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My Only Reason

(Men of Monroe #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Fall in love with my teenage crush - tick
Propose to him on a leap year - tick
Receive a sad look and a whispered 'we can't' - tick, tick, tick.

Austin Hart was my first everything–crush, love, and heartbreak.

Seven years ago, he broke me to pieces and when my world imploded two years later, I stupidly fell back into his bed, seeking comfort only he could give. Accepting
Published March 2019
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4.5 Stars

What the hell was happening? It had been five fucking years since I’d been anywhere near him, and I’d just spent a good chunk of the past two hours ignoring him and pretending he wasn’t sitting across from me. But look at me now. Under the low lights of the Esplanade, every door I’d closed when it came to him burst wide open.

I really enjoyed this and can't say enough about Rachel Brooks ability to write a stellar story (first time reader here!).

I was expecting a ton of the some old
Book Maniac Forever

5 "Flowers & Whiskey" Stars
My Only Reason was everything I wanted and more. I had eagerly been waiting for this book and was so happy to get back to Monroe. Rachel Brookes shaped a fantastic swoon-worthy second chance romance between Marnie and Austin. This story is brimming with hilarious dialogues, intense chemistry, adorable moments and emotional components.

"She tasted like whiskey and second chances. She felt like new beginnings and chasing dreams."

Marnie is back in Monroe where
Rachel K
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my thing. Others will probably like this one, but I prefer to read about men who know what they want and go after it, not hang back and do their own thing until the woman they supposedly want comes back on her own. She's the one that reaches out to him to talk about what happened, not the other way around. And his reasoning behind everything that went down between them in the past made me roll my eyes, so I ended up skimming to the end.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!

"Marnie was my one and only. My only reason. The only girl to get close enough to peel back my layers and find the real me. She knew all my secrets, fears and insecurities, and she accepted the best and worst of me while still offering every part of herself. And I'd fucked it up."

"From the moment I met him, his eyes always told me the deepest parts of his soul. When he hurt or felt pain, happiness, and love, I knew. If he couldn't express what he needed to say with words, I'd look
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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My Only Reason is the second book in the Men of Monroe series by Rachel Brookes. It's a second chance romance which features Austin Hart, a sexy police officer and Ben Hunt's colleague and best friend, and Marnie Lavender, a quirky flower shop owner who is the only woman he ever loved and whose heart he broke into million tiny pieces 7 years ago. I'm a huge sucker for this genre and stories where two people have history together and share an epic and once in a lifetime kind of love. I always ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I've missed Rachel Brookes words so bad and couldn't wait for My Only Reason to be published. As soon as it was live I one-clicked it and started reading. And let me tell you that it was worth the wait. This heartwarming, unputdownable and sweet story exceeded all of my expectations! I will even go that far and say that it's my most favorite book from Rachel Brookes alongside with Be My Temptation. And I don't say this lightly! Who ever had the pleasure to read her work knows that Rachel is a ...more
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 “Freckles” Stars!!!

My Only Reason was everything I didn’t know I needed. This is the second book in the Men of Monroe series. This also so happens to be my first book by Rachel Brookes. And yes, I know I’m doing it wrong in not reading the first book first, but in my defense it can be read as a standalone. I will say though, I am kicking myself for not starting with the first book first and for not reading this author before.

My Only Reason gave me so many feels. A story of true love,
D.L. Gallie
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Only Reason was an amazing second chance romance and I loved every minute of it.
Austin was on my sh!t list when I started reading but he swiftly moved himself over to my swoon-ovaries-explode list.
I loved Marnie from the first sentence. Her strength, her passion, her sass, I loved everything about her...I totally want to be friends with her AND I'm totally introducing Wine Time Wednesday into my life.
Their journey was an emotional one and Rachel made you feel each one of those emotions...I
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it

My Only Reason gave me Lifetime movie vibes. It’s a sweet, second chance romance. There were a few times I was confused about how much time was passing and something were a little unclear. I still enjoyed this story.

I voluntarily received an early copy.
Jun 30, 2019 added it
Dnf @ 31%.

Too syrupy and cheesy for this girl. Too many characters as well, and omg, all of them so...annoying. So annoying. Apparently in Monroe, nobody has any boundaries and feel it is their right to meddle in their friends lives and decide what is best for them, and nobody ever has the guts to say, back the hell off and mind your own business. People broadcast their emo baggage and make scenes in high visibility areas like restaurants and bars while the whole town gawps at them and really,
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4* Whiskey Stars

This second chance at love for Austin and Marnie was sincere and heartfelt. After a bad breakup both went their own way in life and the world only to meet up again years later when Marnie returns to her hometown. What had not changed in all the years apart was the chemistry and feeling they both still had towards each other. This slow burn romance will have you routing for them to be together once again where they belong.

I enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful fun loving
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the second chance stories bug me because there's that history, unspoken secrets why they broke up that drags on for 75% of the story. If you're so consumed with each other WTH can't you talk about what happened? That was this story to a T. And once the secret was told they miraculously were perfect together. C'mon - we all know that mistakes, miscommunication lead to hard feelings, and even with apologies there is going to be that little awkwardness for a day or two.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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My Only Reason by the lovely @authorrachelbrookes is so good .. lord have mercy Austin Hart is so swoon worthy and hot .. I loved marnie and her sassiness .. Im loving the men of monroe series .im hoping theres more to this series . ...more
While I enjoyed this second chance story, there was something missing for me. I guess I just couldn’t connect fully to the story or maybe it was the characters. It might just be a case of the mood I was in when I read it.
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It was great to get back to Monroe, and OMG - Austin's story!

I adored what I knew of Austin in All That I Am, but oh my swoon! I fell hook, line and sinker for him in My Only Reason.

Marnie and Austin's story is a beautiful, frustrating and at times heartbreaking second chance at love. What I really liked about this story is that our lovelies didn't just fall back into bed together, it was more of a slow motion montage!

I was completely drawn into this
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I accepted to read to My Only Reason in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

**4.5 stars**

I have been literally DYING to get this book in my possession since All That I Am released in 2017. I adored Sasha and Ben and was so ready for Austin and Marnie! But I swear, sometimes second chance romances drive me bonkers. All I want to do is just shove them together and tell them to just continue their relationship. I am so
Hanna's Book Obsession
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
{I received this in exchange for an Honest Review}

Austin and Marnie’s story was so wonderful. This was such a good second chance romance. I had so much fun reading this story. It never ceased to make me swoon. All Austin wants is to win his girl back finally. He broke both of their heart’s for a reason and now that Marnie has returned to Monroe nothing will stop him from winning her heart once again. Marnie is guarded, Austin Hart broke her heart and she doesn’t know if she can trust him again.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m in love...

A story of true love, friendship and heartbreak.

I feel like I’ve been waiting an age for this book but however long it’s been, it was so worth it!

Austin and Marnie may not have been together for the past five years but there’s no mistaking that they belong to each other. Their story is heartbreakingly beautiful and the sacrifices that were made for their relationship, as upset as I was reading it, I felt that it was needed for them to grow and come back stronger than ever.

I love
Samantha Lawless
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Austin sure can make a girl swoon after reading All that I am and falling for Ben i couldn't wait to go back to Monroe. Loved this slow burn second chance love story between Marnie and Austin. It had just the right amount of flashbacks as to not over power the re-kindling of this potent sexually charged couple. Austin had the perfect mix of alpha tendencies and swoon-worthy moments, but only with Marnie. She was the one that got away. I love how there is no unnecessary drama for dramas sake and ...more
Cindy C
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can we please address the amount of swooning that is going on in this book?!?! I think I’m dizzy from all the swirling LOL Austin freaking Hart is one of the dreamiest men I’ve ever read! Let’s not forget about the SLOW delicious burn between Austin and Marnie that we’ve got going on as well. Sexual tension level is at 100 and it’s smokin’

This book was hot and sexy, sweet and swoony, sad and sour all in one! The shenanigans that occur once Marnie gets back to town are hilarious! I seriously
Lissanne Jones
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marnie Lavender has only ever wanted two things in her life: to be a florist with her own shop and to live happily ever after with the only man she's ever loved, Austin Hart. But when Austin breaks her heart, she leaves town.

She's back now, many years later, to fulfil her other dream. She's happy to be home again, near her beloved mother and sister, but being back in Monroe also means being near Austin again. She's not going to let him break her heart again... but Austin realises he was a fool
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great, i had been waiting for Austin's book patiently for a while - who am i kidding i was not that patient!! But the wait was worth it, this book has heartbreak,second chances, giggles and swooning romance. I love second chance romance stories and this one is filled with that because the heartbreak was so hard to get over the chance of a second chance gets you right on the edge. I will say this book is one of the best of Rachel's i have read, and though i am a huge fan this book ...more
Lisa Stinson
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic second chance romance. I really loved how Marnie and Austin slowly reconnected. I’m glad it wasn’t rushed. Marnie was extremely hurt over how things ended between them and she needed time to understand why Austin did what he did and to forgive him and be able to move on.

Austin was just the perfect guy. Even though he broke his own heart when he pushed Marnie away, he did everything for her to be able to flourish in her life. But once she was home, he was determined to win
Heather Cook
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Austin and Marnie second chance romance

My Only Reason was in one word amazing. Austin was very swoon worthy and brought out all the feels. Marnie was reserved around him as to be expected. Austin and Marnie where together seven years ago and then something went way wrong and Marnie left and Austin never forgave himself for what he did and he vowed one day she would be his again and he would do everything in his power to see that it happens. Will Marnie be able to give Austin a second chance
Anne Milne
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A second chance romance with lots of giggles and Gigi is back. I just love the character.

Marnie and Austin were happy and in love before he shattered her heart sending her running from her home town. When she comes home he makes his play and when these Monroe men go in they go ALL in. Marnie is very hesitant to let him back into her life, she makes him work hard to prove he's committed. Loved his single minded tenacity. So happy to catch up with all the guys and looking forward to the next book.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A second chance romance that pulled at every heartstring, then kept me wondering what happened seven years ago that ended things.

Marnie and Austin had an undying love that was meant to last a lifetime, but hearts were broken and life moved on. When you can’t go back, is it possible to move past the heartache and start a new version of the happily ever after you were supposed to have? Well, Austin is determined to heal Marnie’s heart, he just needs to convince her to trust him again. Wow, when
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Brookes IS BACK! My Only Reason, Austin and Marnie’s story, was full of laughs and tears, sexy and swoon-worthy moments. This second chance romance had everything I ever wanted out of a couple. Austin and Marnie’s story, along with the rest of the gang in Monroe, consumed me and I could NOT put it down! I’m so very happy to be back in Monroe and to have Ms. Brookes back in the writing game!
Tara Smith
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing story from the Men of Monroe!!!

What an amazing story! Marnie and Austin's journey was so emotional and sweet. My heart broke for these two outstanding characters. Full of love and heartbreak, passion and spice, forgiveness and reconciliation, this book will have you hanging on each word. You will laugh. You will cry. Your heart will shatter and be out back together. An absolute must read!!!
Emma Johnston
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought that Ben Hunt was top of the Rachel Brooke's book boyfriend list, BAM here she comes with Austin Hart. My main man. The one that made me swoon throughout the while book. Marnie is a lucky lady ;)

I'll admit, I totally cried at certain parts of this book. The words totally gripped my heart. But they made the book even better.

Rachel Brooke's remains one of my favourite authors of all time. She will never write a book I wont read.

5 amazingly swoony stars!
Emily Gould
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It May have been a while between books but Rachel Brookes has not lost her ability to inject so much emotion into the words of the page. 30% of the way in and I had tears building in my eyes. For an author to be able to do something like that they are truely remarkable.

Marnie and Austin’s story is a magnificent. I loved reading their reconnection and seeing what has happened with everyone else in Monroe.

I’m excitedly waiting now for Missy’s story.
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Rachel Brookes is from the east coast of Australia and writes angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, and a bucketload of sexiness. With five novels currently published, she is constantly writing and getting ready to release her next hero and heroine into the world. An avid reader, Rachel can often be found with her kindle in her hand, and getting ...more

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