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ONLY YOU by Samantha Young

Once upon a time, Monroe Sinclair was Brodan Adair’s best friend, but now he’s a stranger and one of Hollywood’s leading men…

It took Monroe Sinclair eighteen years to return home to Ardnoch after a fateful night that devastated her friendship with Brodan Adair. She fled her unrequited love for him, as well as her difficult family life, and tried not to look behind her. Only a daughter’s guilt could lure her back to the Highlands and the assumption that Brodan Adair rarely ever sets foot in their hometown. She can handle seeing the rest of the Adairs so long as she can avoid her ex-best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

Nothing is more important to Brodan than family, and only his demons have the power to keep him from them. For years, acting was something he was lucky enough to be good at, yet it wasn’t his priority—Ardnoch and his siblings were. But when a ghost from his past returned out of the blue, Brodan tried to outrun its haunting, taking him further and further from home. When exhaustion finally forces him back to the family fold, the last thing he wants is to encounter another ghost. But that’s exactly what Monroe Sinclair has been to him.

When a promise to his nephew obliges Brodan to work with Monroe, it forces them to face their past. The explosive connection that has always existed between them resurrects truths long buried. Yet, just when they might be on the brink of a second chance, the ghost from Brodan’s past finally catches up to him and threatens not just their happiness, but their very lives.

Title : Only You
Author : Samantha Young
Series : Adair Family #5
Format : e-ARC
Page Count :
Genre : Romantic Suspense
Publisher : Self-published
Release Date : February 21, 2023

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ .5

Micky’s 4.5 star review

Heartaches and longings
Friendships that don’t last
Suspenseful surprises

While I wasn’t ready for this to be the last book in this series, I devoured it because I have loved this series front to back. These stories are full of hard-fought connections and always with some suspense (sometimes rather dramatic).

Brodan was a tough sell as a main character. He was unforgiving, arrogant and hurtful…but only with Monroe which kind of made it worse. He’d show his heart and care to others then treated Monroe terribly. How on earth did the author pull this around? Well, all I can say is that Monroe, her story and her character sustained me through the dislike of Brodan until he could show a better side.

Monroe’s story was especially compelling. Her past and present were one big trial of limping through life while being battered by events. I really liked her and I enjoyed the walls she erected. These two were something of a slow burn in connection but earlier in other feelings. They definitely had all the elements of chemistry going on. The story was satisfying with a suspenseful twist from a direction I didn’t see which I appreciated.

Not ready to let the Adairs and this setting go? I am pleased after some minor sleuthing that the off-shoot series book one Beyond The Thistles starts with characters we’ve already met here and I liked them.

Thank you to the author for the review copy; this is my honest opinion.


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