him my forever—until I found out I may not have one.
Paige was the girl of my dreams. So beautiful in every way; no one would ever compare. I feared she would never be mine, and then she became my everything. I wanted to be with her for the rest of my life.
I wanted her to be my forever. But love may not be enough.
Why do I have to say good-bye to the love of my life? How can I let you go—when it’s always been only you?
PLEASE NOTE: Only You is a Contemporary Romance with intense language and sexual situations meant for readers 18 and up.
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* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 5 My Daisy Stars ~
Wow!!! The feels in this story were amazing!!! Talk about a book pulling at your heartstrings.
Only You is Stephanie Rose’s second novel and just as she did with her first book, she totally knocked this out of the park. I will DEFINITELY read anything this author writes. What I love most is how real her stories feel to me. She touches on subjects that an everyday person or couple might face in their lifetime (the subjects in this story I think are going to touch a lot of people. They are situations that many face today). She truly puts her heart and soul into these stories and characters. You can’t help but connect with both and feel like you are right there with these characters.
As with the first book, Only You is a cross between a second chance love story and a friends to lovers story. In this story I would say it was more of an unrequited love story than the second chance love story. Because Evan has been in love with Paige since he was fifteen years old. He just never had the nerve to tell her until they meet again years later.
Stephanie has amazing talent when it comes to giving her readers a sweet love story. She makes you fall in love with the characters, so you feel like your emotions are on a roller coaster when drama ensues. This book was heartfelt, and heart wrenching, but also had it’s fun times and it’s sexy times. It was the perfect combination!!! What I really loved is that this book isn’t overcome with excess drama. She added just enough to keep the story interesting and make the reader want to turn the page to see how it all worked out. Many might think this book is an insta love type story, but it truly isn’t. Yes the couple get together pretty quickly but it makes sense since they have been friends for many years.
Only You is the second book in the Second Chances Series, but is a complete stand alone. You truly do not need to read the first book before reading this one, but I don’t know why you wouldn’t, both books are FABULOUS!!!! This book is about Paige and Evan. They are a totally new couple, although I did like how they do tie into Lucas and Sam from book 1 (I also liked the small glimpse we saw of Lucas in this story) With that said you will not be lost reading this book if you haven’t read book 1.
I loved Paige and Evan….they are both amazing characters. Both were funny, loving and loyal. Also they were extremely strong characters, they needed to be after everything they have to go through. We also got to meet some extraordinary secondary characters….Jack and Ellie. I honestly can’t say how much I loved these two characters without giving the story away, I just know that everyone should meet Paige, Evan, Jack and Ellie. I honestly felt like the secondary characters were just as important to this story as the primary characters were. But don’t take my word for it, READ THIS BOOK!!!!
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a second chance romance or a friends to lovers story. This book will have you giggling, crying, smiling and blushing, but overall it will leave you with a HUGE smile on your face. This is definitely one I will read again in the future!!!! I look forward to more book by this author.
“So, are you . . . interested in anyone now?” Evan leaned forward, his voice low and husky.
“Actually, yes I am.” Oh God, I was really doing this! “He’s a friend of mine, so it’s a little weird . . . but he’s sweet and sexy . . . and it annoys me that I never noticed how amazing he was. I think he might be interested, too—but like I said, my instincts are shit so who knows.” I shrugged and took a sip of my coffee, pretending to focus my attention on my computer screen.
I had never been so forward with a man in my entire life. How could I play this off that I was talking about someone else if I read him wrong?
“Maybe not.” Evan scooted his chair closer to the table and slammed my laptop shut. I had nowhere to look but into his hay-colored eyes that, at the moment, seemed to burn right through me.
“Maybe he’s noticed you for years, but never thought he had a shot. Maybe he’s sick of watching you waste your time with guys who don’t deserve you. Maybe if you ask, you’ll find out he’s very, very interested.” The intense expression on Evan’s face as he fixed his gaze on me made my pulse race.
“Maybe he figured out who I was talking about?” I crinkled my nose and gave Evan a playful grin.
He lowered his eyes and chuckled. “I need to work this weekend; the diner job starts on Saturday morning, but I’m free Thursday night. There is an awesome restaurant I know in Brooklyn if you wouldn’t mind making the drive with me.”
“I would love that. But, if you’re busy, it can wait. I know you guys are trying to get as much work as you can. We can always go out when things aren’t so crazy—”
“If things go the way I hope they will, business will always be busy and crazy.” Evan rose from his seat and threw away his empty cup. He sauntered over to where I sat and leaned over, one hand on my chair and one on the table—completely closing me in.
He pressed a soft kiss right below my ear and whispered, “I’ve waited for this date since I was fifteen years old, and I’m not waiting anymore.” I stiffened as his wet and warm lips lingered on my skin. My breath hitched, and I was sure Evan noticed as he stood with a sweet and satisfied smile.
“See you Thursday, Daisy.” I watched him stroll out the door, too tongue-tied to say anything in reply. Sweet, butter-doesn’t-melt-in-his-mouth Evan was hot as hell, and had a little alpha streak.
I had a lot to learn about nice boys, and couldn’t wait for Evan to teach me.
About The Author
Stephanie is the author of the Second Chances series, stories based in New York City about second chances at love. She lives in the Bronx, New York with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.
Her day job is marketing, but she always has a story in her head. This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock. Her voice often gets mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.
After making up stories her entire life in various journals, she took her fingers to the keyboard on a dare from a friend and wrote her first novel in 2015.
She’s excited to finally bring the characters she’s been dreaming about to life!
The Second Chance Series