Sunday, May 13, 2018

Only With You by Nicole McLaughlin (Man Enough, #4)

Only With You
by Nicole McLaughlin

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Series: Man Enough - Book 4
Publisher: Swerve (June 5, 2018)
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Military
Page Count: 150
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The men in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series are tough Alphas devoted to serving their country and the women who love them.

National Guardsman Aiden King has been attracted to Hannah Walters for a while, but he never made a move because of her close relationship with his best friend. But when circumstances change, Aiden is surprised when his friend gives his blessing. Problem is, there’s a reason he’s still alone after all these years, and as much as he wants her, that secret keeps him from acting on his desires.

Hannah has finally decided to wait for the kind of love you read about in books and see in movies. After her failed engagement, Aiden’s unassuming support has become a touchstone for Hannah. It soon becomes apparent that he may be exactly the kind of man she’s been looking for. But the closer they become, the more he keeps her at arm’s length.

When Aiden suggests a road trip to take Hannah’s mind off her troubles, the two of them go on a journey neither one expected. She just hopes that the final destination is them together for good.

Only With You by Nicole McLaughlin (Man Enough, #4)

Only With You (Man Enough, #4)She was unsure she will ever find love. He has been brutally damaged by his past. They have known each other for a while, as friends of friends, but now they have found their own tentative friendship.

ONLY WITH YOU by Nicole McLaughlin touches on some extreme issues that by themselves could damage a person, in this case, Aiden, a former sniper, now a bar owner. Hannah is a bit nosey, yet well-meaning and her attempts to get to know Aiden better come from the heart, but is he ready to open up to her?

Sometimes the road to love isn’t a straight shot, and the landmines can be devastating if trust isn’t built. Do these two have what it takes to deal with her insecurities and his haunting nightmares?

I had a hard time connecting with Hannah and what was called her "direct approach." Aiden was certainly tight-lipped about his issues and has created his own self-imposed barriers. Yet, as truly serious as his issues were, and for all of the highly emotionally charged landmines throughout this romance, I just felt they were treated on the surface, only.

A quick read with a huge potential for great depth that just missed that soul-deep mark for me. Definitely a great beach read, though with just enough real romance to feel good about as two people finally learn to relate to another.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press/Swerve!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting review and "take" on the conflict between the h/h. Sounds like a contemporary read that I would like.