*I received a free copy of No One But You from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *No One But You by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 1 June 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.
Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.
As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else see she has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for
No One But You had all the romance, the suspense and the strong characters I’ve come to know and love when I pick up a Novak novel.
Jayden and Dawson weren’t very likely to become romantically involved, and that just made their romance better in my opinion! No One But You showed that the one person who may seem respectable on the outside may be far from it, while the one other people think badly on have mostly good qualities and can be both loyal and trustworthy. Dawson had been through more than just a rough patch, accused of killing his adoptive parents, he was finally judged not guilty by a court and the jury, however, his townspeople weren’t so sure about him being innocent.
No One But You also showed how difficult life had been for Jayden, but for completely different reasons than the difficulties Dawson had faced. A cop with anger issues, and who didn’t take no for an answer, Jayden’s soon-to-be ex-husband was not only scary, he also had the police force behind him to back him up – even when he treated Jayden and his son horribly.
The character development in No One But You was tremendous, both Dawson and Jayden grew a lot during the span of the story, and I enjoyed how they managed to be open-minded even when the odds were thoroughly against them. They both had a lot to lose, but they still fought for love and what they felt was right.
Written in third person point of view, past tense, the story was nicely paced, not too fast, but not slow either. The suspense was well done and kept me wondering. There were some sightings of characters from Finding Our Forever, and I enjoyed both Silver Spring and the characters that inhabit it. While No One But You is the second book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone.
The prospect of maintaining her freedom brought such relief, such exhilaration. Finally she had something to be happy about. She’d struck a deal with Dawson in spite of Sly. That single act of defiance felt good, as if she was taking another leap forward in regaining control of her life.
But what did she know? She’d barely met him. Maybe she was letting his gorgeous face and jawdropping body get in the way of her good judgement.
Why wouldn’t he let her go? What good was having her come back if she didn’t love him? And how could he even pretend ot love her? A man didn’t treat a woman he cared about the way Sly treated her.
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