Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{REVIEW} Only For Him by Cristin Harber

Book 1 in the "Only" series by Cristin Harber
Title: Only For Him
Author: Cristin Harber
Series: Only #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication: February 24th, 2015
Rating: ★★★☆☆ +0.5

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.

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.

Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him, 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.

First of all, I love books about friends that fall in love with each other and from reading the blurb I expected something like this. Somehow I got that but not quite what I wanted ... it's a bit difficult to explain.

Emma and Grayson are friends and have been since they were kids - he's one of the guys girls dream of in high school but has a terrible past and Emma is the cute, "normal" girl but way out of his league, according to her. She's always had feelings for him and Emma was the only girl he really ever cared about.

It could have been something, really. I actually quite enjoyed the beginning and thought they were both extremely cute - it was clear right from the start that they both have feelings for each other but never really talked about it ... until Grayson just admitted it. From then on it was more than just friendship and I liked their scenes together and how sweet they were, it just seemed right and Grayson is obviously a good guy despite his horrible father and what had happened in the past. I just wanted them to be happy and have an amazing relationship and at first I thought I'd actually get that but as usual there has to be a little drama ... which I don't mind, of course!

It's just the ending that totally annoyed me and made me rate the book with less stars, I can't get over it, sorry. In the book Emma is the "innocent" and sweet girl, she's loving, caring and just nice, really, but in the end it's kind of like the complete opposite to her "innocent" image - it's not entirely bad, the end I mean, for example the cliffhanger was quite nice although I already expected something like this.

Overall it's a quick and easy read, something for in between because it's really short - I think it has 70 pages or so - and can be read in a few hours. I'm curious about the second book although not suuuper excited (does it make sense?), so I don't know, maybe it isn't as bad as I think it'll be now and everything will turn out well. I guess we'll see. ;)

★★★☆☆ +0.5

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