Published by Self-Published on 30 December 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also by this author: All Over You
Place(s) Traveled To: Warwick, New York // Paris, France
First Line(s): Did you know in your mind a lie can morph into the truth if you tell it to yourself long enough?
Only for You by Beverly Kendall was originally published under the title When in Paris and is a new adult contemporary romance. Only for You is a dual POV story and alternates between the two title characters Olivia and Zach. This is normally a plot device that I enjoy as you get a better understanding of what each character is thinking. Its also an easy way to tell a story as you can tell more than show.
Olivia and Zach have known each other for years as they went to the same high school although Zack always seemed to go out of his way to ignore and be mean to Olivia and she had no idea why. When he transfers to her college and seems to want to be friends, she is unsure what to think. There’s a lot of back and forth between the two and you learn why Zach was so stand-offish in high school and its not something so terrible that they can’t move past it. They just have to do that thing that is so hard to do in books. Communicate. I swear half the books published in the world wouldn’t exist is the characters actually talked about the issues that were bothering them.
Anywho, Zach and Olivia have obvious chemistry and sparks and they become an item while on a school trip to Paris. There things get all muddy and murky again because of the previously mentioned lack of communication. You see, Zach doesn’t want to be in a relationship and Olivia is a virgin looking for love. Neither of which mentions these two very important details until they are ready to head back stateside after romping around the city of love for a week. I think at this point my head hit my desk for a few beats because it was just all so cliche.
*heaves heavy sigh*
There is then some more back and forth between the two where Olivia continually acts all high and mighty and tosses back at Zach how horrible he treated her when she gave him her v-card. A thing he didn’t know until a week later when he dropped bomb of not wanting to be in a relationship and she was all tears and but I gave you my viriginity and he was all….como say what now? It just kept going around and around and I really wasn’t sure if I wanted these two to end up together because they were acting like bratty children.
Eventually all the things get revealed, including the deep dark secret that Zach has been holding on to and they get their happily ever after. However, I was a bit disappointed that the declarations of love didn’t happen until AFTER the epilogue. To me, a romance is all about getting to the point where the characters finally get over themselves and their hangups and be all open and honest and declare themselves to the other. It was disappointing when this was just sort of tossed in randomly at the end. As if it was an afterthought.
Only For You is a quick read and I managed to read it in just a few hours. Its not the best example of new adult out there is there is a lot of telling and not showing. But if you are looking for a quick read when sick or after a heavy duty story then you might find yourself enjoying this one.