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Review: Only Him by Melanie Harlow

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Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance…

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.

But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.

So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.

Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.

We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.

But he’s got to tell me the truth.

* * *

All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.

Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.

Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.

I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.

But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.

And I can’t stay.

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My Review

“Once I saw her, talked to her, I wanted more. You didn’t take one bite of the most delicious cupcake in the world and put it back in the box–you ate the whole thing.”

“We were young and reckless and bursting with need, desperate to satisfy the gnawing hunger inside of us that never seemed to go away, no matter how often we fed it.”

“God help me, I wanted her love. I wanted to believe what she was saying. I wanted to feel like the man she thought I was, even if it was only for tonight.”

“I was not done living, and I’m not done loving you, Maren Devine. Not by a long shot.”

Only Him is a beautifully written second chance romance. With Melanie Harlow’s signature humor and wit, this story is sure to make you believe in the forever kind of love.

Only Him is the second book in The One and Only Series and follows the story of Maren and Dallas. Maren and Dallas had the once in a lifetime love. They fell hard and fast. Maren was the good girl and Dallas couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble. But, somehow, these two just worked. Their story was everything you could want until their happily ever after was ripped away….Now, 12 years later, neither one of them has forgotten about the other. To Maren and Dallas, they are the one who got away. Fate has a plan in mind and is about to turn these two former lovers lives upside down. Will they be able to move on from the past? Is it too late for second chances? Or will a devastating secret destroy everything once again??? There’s only one way to find out….

Only Him is the kind of story that just screams romance at you. It sucks you in from page one and will have your eyes glued to the pages. Maren and Dallas are the kind of couple that just can’t help rooting for. They are far from perfect, and that just makes me love them even more. Their story tugged at my heart and left me breathless. It was beautiful. It was complicated. It was down right heartbreaking. There were moments where I wanted to rage. Moments that made me want to scream and just devastated me. There were moments that had me swooning so hard, I thought I was going to float away.

Only Him is everything I want from a second chance romance. Secrets. Lies. Love. Humor. Heartache. Pain. Forgiveness. Acceptance. This book had it all. It’s the kind of story that will just bury itself into your heart and keep you begging for more. It’s the kind of story that takes you by surprise and that will take you on the most fantastic journey. And when you get the end, you’ll be left with a full heart and smile that just won’t stop.

I enjoyed everything about this story from beginning to end and look forward to re-reading it again in the near future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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