REVIEW – ONLY LOVE (One and Only, #3) by Melanie Harlow


A gorgeous former Marine with a tortured soul.

The beautiful, compassionate therapist living next door.

A meddlesome grandma determined to get them together.

I was expecting a proposal on my birthday, and I got dumped instead.

How could I have been so clueless?

Grams knew exactly how to distract me.

The “cute boy next door” who’s been helping her with yard work clearly needs a little therapy. Who better to call than her newly single therapist granddaughter?

She even fakes dementia to get me to visit, and now that I’m here she’s doing everything in her power to throw us together.

Not that I’m complaining. Ryan is the sexiest man I’ve ever met–I mean the full package, from the chiseled jaw to the massive shoulders to the rippling abs. (And yes, his package is full, and he knows exactly how to deliver it.) He makes me want to get out of my head and follow my heart. He makes me want to take chances I never thought I’d take.

He also makes me want to take my clothes off. A lot.

But he’s moody and challenging–one minute he’s an open book, and the next he’s completely closed off. He holds me like he’ll never let go, but insists he wants to be alone.

Some wounds are so deep, only love can heal them.

How can I convince him to let me try?



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I watched the candlelight play over her beautiful features and felt an ache deep in my chest. Regret that I couldn’t give her all she deserved. Anguish that soon she’d be out of my life, probably forever. And longing—fierce, uncontrollable longing to hold her in my arms and never let her go.



”ONLY LOVE” is the third and final installment of the ”One and Only” series. We are finally getting the eldest Devine sister’s story. Throughout the series, Stella seemed to be the level-headed, kind of boring sister. She’s been in a year-long relationship with a man in which they’ve never once had sex and Stella has always stood behind her beliefs that sex isn’t the key to a successful coupling. It looks like all she needed was to meet the right man who would obliterate all her misguided notions. All she needed was a little ”help”from her adorable and sneaky ninety-two-year-old grandmother.

Stella’s just been dumped by her boyfriend on her birthday. She spends a little time wallowing in self-pity, until her grandmother calls and asks her to come pay a visit. Little does she know, her grams has a match-making grand plan that involves her very sexy and single next door neighbor and her last remaining beautiful and single grand-daughter.



Ryan is an ex-marine, who has had a hard time acclimating to civilian life. His fiancé left him because of his inability to show true emotions. He’s not suffering from PTSD, he just has trouble grappling with the things he has had to do in the name of his country and then being back home in the states where he gets a mixture of opposing receptions from people when they learn he is a recent war veteran.

The moment Ryan and Stella meet, you can feel the electricity in the air. Grams is very wise and has gotten it right but these two are stubborn, and so it’s going to take a lot of intervention by this cute little old cupid to make them realize they’ve finally found their true other halves.

The ”One and Only” series has been my favorite so far by Melanie Harlow. I’m looking forward to the spin-off series and have a feeling everyone is going to fall in love with the Hero in book one! For those of you who love romances with a single father, I believe we are in for a real treat!!

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

ONLY LOVE is currently available!



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