Thursday, 11 July 2019

Blog Tour: C.D. Reiss's "Only Ever You."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for C.D. Reiss's "Only Ever You."


Synopsis:

Rachel knew exactly what turning thirty would be like. She had a plan, after all. First college, then a climb up the professional ladder. Love, marriage, children. All of it was on the schedule.

The cheap Hollywood apartment wasn’t on the list. Neither was the string of heartbreaks. Or the effect her mother’s cancer had on her career.

It’s hard to stay practical and on point when everything takes a left turn.

Enter Sebastian, the nerd across the street. The boy she defended when he couldn’t defend himself. The best friend she promised she’d marry if life didn’t go according to plan.

Not only is he successful, confident, and gorgeous, but he also still has their handwritten marriage contract.

No one goes through with childhood wedding pacts.

That’s crazy.

But their families might just be crazy enough to rent a hall and set a date. All Rachel and Sebastian have to do is fall in love.

Review: Jo

I loved this fresh take on the childhood friends-to-lovers trope. A little bit steamy and a lot of gorgeous romance followed by probably the most perfect epilogue that I’ve read in a while. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t enjoy about this wonderful standalone novel.

"He wasn't new to me. He was the best part of my past."

Sebastian and Rachel had been the best of childhood friends, but as adults they had both gone their separate ways and lost touch. This story sees the pair reconnecting again, which was then followed by a bit of a slow burning romance that had my hooked. The thing that I liked the most about this novel was how much Sebastian was able to melt my heart. He truly was the most swoon-worthy guy, doing everything he could to show Rachel how much he loved her and had always loved her. I found the character development of the pair really interesting. As children, Rachel was the heroine, protecting Sebastian whenever he needed it, however over the years, time had changed both Rachel and Sebastian making Rachel the one that now lacked confidence in herself and needed support. Their roles had completely reversed and Sebastian was more than happy to be the hero. 

"Rachel was an open book with a single word on the page. Fear."

Together Rachel and Sebastian were a meant-to-be couple. They were so good for one another and I rooted for them throughout the entire story. A beautiful romance and CD Reiss’s amazing writing made this one well worth the read. 

"Of everything in the world that was right, giving myself to him was the rightest. 
Success or failure, I could be anything with him at my side."

“Only Ever You” gets 4.5 ❤️’s from me.



Excerpt:

“Plan a wedding?” he asked. “Just because it’ll make you happy?”

My first instinct was to minimize. Call it nothing. Say the plans didn’t have to be big. We could just say we were getting married in city hall in three years.

But I was committed to the pitch, and that meant no backpedaling.

“Yes. The whole thing. A hall. A band. A long white dress. A honeymoon in Paris. It’s all talk, but if we’re going to talk, we might as well talk big.”

“You really want to do this?” he whispered.

Did I? No, I didn’t. But even though it was an insane lie for an intangible result, something about it felt ambitious. As if fake dating him was fine and dandy but faking a marriage was reaching for the stars. Thinking small hadn’t gotten me anywhere. Somehow, this was going for the glory.

Leaning in to me, he breathed on my cheek. The arm he’d draped over the railing stroked my hair. His lips moved to my jaw while he caressed the back of my neck.

“Let’s do it,” I said. My brain had become completely untethered from my body. I would have said yes if he’d promised me a plate of chicken.

He kissed me, and for a second I didn’t kiss him back. I was too stunned at his gentleness. I was a feather pillow, bending under him, barely holding my shape.

I was going to regret this. He was handsome. He was a wonderful person. I wanted to kiss him. A little pucker. A little change in the angle of my head. A taste of his tongue on mine. A little groan I had no control over before we were in full make out.

Oh my God. My body was praying for more, and my mind was reminding me not to get attached because in the end he was still a guy I was attracted to, and guys I was attracted to broke my heart.

“Gross!” Tiffany said from the driveway. Not expecting to hear her so close, we yanked apart. “You’re eating her face, dweeb.”

She rolled her eyes so hard I could only see the whites.

“You came out here to criticize how I kiss my fiancĂ©e?”

I coughed.

It was on.

About CD Reiss:

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 


Connect with CD Reiss:

Website: www.cdreiss.com

For Text Alerts: TEXT “CDREISS” to 77948 

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