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There's Only Been You (Jamison Family #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,146 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
Malicious lies, drugs and a videotape are the reasons young lovers Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews have spent the last eight years apart, each believing the other betrayed them. Sara has no clue where Mike's been all these years, but she knows where she's been busy raising their son. Two weeks after he accused her of cheating and disappeared from her life, Sara discovered sh ...more
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A solid three stars. A super easy second-chance at love, with a-bit-of-suspense-thrown-in-to-keep-the-pages-turning story. I mostly sped-read through the non-romance, non-suspense bits, which wasn't that much to tell you the truth.

3 stars
Hero: hotty, with a badge Mike Andrews
heroine: sweet, hurting bakery owner and single mom Sara Jamison
mini hero: seven year old Ethan Jamison
alt heroes: three yummy brothers to Sara, perhaps stories for them?
Story: Mike's back in town and doesn't know he's a da
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Freebie on Amazon. It's a pretty cheesy romance. Sara and Mike are high school sweethearts until someone splits them up with lies. Eight years later, Mike comes back only to discover he has a son. Misunderstandings are resolved, but now Mike is dealing with some undercover information and needs to keep his family safe.

The story was really kind of all over the place. I didn't necessarily need a past recap, but everything was really fast. It was like everything in the past was forgiven and it doe
Erotic Horizon
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sara Jamison has just gotten some news that she didn’t think she would ever hear – Mike Andrews is coming home. Mike had left small town Green Bay for almost a decade and he has had no contact until now.

Sara is petrified because not only did Mike leave town but he also left her pregnant. Him coming home did nothing for the animosity that she and her family felt for him. But she can’t think only about her sore heart or her bruised ego – A child is involved and he is deserves to know his father.

The coarse, unlikeable characters just turned me off right from the beginning and I could not enjoy this book. Garrett, the immature cop with such an out of control temper who never faced any consequences or discipline for his violent acting out, was just too much to swallow and one of the low points of this poorly developed story. Really, didn't anybody ever send that big baby to bed without his supper? Then there was the secret baby crapola...really that old chestnut has been so overdone, and ...more
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
4.5 stars of Second chance romance goodness!

This was such a surprisingly great story. It combined all my favorite things in a story. High school sweethearts, second chance romance and the surprise daddy trope. I was looking for an escape and was quickly sucked into this book which also had a little bit of a suspenseful twist to it.

Sara and Mike were high-school sweethearts torn apart by lies and deceit. Her best friend made her think Mike was an abusive cheater and in turn showed Mike a video of
Melody Cox
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy this book and just completed it for the second time. it was a fairly light and easy read. The story line was one I have read many times, but I never tire of it. Love those secret baby.children tropes.

Mike and Sara had been so in love and as you will learn quickly in the story there were jealous people who set out to tear them apart, even drugging one of them and taking compromising photographs. They had plans to spend their life together but after Mike saw the photos/video he
So, I Read This Book Today
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance, thriller, self discovery readers
First, I have an admission to make. At first, I was not a fan of this particular work. It punched several of my hot buttons, and not in a good way. But then, books have always been the way I approach, observe and comprehend life. And sometimes, what I read reflects back and shines light into the darkest areas of my soul.

Wow. Did I just say that? Well, yes I did. Pretty deep for a light romantic novel, wouldn't you say? But again, Donna has touched on a lot of issues in this little volume that a
More like 2 1/2 **

This one started out interesting but quickly went down hill and turned way too predictable. Thankfully I picked it up as a free book.

Sara (h) is a single mother ,living with her brothers and her Uncle. She also runs a successful bakery. The father of her young son was her High School sweetheart, only he left her and left town and never looked back.......not knowing that he had fathered a child. She could never forgive him for the pain that he had caused her, still causes her al
Scott-robert Shenkman
It’s like crack. Or so I’ve been told…..

What I mean is that you start this book, you read 10 pages, and then you’re stuck. Trapped! Real life priorities like eating, sleeping, working, etc. just die on the vine…because you HAVE to finish this book. Can’t stop reading. And then you move on to Garrett’s story.

I like “secret baby” books, because I want to find out what would drive a mother to keep a child away from its father. If there’s a damned good reason, then the book hooks me. If not, she jus
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I grabbed my copy, it was free on Amazon Kindle. Don't know if it still is, but if you're interested, look it up. :)

Why didn't this book receive a higher rating from me? Well, one of these reasons may sound a little silly to a lot of people, but I don't really believe in the whole left you 8 years ago, because there was an accusation thrown in about your SO cheating on you, and then coming back and still being in love with the said woman. BUT the man didn't contact the woman not once during
Gwynn White
This is a quick, fun read with a bit of suspense and a bit of mystery thrown in. I really liked Mike as a character. I wasn't so keen on Sara, but he loved her, so that was good enough for me.

As with so many contemporary romances, there are the obligatory sex scenes, which can get pretty tedious. Just how many times must we read blow-by-blow (Pun intended) accounts of the same characters having sex? But I'm probably in the minority with this, so I will just have to content myself with skipping
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved all the characters (brothers included). They were funny, intense and well...just what brothers are. I loved Mike and Sara, and how they were open to knowing and fixing what went wrong so many years before. Overall, this was a great read and I'm ready to read Garrett's story.
I hate to say this is going to have be chalked up as a DNF for me. I'm about 1/3 of the way into it and I just can't seem to care what happens to these people.

I wanted to like this because the author is from Green Bay and the book is set in GB, which is my husband's home town but the book is written just to weakly for me. Not enough character and plot development.
regina wright
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good reading!

I was surprised at some of the developments in the story. It is much more than just a typical romance. Any reader who wants a well-rounded storyline that captures all emotions, will really enjoy this book!
Laura Navarrete
page turner....loved it. Love is awesome....nothing can get in the way of love...just wish there was an epilogue on Sara and Mike...wanted to know if they had more are they five yrs got way too into
Sometimes you read a book and almost none of the characters are likable, and it's such a shame, because the story line is just what you're looking for.
Romance Addicts
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Series!! Couldn't put it down!
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like a Lifetime movie of the week only in book form. Cute story but a bit too sappy for my taste.
Shermaine Dowling
Lovely second chance romance

I really liked all of the concept s of this book. You had misunderstanding, bitterness, stubborn love, sibling effectiveness, evil-doing suitor, young son to throw in humor along with heroine's 3 brothers and uncle to shake up everything. But beneath it all, there's a hunk of a old lover who is determined to have Sara and his son. This author is new to me, but I am interested enough in continuing this series and checking out more of her work.
Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
I really liked the idea of a couple being reunited and falling back into a relationship easily but I’m not a big fan of the way they broke up in the first place. Communication people.

I wasn’t really a fan of the suspense aspect of the story either. It kind of felt like filler space to make the story longer.

The writing was good but I just didn’t feel like there was much that endeared me to the story enough that I would want to read it again.
Becky Hanne
Good story but way too much description

I enjoyed the storyline of this book but there was too much description for me. I don’t think it was necessary to describe in detail each item of food that was placed on the table or every detail of what they were wearing. I think that bogged the story down.
Philleys Peters
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!

This is a great book! The storyline is sweet, so romantic and full of good feelings, as only love can express. I love second chances and in this case, Mike and Sara surely deserve it!
This was an easy read.
I had a bit of trouble with Sara. She was just on the verge of being too whiney.
Chantell Raubenheimer
good read
Dawn Pressel
It was ok, not great but still a good read
Char Sowers
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I’ve read from Donna Marie Rogers and I really enjoyed it.

The heroine, Sara Jamison, is the only female in the Jamison family brood and they all live in their childhood home. At first glance this may be hard to swallow, but Ms. Rogers makes it believable by having the Jamison parents die while the now grown children are young and leave Uncle Luke to care for them. When a pregnant teenage Sara becomes pregnant her elder brothers, Garrett and Nicky, stay home to help raise
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: There’s Only Been You
Author: Donna Marie Rogers
Series: Yes - Standalone
Cliffhanger: No
Release Date: October 10, 2008
Rating: 3.5
HEA: (view spoiler)

Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews were in love until a video tape and lies broke them apart. Mike ran without letting Sara know or talk to him. Two weeks later she found out she was pregnant. She was told some like about Mike that she never would have believed but Mike had left. When Mike returns the secrets will come out. And th
Blodeuedd Finland
This is the first book, before I read book 2, Meant to Be, but they are stand alone novels so they don't have to be read in the right order. Of course the last one sure had me curious about a couple of things. And there will be more, I got very happy when told that a certain person from book 2 will get a book, and so will Sara's other brother.

I did enjoy this book, but I fell so head over heals for her other book that I loved that one more. I do wonder how I would have felt about all if I had re
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Summary: There’s Only Been You
Malicious lies, drugs and a videotape are the reasons young lovers Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews have spent the last eight years apart, each believing the other betrayed them. Sara has no clue where Mike's been all these years, but she knows where she's been busy raising their son. Two weeks after he accused her of cheating and disappeared from her life, Sara discovered she was something she never e
Denise Vasak
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
One of my biggest issues was Sara's RIDICULOUS sub-servant behavior with her brother's and uncle! WTH Sara? You run your own business and spend the rest of your time catering too your all male family? Really?

For the rest goodreads member Rosemary reviewed this and it pretty much mirrors my thoughts: "Freebie on Amazon. It's a pretty cheesy romance. Sara and Mike are high school sweethearts until someone splits them up with lies. Eight years later, Mike comes back only to discover he has a son. M
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