Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Author: Genna Rulon
Published: September 24th 2013
ARC provided for honest review
"In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!" All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she planned. When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded by her best friend to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh's biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, an explosive relationship is born. Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate-that fickle shrew- continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she casts Hunter as her prime adversary. The only complication...Hunter is resolutely pursuing his vindication...by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh's ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal. Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption-brimming with witty characters, intelligent dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love's unassailable perseverance.
This story is appropriate for readers 18+ Only For You is the first book in the For You series by Genna Rulon. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone novel.
Two words, hilarity and intensity. This debut from author Genna Rulon is like a suspense thriller movie with a side of comic relief. I instantly fell in love with Everleigh and her best friend/roommate/honorary sister Sam. They have signed up to attend a self-defense course offered by the college due to recent attacks on the female students at Hensley. The martial arts instructor Hunter has the looks of a god but may be the devil. When he puts Everleigh in her place and humiliates her in front of the class, she's ready for war. Hunter isn't even aware of her first attack. So clever. If you haven't heard the song Sweet As Whole by Sara Bareilles you have to do that now. All girls need this song when dealing with assholes.
Everleigh can only assume Hunter is gay. There's really no logical reason he would be able to rival her snarkiness otherwise. So Everleigh decides to befriend Hunter. The banter between Everleigh, Sam, and Hunter is part of what makes this one of my favorite books this year.
The attacks on the female students continue to escalate. With no leads to a suspect, you begin to question every new character as the potential bad guy. I got so frustrated at one point when I feared I would not be able to get the happy ending I was hoping for. I was not expecting the twists in the story. It becomes truly painful when the guy behind the attacks is revealed. I won't give details around this part of the story. The suspense and then heart break are also what makes this story so well written. I laughed and cried and may have had some moisture control issues reading this story(yes I'm referring to the sexy parts.Very sexy parts.). But let me reassure you that the story does get it's happy ending. I also want to mention that at the beginning of each chapter, the author starts with a quote that sets up what the chapter will be about. I loved so many of the quotes she used. I will probably start making memes with most of them. Only for you is a Must Read.
--"I was a fool, alone and angry, preparing to do what every fool did at such times-- I was going to a bar to drink myself smart."
--"Robbi and I were hot, I'll give you that, but you and Hunter set the building on fire. Anyone standing in a five foot radius had spontaneous orgasms by proxy."
--"You can't move past an incident and then bring it back up at a later date as if there had never been a resolution. He doesn't have that right, he's not a woman. We own that privilege exclusively. Possession of a penis bars him from reopening closed cases."
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