ARC Review: Only You by Marie Landry

41578092Title: Only You
Author: Marie Landry
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Self-published by Marie Landry
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

Ivy’s new boss is sexy, Scottish…and comes with an expiration date

When Ivy reluctantly takes a new part-time job, it’s a means to an end. Doing this favor for her pain-in-the-neck roommate means Ivy can have her apartment to herself again much sooner. The last thing she expects is Hugh—the hot Scot who just happens to be her new boss—asking her out on a date. And then another. And another.

Something about Hugh makes Ivy want to let her guard down and open up, which would be perfect if he wasn’t possibly returning to Scotland in a matter of weeks. But maybe that doesn’t matter. Maybe Ivy can learn to live in the moment and have a little fun, even if it means setting herself up for heartache later.

Review:

Going into this I was a little hestitant because I’ve never read a holiday book before (except a YA one when I was a teenage and my lord, was that ever bad). Holiday romances have the stereotype, to me at least, of being way too cheesy. Don’t get me wrong, cheesy can be good, but we all have our limits and with the holidays it can go overboard real quick. I am happy to report that this book was the perfect amount of holiday romance goodness

My one small issue with the characters is that they felt a little under developed. I wanted to learn more about Ivy and Hugh. Especially Hugh. All he had going for him was that he was a hot, rich Scot with a very charitable and generous heart. It would have been nice to know more than what any non-spoiler synopsis could tell you.

The other characters that made an appearance throughout the story were decent. They were basically there to offer their guidance and advice when it was required. Except Celia. I loved her and Ivy’s storyline throughout the book.

I liked the writing. The descriptions of Santa’s Village were exactly what I would imagine any Christmas amusement park to be. It made me wish there was one like that where I live and definitely helped me get into the holiday spirit.

Like any Christmas movie, Only You had the same kind of layout. It was very much based solely on the romance, the holiday spirit, and everything working out perfectly. This was such a happy book in terms of everything that happened. Even the things that were supposed to be sad didn’t feel all that sad to me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was more or less what I expected of a holiday romance, and if you’re looking for a quick read for the upcoming holiday season, then I would suggest picking up this one.

5188180About Marie Landry:

Marie Landry’s life revolves around books; when she’s not writing them, she’s reading them, taking pictures of them for bookstagram, or blogging about them. An avid reader from a young age, she loves getting lost in characters’ worlds, whether they’re of her own making or someone else’s. She particularly loves coming-of-age stories with as much of an emphasis on self-discovery as on romance…but don’t leave out the romance!

When not doing bookish things, Marie can be found daydreaming (in general, but often about traveling through Europe), binge-watching shows on Netflix, and taking photographs. She lives in a cozy apartment in Ontario, Canada with the best roommate ever, and only sometimes imagines it’s actually a flat in London.

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6 thoughts on “ARC Review: Only You by Marie Landry

  1. Belles-Lettres says:

    I really like a nice, easy-going romance every now and again that you can just fly through with a smile on your face. They do often have the issue of being underdeveloped, but I can overlook that if I just want something easy to read! Good review! X

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