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Only Him

(One and Only #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,277 Ratings  ·  364 Reviews
Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance.

He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.
But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.
So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger a
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2018
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As far as second chance romances go this was an okish read, the only reason why this didn't get a 5 star rating from me is that I wanted to just stay in the moment of angst, I wanted the emotions to pour out of me which I think is crucial when it comes to second chance love stories, years had gone by, they had briefly thought of the other fleetingly so with how it all came about that he'd look her up whilst passing through town, wasn't really believable.

And even though he was only a
Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

It was then and it was now and there was never a time when our bodies didn’t crave this heat and our hearts didn’t share this rhythm and our souls weren’t always leading us right back to this place, this feeling, this moment. I clung to it as if it could save me from drowning.

ONLY HIM is an emotional second chance romance that will tug at your heartstrings. This second installment of the ”One and Only” series focuses on the youngest of the De
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“Dallas Shepherd. My first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.”

I am and will always be a massive sucker for second chance love stories; so when I read the synopsis to Only Him by Melanie Harlow, I knew this is one book I needed in my life. I thrive on the heartache, the intense emotions, the anticipation, the angst and the undeniable unconditional love that seeps off the pages. I love being drawn into an epic love story so deeply that I can feel every high and every low and while I d
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4 Now, Then, Always And Only Yours Stars!
(ARC provided by Laurelin Paige)

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Maren Devine is a beautiful, single 29 yr. old woman living in Detroit. She was a ballet dancer who now owns & runs a successful yoga studio. She has two amazing sisters she adores, but no special someone in her life. It’s been a while since she’s been in a relationship, and she often wonders if it’s because nobody measures up to her high school sweetheart Dallas Shepherd. He loved her so intensely and completely, and
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
When you read Melanie Harlow, I know I am guaranteed sweet. I know it’ll be a good read and one I’ll like. Only Him is that. I enjoyed it, this read definitely brought different emotions out in me though.

Dallas and Maren were high school sweethearts until Dallas was sent away to boarding school senior year. He didn’t tell Maren he was leaving, he just left, thinking that was what was best for Maren. Not even a text. Flash forward 11 years and you are at today.

These two incredible characters ar
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

I'm sad to say that Only Him is my least favorite book from Melanie Harlow. It wasn't bad but it didn't reach my expectations either. Only Him is a second chance romance. It was sweet,sexy and emotional.

Maren and Dallas meet again after years. Dallas has left her without saying anything and now he wants to apologise to her. There is still love and passion between them.

I haven't decide yet what was the main reason I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted.I loved the characters and the plo
Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*
"I have all that need. I am where I need to be."

Only Him is a sexy second chance romance. Dallas and Maren's story is emotional and heartfelt.
They loved each other fiercely as teenagers. When Dallas leaves unexpectedly, Maren is left heartbroken. Fast forward twelve years and he's back seeking forgiveness.

I loved several things about Only Him. It's quintessential Melanie Harlow! Sexy and emotional. There's a little bit of angst and family drama. It feels real and the reader gets a real sense of
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

After reading Only You, I couldn't wait to read more about Maren and her long lost sweetheart, Dallas. Their relationship sounded like one filled with angst and I couldn't be happier.

The only problem for me is that it wasn't really angsty. I mean, it is but not as much as I would have liked. It was really obvious how much they both cared for each was just a matter of convincing a certain stubborn someone.

Dallas and Maren were together in high school when he left abruptly witho
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3 “Only” Stars

Only Him was a sweet second chance romance. With just a bit of angst, a little bit of suspense and a whole lot of chemistry, Marsh and Dallas had a love story that pulled at my heart strings. This standalone in the One and Only series left a smile on my face.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. A is for Alpha B is for Books.
4.5 stars.
Absolutely loved this book. Melanie Harlow is my goddess of contemporary and sexy reads.
I have read almost everything by her and some books multiple times.
I love second chance stories because they are so real. Lets face it-who hasn't messed up at least once in life or in a relationship.
I really wish that she had included the below scene in her book but it is available to read for free on her website (it reads like an additional epilogue).

Spoiler alert: don't read below if you haven't r
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Only Him by Melanie Harlow is a second chance romance with a slight angst thrown into the mix. This book was sweet and sexy. As far as emotions go, Melanie made you fall in love with these characters and that the idea of forever love does exist. Dallas and Maren’s story is complicated, beautiful love story that centers on forgiveness, healing, and the ideal concept of fate. So if you are looking for a story where two far from perfect charac
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Only Him was a heart-wrenching second chance story. It didn't make me cry but it definitely punched me right in the heart. I devoured it in one sitting. I loved watching these characters reconnect and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I definitely recommend it.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

4 Dreaming CROWNS

Melanie Harlow’s books are the epitome of what a classic romance is - the belief of soulmates, fated couples, and the idea of if it is meant to be it will be. It is often nice to got lost in these romanticized worlds, to escape real life and believe in romance, the ones we dreamed of as little girls and even as adult women.

Dallas and Maren are high school sweethearts that fell apart at the hands of young and reckless choices. Readers will feel
book bruin
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am an absolute sucker for second chance romances featuring childhood sweethearts and Only Him fit the bill perfectly. It will pull on your heartstrings and give you all the feels. Readers may remember meeting Maren in Only You, but this book can be read as a stand alone.

Dallas and Maren have a complicated relationship. They shared an incredible connection that no other man or woman has come close to ever replicating. The sudden and drastic end of their relationship in high school though has le
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Love Melanie Harlow's books but this wasn't one I'd recommend.
I am a sucker for any second chance romance. I love the angst, the sheer helplessness of having lost love and the utter joy of having being given a second chance at that lost love..For me, Only Him, lacked that. I missed that emotions that makes you feel breathless, the heartaches but most of all, I missed the love that makes you feel that unconditional love...the pure,intense excitement of a second chance romance.
2.5 stars
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Julia - The Romance Bibliophile
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites

Only Him was a sexy, angsty, and emotional standalone second chance romance, and I absolutely loved it with all of my heart! The storyline and characters were phenomenal, and I loved Melanie Harlow's writing style. She wrote a beautiful and memorable story for Dallas and Maren, and I honestly loved it from beginning to end. Melanie has done an amazing job with the One and Only series so far, and I'm so excited for Stella's story in Only Love!

The storyline was amazing and so much diff
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5, I'm not done loving you, Stars!!

“Once I saw her, talked to her, I wanted more. You didn’t take one bite of the most delicious cupcake in the world and put it back in the box–you ate the whole thing.”

“We were young and reckless and bursting with need, desperate to satisfy the gnawing hunger inside of us that never seemed to go away, no matter how often we fed it.”

“God help me, I wanted her love. I wanted to believe what she was saying. I wanted to feel like the man she thought I was, even if
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We met Maren in Only You as she is Emme's sister. She is a former ballerina and current yoga instructor. She is sweet, funny, caring, and understanding. She should be centered and balanced, but lately she is struggling a bit.

Dallas Shepherd was her first and only love. And one day he disappeared on her and left her heartbroken. Now twelve years later, he shows up at her door.

Oh my...Dallas just stole my heart. He is charming, sensitive, loving, but also stubborn impulsive, and self sacrificing
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I had a dream about a snake and a clock, I would think it meant I’m panicking that we haven’t booked a summer holiday yet and time is running out. But what can it mean to Maren Devine? Perhaps Madame Psuka, the interpreter of dreams and psychic will know.

Maren and Dallas Shepherd were high school sweethearts but he left her without saying goodbye and she never got over it. Dallas was the cheeky chappy, the class clown, liberator of pigs, with a huge inferiority complex due to his super cleve
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went through a lot of emotions while reading ONLY HIM by Melanie Harlow. Glee, nostalgia, disappointment and even frustration. The beginning and end of this book is solid. But I was lost somewhere in the middle with the story and I just didn’t like where it all went for a time. The reason for the four is because of the ending. The feeling it gave me, the one I wanted to feel for the whole book finally surfaced and I was awarded with the brilliant writing I was anticipating from Harlow the whol ...more
“Tell me we can find a way. Promise me.”

ONLY HIM is a second chance romance that will take your breath away! It’s sexy, beautiful, angsty goodness that you will never want to put down. Dallas and Maren were wonderful characters that will melt your heart. Like any great second chance romance, the chemistry, the connection is there in spades, but when you add Melanie Harlow’s heart and soul in the mix, it becomes something more. Her writing has a way of reaching to the depths of my soul and pull
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another perfectly sweet, second-chance romance from Melanie Harlow. With just enough angst to keep me craving that happily ever after.

Dallas, a 30-year-old tattoo artist, is a broken and flawed hero who has to work past his issues and allow himself to love and be loved. Maren, a 29-year-old yoga studio owner/instructor, keeps having a recurring nightmare and is trying to figure out what her subconscious is telling her. 

They were high school sweethearts. He left without a goodbye thinking she'd b
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

4 Stars!

Only Him is a second-chance romance that gave me all the feels. It pulled at my heartstrings and had me rooting extra hard for Maren and Dallas.

Years ago, Dallas left town without saying goodbye to Maren. And without an explanation as to why. Maren has tried to move on, but in doing so she needs closure to finally be able to. And to her surprise it might come sooner than she thinks.

Dallas hasn't been able to get Maren out of his mind
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dallas and Maren were refreshing and brought hope again!

I love Melanie's writing, since the first book I read by her (Man Candy). She is deep, thoughtful, she brings the right balance of angsty, emotion, light banter, love, lust and joy. Her characters are solid and well built and their backgrounds are believable!

And in this book, we found all of that again!

This is a book about a second chance between Dallas and Maren, and although it's a standalone, if you've read Only You (Nate and Emme's stor
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second chance romance? YES. PLEASE. They are my weakness! And this book? I died all the deads. I swooned. I laughed. I smiled. I moaned. I cried! I wanted to throw my kindle! OMFG I am SO IN LOVE with Dallas and Marin. I cannot even. I felt their pain. I felt their love. I felt EVERYTHING! I think this is my fave read from Harlow yet! I never wanted this love story to end!
J.E. Benoit
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

No matter what I had done, or how long it had been, or how many other women had tried to take her place in my heart, she was always there, as permanent as any tattoo on my body.

Dallas Shepherd was Maren Devine’s first love. They may have been young but the love they shared was the kind that she thought would last forever but when Dallas left her with no explanation she w
Bookgasms Book Blog
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula, missy
Melanie Harlow is one of the greatest heartstring puppeteers I have ever read. She has such a beautiful way with words where I am just overwhelmed and in awe of her skills. I absolutely loved Maren from Emme and Nate's story and felt that her connection with Dallas was fantastic!

This story was angsty and emotional and had all the facets of a great Melanie Harlow story. Dallas was looking for redemption after leaving Maren thirteen years earlier at seventeen and she was looking for closure in fin
***4 ‘Second Chance’ Stars***

Ooohhh this one.
The feels.
The extreme yo-yo’ing of emotions were epically real. The good, the bad and the ugly happened and though there were times I wanted to toss the Kindle into the freezer out of frustration with BOTH Maren and Dallas, I couldn’t because I needed to see them both get the HEA they so richly deserved.

I loved Maren. Her outlook on life and her desire to help others were what drew me to her. Her positivity, openness and honesty with herself and tho
Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
Dallas and Maren were each others first love back in high school. They both thought that nothing could ever come between them. Maren believed that happy ever after was something that would happen for them. Until it didn’t. Dallas left with no explanation, leaving her broken hearted and wondering what happened to the love that she so strongly believed in?

Twelve years later and they each have their own lives. Maren still lives in their home town but Dallas had never returned. After a conversation
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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She writes contemporary and historical romance from her home near Detroit, MI.

Other books in the series

One and Only (3 books)
  • Only You (One and Only, # 1)
  • Only Love (One and Only, #3)
“Madam Psuka shut the door behind us, and I had to squint as I looked around. Very little light filtered through the windows, which were all covered in multi-colored panels of fabric. Tapestries, paintings, and blankets covered the walls, and the floors were covered with faded rugs as well. She had no couch or chairs, but large pillows in every hue lined the walls or sat in heaps in the corners. It was sort of like being in a very colorful padded cell. She had stacks of books everywhere, beaded rope hanging from corner to corner, and several giant green plants. How they survived with so little natural light, I had no idea.” 0 likes
“Madam Psuka shook her head. “Is not the end. All is not lost.” “Well, it feels that way to me.” I stood up. “Come on, Emme.” But the madam wasn’t done with me. “Be stronger. Be braver. Trust yourself. Open yourself up to all possibilities. Stop seeing yourself trapped in a cycle of heartbreak, and a way out will present itself to you—but not if you refuse to let it. Not if you refuse love.” 0 likes
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