by Marie Force (Goodreads Author)
The new Green Mountain Romance from the New York Times bestselling author of And I Love Her.
Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels.
It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around.
Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Part 5 in an ongoing series
My It's Only Love Review . . .
There's just something sweet about this series. I absolutely love all of the Abbotts. From the beginning of the series we know dear, sweet Ella has been smitten with her brother-in-law's brother, Gavin. But poor Gavin, has his demons after the loss of his brother Caleb.
Ella is the logical, rational one in the family. She's also the one with the biggest heart. And her heart knows it wants Gavin Guthrie, but Gavin isn't on the same page. Ella's just about to give up on the man, when an unexpected call changes everything.
After finally admitting that he needs Ella to breathe, he finally gives in. However, he can't fully give in as he's scared if Ella sees the whole picture she won't want him.
"Just because I've pushed you away doesn't mean I haven't wanted to pull you closer, El."
Ella wants Gavin more than anything but knows she has to be careful to guard her heart.
"May I ask something that might be extremely unfair in light of the mixed signals I've sent you for far too long?"
Immediately Gavin and Ella, jump feet first but the Abbott's are worried about Ella and all of Gavin's baggage.
"You've gotten involved with a complicated man. A good man. A man I respect. I ache for what he's lost, but I love you far too much to watch you be hurt by that good complicated man. I just hope you're being careful to protect your heart."
The relationship seemed quick, but since it had been building for awhile it made sense. As much as we love Ella and Gavin together it's hard to fully get a picture of their emotions as they seem to have more sex then deal with the actuality of what's going on between them. There was still loads of substance but they used sex has a way to not deal with the truth. Because of this it was hard to get completely engaged with them.
Did I like this book? Yes, it was cute, but I didn't fall in love with it. As I liked the idea of the story more than the actual story at times. Did I like Ella and Gavin together? Yes, but I wanted more from them then just sex and not fully communicating. Will I continue with this series? Absolutely.
3.5 Sweet Thumbs up!