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Forever Only Once

(Promise Me #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  561 ratings  ·  182 reviews
From 'New York Times' and 'USA Today' best-selling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn't inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she's healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she's proud to call her friends. However, when make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds her
Published June 23rd 2020 by Carrie Ann Ryan
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Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Forever Only Once is the start to Carrie Ann Ryan's new series, Promise Me, though the hero may be familiar to you if you've read Wrapped in Ink. Cross Brady is the oldest of his siblings and has always felt like he needed to be their protector, but that kept his social life lacking when he was too busy worrying about his siblings to date. Hazel Noble is trying to move on from the horrors in her past but isn't sure she should put her trust in the gruff yet incredibl
Nadine Bookaholic
Hazel Nobel has escaped the horrors of her past and started a new life for herself in Boulder, Colorado where she and a few of her friends have made a pact to help each other find their perfect ones by setting them up on blind dates, Hazel is first up. So when the handsome bearded gentlemen sits down at her table she thinks her friend did well in finding her someone she was at least attracted to, only to find out that they have both mistakenly taken the other for someone else. But hey, things ha ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missy
Forever Only Once is a powerful story of friendship, strength, recovery, hope, and love. And I loved every minute spent with Hazel and her amazing group of friends. Four women who’ve overcome so much and are ready—at least to try—to find love again.

Hazel is the first victim, er... winner in the pact to start looking for love again. And lucky for her, and a blind date gone wrong, she finds herself enjoying the company of Cross Brady.

Hazel never thought she’d feel this way again about a man and a
Carrie Ryan
Aug 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Forever Only Once is coming soon.

Rhonda Ziglar
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 HAZEL AND CROSS STARS!! What a great start to a new series. This book has all the feels with friendship, heartache, sexiness and love. Hazel and Cross will take you on one of the most memorable ride ever. You must read this book and it will start you on this new series.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2020, romance
I loved how Cross and Hazel met, a chance meeting that they both decided to take advantage of. Them taking things slow was a good thing too, it allowed each to really think if they wanted to spend time with the other. Of course Hazel had her own reasons for going slow, which broke my heart. I liked that Cross realized that Hazel was skittish and always asked before doing anything, from kissing her, to asking to come inside her house. Things were really going good for the two of them, so you when ...more
Her Strength!!!

Hazel Noble, a math professor who worked at University of Boulder and who'd survived some horrible things that she would never wished upon anyone not even her enemies. But she healed, moved on, meet some incredible and strong women that she was proud to call her friends. She loved them like sisters. They all made a pact to start looking for love, she was the first one up. Well things should be interesting ;).

Cross Brady, one of Arden's ( WRAPPED IN INK ) brothers and co-owner of
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Hazel and her best friends are making a pact to get back into dating and find the one. Each of them will take her turn, with the others picking the perfect date. Through luck of the draw, Hazel is up first. She has picked up her life and recovered from a controlling, negative situation. Her first date is set with a friend of a friend, a man her friends think will be perfect for her, but at the last minute he cancels leaving her already waiting at the bar alone.

Cross thought he had every
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-male, arc
4.50 Stars
Cross Brady being the eldest of his siblings and trying to protect and look after them, as well as being the co-owner of Chris Cross Furniture, doesn't give him much time for a social life. And he was happy with his life, well until he accidentally meet beautiful, funny women named Hazel Noble.
Hazel Noble is a math professor who works at University of Boulder and she has not had a happy life. But she is healing and moving on, when she joined a group of women getting their life on track
I love when a book gets me excited for the start of a new series. Cross is the oldest sibling. He has taken on the role of the protector of the siblings and has put his social life on the back burner. Then there is Hazel. She’s happy with her job and her group of friends. She has some demons in her past that makes her put a social life outside of her group of friends. Cross and Hazel have the cutest meet cute that gets them curious of what life would be like if they made time for the other. Cros ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
3.5 stars

Someone who knows me will know that I am a fan of Carrie Ann Ryan. Most of her books we hits for me and she's one of the few authors who don't disappoint (usually). Unfortunately, I ended up not liking this book as much as her other works. The tone of this series feels completely different from what I have read before and it didn't click for me.

One of the most frustrating things was teasing for the other books in the series. I got the impression that Hazel's friends will be paired up w
Ashley K
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Ann hits this new series out of the ballpark and into the next state!!

I couldn't stop listening and or reading this book until I finished it. The entire premise of the series intrigued me, and I cannot wait to see how the rest of the series goes.

It is so nice to see some old favorites too, like Liam and Arden. I love those two.

Back to the couple. Cross and that beard. I'm a sucker for a beard and add in a growly man and I'm all over it. Jason Clarke is perfect for the narrating the Bra
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forever Only Once is Book 1 in the new Promise Me series by Carrie Ann Ryan. I love how the author spins off her famous Montgomery Ink series with lots of intertwined characters but yet all of her stories stand perfectly fine of their own. This story was filled with everything a person could ask for including drama, suspense, angst, romance, and lots of heat. Hazel and Cross were amazing characters and I enjoyed the twists and turns the author threw at us. Another amazing story by Carrie Ann Rya ...more
Franci Neill
5 Their Love Was A Surprise Stars!!!

There’s nothing better than the first book in a new series where I not only get to meet new characters but get to see some of my favorites from previous series and that’s exactly what Ms. Ryan has given us in this first book of her Promise Me series.

We get a great introduction to all the characters that this series will be about and we get a fantastic second chance story that’s full of suspense, angst, friendship, a dirty talker and feelings that are very
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Reviewed for A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile *

I love when a book gets me excited for the start of a new series. Cross is the oldest sibling. He has taken on the role of the protector of the siblings and has put his social life on the back burner. Then there is Hazel. She’s happy with her job and her group of friends. She has some demons in her past that makes her put a social life outside of her group of friends. Cross and Hazel has the cutest meet cute that gets them curious of wh
Kari Hansen
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a traumatic past Hazel has created a new life for herself and over time has become a much smarter version of the woman she used to be. Her friends have convinced her that it is time for her to start dating again and they have arranged a date for her but when she meets Cross it becomes a case of mistaken identity as she is there for a blind date and he is there for a business meeting.

Cross has been focused on his business making custom furniture and his family at the cost of his personal l
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is the first in a spin off series about the Brady brothers. You are fine to pick this up as a stand alone. Fans of the author's Montgomery series will see some familiar faces in this book.

Although the series is about a group of brothers at the outset, it really is about a group of women who decide to take control of their lonely lives and take a chance at love. The group makes a pact to set each other up so they can be happy.

Cross is the perfect launch for this series. And the cover---yea
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so freaking good! I picked this one up because I started an ARC of the second book and I really wanted to find out Hazel and Cross's story first and the story was really good. Hazel was running from her ex-husband who was just an evil person and made a new life for herself while he was in jail. But he is out now and she is trying not to let that control her because she wants to see where a relationship with Cross can come in. Cross needs to get out of his business with his former b ...more
Brandy Roberts
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Forever Only once was a really good story , I thought just everything about it just drew me into what was going on and just wanting the characters to have a happy ending . My heart really broke during the story so many times and just the feelings coming off every page just made me love everything .I've read a few books by Carrie Ann Ryan and I can't wait to read more by her in the future and more of the Promise series .
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hazel and Cross meet by accident❣️ What starts out as an accident soon turns into something more but both have a lot going on in their lives - Cross is dealing with something at work and Hazel has some secrets in her past which might just come to bite her in the rear😢

A great story, some funny moments and some filled with suspense but overall a wonderful start to this new series and I’m kicking myself I didn’t start reading it earlier😱
Angel Padillo
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I really liked Forever Only Once. It was emotional without being overwhelming. Cross and Hazel (mostly Hazel) had their personal issues to work out while figuring out a relationship, which made for a fun yet emotionally charged story.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forever Only Once is the remarkable tale of a woman coming into her own after surviving an abusive relationship. Hazel has been through hell and is starting over. The meet cute between Hazel and Cross set the pace for the rest of the story. These two are so sweet together I needed to brush my teeth. A fantastic start to a new series.
Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I love the concept of this series. Four friends who have not had the best of pasts, make a pact to give each other the push they need to jumpstart something just possibly amazing in their lives.

Hazel is a Survivor. A sweet and caring woman who has lived through some of the worst possible horrors. She lives very cautiously and is constantly looking over her shoulder. Hazel is a brave woman who has taken the correct steps to overcome the hurt of the past. Although it is never far from her
A wonderful, sweet love story, or so it seems at first, but then unexpected danger threatens the lives of both Hazel and Cross and the tension levels in this romance go up immensely. But first there’s the falling in love bit… I loved the meet-cute in this story and how everything falls into place so naturally between Hazel and Cross. And I adore Cross! It’s so refreshing to have a hero that is not a stereotypical, testosterone-fueled alpha male, but instead is incredibly considerate, loyal and k ...more
Michelle Pierce
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a great series with four amazing, strong, and resilient women. This new series starts with Hazel Noble drawing the short straw and who knew what a wild ride her dipping her toes back into the dating world again would be. I loved the women themselves who are definitely a close-knit group but there for each other no matter what. The dating pact was a fun idea but with it came stress to take a chance again. Really enjoyed the initial meeting with Hazel and Cross and it was almos ...more
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)

Cross does not trust his business partner anymore and is thinking that it is time to dissolve their partnership and go his own way. Chris convinces Cross to meet one of his clients at the bar which only frustrates Cross even more. Upon arriving at the bar, he sits with the only single female in the entire place assuming she is the new client. Hazel has had a past that horror movies are based on and she is ready to move on and attempt to start a new life where she does not need to
The Romantic Rush Blog
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
Carrie Ann Ryan hooked me in with the premise to this exciting new series of standalones- each book starting with a blind date and ending with a murder. SIGN ME UP. The center here are four friends making a pact to start dating to find their future partner- drawing straws to decide who they focus on first. Each book is focused on a different girl, and Forever Only Once is the story of Hazel.

Hazel, a college math professor, is reluctant but determined to get back out there.
By fate, she ends up
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
orever Only Once begins with Hazel Noble on her way to meet up with her three dearest friends. Once there, they discuss the “pact” they’ve made: the group will find each other the perfect date, one at a time. Hazel draws the short straw and is the first to be set up on a blind date. Though she agreed to the pact, she doesn’t want to go first….if at all.

Cross Brady loves what he does. He and his business partner have been partners for years, but something is off. When his partner comes in and ask
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had potential but it felt like my guesses at any twists that were coming were better than what actually happened.
I'm honestly racking my brains for any personality traits that either of the main characters have and nothing comes to mind. I wasn't a massive fan of either of them, even though their romance was sweet.
So let's get to my expectations. The blurb mentions that they were fighting their connection to each other, I wouldn't really say that was true. Hazel had a few nervous momen
Sandy Kelly
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 1 in the Promise Me series which is an offshoot of the Montgomery Ink-Boulder series, so if you read Liam's book and loved Arden and her brothers? This is the start of her brother's stories! In this one we get Cross Brady and Hazel Noble's story. Hazel went through things that no one should go through, man or woman. But she has survived and is trying to move on with her life. She has a group of friends that are more like family, and they made a pact to help each other hopefully find ...more
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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Talon Pack, Promise Me, and Elements of Five series, which have sold millions of books worldwide. She's the winner of a RT Book of the Year and a Prism Award in her genres. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced de ...more

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