Only For You by Genna Rulon: 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 carefully planned.

When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.

Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing 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 intelligent characters, witty 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.

Is it bad that it wasn’t the hero I fell for in this one?  It was the unassuming dark horse you never would have expected.  We’ll get to “him” later.  Let’s talk about Only For You first.

What made me want to pick this up in the first place????  These 3 simple words from the synopsis: “Verbal warfare ensues”.  I’ll admit it… those 3 words got me!!!  I love characters that “hate” each other because the verbal punches and snide remarks mixed with chemistry make for one great story.  I shamelessly messaged Genna for a review copy all because of those 3 words.  And, let me tell you she did NOT disappoint in the verbal warfare department.

Everleigh and Hunter meet when her best friend, Sam, twists her arm to attend a self-defense class sponsored by the University they attend.  Hunter just happens to be the instructor.  But Everleigh’s smart and sarcastic mouth (which I love) gets her thrown out of class.   Swearing off self-defense class, Everleigh decides she’s done with Mr. Hunter Charles (or so she thinks)…….. until he shows up in her classes.  The poor girl can’t get away from him, and he’s not making it easy for Everleigh.  Well, Mr. Charles has thrown down the gauntlet and Everleigh has graciously accepted.  What ensues is a battle filled with witty banter, personal jibes, and insults.  After a while, the battle turns to friendship which eventually turns to love.  But the road isn’t without its share of bumps, complications, and surprises.  In the background, the attacks which prompted the self-defense classes escalate, and Everleigh and Hunter are not immune to their impact. 

There are quite a few secondary characters that will have you looking over your shoulder questioning their every move, and ONE that I totally fell in love with.  There’s definitely an air of suspense in this one.  It’s just of matter of when and how something is going to happen.  Genna developed the suspense well.  Of course my favorite parts of Only For You are the verbal warring and “him”.  (okay, okay… I liked the romance between Hunter and Everleigh too)  So who is “him”?  Griffin the bartender.  I’m not saying much about him other than he was the silver lining in this one for me.  You need to read Only For You and meet Griffin for yourself.

Overall, I liked the story, the writing style, and the characters.  The pace and flow were nice.  At times, the dialogue was a bit formal and stiff, but with this being her first novel I think that’s to be expected and with time I’m sure Genna will only continue to perfect her style. 

I’m looking forward to what Genna bring us next.  Know why?????  Because Pieces For You brings back my dark horse, Griffin!!!!!  Pieces For You is expected to be released December 17th. 

(Want to know what Hunter really thought of Everleigh during their first few encounters?  Genna gives us the peek into Hunter's heads with a short story from his POV.  Check it out here!)

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Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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