on February 24, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Series: Only #1
Published by Mill Creek Press
Copy for review provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Goodreads
Grayson Ford and Emma Kinglsey--close since they were kids, opposites in every way. He's the stuff high school crushes are made of, Mister Popular, and captain of every team. She's artsy, cute, and not in his league, though fully aware of Summerland's "I Dream of Dating Grayson Ford" support group.
I can't say no. The girl's had my heart since before I knew it went missing.
He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother's gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn't know her power over him. She's the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell--though he won't.
I'm stronger, bigger, more of a man than he'll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I've taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.
Until she discovers Gray's embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it's just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.
My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at... But, given that I didn't see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.
So, I’m a huge fan of Cristin Harber. Everything she has written, I have loved and I’ve often said that she is a talented enough writer to branch out into other genres. Only Him is not Ms. Harber’s first foray into the New Adult genre. Sweet Girl was her first book written in the genre (part of the Titan series) and it blew me away. The characters were older and more mature in Sweet Girl than they are in this initial installment.
When I originally read Only For Him, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it and honestly, there were some aspects of it that I wasn’t crazy about. To be clear though, the things that I wasn’t crazy about are purely things that as a reader of the NA genre, I’m just not crazy about in general. Internal monologues are a hot button for me, they seem to bother me more, the younger the character is. Emma and Grayson are young and immature and understandably insecure. So yeah, I wasn’t exactly digging that part. But that’s ok!
I went back through the book and my highlights and I have to say that I enjoyed it more on the second run through. I have a great amount of hope for Emma and Grayson as they mature and I hope that I get to read more of the Cristin Harber voice that I totally go crazy for.
Grayson and Emma have a really sweet love. It’s a genuine and very deep they love that they feel for each other and I appreciated that aspect of the story. Grayson is a guy that you just want to hug and take care of and all he wants to do is escape from the hell of his life and his father. Emma is his escape.
This is a serial, please keep that in mind as you are reading. Yes, this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and it fast forwards in time a bit. Despite my personal preferences, I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment of the series! 🙂