Holy crapsicles, Batman!! Marquita Valentine came out swinging with this one and I am so stoked to have my review of Only For You (Book #2: Boys of the South Series) today as well as a link to the rest of the tour (here) and a link for the event sweepstakes. Julie at AToMR Tours gets the thanks for organizing this one and Marquita Valentine gets the thanks for rockin’ my socks 🙂
Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle. Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray.
Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her.
Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again.
Or will one of them make the decision for her?
There aren’t really enough fun and awesome and totally nice words available to properly convey to you how much I loved this book!! Marquita Valentine stepped up to the plate on this one and knocked it right on out of the damn park!! Valentine wastes no time jumping into the story right where she left off at the end of book one, Live For You. Cole and Violet are officially a couple and are completely enjoying what will prove to be the calm before the storm. Violet is a super-star and Cole is a guy who owns a bar and is raising his little sister because his mom is a drug addict. Not exactly who you would expect country music’s darling to be dating. But, Violet doesn’t care – Cole is her man and there is nothing that is going to change that! But sometimes, the universe doesn’t give a crap about your wishes.
For Violet and Cole, their wishes seem to keep being thwarted at every damn turn! First up on the thwarting list is Jaxon Hunter, country music’s Golden Boy and Violet’s craptastic ex. Jaxon is an ass, engaged to the girl he cheated on Violet with and completely focused on getting Violet back into his life and his bed. Yep, you read that correctly! Next up on the thwarting list is Jaxon’s dad and Violet’s producer, Everett. In order to avoid spoilers I’m going to go with some people just deserve what they get. Next up on the thwarting list, a multi-city tour for Violet with both Jaxon and Everett. Can it really get any worse? Of course it can but you know I don’t do spoilers 🙂
Valentine certainly doesn’t skimp on the drama in this book but it never gets so out of control as to be unbelievable or ridiculous. And there is, thankfully, no angst. I don’t do angst! While Violet is this sort of larger-than-life character she is also a girl in love who is fighting to keep her man. She is all business this time around and I was really, really glad to see the strength in Violet come roaring to the surface. I still love and adore Cole but he sure makes it hard to root for him in this read. Cole still has the weight of the world on his shoulders, his responsibilities are outrageous and, his and his family’s past come back to haunt everyone. While I totally understand the reasons behind his actions, it didn’t stop me from wanting to beat the hell out of him. Valentine doesn’t make it easy on her characters and with all the twists and turns and crazy drama, I literally could not put this book down until I finished it!
The Bottom Line: Only For You is even better than Live For You and I loved book one! Not only does Valentine complete Cole and Violet’s story in this read she totally sets up the next book in the series. YAY for us!! Jaxon and his dad Everett are vital to understanding Violet’s past and her actions in the present but their story has only just begun. Valentine uses Jaxon and his dad to not only enhance the drama of Cole and Violet’s story but also to really introduce the two and their seriously screwed up lives. Valentine seamlessly weaves all of the characters and all of their various tales together into one excellent read. I know we’re not quite to the end of the year yet and it’s not quite time to start assembling my list of favorite reads for the year, but it is looking good for the Boys of the South!!!
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
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