Only Love - Melanie Harlow

Only Love

By Melanie Harlow

  • Release Date: 2018-11-26
  • Genre: Contemporary
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Only Love Melanie Harlow Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A gorgeous former Marine with a tortured soul.
The beautiful, compassionate therapist living next door.
A meddlesome grandma determined to get them together.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Melanie Harlow comes an all new standalone romance that will make you believe in the redemptive power of love.


I was expecting a proposal on my birthday, and I got dumped instead.

How could I have been so clueless?

Grams knew exactly how to distract me.

The “cute boy next door” who’s been helping her with yard work clearly needs a little therapy. Who better to call than her newly single therapist granddaughter?

She even fakes dementia to get me to visit, and now that I’m here she’s doing everything in her power to throw us together.

Not that I’m complaining. Ryan is the sexiest man I’ve ever met--I mean the full package, from the chiseled jaw to the massive shoulders to the rippling abs. (And yes, his package is full, and he knows exactly how to deliver it.) He makes me want to get out of my head and follow my heart. He makes me want to take chances I never thought I’d take.

He also makes me want to take my clothes off. A lot.

But he’s moody and challenging--one minute he’s an open book, and the next he’s completely closed off. He holds me like he’ll never let go, but insists he wants to be alone.

Some wounds are so deep, only love can heal them.

How can I convince him to let me try?

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  • Love You As You Are

    By Bookbruin
    4.5 stars I have been waiting for Stella's story since meeting her in Only You and I was not disappointed! This story had so much heart and emotion. Though this is book 3 in the One and Only series, it can be read as a stand alone. Ryan and Stella were broken and in so much pain when they first met. I loved seeing these two slowly come together and heal the other. Yes, there are some missteps and a good amount of push and pull, but you can just feel the connection between them from the start. Once Ryan's emotional baggage is revealed, it's easier to understand why he reacted and responded the way that he did. The best thing about Ryan and Stella was that they each accepted and loved the other exactly as they were. They knew there would be hard times, but they allowed the other to be exactly who they were without judgment or criticism. The epilogue was the perfect way to bring everything full circle and I couldn't have been happier as this series draws to a close. Grams was such a fun addition to the story and was the perfect balance to the heavier moments in the story. All of her meddling brought a smile to my face and I'm pretty sure I need Gram's recipes for apple pie and meatloaf! ;) Catching up with Emme and Maren was awesome as well, and though this book didn't have as much sisterly banter, I loved seeing how their happily ever afters have progressed. Mack definitely caught my attention in the story and I was so happy to see that it will be his story next to start off Melanie's new series! *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
  • Ryan Woods is the newest inductee in the Harlow’s Harem of Hotties!

    By Wendy LeGrand
    Stella and Ryan's story surpassed my many expectations!! I have been waiting for Stella to find the right man from the time we first met her as Emme's sister in Only Love. Stella intrigued me from the get go. The oldest of three sisters, she's a therapist who lives a quiet life with a safe (boring) boyfriend. Her life takes an unexpected turn when said boyfriend dumps her on her birthday. Ryan is a quiet man who is very much a loner. A former Marine who saw way too many horrors of war who now struggles with how to quiet all the noise crammed in his head. I knew right from the start that these two would be perfect together. And it doesn't hurt that Stella's grandmother is a mastermind at matchmaking. Melanie truly does an incredible job of addressing Ryan's struggle to rejoin civilian life. The struggles he and his buddies Mack and Bones have are ones I've seen many of my friends struggle with when they came home from their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And all too often, the VA offers insufficient support to these courageous men and women who put their lives at risk to protect our country. I was impressed with how Melanie manages to have just the right amount of push and pull between Ryan and Stella. The right amount of angst to make my heart start pumping and my stomach start knotting up. And Grams injects just the right amount of humor with her scheming and angelic deviousness. It was great seeing Stella's sisters again. If you haven't read the first two books in this series about Emme (Only You) and Maren (Only Him) don't worry, Only Love is a complete standalone and truly the only thing you would be missing out on is the amount of ribbing Stella's two sisters give her about her boyfriend, Walter. But I seriously recommend reading those two books as well since they introduce us to two other hotties in the Harlow's Harem of Hot Men! Say that five times fast... I am going on record as saying this book is my favorite of the three in the series. All three books are equally amazing, but this one touched a very personal spot in my heart with Ryan's military experience. I know this is a book I will read over and over again!

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