Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #1
Published by Forever
Publication Date: June 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Never say never . . .
Romance isn’t an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .
Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world’s craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.
After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn’t play by the rules .
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading anything by Denise Grover Swank before now, but with this introduction to her writing I’ll definitely be remedying that immediately. ONLY YOU is sweet, cute and funny. I enjoyed it so much because it had me laughing right from the beginning and it kept me engrossed all the way to the end!
Holly Greenwood loves to put a smile on the faces of brides by giving them the weddings of their dreams, but she’s not holding out hope of walking down the aisle anytime soon. First, she would have to fall in love and that is a long shot as well. For now, she’s pouring her emotions into planning weddings and getting enough experience to set up her own event planning company. Until the most attractive and captivating man moves in next door and she finds herself acting way out of character. After a hot and steamy night together, a series of misunderstandings and the revelation that he is her boss’s son means that Holly must keep their relationship platonic to avoid losing her job.
Kevin Vandemeer just wants to relax in his new home and enjoy some normalcy, except the new house can only be charitably described as a rat trap and his next door neighbor may be a little crazy. Well, Kevin has dated his fair share of crazy women so he knows just what to look out for. Or does he? His pact with his two friends to remain woman-free, while reasonable in theory is actual a nonstarter in reality because he lasts only about twenty-four hours before ending up in bed with his neighbor. Even though he wants more from her, she is not willing to risk her career on what could be nothing and it’s Kevin’s job to convince her that taking a chance on him could be the best thing that ever happened to her.
I enjoyed pretty much every character in this book except the boss from hell, but even her issues made sense in the end. Holly is a charming mix of worldly and innocent, vulnerable and strong, and also very sweet and Kevin is a really good guy. I loved his relationship with his sister as well as his interactions with his friends. With an interesting mix of secondary characters and really great dialogue, the entire story was delightful and enjoyable and lighthearted and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun summer read.
Kevin wasn’t sure why he was surprised Holly was here. She was a wedding planner, and from what he’d seen so far, she was a damn good one.
He’d he’d seen her at the table. He hadn’t planned on asking her to dance—hell, he hated to dance—but he’d been desperate for a reason to talk to her.
When he sat back been on his way out of the room, needing a breather from the noise and the chaos of the reception when down at the table, Tyler wore a smirk. “Crashed and burned, huh? I thought you were going to the bathroom to take a piss.”
“I was. I just happened to run into a friend.”
“Run into a friend, my ass. I thought we’d sworn off women. I’ve held up my end of the bachelor brotherhood. And let me add that I had no idea my balls could turn this blue.”
“She’s a friend,” Kevin said, trying not to sound irritated and feed any more fuel to the fire.
“She’s his neighbor,” Matt said, taking a sip of his beer, and giving Kevin a pointed look. “They’re friends.”
Tyler burst out laughing. “You got friend-zoned?”
“No,” Kevin said slowly, picking up his drink, surprised Matt hadn’t told Tyler about the situation he’d stumbled upon. “I was the one who said I wanted to be friends.”
“Why?” Tyler asked, watching Holly with a little more interest than Kevin liked. “She’s hot. Do you know if she’s seeing anyone?”
“No.” Kevin’s irritation grew.
Tyler stood and adjusted his tie, a smirk lighting up his eyes. “Screw the brotherhood. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself.”
Kevin was up in a flash. “I don’t think so.”
“Why not?” he looked surprised. “She looks like she’d be worth a short break from my hiatus from women.”
Kevin stepped in front of his path, his jaw set. “Because you’re a prick who will use her and toss her aside and she deserves a helluva lot better than that.”
Matt was up in an instant, grabbing Kevin’s arm. “Why don’t we get some air?”
“You like her,” Tyler said, slack jawed.
“Of course he likes her,” Matt said. “For someone so smart, sometimes you’re an idiot.”
“In my defense,” Tyler said. “He said they were friends.”
“Okay,” Matt said slowly. “When was the last time you convinced a woman to be just a friend?”
“I rest my case, counselor.”
Tyler sat back down, and Matt tugged on Kevin’s sleeve to get him to join them.
“I can’t believe you didn’t last even a single week,” Tyler said.
“He didn’t last a single day,” Matt told him. “He slept with her the night after our agreement to remain single.”
Tyler burst out laughing. “For a tough-ass former Marine, I expected you to be the last holdout, man. At least a week or two.”