Such a heartfelt, emotional read! Coll is one of those authors whose work gets better and better every time I read one of her books. I seriously considered a 5-star rating for this one, and honestly, there’s not much holding me back from giving it one. The story is realistic, relatable, sweet with just a touch of sexy, and easy to read in one sitting. I love that her characters always feel like real people, with everyday issues and vulnerabilities. This one is perhaps just a little too somber for my tastes – our hero is a widower who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to love again, after all – but I enjoyed it from start to finish.
The story follows Hadley, an attorney who gets the wake up call she needed when her boyfriend proposes. She’s been letting her father dictate how she lives her life, and that’s never been more obvious than when the man her father encouraged her to start dating puts her on the spot in public. Determined to make a change, Hadley sets out on her own, starting up a new law firm with some friends. When she meets Cade, there’s an instant attraction there but sadness is written all over his face. A widower, Cade is just starting to realize that he needs to move forward – and his sexy new attorney might be the person he can do that with.
I really liked both of these characters and was invested in them finding their happily ever after. They’ve each got things they need to work on, but see the potential for something great. There’s just enough steam to keep it sexy while still being very much focused on the emotional connection, and I think Coll does an excellent job building intimacy, even in such a quick read. The only place this really falters for me is the tone; it was serious from start to finish, and while I wouldn’t say it gets super heavy, I also wanted a little more lightness. I read it in one sitting and had no trouble keeping invested in the story – and I definitely want to see a few of the other characters find their own happy ending. I received an ARC via Valentine PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this emotional romance.
Only with You by Lea Coll is LIVE!
The sexy-as-sin contractor and straightlaced attorney are from two different worlds, but can they find common ground with each other in this small-town romance?
First I turned down a marriage proposal, then I moved to Annapolis to open a law firm. I thought my world couldn’t change any more…
Until Cade stepped into my office, smelling of sawdust with his company’s T-shirt stretched taut over his chest and biceps. Everything about him was sexy-as-sin and completely off-limits.
But I can’t risk the business I sunk my savings into by dating a client, and he won’t risk his heart.
The more we spend time together, the more I want him. Even if a relationship between us was possible, how can he give me all of him?
After my wife died, I swore off dating. I threw myself into my charity instead. It was easy at first, but I can’t ignore my attraction anymore.
Hadley comes from a wealthy family that operates with manipulation, lies, and deceit. I don’t fit into her world, but the closer we get, the more I wanted to show her how things could be different.
I never thought I’d meet someone who gave me hope for a future. One full of possibilities, love, and maybe even marriage and kids.
But how can I promise her forever when I know love doesn’t last?
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Lea Coll worked as a trial attorney for over ten years. Now she stays home with her three children, plotting stories while fetching snacks and running them back and forth to activities. She enjoys the freedom of writing romance after years of legal writing.
She currently resides in Maryland with her family.
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