Friday, May 18, 2018

Only You by Kay Doherty

Case Holden hates his life. Made rich at a young age, he slipped into a lifestyle of partying with multiple boyfriends who only wanted to be with him for what he could give them. After confiding to his aunt that he’s miserable, she extends an invitation for a visit. Case plans to spend the time in small town Clover City to reprioritize and plant his feet on the road to happiness. He does not expect the Clover City sheriff to step into his world and wreak havoc on his emotions.

Two years ago, after the death of his partner, Rawley Kane moved to Clover City, trading the painful memories and big city madness for a less stressful existence. Even as sheriff, his life is uncomplicated and quiet. That is until Case Holden rolls into town and reminds Rawley just how lonely he is, and of everything he’s been missing.

Case is everything Rawley shouldn’t want. The man has six boyfriends and a life back in Denver, not to mention he’s quite a bit younger than Rawley. No matter what he tells himself, he can’t get enough of the young man. And Case has made it clear Rawley is the only one he wants. Now if they could just get past Rawley’s guilt and Case’s insistent boyfriends, they just might stand a chance.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed this book. I loved Rawley right off the bat. Case/Casey was easy to like. These two guys are polar opposites, but they just work together so well. They balance each other out and have amazing hot sex! LOL. I loved Casey's aunt who tried to play matchmaker as well. There was a little drama and some angst in this book, but it fit the story and didn't seem just thrown in to fill the pages. The one thing I didn't like was there was no epilogue, I wanted to know what happened after the dust settled. What happened with Trent, and what did Casey do for a living once he figured everything out?

This is a story about a small town sheriff who falls for a wealthy, city playboy. There are some sweet moments, a fair bit of heat, and some exciting scenes.

The character development feels superficial in this book. We get details about Rawley and Case’s pasts, but we don’t get beyond the surface of either man. Case’s six boyfriends are brought up regularly, but the exact number of faceless ex-boyfriends seems like an odd detail to keep recounting. We are told about Rawley’s PTSD but I’m not sure we ever see how it affects his life. Case is independently wealthy, and he seems a little bit vapid and idle. Fair enough if he doesn’t need to work, but with no charity work or social causes to invest in, he doesn’t do anything except drive too fast. I had a hard time feeling anything for him.

I found the insta-love completely implausible in this story. I also found it impossible to invest emotionally in Rawley because his character kept changing. From growly, closeted sheriff to jealous, teenaged lover to out and proud man, Rawley doesn’t change gradually, he lurches from one identity to another. The dialogue here is cheesy and sappy and I can’t see the sheriff or the playboy indulging in such flowery emotive conversations.

There isn’t a clear story arc in this book and while I enjoyed the small town moments, I’m not sure they added much to the central romance. Rawley and Case don’t spend enough time together for me to really believe in a relationship that can progress beyond instant attraction and I’m still not sure how the significant age gap is meant to resolve. The copy-editing errors in this story also put me off but I read an ARC and I assume that the errors will be fixed pre-publication.

Kay lives in Colorado with her husband and their animal children. Family is important to her so there are weekly visits to her parents and frequent text messages with her brothers. She has a severe addiction to coffee and Mexican food. She loves to read and write and can easily become consumed by it for hours, much to the dismay of the husband and dogs. On occasion she can be convinced to venture out into world of the living.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Only You by Kay Doherty to read and review.

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