December 15, 2013

Book Review: Only For You by Genna Rulon

Title:   Only for You (For You #1)

Author:  Genna Rulon
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:  September 24, 2013
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“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.

Note:  Although this is series, each novel can be read as a stand alone.

My Review:

Only For You (For You, #1)Only For You by Genna Rulon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was really looking forward to this book, because based on the synopsis, it sounded really interesting. I love the New Adult genre, but when there is mystery and suspense also thrown into the mix, it makes it even better. Sadly, this story fell short for me. I did enjoy it, but I felt like it didn't quite live up to it's potential.

My main problem with this book was the writing style of the author. It was just way too "wordy." What I mean by that is that the majority of the sentences seemed too complicated with $1.00 words thrown in when a $.25 word would have worked just fine. Not only did this make it hard to read and stay in the story, but it also threw off the flow and pace. It seemed like it took forever to get to the point. And not only was this how the exposition read, it was also evident in the character dialogue, which led to them sounding stilted and fake.

My other problem was, I never really connected with the main characters. Everleigh came across as self-centered and kind of a brat, and Hunter really held no attraction for me. Usually I'm halfway in love with the main crush in New Adult books, but something about Hunter just rubbed me wrong. I can't quite put my finger on it, but he came across as too stand offish. Anyway, this lack of connection with the characters kind of killed the story for me.

I really wish that this book would have focused more on the mystery side of the story, and less on the romance between Ev and Hunter, because I think it would have held my interest more. I liked the twists at the end of the book (one I had predicted, and the other I didn't see coming at all). Overall, I really wanted to like this book, and I think it had a lot of potential, but it fell short for me.

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About the Author:
Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.
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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