Only You by Stephanie Rose is labeled a contemporary romance but for me, I felt it more fell along the lines of a friends to lovers. This story consists of two childhood acquaintances who haven’t seen each other in years. They soon find themselves thrown together during tough, life altering situations in order to keep life moving along when devastation is ahead for both of them.
While I love the storyline involving how close the female character, Paige, is to her cousin and the relationship that they share, I’ve really had my fill of books written around a storyline involving people with terminal illnesses. I do understand it effects many people across all walks of life and that’s probably why so many authors are choosing this path. Unfortunately, my personal opinion is that the book market has been saturated with these types of reads.
Rose does a great job with her writing in terms of expressing the love and adoration all these characters hold for each other. However, something about the book just fell a little flat for me personally. In Only You, Evan is definitely swoon worthy and she did a great job writing a male who is worthy of book boyfriendness.
If you’re looking for a novel to fill a friends to lover void, pick this one up. It is without a doubt a sweet story perfectly depicted by its cover that all readers can appreciate. However, if you’re looking for a more complex read to make you think, this is not the one for you.
“I didn’t remember when she went from the girl of my dreams to the love of my life, but now she was as essential as the air in my lungs and the blood in my veins.”
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