Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: Only for Her (Only #2) by Cristin Harber

First loves never die but Grayson Ford comes close. Bleeding out in a war zone, he barters with God. Bring him back alive, and he'll make it right with his girl.

All I want is Emma. I need her, and I fight for her memory. A story. A smile. Anything. But it's all blank .

Emma is not his girl anymore. Time has skipped by and life's been hard. She strips to pay the bills, waitresses to fill the hours between classes and her third job. All while working to be the best mama she can be to the little girl who will never know her daddy. Even though Grayson abandoned her, she mourned his death. Until he calls, and everything she knew was wrong.

It's him. The him that ruined my life. That made my life. That confused my mind to the point that I can't figure out if I've been destroyed or set free. The him that... is... dead.

He's back with one objective--Emma Kingsley--and she never sees it coming.


Emma Kingsley had her whole life ahead of her and tons of plans for it. At least until the day that Grayson unexpectedly left town, leaving her alone and pregnant. It's been three long years since Grayson left and Emma is the definition of a single mom. She works two paying jobs, has an internship on the side, goes to college and takes care of her daughter. Emma isn't one for hand outs and has a hard time accepting help from anyone. She's too pissed to fail. She will succeed and she'll show Grayson that she doesn't need him. Then the horrible day came when she learned of his death. She second guessed her anger towards him and mourned the death of her child's father. You'll never guessed how surprised she was when he pops back into her life. 

Only for Her is the perfect continuation of the first novel in this series, Only for Him. Before I picked this one up, I went and reread the first one because I wanted to make sure that I didn't forget anything and I'm glad that I did. Rereadings usually bring stuff to my attention that I missed the first time and I missed a couple of things ... I just devoured it so quickly. I was hoping that I could slow the heck down for this one so that I didn't miss one single thing. And that was really hard to do. I found Only for Her to pick up right where the previous novel left off and it felt like it was a part of the first book instead of just a continuation. And that's refreshing. I've read too many  novels where the second book reads just a tad differently because the author has honed their craft a little more and just becomes ... better. But that didn't happen this time and I think it's because Harber was already a force to be reckoned with in the literary world ... there wasn't really anything she needed to improve upon.

I really liked the characters still and I felt like I was able to get to know them just a tad better than I had before. The pull that Harber was able to create between two fictional people is just captivating. It felt like I was reading a true story about one of my friends. Everything was so real and raw and honest, I just really enjoyed it. The story followed a natural progression in the storyline and nothing felt forced or fake.

I'm excited to see what the third novella has in store for these characters. Harber knocked this one out of the park. Again.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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