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He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.
But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.
So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.
Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.
We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.
But he’s got to tell me the truth.
* * *
All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.
Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.
Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.
I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.
But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.
And I can’t stay.
I Am Not Afraid to Love ♥️
I am an absolute sucker for second chance romances featuring childhood sweethearts and Only Him fit the bill perfectly. It will pull on your heartstrings and give you all the feels. Readers may remember meeting Maren in Only You, but this book can be read as a stand alone.
Dallas and Maren have a complicated relationship. They shared an incredible connection that no other man or woman has come close to ever replicating. The sudden and drastic end of their relationship in high school though has left them both without closure and with heavy regret. When they finally reconnect after more than a decade apart, it's clear that the chemistry they once shared is still alive and well. Who knew clearing your chakra's could be so hot!? Demons from the past and trust issues continue to plague them, however, and threaten to destroy the second chance they may have found. Will love be enough to overcome their fears this time?
The relationship between the Devine sisters is the best and I have always loved the way that Melanie Harlow writes her female characters and friendships. I loved checking in with Nate and Emme and was so happy with the little tidbits we got about the progression of their relationship. Bee-lieve me when I say that I'm also really excited for Stella's story next! ;) I need to say too that this cover might be my very favorite of Melanie's books. Yum. Yum. YUM!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
An emotion packed second chance at love
4 - 4.5 stars. I love to read second chance romance stories, and Melanie brings us an emotionally charged story that pulls at the heartstrings. Maren and Dallas were high school sweethearts, madly in love and looking forward to the future together until Dallas suddenly disappears one day, never to be heard from again. Now 12 years later, Maren is the successful owner of her own Yoga studio, teaching classes and trying to live life with a healthy mind and body. Only she doesn't feel complete, and has never found love again. Then one day, Dallas shows up on her doorstep.
I loved the chemistry between Maren and Dallas. Even though it's been 12 years, it was quickly obvious that these two people still love each other deeply. But Dallas only came to see Maren to finally apologize for leaving without saying goodbye. He doesn't intend to stay, or rekindle a relationship with her, because he can't. It's a moot point, until it isn't.
Melanie painted a very realistic, raw story of what happens when you leave questions unanswered and feelings unresolved for so many years. Throw in some new life altering circumstances that Dallas tries to keep hidden and it's a recipe for what could be a beautiful relationship. But will it end up being a bittersweet attempt to rekindle those old flames? You'll have to read and find out.
I know when I start reading one of Melanie's books, I'm going to be glued to the pages and my emotions are going to be stretched in every direction. All of that happened with this book. I loved Maren's character, her calming, almost spiritual personality. And Dallas, the take-no-prisoners, do whatever I want attitude was completely opposite of Maren but these two fit together like puzzle pieces. I loved seeing Emme and Stella again, Maren's two sisters. Emme's story is told in Only You, and Stella's story will come later this year in Only Love.
If you love second chance stories that are packed with a ton of feels, this is the perfect book for you! Maren and Dallas will quickly steal your heart.
Intense reconnection and love
I love a good second chance romance. There’s something about a couple who are meant to be and had to separate but now they are able to come back together. The intensity of that always pull me in. Only Him was no exception. The background of Dallas and Maren added to the story and had me rooting for them. They were great together. The connection they always had was just more because of their reconnection. The conversations and interactions were full of emotions and had a mix of sweet and hot. I couldn’t get enough of them. Of course it wouldn’t be an easy road, the secrets of the past and the present were always in the background. It was captivating to see how Dallas and Maren will navigate through. Not only was the romance great but I loved the interactions between the sisters. The love and closeness was evident and it was a joy reading it. Melanie gets to you through all angles-it was funny and sad, sweet and sexy-you had it all. The characters, the storyline, and the writing were fantastic. This was a magnificent enjoyable story. I can’t wait for Stella’s story. It will be interesting for sure.