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No One But Us

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  659 ratings  ·  131 reviews
She's my little sister's best friend. And exactly who I should NOT be spending a summer with...

The last time I saw Elle, she was a child. A Harry Potter-obsessed 13-year-old with a penchant for fan fiction and following me around. Six years later she’s on my doorstep. The braces are gone. The “Team Gryffindor” t-shirt’s been replaced with a bikini the size of my index fi
Published July 18th 2018
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐! No One But Us (stand-alone). Elle is set on her best friend’s older brother finally noticing her & gets a summer of secrets & scandal!

“I open my eyes, though, to find he’s no longer smiling. He’s looking at me in a way he never has before, eyes heavy-lidded, mouth slightly ajar.”

No One But Us (stand-alone) opens up to student Eleanor Grayson, Elle’s life in shambles, her coveted internship cancelled. With the threat of scandal she escapes in her parent’s Porsche to spend the
2.75 stars.
I really wanted to love this one as much as I truly adored "Waking Olivia" and "Drowning Erin" by this author but sadly that was not the case.
Overall the book was okay and it held my interest but I did have some seriously "hard to overlook" issues with it.
Mainly, that almost all the characters in this story were unlikable for one reason or another except for the heroine Elle - and maybe Max to some degree and Elle's ex Ryan( he was honest and sweet towards Elle, I actually liked him a
Sheharzad ⚘
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for a lovely summer romance
This. Was. So. Freaking. Sweet.

Like maple syrup pancakes (these are the best kinds of pancakes, I'm Canadian, don't fight me on this), chocolate milkshake, followed by a variety of pastries kind of sweet 💖

Omg I have so much to say, ok, here we go!

19-year-old Elle's life is about to go completely haywire when a nasty rumour arises, accusing her of being involved with her married, late-show-host boss. To lay low from the lies, she spends the summer with her best friend since childhood, Ginny, at a
Kristy K
When I requested this ARC I didn't realize that it was a revision of a previous O'Roark novel that I didn't particularly enjoy. That was published under the title Bloom. I wish that would have been stated. But as it wasn't, I received this ARC and decided to take a chance with the updated version. While O'Roark definitely made improvements, it still fell flat for me. I've linked my original review below in case anyone wants more details.

Review of Bloom
Jul 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
i don't know what elle sees in james, he treated her like trash throughout almost the entire novel like literally every. single. other character. he only ever appreciated her looks as well, like… shut up… in this house we only stan elle, max and ryan and she should have ended up with one of them instead of james the jerk because she deserves better

edit: i thought about it some more and i got angry about the age difference thing again 19 and 25 doesn't seem like that big of a jump to me shut up j
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this angsty forbidden romance!! I was completely obsessed as soon as I started reading it!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Spoilers? Maybe, most probably idk

I don't know how to feel about No One But Us, I mean I like it hence the three stars but there were so many things that I disliked. I loved loved loved Waking Olivia so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book but sadly, it just disappointed me.

The premise of it is 'guy falls for sister's best friend' but does everything in his power to not act on these feelings such as going running in the middle of the night for hours. Sounds stupid but I found it so enter
Are all books on ku because they're so stereotypical it hurts? This book is exhibit a of why I tend to shun na books. It's completely filled with petty drama, snarky girl fights (verbal), and a 25 year old hero who is such a douche to the heroine because of his own shit. He was such a dick to her because of how he felt they shouldn't be together that by the time I quit I agreed that they shouldn't, not because of her age or their family drama but because she deserved better than him.
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Peggy M

4,5 stars

I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.

‘No one but us’ is a bit special because it isn’t a totally ‘new’ book. No, it’s a ‘new’ version of the story ‘Bloom’. The writer decided to rewrite that story. I must confess that I haven’t read the book ‘Bloom’ so I can’t compare the two stories with each other. I can only tell you what I think of ‘No one but us’.

‘No one but us’ is a new adult story, a genre that I really enjoy reading. And I must say that
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
When Elle's life falls apart, her best friend, Ginny, tells her to come and spend the summer with her at the beach. When Ginny says her older brother James will be there, too, Elle is raring to go. He's the guy she's had a crush on her entire life, so of course she wants to spend the summer near him.

James' jaw drops when gawky, skinny little Elle, his little sister's best friend, appears at their beach house, and she's no little girl any longer. She doesn't even look 19, though; she looks like a
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth O'Roark is a new to me author. And I am now sitting here wondering why I waited so long to pick up one of her books! No One But Us follows Ellie- who has had a huge crush on her best friend's brother her whole life,- and James who sees that Ellie isn't just a little girl in braces anymore. When they are roommates for the entire summer things heat up with both of them wanting want they can't have. James can't have Ellie for numerous reasons- one being she's only 19 and he's 25. He used ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everyone loves a little best friend's brother trope, amiright?! No One But Us gives us the perfect blend of secrecy, lust, and angst, wrapped up in a couple hundred pages. Poor Elle is always trying to pull herself out of her mother's shadow. She is unfortunately used to being judged based on who her parents are. Add to that, a 6 year age gap, and you have a recipe for a reluctant potential beau. James does everything he can to talk himself out of giving in to his feelings for Elle; she's too yo ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
She carried the book all by herself and by the end I felt like the hero doesn't deserve her(?) And neither does his sister. Would have been happier to read about her going far away from her toxic entourage and finding herself.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Well, it has been a while since I've read Bloom and from what I've read in No One But Usis the same book so if you read one, you read the other.
Elle is a college student who finds herself lost in the middle of a personal/family crisis who is spending summer with her best friend. While she is a little bit naive, she’s easy to like. James is her best friend's brother who is in the middle of his own personal crisis. He also knows that Elle is the one girl he should avoid, but can he avoid her or is the attraction too great? I immediately felt an attachment to Elle and James, and found myself sucked into this book. I did not put this book d ...more

Release date: 07-18-18
This is a great "knew you forever" summer romance "No One But Us" about James and Beautiful, Blonde and sweet Elle. And I received an advance copy of this book, in exchange for a fair and honest review. ... So, where do I start?
James, 25, and Elle, 19 -- give "privileged, talented and hot" new meaning. James tries and tries to stay away from Elle, since she's his sister's best friend and he's known her since grade school, well, that's just not going to hap
Sassy Southern
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elle Grayson is 19 and has an internship with The Evening News with Edward Ferris when her life is turned upside down when she is accused of having an affair with him. Desperate to escape her best friend Ginny invites her down to her beach house to spend the summer with her while she decides what to do until school starts again in September. But little does she know that Ginny’s brother, James will be there and she has to deal with the crush she has had on him since she was about 4 years old.
April Symes
When I requested to read this advanced readers copy, I didn't realize that it was a revision of a previous O'Roark novel. What I do know now after reading No One But Us is it’s a ‘new’ version of the story ‘Bloom’. I must confess that I haven’t read the book ‘Bloom’ so I can’t compare the two stories with each other. Elle Grayson can’t remember a time that she wasn’t in love with her best friend’s brother James. The last time that she saw him she was 14 years old. Now, fast forward 5 years later ...more
Ess  Kay
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Just no. So many things that were just wrong/frustrated me that I can’t even begin to list them all at this point. H and h annoyed the fudge out of me.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
was expecting more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elle is a college student who finds herself lost in the middle of a personal/family crisis who is spending summer with her best friend. While she is a little bit naive, she’s easy to like. James is her best friend's brother who is in the middle of his own personal crisis. He also knows that Elle is the one girl he should avoid, but can he avoid her or is the attraction too great? I immediately felt an attachment to Elle and James, and found myself sucked into this book. I did not put this book ...more
Priscilla Garcia
Not for me!

This book had me saying “OH MY GOD” and not for the reason you may be thinking.
Oh my god! why is this girl is so dumb! Her friend and love interest treat her like trash and she just brushes it off. Making her dislikable. She is visiting her Best friend who has invited her to her summer home and Her friend locks her out of her room a few times and she still stay. I wouldn’t of felt welcome and go somewhere else! And Is not like she can’t get money from her mom to go get a hotel room!
Nicole Baylor
It was ok, but kind of annoying

If you don't like spoilers, please don't read this review... I don't normally put spoilers in my reviews, but I just have to for this one...

I do have to say that I did like most of the storyline. However, how many times did the age thing need to be brought up? It got a little annoying after the first two times.

Elle constantly said to herself, and others, that she's nothing like her mother. That she hated the way her mother was with men. Yet, she practically became
Joy Novel Thoughts
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
No One But Us is such a cute read! I loved that this story is about a young lady that has basically fallen from grace. Though it was no fault of her own, Elle was put in a very difficult spot.

So. I'm going to be honest, for some reason I didn't review this book right after reading, I am writing this review about 6 weeks after reading it, so it's going to be a little choppy and I apologize in advance.

Elle's childhood best friend invited her to come the summer with her and her brother (teen Elle'
Melissa Dorrell
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I have mixed emotions on this book. This is a rewrite of Bloom, which I absolutely loved. Bloom is the book that had me following Elizabeth and reading all her other books. Since I read Bloom first, it has impacted how I view this book. There are some positive points and some that don't work for me as well.

Background...This is a sweet story of Elle and James. Their relationship starts years ago growing up together like family. Elle is brought into the family through her best friend Ginny who's
Amber Day
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am rating it 3.5 stars and because math taught me to round up, I gave it four. I honestly loved the story and left wanting to see where they ended up. I've always been a huge fan of brother of best friend books.

Elle is the daughter to a news reporter and a supermodel, whom she looks like a younger version of. Always longed for their attention wanted to be put first. But there was always something that kept them away.

James is Elle's best friend's brother. He was the first person who showed her
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story was so addicting. I had a hard time putting it down to sleep because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. This author kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen between these two characters. Angst and sexual tension drive this story, but we also have a little mystery, a small age gap, family drama, a bit of the forbidden, stalking, behavioral health issues and ex boy/girl friends.

Elle has been friends with Ginny since childhood and James is her older br
May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romances
So much sexism, so much slut-shaming ! Jesus, this book... Every single character makes a bad asumption or derogatory comment about Elle at some point, even her supposed best friend. James, the guy she falls for, is extremely disrespectful toward Elle, always shaming her for basically being a attractive woman. He also repeatedly criticizes her with the way she dresses, acts while she's single... I really don't understand why Elle is attracted to him, because the only things we know about his per ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars ✨

I enjoyed the Elizabeth O'Roark's previous book "Waking Olivia" so I was excited to get the opportunity to receive an ARC for "No One But Us". It is my understanding that this book is a re-do of one of her previous books titled "Bloom". I did not read "Bloom" so I am unable to comment or compare, however, I will gladly review "No One But Us" ....

Elle is a beautiful 19 year old girl with a famous TV personality father and a former super model mother. Growing up wasn't easy and she was
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Elizabeth O’Roark lives in Washington, DC with her 3 children. After many years spent writing scintillating brochures about amniocentesis and heart surgery, she is thrilled to have found a job that allows her to just make s*** up.
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