Only by HelenKay Dimon

Only (Holton Woods #2)

  • By HelenKay Dimon
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 7th 2014 by Berkley Trade
  • Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Awesomesauce!
  • rating-system4

    He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…
    Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.
    Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.
    As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…
    ~ Goodreads

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    Let me start by saying I had a lot of fun reading this baby, in a time when I’m rather burned out on Contemporary romance, and New Adult-ish kind of reads. This is a New Adult in my opinion because Kyra is 23, though from pretty much all points of view she’s an adult, she’s mature, this is not a first anything for her.

    The Holton Woods series has an awesome world, the Washington DC power circles, the rich and famous, a bit of the infamous, all the good stuff, with a spice of CIA operatives and hot tempers to boot. Much, much yummy.

    Kyra and Sebastian are awesome, they’ve made a first appearance in Mercy, first novel of the series, and I loved them then, and I loved them now. Sebastian is 11 years older than Kyra, which to me is very hot, lol. Call me nuts, but I’d see a 34 yo lawyer and negotiator, a mature, educated and very intelligent man, always but always more attractive than… well, anything, lol. So I totally get Kyra’s long-time interest in Sebastian, I mean he’s swoon-material, even more so than Jarret, imo (which was and is a hottie too, bad boy vibe galore, yummmy!). The man is just so in control, and good at his job, and… okay, lol, total crush material, messed up as he is when it comes to feelings.
    Kyra is a survivor, considering her crappy past, her screw-up of a father and what he’s put her through, and the environment she comes from, she’s made leaps and bounds and has come a really long way. In fact, considering how smart and focused she had to be to leave her old life behind and make something of herself via her own means, it doesn’t surprise me that she’d want someone like Sebastian by her side. She needs a strong man by her side, to suit her own strength and charm. And that is Sebastian, no doubt about it.
    Their insta-attraction developed into a slow-burn kind of love, they had uber-hot chemistry and I loved their one on one time. They’re strong, even if at times confused, passionate creatures that make sense together 😀

    The story itself was more romance than suspense, where Mercy felt more romantic suspense to me. I mean, the CIA still looms over them, and I foresee a Natalia story coming up next ( 😀 I wanna see her and Gabe together in that cabin, so help me, I SO wanna see them together xDDDD ), but this one felt less suspenseful and more romantic. Which by no means is a flaw or anything, I’m just trying to give you as a clear a picture as I can.

    I loved the third person narrative, past tense, from his and her POV, and I especially loved the fact that HelenKay Dimon didn’t try to use a stencil of sorts for these stories, didn’t use similar types of main characters, and despite having a common theme of tough cookies struggling a bit to find their happy ending romantically, the two novels present different kinds of stories. They feel organic somehow, you know what I mean? Like the author allowed the stories to develop naturally from the characters, as they should, without trying to stick to a genre trope, you know? So while the first one felt more suspenseful, this one felt more romantically intense, dealt with different character issues and difficulties. Loved, loved, loved that, and I can’t wait to read the next one. There has to be a next one. A Natalia and Gabe one, gimme Natalia and Gabe!! xD

    Yummy cover, hooking blurb, and from now on a must-buy author name for me, so total impulsive buy material.

    Why, then, will you ask me, isn’t this a 5 butterflies read? To be honest, I blame that on what I read right before reading Only, it was Alexis Hall’s very touching Sand and Ruin and Gold and it probably still had an emotional grip on me. So from my perspective, Only is most likely a full 5 butterflies reading experience in normal circumstances, it just happened that I read it right after something else, like immediately after, and I was probably still in the emotional grip of that previous read. My bad, not the novel’s, I just wanted to make that clear.

    I fully recommend Only, and am SO totally reading the next one!


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