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Only Ever You

By: CD Reiss
Narrated by: Andi Arndt,Brian Pallino
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From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss comes a story of friendship, romance, and growing into a love that was always there.

Rachel knew exactly what turning thirty would be like. She had a plan, after all. First college, then a climb up the professional ladder. Love, marriage, children. All of it was on the schedule.

The cheap Hollywood apartment wasn’t on the list. Neither was the string of heartbreaks. Or the effect her mother’s cancer had on her career.

It’s hard to stay practical and on point when everything takes a left turn.

Enter Sebastian, the nerd across the street. The boy she defended when he couldn’t defend himself. The best friend she promised she’d marry if life didn’t go according to plan.

Not only is he successful, confident, and gorgeous, but he also still has their handwritten marriage contract.

No one goes through with childhood wedding pacts.

That’s crazy.

But their families might just be crazy enough to rent a hall and set a date. All Rachel and Sebastian have to do is fall in love.

©2019 by Flip City Media Inc. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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Only Ever You

This one was just pure joy, it made me laugh and made me sigh and at times it made me curse, just what every romance should do. Rachel and Sebastian are neighbors as children and Rachel is Seb's protector since he was bullied. At 16 they made a contract that if they were both single by 30 they would marry each other. Now at Christmas, soon after Sebastian turns 30 and a few weeks before Rachel turns 30 their families find the contract and push them together and start to plan the wedding. Oh, what fun, such FUN.

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LOVED the characters and storyline in this book. This takes you from the emotional highs to the emotional lows and back again. Really worth the journey.

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this author.  I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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A sweet second chance romance.

This story hit so many tropes it's comical.

Childhood best friends ☑️
Marriage contract ☑️
Fake fiance ☑️

And so much more.

Sebastian and Rachel were childhood best friends. He was often picked on and she came to his rescue countless times. They make a contract in sophomore year of high school, detailing that if they reach the age of 30 and are not married or in serious relationships, they would get married. They graduate and go to college on opposite parts of the country, and lose touch.

Then during the holidays 12 years later, they happen to go home and their nosy families, who know about the contract, try to set them up.

Through a series of miscommunications, and a feeling of obligation to a family member who is ill, they decide to "follow through" with the marriage. It's all for show and they plan to cancel later, but slowly they get closer the line between friends and lovers begin to blur.

As for my thoughts on the story, I loved it. There are a number of times where I was frustrated at the characters and the storyline was slow moving, but it was well thought out and the romance was just a portion of the story. It goes into Rachel's career, her family history, and addresses the conflicts that can arise when you get involved with a friend for not the right reasons.

I would give this 9/10 and would recommend to any romance fan.

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What a great read!

This book had everything. I found myself messaging my friend throughout the book telling her how good it was. I loved the story, narrators and characters.

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Enjoyable book

Rachel and Sebastian were best friends in high school but haven’t seen each other for years. Rachel had high expectations of her life but things have not worked out as planned. They reconnect on Christmas and a fake engagement later, they really start to have more of a relationship. I enjoyed listening to this book and it is definitely worth the read.

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Really Good!

I really enjoyed this one. This was super sweet and romantic and great! Especially for anyone who had a childhood best friend of the opposite sex! The characters were likable and the story entertaining.

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Childhood friends turn into more

The narrators hit just the right tone with this sorry. I loved listening to this one.
Rachel and Sebastian made me smile through out this story. They were both people and they were loved by their respective families.

The pace of their love story was great. It wasn’t rushed, rather layer after layer peeled away until they were forced to lay it all bare to each other.

It was interesting how life beat Rachel’s independence and self trust out of her while Sebastian found his strength as he grew. Through it all, I’m glad they had each other’s back.

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Fake marriage between friends


Rachel had these grand plans to become a writer, marry, and start a family. Instead she put her life on hold to take care of her mother who had breast cancer. Fourteen years later, Rachel feels like a failure in comparison to Sebastian who started out as the nerdy neighborhood boy. Sebastian found success and muscles. Rachel feels like she lost her chance to become successful.
With time and distance between them neither gave much thought to each other until Christmas rolled around and both were in town.
Meanwhile, as she struggles with her failures she’s reminded of a pact her and Sebastian made about marrying each other if both were still single at the age of thirty. Then there’s the possibility that her mother might be sick again. In the back of her mind she believes her mother is waiting to see Rachel marry before it’s too late.
What is love?

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Rachel thought she would be settled by thirty.
Sebastian wants Rachel to love the real him.
Marriage pact out of obligation.
Fake engagement to fulfill family expectations.
Friends to lovers.
Being a writer but with strings attached.
All these elements make up for a great storyline, however when Ms. Reiss puts them all together something doesn’t fit. Rachel’s hesitations hold back my connection. Her self doubts had me questioning her abilities to progress. Sebastian seemed all to eager to please Rachel despite his own reservations.
My biggest hang up was the amount of time these characters spent living separate lives. I wouldn’t say either stopped living life, yet it seemed too coincidental how Sebastian ditched his girlfriend just before seeing Rachel. I wasn’t getting a good vibe from reading Rachel’s feelings.
The scenes to look forward to are those delicious sex scenes. That’s what I recognize about Ms. Reiss. Then there’s the grand gesture.

Narrators:
Andi Arndt is the narrator of hundreds of audiobooks in romance, bio/memoir, YA and literary fiction, and is a member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. She is the Executive Producer of Lyric Audiobooks, which produces award winning audiobooks for best selling authors. Andi Arndt’s voice has been described as "welcoming," "calm," "clear," and "sublime"—which is exactly what you want from one of the most popular and beloved romance narrators working today. Andi delivers another great performance.
Brian Pallino is a highly sought-after narrator of contemporary adult and romance books. He has voiced series for multiple award-winning authors, including CD Reiss and Meredith Wild. With a versatile range, Brian is a storyteller who strives to bring books to life and move his listeners. This was my first listening experience by Brian and I must say he did an excellent job.
Together Andi and Brian brought these characters to life.

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Solid Romance

The premise of Only Ever You is what made me pick it up even though I’d never read anything by C.D. Reiss. And while the story was sweet, the execution often had me scratching my head. The writing felt disjointed at times and it often felt as though the character’s thoughts and actions weren’t aligning. As a reader, I should be able to count on a character’s inner dialogue and know how they really feel, despite what they might be showing others. But they seemed to even go against their own thoughts/feelings so I was never quite sure how they really felt. Rachel, in particular, would think one thing and then immediately do the opposite. It made for a somewhat confusing read which was disappointing since I genuinely liked Rachel and Sebastian. The lack of communication between both Rachel and Sebastian, and with their families, also grew frustrating. The ending was a bit over the top and stretched believability, but it was still swoony and brought a smile to my face.

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  • Garden girl
  • 05-14-21

Both sweet and funny.

Another fabulous book from the pen of CD Reiss with two beautiful souls stumbling their way to their HEA. Performance d impeccably by the combined talents of Andi Arndt and Brian Pallino 💖💖💖💖💖

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  • Mrs D Rowland
  • 07-22-19

Beautiful story

Wow what a beautiful story. Loveable characters and a slow burn that has you rooting for the wimp turned hunk to finally get his only love. CD Reiss knows how to do gritty and dark but she also is a Queen at romance and true love. Highly recommend

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  • jd66
  • 08-24-22

Good book

A new to me author and I really was hooked for the start. Great narration too. I’ll definitely read and listen to more from this team