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Only You

(Bachelor Brotherhood #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,996 ratings  ·  326 reviews
Never say never . . .

Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddli
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Forever (first published June 14th 2016)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Only You is book one in the Bachelor Brotherhood series by Denise Grover Swank. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing and by the author. This series is a spin off of The Wedding Pact series but you do not need to have read it in order to enjoy this.

wedding planner:

Holly Greenwood is a wedding planner. She has loved planning people’s weddings since she was a little girl. Working for Nicole Vandemeer was perfect for Holly. She had someone
Stacey is Sassy
Surviving the freaks helps you recognise the spark.

I think anyone who knows me or knows anything about my life would see that I LOVE my hubby. He is the most important person in my life. Funny thing is, I went through a few toads to get to my Prince Charming. BUT, I actually think meeting those toads put me in a position to recognise what I wanted, what I needed and what would work best for me when I found him. We are not alike (he likes sports...weird) and have differing opinions (he thinks rea
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romance
3 Getting What You Want Stars
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What do you do when you work for the reincarnation of the "Devil Wears Prada" of Wedding Planning... why you suck it up due to family needs and loving obligations. You also want to learn from the master so that when you open your own event company, you will be the success you desire.
Add an ex marine as your new hot neighbor who is redoing the house and it is a recipe for sparks to fly. A cute romance story with some built in interest from the past series.

A gift
Geri Reads
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Started off real good. Cute and funny plus the two main characters have this great chemistry going on. Unfortunately, it started fizzling out the moment the Holly and Kevin hooked up.

Now that's usually a good thing but it didn't work in this instance because the conflict that followed was weak and was basically caused by meddling people around them. What's even worse was that instead of fighting these people, the two of them basically allowed themselves to be manipulated and pushed around even

Only You was a cute story and a pretty light read. I easily immersed myself into this story and the lives of these characters. It made me smile while reading, laugh some, and even swoon over Kevin and Holly's relationship.

The first half of the book was very intriguing, so when the second half seemed to loose it's momentum I was disappointed. There was nothing majorly wrong with the ending, just the fact that it lost my interest. The story seemed to start slowly dying dow
Jamie Davis
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some authors write well in one genre while some dabble in a couple. Sometimes a reader is fortunate enough to stumble across a unique type of author that can write multiple genres so well that each time they release a new book you don’t care what genre it falls in -- you just have to read it. Pronto. The very first Denise Grover Swank book I read had me hooked, and I’ve never looked back.

When Denise first wrote the original Wedding Pact series, I had no idea I could love romance books so much. F
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! Holly and Kevin were such likable characters and I absolutely loved them together. Though everything happened very fast, I really enjoyed watching their relationship progress. With a large focus on family and a few zany characters this reminded me a lot of a Kristan Higgins book, who is my favorite Romance author. I realized that I have a couple of this author's books that I've never read before and I am remedying that right away. ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I'm always looking for some sweet sorbet to read and this one sounded perfect.

I liked Holly and Kevin well enough. They're both good people. They're loyal to their friends and family. I liked their playfulness together and the small pockets of banter.

I struggled with the push and pull between them. I didn't feel like enough of a connection was shown to have Kevin believe Holly was the one he wanted to marry when they had only talked 4 times for about 30 seconds each time. (view spoil
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Only You has a lot of humor, flirty dialogues and characters who think they should stay far away from anything that resembles love...

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Romantic comedy at is finest - Only You fits the bill, for sure. Between the whirlwind romance, the reluctant couple, the dragon-lady mother-in-law from hell and the fact that Holly didn't really trust anyone, everything seemed to indicate that there were too many obstacles in the way of happiness f
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
I've read a few wedding planner romances lately and Only You is by far my favorite. The writing was so good! I hadn't read any of Grover Swank's Wedding Pact novels, so I didn't know any of the characters to start this new Bachelor Brotherhood spin-off. That didn't matter, though. It was easily read as a standalone novel.

In Only You, Kevin has returned home to start his life over again. He's got a new job working for his best friend, a new fixer-upper house and he's sworn off all women. It's a p
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Swank has created a fun and real romance with this novel that romance lovers from all walks of life will enjoy. I enjoyed the intricate world building that flowed naturally with the romantic yet meddling plot that Swank pens. The flow of her writing suits the characters perfectly, allowing the plot to flow naturally. It did have a bit of a comedy of errors feel at times which made the entire story even more fun.

I’ll admit that I was expecting a bit of a formulaic tale based on the burb of this n
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Denise Grover Swank and I've already bought more of her books! I can honestly say that I liked all of the characters even Nicole, who at times was a bit difficult to take. Nicole's antics just made me laugh, of course I would have totally felt differently if she were my boss or heaven forbid, my mother! Right from the very beginning this story drew me in as Kevin sees the dump of a house his sister bought for him. Little does Kevin know that his sister is also ...more
Pretty standard stuff here. The narration by Loretta Rawlins was good but I found myself being pulled out of the story several times, thinking 'that should have been phrased differently. If this character had been a person it would have sounded like . . . ' That's never good when you're listening to an audiobook because it interrupts the flow.

Otherwise it was cute. A little farfetched and the main character waffling overmuch, but it worked out in the end. The ending was really sweet. Totally unr
Cecilia Mörk
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely story about two people falling in love... weddings, a house in need of a lot of TLC, a mother and boss with a stick up her you know what.... two sisters looking out for their siblings.... naked yoga...

The narrators did a good job.
The story is sweet and funny... true love finding you when you don't won't it but need it the most.!
patrick Lorelli
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a cute funny story that opens up with Ex- Marine Kevin Vandemeer coming home only to fine that his sister found him the most god awful, run down, you can fix it up and flip it home in the city. Looking for peace and quiet, he is now looking at who knows what. But his sister says it’s a steal. He is thinking he got taken to the cleaners and wants to know how much she made off this deal with his money while he was out fighting which right now is better than what he is looking at. That is u ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
I haven't had the pleasure of reading anything by Denise Grover Swank before now, but with this introduction to her writing I'll definitely be remedying that immediately. ONLY YOU is sweet, cute and funny. I enjoyed it so much because it had me laughing right from the beginning and it kept me engrossed all the way to the end!

Holly Greenwood loves to put a smile on the faces of brides by giving them the weddings of their dreams, but she's not holding out hope of walking down the aisle anytime soo


After I finished Only You, I had one question ... why have I not read this author before?!? Apparently, it's because I'm a bumbling idiot. Denise Grover Swank is now on my list of 'Always Read' authors that I've been working on for the last decade.

I really just loved every single little thing about this book. I thought that Kevin and Holly were beautifully created. I found myself immediately enamored with both of them and I don't know if I could say which was my favorite because they are pretty
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Contemporary romance / romantic comedy books are my favourite, team that up with the Author Denise Grover Swank, and I am one happy lady. I have read The Wedding Pact series and absolutely love it, and did too with this spin off series. This is the first of three new books for this new series, and you don't need to read the other, but in my opinion, you will be missing out on some good entertainment. I can see each series would make an awesome movie!

This series is about three high school / colle
Elizabeth H.
This is my first read by Denise Grover Swank and I am completely smitten! I absolutely LOVED this book!

ONLY YOU is one of the best books I’ve ever read! It’s charming, hilarious, heart-felt and enchanting! I couldn’t put it down! The characters are easily relatable. The dialogue is witty and had me laughing out loud throughout the book.

Holly is a strong, hardworking woman with a lot on her plate. She doesn’t need the distraction of her sexy new neighbor…no matter how tempting he is. After a stri
Jacqueline J
Nov 23, 2016 marked it as dnf
Sorry, bored with this. It took me three weeks to get to 117 pages. Even the fact that it was written about the area of the world I'm from couldn't keep me interested. It wasn't poorly written but nothing really shone either. Sometimes I can stick with a meh book but not this time. ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

"If you want your fairy tale , maybe you should come down from the tower instead of waiting for your prince to find you."

There was something about 'Only You' that made me feel l warm and giddy inside. I'm a romantic person but I don't enjoy reading about insta-love. I feel like this book had insta-love but the H/h spent the entirety of the book trying to fight it off. I think that was its saving grace for me. The angst. The forbidden. And of course the adoration that the hero so clearly showed o
Sandy S
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 25, 2016

Never say never . . .

Romance isn't an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world's craziest women. At lea
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

This book was light and funny. It was well-written and there were definitely characters in it that I enjoyed.

I liked Kevin and Holly and I liked them as a couple. There was an attraction there from the beginning that I was compelled by...I did want to see where their story would go. I was cheering for them to succeed, to be happy and to find their HEA.

To me, a 3 is a book that is neither notably bad or impressively good. And this book was exactly
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
This was my first read by this author but I really liked this book and it won't be my last.

It was a little insta-love but The connection between Holly and Kevin was believable enough that I can get over that.

Kevin's mother was so frustrating and the way that Holly just sort of sat by and let herself be treated so badly was annoying, but understandable. Holly's cousin Melanie was almost as frustrating. One minute she's pushing Holly towards Kevin and the next she's telling her to stay away. She
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved Kevin and Holly! This book was the perfect blend of sweet and romantic with some some fun thrown in for good measure.

Kevin is an ex-Marine who has moved home... into a money pit! That's what he gets for having his sister help him find a fixer upper. The place he moves into is beyond fixing up. It should be condemned. The only good thing about the house is the cute girl who lives next door. There is definitely an attraction there, but Kevin needs to get his head in the game and fix th
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charming, flirty, and incredibly romantic!

This is a classic contemporary romance story full of heart, humour, and emotion.

The writing is clear and fluid. The characters, which includes some of our all-time favourites from the Wedding Pact series, are quirky, endearing, lovable, and deliciously sexy. And the plot is a good mix of familial relationships, friendship, steamy chemistry, witty dialogue, and true love.

Overall, this is a clever, fun, easy read that will leave a smile on your face and ha
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a spin off of The Wedding Pact series, which I read and enjoyed for the most part. This one started off really strong, it was funny and cute and I thought Kevin and Holly had chemistry. But once it was found out that Holly worked for Kevin's mom, that was the main source of conflict, and I found it kind of weak. These aren't teens or young adults, they're both in their 30's, so the whole sneaking around thing was weird. Sure, Kevin's mom was a nut job (as she was in The Substitute, but s ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This story was sweet, with low drama. That being said, it was just okay for me. There was nothing wrong with the story, and it didn't overwhelm me with was just a nice, light read. The ending was a little too neatly and quickly wrapped up, but I'm guessing we'll get glimpses of Holly & Kevin in future tales.

Copy recieved courtesy of publisher via NetGalley
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The bursts of 'colorful language' really threw me. I really disliked that and felt it added nothing to the story. Also some repetitions of motivations; one doesn't need to be reminded more than a time or two. Otherwise a pretty good read. ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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