“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!”
All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.
When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.
Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.
Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.
• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Only For You is the first book in the For You series by Genna Rulon. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone novel.
To start off, let me just say, not everyone is going to love this story. However, I can honestly say that from the first few pages I was completely hooked on Genna Rulon’s writing style. Her debut novel Only for You totally sucked me in after first reading the prologue detailing the Hensley University sudden increase of violence against female students. **Fair Warning: there is some detail into the violence against women in this book** Then, after witnessing the connection between the two leading ladies, roommates, fashionistas, and “besties” Everleigh Carson and Samantha Whitney, I have found a love for “snarkiness.”
The story is told from Everleigh’s POV and what a trip this was. Never one to lose a battle and always one to have the last word, snarky or not, she was a breath of fresh air. Both girls come from two different backgrounds and families, however Everleigh and Sam are two peas in a pod and inseparable like sisters. Given the current situation of female attacks on campus, Sam decides that she wants to sign up for the free self defense class being offered on campus for female students. She will only take the class if Everleigh goes with her. After some unlikely bargaining and a good cup of coffee, Everleigh accepts.
It’s here at the self defense seminar that Hunter Charles walks into Everleigh’s life. And oh, Hunter, he’s got the whole package, emphasis on “package.” Hunter is heading up the self-defense class and is nothing less than the “authentic sex incarnate” He is sex on a stick and a 6’2” alpha male. Sam, who has zero filter from her head to her mouth, says to Everleigh…
“Don’t even pretend you don’t see that prime cut of meat. I’m quitting good and becoming a manavore.”
This prompts Everleigh to begin with her constant need to be a smart ass. However, this only gets her in trouble with the one person who holds more power than her, Hunter.
The story continues as Hunter suddenly starts turning up out of the blue in Everleigh’s classes and works his way into her small circle of friends. Hunter may have never become so close to Everleigh had it not been for a sexuality mistake and her love for coffee. The chemistry between Hunter and Everleigh was entertaining to say the least. He tries his hardest to ensure her safety with all the attacks at Henley continuing on a weekly basis. The closer these two become friends the more sexual tension arises along with a lot of jealousy as Everleigh begins dating another guy.
“Jose had loosened my tongue; curse him, the ninety proof bastard.”
About halfway through the story, I was intrigued by Hunter, something about his life away from Everleigh kept me questioning whether he was evading the truth or if there was something else I couldn’t quite put my hands on. It’s not until something very severe occurs and secrets revealed, It was at about 75-85% where I said “HOLY SHIT!” That’s when everything began to unravel and shit hit the fan. Everleigh is then forced to decide if Sam is the only one who can be trusted with her friendship.
“He put his hand over his heart and repeated himself, separating the words, “For-ever.” Shut your- what? Did he just say what I think he said?”
The truth is revealed in the end but up to that point I was swooning, swearing and chewing on my nails to figure out the who, what and why’s.
There isn’t a cliffhanger, however this is the first book in the series and you are given a glimpse at the end of Only for You into the second book, which is Sam’s story. I can honestly tell you that I went straight into the second book and finished both books in less than a day. Geena’s writing is witty and engaging . I loved how she began each chapter with a specific quote by various known people. I would read these and immediately begin thinking, hmmm, I wonder where this is going to go.? I loved the banter between all the characters in this story and loved the refreshing style Geena exhibited with her writing. I look forward to reading any of her future works.
During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.
Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.
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