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Review: Only Love by Melanie Harlow

A gorgeous ex-Marine with a tortured soul.
The beautiful, compassionate therapist living next door.
A meddlesome grandma determined to get them together.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Melanie Harlow comes an all new standalone romance that will make you believe in the redemptive power of love.


I was expecting a proposal on my birthday, and I got dumped instead.

How could I have been so clueless?

Grams knew exactly how to distract me.

The “cute boy next door” who’s been helping her with yard work clearly needs a little therapy. Who better to call than her newly single therapist granddaughter?

She even fakes dementia to get me to visit, and now that I’m here she’s doing everything in her power to throw us together.

Not that I’m complaining. Ryan is the sexiest man I’ve ever met–I mean the full package, from the chiseled jaw to the massive shoulders to the rippling abs. (And yes, his package is full, and he knows exactly how to deliver it.) He makes me want to get out of my head and follow my heart. He makes me want to take chances I never thought I’d take.

He also makes me want to take my clothes off. A lot.

But he’s moody and challenging–one minute he’s an open book, and the next he’s completely closed off. He holds me like he’ll never let go, but insists he wants to be alone.

Some wounds are so deep, only love can heal them.

How can I convince him to let me try?

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My Review

“Never underestimate a granny on a mission. Especially the matchmaking kind.”

“This wounded man is healing something in you. Don’t give up on him. Open your heart–you can feel enough for the both of you.”

“When I closed my eyes at night, all I craved was the dark. But she made me want to dream again.”

“The bravest thing you can do is trust another person, and let them see the real you.”

Only Love is the third book in the One and Only Series and it follows the story of Stella and Ryan. From the moment I jumped into Only Love, I was hooked. We first meet Stella who thinks her boyfriend is going to propose to her, but instead ends up getting dumped. Instead of letting that get her down, she goes to visit her Grams who knows just how to distract her. Yes, Grams maybe old, but she’s got plenty up her sleeves and can’t wait to get Stella to fall for the boy next door….However, capturing Ryan’s interest isn’t going to be easy. Sure he likes Stella, but his baggage and wounds run deep. Ryan isn’t really the trusting type, but when Grams & Stella come in to his life, he’s got no choice but to sit back and enjoy the ride….

Only Love captivated my attention from the very first page. I was completely hooked and could not wait for more. Stella & Ryan were such a terrific match. Stella understood Ryan in ways that no one ever had. She didn’t want to change him or try to make him better. She just wanted to give him love and a place to feel safe. And Stella….Stella had the biggest and I mean biggest heart. She just wanted a love and happiness like her sisters found. But, she was afraid to give someone her heart for fear that it would be totally demolished. Together, these two had a lot of demons to work through. Ryan more so than Stella. But, the pull these two had was just incredible. You just knew that they could be amazing together if they would just give in. If they could both be brave when it counts and if Ryan could open himself up to something more. I absolutely loved their push and pull even if Ryan made me crazy sometimes. I found myself totally swept up in Ryan and Stella’s story and wild horses could not stop me from putting it down.

Not only were Ryan & Stella amazing, but we must and I mean must mention Grams. After all, she totally stole the show. She made laugh so much and I just loved her scheming ways. I couldn’t wait to see what this little old lady had up her sleeves next. She was a riot in the best possible way and her heart was totally in the right place.

Only Love was a terrific story from beginning to end. I fell in love with Stella and Ryan instantly and could not wait to see just how their story was going to play out. Yes, their story had a lot of ups and downs, but I loved every single moment of their amazing ride. I laughed. I teared up. I swooned and got frustrated. It was everything a second chance romance should be. From learning to fall in love and feel, to opening not just heart, but your mind as well. To not letting fear run your life and being brave when it counts. This story gave me all the feels and then some.

Melanie Harlow has once again delivered a powerful and emotional story that I know I won’t be forgetting any time soon. Only Love was the perfect story to end this amazing series. I loved how all the stories came together at the end and getting to see all those familiar faces one last time. We also got introduced to a new character to whom I hope we’ll see more from in the future.

All in all, Only Love was a wonderful story to spend my day getting lost in.

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

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