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Only the Positive

(Only You #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  108 reviews
I made a mistake that might have ruined someone’s life. I’ve moved to Sydney to avoid the glares and the questions from the people back home, but there’s one thing I can’t run from—the guilt and pain that follows me relentlessly. All I can do is dull it with alcohol and casual sex. But then my new boss, Mr Dark and Delicious, deserted me, mid kiss, with my skirt hi
Published September 20th 2018
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Dilek VT
DNF at 10%


The hero is bi-sexual and it feels depressing and painful to know that he has got (view spoiler).

Not my ideal type of romance so DNF it is!
Jen Davis
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kudos to Elle Thorpe for telling a story I have never read before. She makes some bold choices, and I’m not surprised all that often when I read these days. This is an important story to tell, too.

It was fun to visit Australia, even through the pages of a book. I learned some new expressions and got a break from all the standard settings I'm used to.

Fresh, different, and surprising.
Elle Thorpe
Apr 24, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Zoe Ashwood
This story was an emotional roller-coaster from page one and grabbed me so hard. Low is not a hero I would typically go for - smooth, slick, and snarky - but as the story progressed, I felt so much for him. And Reese is a fantastic heroine, dealing with guilt so deep, she doesn't know how to dig herself out of it again. Their love and their patience were seriously inspiring, and I rooted for them all the way through the end.
The setting for this love story is so unique - a horse racing track in S
Jessica {Litnoob}
Ok full disclosure I went into this book with stupid high expectations. It was a love of two of my biggest bookish recommenders and I trust them so much I just knew I would love it. And I was right! Guys this was everything.

We have two very broken people hiding is Sydney and trying to just survive. Their issues are each very complex and personal but still they have so much in common and share so many traits that it’s impossible for them not to gravitate toward one another.

We are faced with grief
Nancy Reads
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ONLY THE POSITIVE is not your usual love story. It starts off with Reese at a very sad and lonely place in her life, looking forward to starting a new job. It was as a bartender at Lavender Fields Racecourse. She always loved being around horses and Lavender Fields reminded her of home. A flicker of excitement lit within her for the first time in so long, when she met Low the bar manager and her new boss. This is what she needed. A new job. A new beginning. A new guy to lose herself in for a whi ...more
Jolie Vines
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read an early draft of this novel and adore Reese and Low and the OTP world Thorpe has built. Neither our hero or heroine are looking for more than a one-night-stand when they hook up one night at a racetrack bar. But an untimely phone call mid-clinch has Low horrified and running.

Reese is disconcerted to say the least. She works with Low and when he doesn't show for his shifts, she starts to worry. Though they both agreed they weren't looking for love, their chemistry is off the scale. Feeli
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet story about two people that have hard things happen to them, and not want to tell anybody because they feel ashamed.
The chemistry between them was off the charts, and every time they were near each other, sparks flew.
This was also a heartwrenching story, and I genuinely felt for the characters when things came to light, and I wished they would make it through.
The sneak peek at the end was great too, and I can't wait for the next book.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sept-2018

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this one. One minute I'm in love and the next I'm just indifferent. It's probably the direction the story took. Not one of my favorite paths to go down.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only the positive is the first in the Only You series and a powerful first debut by Elle Thorpe. Honestly, I’m surprised that this is her first as her writing feels so flawless
I really enjoyed it. The book starts out as your typical NA storyline but then turns into oh so much more. She did a fantastic job with this storyline. One I’m surprised no one really has touched on. I felt it made this more realistic and definitely brings awareness and education on such topics.
I loved Low and Reese. The
A Book Obsessed Brit
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Elle Thorpe's debut novel, Only The Positive. This book tackles some serious topics with a sensitivity and a realness that was perfectly suited to this story.

Only the Positive follows Reese our heroine, who following a tragic accident with her little sister which she feels wholly responsible for, has left everyone and everything she knows behind and fled to start a new life. Reese is drawn to a horse racecourse where she gets a job working in a bar, here
Heidi Mensch
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of Only the Positive from the author and I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this emotional page-turning book. Thorpe beautifully paints each scene as she tackles a difficult subject matter, HIV, with honesty and sincerity.

Low and Reese are two broken souls who are drawn to each other upon first meeting. Both are dealing with issues; Low had a difficult childhood with his mother while Reese is running from her problems at home. Both also use alcohol and sex as a means
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
 [I received a digital ARC for an honest review]

Only the Positive is a unique story line that I myself have never read before. It was realistic and believable. A story about learning to forgive yourself for things that are out of your control. A story about acceptance and personal growth.

When we first meet Low he is your typical carefree cocky man slut. He's Charming and flirty but his life quickly changes, and he becomes the opposite. Reese is running from her past and her guilt. She is all ab
Apr 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Spunky N Sassy
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

I never knew where this story was going to go. I was riveted from page 1.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two broken souls.
Off the charts chemistry.
One major life changing obstacle.
A well written very emotional read that tests the boundaries of relationships and what your willing to give up, endure, suffer or change for love.
Well worth the read.

G (heartbooked)
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally got to finish my fellow Australian’s first book. I was seriously rooting for Elle and her characters. But I was drawn to them immediately because she introduced them so well in the first chapter. Love Reese and Low.

For two people who were struggling to deal with issues plaguing their progress to something more... I was rooting for them to get the HEA they both wanted. I enjoyed reading this debut piece because I felt a real connection between the main characters. I felt the emotions whe
Louise  O
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Only the Positive is the first book in the Only You stand alone series and a first Elle Thorpe. This book was an emotional one throughout and kept me hanging on where the book was going, 2 characters both broken by incidents coming together to make themselves whole again.

Low and Reece are both young and have no expectations past a one-night stands, working together will make it harder but they both know the score and use sex as a crutch which leads to Low finding out that he has been exposed to
Sarah Green
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a truly touching tale of two devastating circumstances. This really was beautifully done. Both Reese and Low are tested in so many ways you are routing for them from start to finish.
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I had to give this book 5 stars due to the different writing style and the different story this author takes you through. At first, I thought yes this is just another bar hopping love story with a man-whore and girl that didn't know what she wanted. But this book is sooo much more.

Reese is hiding from her past. She made a huge mistake and is running. When she gets a job at a bar and meets her new boss Low it is instant chemistry. But these two decide to be friends. I loved the banter betwee
V Meade
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only the Positive takes two broken souls and heals them by bringing them together. Of course the story is just that easy. Reese is suffering from a lot of self hatred and guilt over and accident. People close to her react out of sadness and anger and make the situation even worse, so Reese runs. Low had a troubled life and doesn't feel like he belongs anywhere. Afraid the next person he lets into his life will also turn around and walk away, so he refuses to let anyone get close. When something ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reese and Low meet at a time in their life when they both are in need of someone to lean on. They start off flirty and the sexual tension is palatable, but both of them are using each other as distractions. Low was used to being the cocky playboy who only was down for one night stands, but then he found himself continually pulling away whenever he and Reese would get close to developing a physical connection. His reluctance leads to them developing more of a emotional relationship instead of a p ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This seems to be the week for debut authors for me and what a debut Elle Thorpe has made. Only The Positive is the first in her ‘Only You’ series. It doesn’t feel like a newbie’s book. The writing is powerful, skilled and at times heart-wrenching in it’s poignancy.
Reese has moved away from home, running from a mistake she made and the devastation left in its wake. She’s drawn to the job as a bartender at Lavender Fields racecourse and it’s here she mets Low. Their attraction is instantaneous, an
Clare Harrison
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Horses have always been dear to my heart so this book was off to a great start as Reese turns up to her new job at the bar of a local racecourse.

Thoroughbreds are beautiful creatures and my heart galloped with joy as Reese shared a deep history full of love for them.

An instant reaction from her devestated family  brought her to where she is now. Alone, hurt, and isolated from the world.

Low the local one night wonder who swings whichever way the sun faces, is intent on furthering his career at th
Rebecca Austin
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-sassy
This was a beautifully written book on healing and dealing with the unexpected that changes everything.

I thought Reese was a great character and I loved her post it notes! She was so positive for certain things, yet she also lived with so much guilt inside of her due to events in the past. The events of the past were devastating and my heart broke that she took all the blame and wouldn’t let herself be happy because of it.

Low was known for getting around and I liked the chemistry he had with Re
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
5+ stars

*ebook generously provided by the author and I'm leaving an honest review*

Woow! I really loved this book and characters, especially Reese and Low. It was not a typical love story and I loved it. I especially loved the moral of the story and sensitive topics that author handles with such care, character and intelligence; and setting - a horse racing track in Sydney. I really can't believe this is Elle's debut novel because it's so beautifully written with equally beautiful, loveable and e
Kathy Rouchelle
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinarily well written story that will tug your emotions right out of you. Not your typical romance, you will find Reese, broken as she blames herself for a horrific act that has caused her estrangement from her family. She has spiraled down, coping with the pain by using alcohol and men just for a little while. She takes a new job as a bartender at a racetrack where she meets the handsome and sexy Low. One night, that's all she wants and is all he is ever willing to give. But Low ...more
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Five Stars

What a roller coaster ride Elle Thorpe had me on with this story. Only The Positive was a fantastic read with so many emotions possible. I have never read a book with this kind of story; I yelled at and cried for these characters and I found myself wanting to throw my kindle a few time. Elle really had my attention from page one until the very last end of this gripping read. Only The Positive was very well written and flowed perfectly.

I felt as thougb I was in the book, in these charac
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! The author has written a wonderful romance that has a backstory that affects so many people and their loved ones in real life. I simply Loved the authors touching and heartfelt storyline that pulled at my emotions and left me rocked to the core at times.

Reese is a broken woman. She blames herself for a horrific act that has left her estranged from her family. She tries to cope with the inner pain with alcohol and men; anything to let her dull the pain for a few brief hours. That and post it
Brittany from Can’t Quit Books
Reese has run away from everything she has ever known and has no one. She starts a new job at the horse track just so she can be near the horses.

Low is the boss at the bar inside the track. He has a reputation of one night stands, but that does not deter the customers from trying to be the next notch on his bedpost.

Reese and Low have this amazing chemistry from the start. They know they both want to use each other, but Low keeps pushing her away.

Reese knew exactly what she wanted with Low, and I
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Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she's not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she's a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She's also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don't judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over ...more

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