“Dallas Shepherd. My first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.”
I am and will always be a massive sucker for second chance love stories; so when I read the synopsis to Only Him by Melanie Harlow, I knew this is one book I needed in my life. I thrive on the heartache, the intense emotions, the anticipation, the angst and the undeniable unconditional love that seeps off the pages. I love being drawn into an epic love story so deeply that I can feel every high and every low and while I did really enjoy this story and the characters Melanie created for us, I just wished there was more angst and more emotion.
Maren knows the kind of intense love that people only dream of experiencing one day. Some may say it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, but when you are at the forefront of heartache and despair of what could have been, you may think differently.
Unfortunately for Maren the love was not to last, because her first and one true love was ripped away from her and she was left with a shattered heart; unsure of whether it could ever be mended. Fast forward 12 years and the one man that broke Maren’s heart (who is also the only one who can heal her) returns to town and invites her for dinner. A dinner to catch up perhaps, a dinner for old times’ sake maybe, or a dinner that might forever change Maren’s life? Will she be able to forgive the man that left her so many years ago and will she be able to control her deep need for him?
Dallas had loved only one girl his whole life, Maren. But when he was seventeen that powerful love was ripped away from him and he never got the opportunity to say goodbye. There comes a point when a love so profound as this, so intense, consumes your whole life and you can’t possible stay away any longer from the one person who completes you, even if you believe they are better off without you.
Will Maren be able to forgive Dallas for all the time wasted, for all the heartbreak she had had to endure? Will they pick up where they left off? And will Dallas stay this time?
If you crave your second chance love stories then I’m sure you’ll devour this story. I only wished for more angst, what can I say? I thrive on my ultra angsty second chance love stories. I still enjoyed the deep emotions that come with an intense love that is lost and then found. The heartbreak, the grief of a love lost, the hope of a new beginning, the power of forgiveness and a second chance.
When you read Melanie Harlow, I know I am guaranteed sweet. I know it’ll be a good read and one I’ll like. Only Him is that. I enjoyed it, this read definitely brought different emotions out in me though.
Dallas and Maren were high school sweethearts until Dallas was sent away to boarding school senior year. He didn’t tell Maren he was leaving, he just left, thinking that was what was best for Maren. Not even a text. Flash forward 11 years and you are at today.
These two incredible characters are brought together and the intense connection is still there, still simmering with each look, with each touch. The chemistry, the protectiveness, the passion, and the love is clearly still shining. Even after a night out, it is undeniable how these two feel. Neither one has had this connection with anyone in years, since being apart from each other.
So what’s going to happen when a bombshell is dropped and they are losing each other again. Will they survive or will the betrayal of lies separate these two that are clearly destined for each other?
This book had my emotions everywhere. Let me explain. It wasn’t a book I sobbed at, but it definitely yanked my heart and maybe I did shed a tear. This book frustrated me, at the lying. This book had me swooning at the tenderness and love these two have. This book had me hoping that happily ever after would be given to this deserving couple. This book brought me back Emme and Nate❤. This book gave a second chance and maybe even a third chance at living life with the one you were made for. Oh and this book, it’s fricken sexy. And this book made me extremely happy in the end. I can’t wait to get more of these Devine sisters?
About Melanie Harlow
Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters.
Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.