Saturday, December 7, 2013

Only For You by Genna Rulon - Book Tour & Review

Title:   Only for You (For You #1)
Author:  Genna Rulon
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:  September 24, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.


 “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 a series, each novel can be read as a stand alone.

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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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My Review(may contain a couple of spoilers)

Only For You is a new adult novel that may be triggering for some people. It's definitely got some darker themes to it, so if certain subjects bother you, you may want to proceed with caution if you're going to give this book a whirl.

That being said, I'll admit I was a bit...hesitant about the book. I enjoyed it, but I also had a few issues with it, I suppose you can say. Nothing too major, but there were some grammar and spelling issues that sort of irked me, but only because I'm like the grammar police(I apologize!), and I hate that about myself. I was also a bit...not bothered, but I didn't care for the graphic descriptions of some things. I only like graphic details when I read horror novels. This isn't really horror, so it sort of got to me. Other than those things, though, the book was a pretty decent read.

Only For You tells the story of Everleigh and Sam, two best friends since they were kids. Everleigh's mother used to work for Sam's family. Sam comes from money, and Everleigh does not. But Sam's parents weren't exactly in the running for Mother and Father of the Year, so anytime they wanted Sam to do something, she refused unless Everleigh could do it, too. Hence, their long-lasting friendship.

Sam and Eve are now roommates in college, and they're both working towards graduating. But there is something going on at the college. Something awful. Girls are being attacked and raped. A lot of the female students are leaving, but the ones who are willing to stay are offered the chance to take self-defense classes.

Sam signs her and Eve up for the classes, and on the first day, Eve gets kicked out because of her sarcasm. However, she later discovers the man teaching the classes happens to be in one of her classes. And boy, is he handsome. Eve, though, is annoyed by this fact, and considers him the enemy because of his public dismissal of her from his course.

She has a change of heart not longer after, though, and decides to befriend him. She also lets Sam convince her to return to the self-defense course. Stereotyping Hunter as gay, Eve happily lets him spend time with her and Sam, even though she can't seem to control her feelings for him.

As the attacks become more and more frequent, and start to turn more brutal, Even and Sam both know they need to be extra careful. Hunter, too, expects the girls to stay alert and on their toes, especially when he can't be with them to protect them.

Soon, the truth behind the attacks is revealed, but not before Eve almost loses Sam. But the truth about Hunter also comes to light, and Eve hates herself for getting so close to him. Devastated, and willing to do whatever it takes to help Sam heal, Eve agrees to send her friend to a rehabilitation center that is billed as the best in the country. But now she has to decide if she wants to give Hunter another chance, or if she can handle being alone.

Overall, the book is pretty good. Bit intense, and it does keep you on edge, waiting to see what's going to happen next. The characters are written well-enough. They're likeable, although Eve kinda frustrates me at times. I'd rate it 3 1/2 stars.

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