Saturday, September 28, 2013

Only For You (For You #1) by Genna Rulon

Posted by miss fifi at Saturday, September 28, 2013

Only For You (For You #1)Only For You by Genna RulonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars
Synopsis:

“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.

Quotes from Only For You:
“When someone tells you something about themselves you don’t want to hear—believe them.”
"You’re going to listen to me, and for once you’re going to hear what I say and not read between lines that aren’t there.”
“I was a fool, alone, preparing to do what every fool did at such times—I was going to a bar to drink myself smart.”
“He had a skull and crossbones label on him, but I drank his poison nevertheless and loved it; now I needed an antidote.”
“If you don’t remember your value, no one else will. Don’t ever settle, Ev. You’re far too precious a treasure to squander.”
"You'll continue to be a bitch no matter what, but I'm glad you aren't a callous, self-absorbed one."
“I stepped off the merry-go-round for a reason. It made me dizzy and I kept ending up in the same spot. It may have been fun for a short ride, but was never headed anywhere.”
"Jose had loosened my tongue; curse him, the ninety proof bastard."
"We played hot potato with my heart—me throwing it to him, him tossing it back to me. Every time the music stopped, I was always the one holding my bruised organ." 


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I am actually still feeling like this (a day after finishing the book):

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If you're a big fan of Beautiful Disaster and Slammed , you might wanna read this book. This book was some sort of a secret lovechild between those two, packed with humours and feelings.

The book was..*flips open a dictionary* amazing. The first half was fun but the second half was downright brilliant.

When I received an email requesting another review, I was like this *too honored that people bother requesting my nonsense review lol*:

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But when the author mentioned that the book was like BD and Slammed, I went straight to this:

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And I extremely expected myself to be like this:

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But I actually ended up doing this:

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and feeling this too:

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and this (view spoiler):

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despite the fact that certain parts made me wanna do this to people:

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The characters, they were the epitome of fun. Firstly, there's Everleigh and Hunter, they were dripping with sarcasms all the time!


“Sir, you are no gentleman.”
“And you, Miss, are no lady.”


The banters they had was so damn funny at times that I might need a few days to recover from it.


“But who will bring me coffee in the mornings and breakfast treats?”
“You’re running a coffee shop. You have those items at your disposal,” Hunter laughed.
“That is true, but who will give me big bear hugs each day?”
“I’m sure you can persuade Sam to fill in for me when needed.”
“She’s physically incapable of giving me a bear hug—she can only provide tiny cub hugs.”


The friendship and relationship they developed was nicely crafted (view spoiler).

Next, there's Sam.

She was selfless and patient when needed, tough and bitchy when required, and fellow party girl once I was able.

She made me laugh, she made me cry and she made me smile. She was like the bestest friend ever! (Seriously, I want a friend like her too!).

After that, there's Griffin.

I wanted to adopt him as my big brother and keep him forever.

He was like the sh*t for me. This may sound weird, but I loved him more than I did Hunter because if I had this kind of guy pining for me, Hunter would be just a memory to me lol Overall, I loved the book! The ending was kinda rushed but the thing nearing the ending, that was the best part of all (view spoiler)

Seriously, I loved the book, like a lot. And my review isn't in any way swayed by the fact that I got the arc copy for free from the author herself. Go freaking read it yourself and understand what on Earth I just blabbered in this rant.

p/s: read from the synopsis that there would be book two! I hope it's Sam and Griffin's story. :)

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