Life was great.
I loved my bachelor life and working my dream job with the Colorado Springs SWAT team.
That all changed the day I stepped into her bakery. Her smile swept me off my feet, and her panna cotta was heaven.
Cue my very traditional Greek family.
Then all hell broke loose.
The woman I was falling in love with was Italian, and my mother was hell-bent on proving to the world she was the better cook.
If my meddling family wasn’t bad enough, for the last six years Gabi had been on the run from a past she tried desperately to escape from.
Between a beautiful woman on the run, and a crazy family constantly in my business, would I be able to show her I’m the only one who can keep her safe … or will her past steal her away from me?
My eyes swung over to look at my mother standing there with my aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.
“Shit,” I whispered.
“Oh God. This is not happening. This is it!” Gabi exclaimed as she covered her mouth.
I placed my hands on her shoulders and leaned in closer. In a whispered voice, I asked, “What is wrong?”
Her eyes met mine. “This is her challenge! I thought it was that day in the bakery. That was a merely a test! She’s here to take me down!”
I laughed. “My mother is not here to take you down.”
She slowly shook her head and asked, “How did she know?”
Then we both turned to look at Liza. She took a step away. “You didn’t.”
Liza’s eyes were everywhere. Me, my mother, back to Gabi, back to my mother. “I might have mentioned it that day in the bakery when she was there. But she saw the registration form and asked if you had entered! I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to say.”
“Nicholaus, don’t be rude. Introduce your Gabriella to your Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.”
Gabi took in a slow deep breath before turning and facing my mother and aunts.
With my hand on her back, we walked closer. “Mama, this is a surprise to see you here.”
She looked taken aback. “Why? I love to cook, this is a cooking competition. Why wouldn’t I be here?”
“Because you’ve never entered one before.”
The three of them laughed. “Please. Your mama has won more cooking competitions than anyone in this room.”
Gabi swayed, and I tightened my grip on her.
When my mother turned to look at Gabi, she wore a wide smile. “So, with you being a part of our family, I want to make sure you come in second so I’ve brought you some help.”
Oh for shits sake.
“Help?” Gabi asked with a strained voice.
And before our eyes appeared my cousins Sophia and Angie, and just when I didn’t think it could get worse, cousin Maria walked up carrying a giant bag with some rat looking dog in it.
“Um, I don’t think you can have a dog in here,” Liza said.
Everyone turned and looked at cousin Maria. “Are you shitting me? I don’t go anywhere without my Nikky.”
“Gabriella, this is Aunt Maria and Aunt Agnes.”
Gabi reached her hand out to theirs.
“Ahh! You made it!” my mother called out as her best friend came walking up. I couldn’t help but groan.
“Gabriella, this is my very dear friend, Maria.”
I didn’t think Gabi could look any more confused. “Oh, um, another Maria! That’s a lot of Maria’s under one roof.” They all stared at her like they didn’t get it.
They fucking got it.
“All right, well now that the gang is here, Mama you should be heading on over to your station.”
“You’re not coming over there with me?”
Gabi’s head jerked to the side to look at me. Oh shit. What the hell do I do?
I did the only thing I knew to do. I looked for guidance from Liza. My eyes were wide as she motioned to Gabi.
Right. Right. I needed to stay with Gabi.
“Well, Mama, I was planning on helping Gabi and being here for moral support with this being her first competition and all.” Gabi glared at me.
Shit, what did I do now?
Then my mother turned back to Gabi. “First, huh?” My heart dropped in my chest. That’s why Gabi shot me a dirty look. “Well, I better let you get going then. Good luck.”
With a full-on smile, Gabi nodded. “Thanks! You too. And may the best cook win.”
Tossing her head back and laughing before looking back at Gabi, my mother said, “Oh, I will.”
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Italian Stars ~
Kelly Elliott has outdone herself with this book. I think this might just be my favorite book of hers to date!! and that is saying something since I have loved every single one of her books.
There was something about Only With Me that just sucked me in. I felt all the emotions the characters felt and I wanted to a part of their story. I absolutely LOVED the craziness of Nic’s Greek family, but I also loved how it didn’t intimidate Gabi…she knew how to stand up to his mom and his grandma. I want to be a part of Nic’s family 🙂
Only With Me is a standalone novel told in Dual POV. It is a fun and entertaining read, but had a hidden element of suspense to it. You know Gabi has a secret from the beginning, but you don’t know what it is and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough until I got my answers. This book will also touch on all of your emotions. I was laughing out loud at many times in the story, but I also cried and almost through my kindle in anger. And don’t worry you will absolutely swoon when you meet Nic. Boy he can talk Greek to me any day. My panties melted on many occasions 😉 Make sure you have a fan and ice water next to you when you read this book.
This book can be read by itself but my recommendation is that you should read Stay With Me first. I think it will help you understand the characters of this story better as well as understanding Nic’s family better. But you can still read this one alone, you won’t be lost and the storylines are completely separate. Trust me when I say you are going to want to read both of these books, because they are truly amazing!!!!
Only With Me is a fairly quick read but nothing was too rushed. There isn’t a whole lot of excess drama, but just enough to keep your interest. She also added a suspenseful element to this story so you kept turning the pages to see how it all worked out. I will warn you that if you aren’t an insta-love story person, then you may want to pass on this book. Nic and Gabi’s love story happens fairly quickly. I loved it and thought it worked perfectly for this couple, but I know there are readers out there who really don’t like that style of story. I thought the pace and flow of the story were spot on. I also loved that not only did she give us the greek heritage again, but she gave us a little bit of the Italian heritage as well. It was a fun mixture 🙂
I loved how much Thano and Kilyn played a part in this book. It was great to see this couple a couple of years after their story (Stay With Me) I also loved that we got to know Thad and Phoebe better in this story. I also loved the new characters she introduced to us. Charity (Gabi’s BFF) and Cole (Nic’s BFF). I loved where she took these characters. You are going to want to meet them too. They all added the comic relief to this story.
If you are looking for a book that is fun, sexy, features a sexy Greek God, and a crazy greek family, then you’ll want to read Only With Me. But if you are already a fan of Kelly Elliott’s then you don’t want to miss this book. She gave us another great love story with characters that just melted my heart.
Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.
Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.
Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.
Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.
To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.
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