Only With You by Nicole McLaughlin | Book Review

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Only With You by Nicole McLaughlin | Book ReviewOnly With You by Nicole McLaughlin
Also by this author: Should've Been You
Series: Man Enough #4
Also in this series: Should've Been You
Published by St. Martin's Press on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Military, Contemporary
Pages: 150
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250120106

The men in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series are tough Alphas devoted to serving their country and the women who love them.

National Guardsman Aiden King has been attracted to Hannah Walters for a while, but he never made a move because of her close relationship with his best friend. But when circumstances change, Aiden is surprised when his friend gives his blessing. Problem is, there’s a reason he’s still alone after all these years, and as much as he wants her, that secret keeps him from acting on his desires.

Hannah has finally decided to wait for the kind of love you read about in books and see in movies. After her failed engagement, Aiden’s unassuming support has become a touchstone for Hannah. It soon becomes apparent that he may be exactly the kind of man she’s been looking for. But the closer they become, the more he keeps her at arm’s length.

When Aiden suggests a road trip to take Hannah’s mind off her troubles, the two of them go on a journey neither one expected. She just hopes that the final destination is them together for good.

Only With You by Nicole McLaughlin is the forth book in McLaughlin’s Man Enough series. You absolutely do not have to read these books in order. I’ve only read the third book in this series, Should Have Been You , prior to this one. I felt like I was able to follow along pretty well. On the whole though, I feel like Only With You is an okay read. I do not foresee myself actively pursuing more books by this author.

The fourth book in the series is about Becca’s sister Hannah (from the previous book). In this one, she’s getting over a short, broken engagement. She also is trying to navigate her new different friendship with Jase, now that he is dating her sister. He is no longer her backup boyfriend.

The previous book began to hint at chemistry with Aidan, another of the National Guardsman group who get together for dinner every drill. So, at one of those dinners Hannah and Aidan talk, well she does most of the talking. He’s the strong but silent type, I guess. So they exchange numbers and she texts him. One thing leads to another, as it always does.

So, Aidan is the owner of a bar called Smokey’s in a pretty upscale college sort of town. Hannah is a teacher and lives in Manhattan, Kansas. There’s a little bit of distance between the two. Still, they seem to get along so well because they are opposites. Anyways, their relationship sort of begins to heat up, but Aidan always puts on the brakes. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that. The book does explore the reason and finally there is therapy at the end which is portrayed in a positive light. Overall though I just feel no real spark or attachment to these characters.

Only With You is a very quick read. It is a novella. I did find Hannah to be annoying with her incessant chatter. Also, it felt like Aidan really needed to use his words. Eh, this was kind of a miss with me. Not the best I’ve read by a long shot.

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  1. This one looks like an interesting read. Great post and thanks for reading this one.

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