Okay, let’s get this out of the way before I go any further: I totally read the last book in this trilogy, Only Love, first. It happens. I was too far into it when I realized this, so I went ahead and finished it and have finally back tracked and read book one, Only You.
Only You by Melanie Harlow
Published March 10, 2018 by MH Publishing
I listened to the Audiobook via Audible. Narration was done by Stephen Dexter & Lauren Ezzo
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after.
As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing.
As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree.
We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down.
But it’s a mistake.
Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us.
I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning.
I want to be the one he asks to stay.
Melanie Harlow has quickly become a new favorite romance author for me. Firstly, I have never been to Detroit, Michigan, but it is one of those American cities that gets a pretty bad rep. I have only read a handful of Harlow’s novels at this point, but I love that her romances all seem to take place in Detroit and it’s surrounding cities. I love that she is able to focus her romances in a place that is typically shown in a negative light.
In Only You, I loved the spin on the “surprise baby,” trope. This is a trope that a lot of romance readers admit is not their favorite, but Melanie Harlow does something different with it. I felt it added a creative spin to the story while feeling very realistic at the same time.
I really loved Nate and Emmy with their friends to lovers romance. I enjoyed how they were neighbors for years and had complete opposite outlooks when it comes to relationship, yet the surprise baby began to blur the lines on what had been keeping the two apart.
If you’re a fan of “the broken hero,” I think you’ll be a fan of Nates. He has chosen to live his life unattached after the loss of someone very important to him. It is so understandable yet I loved when he admitted to Emme that he would try to push her away, and requested that she not let that happen.
In true Harlow fashion, the ending was absolutely swoon worthy. In each book I’ve read by hers so far, I find the way the hero uses creativity and truly steps outside of his comfort zone to get his girl, and this one didn’t disappoint.
Only You was fun and sexy while being sweet and giving a slight glimpse into the life we create after a great loss. I highly recommend checking it out.