BOOK REVIEW: Only With You by Nicole McLaughlin

 Title: Only With You
Publication Date: June 5th 2018
Pulisher: Swerve (St. Martin's Press)
Edition: Kindle (Buy Here)
Special thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
This review will be spoiler-free.
National Guardsman Aiden King has been attracted to Hannah Walters for a while, but he never made a move because of her close relationship with his best friend. But when circumstances change, Aiden is surprised when his friend gives his blessing. Problem is, there’s a reason he’s still alone after all these years, and as much as he wants her, that secret keeps him from acting on his desires.
Hannah has finally decided to wait for the kind of love you read about in books and see in movies. After her failed engagement, Aiden’s unassuming support has become a touchstone for Hannah. It soon becomes apparent that he may be exactly the kind of man she’s been looking for. But the closer they become, the more he keeps her at arm’s length.
When Aiden suggests a road trip to take Hannah’s mind off her troubles, the two of them go on a journey neither one expected. She just hopes that the final destination is them together for good.
First of all, I just wanted to quickly say, HA! I KNEW IT! I am an anticlimactic person, which is a character flaw and nothing to do with the book. But since the beginning, I suspected the “big secret” to be what it was. This is going to be a SPOILER FREE review, as always, so don’t be scared to continue reading. 

I am no Sherlock Holmes but my imagination is a wild one that can not, in all circumstances, be tamed. So when I figured out the plot twist, I was one happy camper. Because again, anticlimactic

But enough about that, Only With You was such a heartwarming story! This book is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read any of the other books, and had no problem with this one. 

Hannah, who recently got out of an engagement, is having doubts about her ability to love. Like for all 30-something woman, the society has painted this invisible line of when a person is supposedly thinking of settling down. But for that summer, Hannah vowed to do some self-reflecting and soul searching. Only this time, she found something else.

Now, Aiden, was a military guy who owns a bar. You’d think he will have women all over his badass feet, but that’s not really his thing. He’s had a crush on Hannah since they met a few years back through a mutual friend, but Aiden always had a fear of ruining what’s there to make a move on her. 

So when the story progressed and their friendship grew, I couldn’t help but root for them! Hannah with her non-stop talking and obsession with real estate sales, and Aiden, a man of few words and a giant, sensitive teddy bear. Their relationship was just something that I admired. It was non-toxic and full of hope.

But as much as I love the two main characters, I also love the flow of the story and how everything ended. Their journey through love and healing and self-acceptance was amazing.This book is not for the faint-hearted. It dealt with some very serious topics that I think, the author did a fantastic job handling.

I recommend this book for those who want romance, but with a much bigger picture! 
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1 comment

  1. I feel like this is the perfect summer road trip read. I love going on road trips and reading books which do the same. Great review!