Only the Negatives, Elle Thorpe’s latest release, was my first read by this author. I’ve heard great things about her books so when I got a chance to read an arc of this one, I couldn’t pass up on it. I’m so glad for having had the chance to read it because I love discovering new-to-me-authors and especially when I end up loving their work.
Here’s my review on her third book in the Only You series, which is contemporary romance. The books in this series are interconnected so you Can read them as stand alone books – as I obviously did since I haven’t had the chance yet to read 1 and 2 – but if you have the opportunity I’d say; read them in order. Because some of the minor characters in this one have their own stories published already and I have a feeling those are must-reads as well! Without further ado; here’s my review!
The boy who once made my life a living hell is now the only way to save my family from living on the streets.
I wish he’d just stayed wherever he’s been for the past four years. That is, blissfully out of my life and nowhere near our little country town.
But in my weakest moment, he arrived like some knight in shining armour. One I never wanted or asked for. I should have run him down with my wheelchair. But I didn’t. I got in his car. And now I have to see his beautiful damn face every damn day.
And that’s my worst nightmare. Because the things he once said can’t be unheard. The hell he put me through can’t be forgotten. The man he is now can’t be forgiven for the boy he once was.
And yet, I want him.
Gemma is our female lead and I loved reading about her so much! She’s a really inspiring character. She had an accident when she was younger and lost most of her feelings in her legs and therefore uses a wheelchair. But when reading this book, it was obvious really fast that she made the best of her situation from early on after the accident. She adjusted so well to everything and I know she is fictional but damn, she has my respect! So reading about her high school experiences, the bullying, made me so mad for her. It broke my heart really. And I found it so inspiring to see that even though it’s saddening to her as well, she has come out stronger of it all.
Her way of looking to the world is beautifully written down I think and I loved following her adventure so so much. I love how she has a passion for photography since it’s something I’ve loved doing for years as well so that made her recognizable to me. This is that kind of character that’s a beautiful example of how strong people can be and how they can overcome some awful things in their life and come out stronger of it. Gemma doesn’t let her handicap drag her down for example and she starts to follow her dreams – albeit with some help from Adam at one point or another hihi, which is why I love him so much as well – and I think the author did a really great job of putting down a strong protagonist in this story.
At some points though I did kind of miss some background information on things regarding Gemma. Her accident and her disability that she ended up with afterward for example. I personally would’ve liked to read some more about that; that it just would’ve been a bit more present in the forefront instead of basically being pushed away in the background.
And of course, I have to talk about our male lead as well. Adam is a really great male character to read about ad I am so happy we got to read from his POV as well. I really loved how he was portrayed in this story because he came across as realistic. He is really a perfect character without being ‘too’ perfect, you know? He made mistakes, huge ones at that, but his intentions were always good though and that’s why I love him so much. He owned up to those mistakes and tried to fix them. He has such a good heart and he is extremely caring. I loved how, instead of only talking, he actually Showed how much he comes to care for Gemma. He’d give her the world and then some and I can’t stop swooning over guys like him hihi.
So yeah… The romance between Gemma and Adam was really Fffing amazing! It was already developing actually, when they were younger, but before there was a possibility of their friendship becoming something more it all went to hell due to some stupid mistakes Adam made in high school.
So I loved seeing their friendship being rekindled before there was a romance development. It gave the romance much more depth this way instead of staying superficial and only focusing on a physical attraction. Because that wasn’t the case at all with this one thankfully. It is sexy, definitely sexy which I looooove, but it’s the amazing dept and development of the romance that had me swooning and ooh-ing and aah-ing hihi.
I always love it when characters haven known each other for such a long time and that this strong connection then turns into something more. The author wrote down a really believable, strong, intense and beautiful one romance. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Overall, a really enjoyable book that had me hooked from beginning till end. I’m glad I encountered this author and got an opportunity to read an arc. After reading this book, I’m aching to get my hands on more already so that’s a good sign!
I loved the Australian settings in this book, the set of characters was just an enormous joy to read about, the romance is well developed, believable and sexy, there’s a bit of drama but not too much and the writing was enthralling and addictive.
It’s a story-line that isn’t The most original one though which is often the case with contemporary romance since there are So many romance books out there, but the author really made it her own and I love that. This is a book that’ll definitely stay with me for a long time to come.
So it’s safe to say that this contemporary romance set in Australia is definitely one I’d highly recommend reading!