Title: Only Ever You
Author: CD Reiss
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: 9 july 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
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.
Rachel and Sebastian were next-door neighbors and best friends growing up, with Rachel being the Superhero to Sebastian’s geektastic teen self. However, life after high school pulled them in different directions resulting in them completely losing touch in the last 12 years.
With seasonal family celebrations along with a lot of life reflection on both Rachel and Sebastian’s behalves result in the resurrection of the marriage pact they made as teenagers. Although neither Rachel or Sebastian are the same people they once were.
Both Rachel and Sebastian have lost pieces of themselves along the path to adulthood; life has a way of altering the plans you have for yourself without you being able to see the big picture until much later.
Rachel isn’t where she hoped she would be at 30, either professionally or personally. Her career path has declined due to her sabbatical to care for her mother, while her relationship could be summed up as controlled by a douche narcissistic ex.
While Sebastian has gained confidence, grown into his appearance and become a self-made millionaire, on the personal front he is in the same position as Rachel, having spent a long time trying to become the person his ex wanted to be but not who he truly was.
It is obvious Rachel and Sebastian are perfect for each other, they balance and complete each other in a way no one else ever could. Unfortunately, Rachel needs to re-discover her inner warrior before she can truly be the person Sebastian loves and has loved since they first met.
When their families frantically pursue the idea of a marriage between the pair, Rachel and Sebastian go along for the ride in order to make everyone else happy. Especially as there is a chance Rachel’s mother might be hiding something. As the charade progresses, Rachel and Sebastian have to confront their true feelings and take control of the future they want.
There are a number of unique occurrences within Only Ever You dealing with the way in which labels are so easily assigned based on physical appearance and choice of profession. Only to be completely shattered as deeper character traits are revealed.
The peripheral characters are eclectic in nature and add a special dynamic to the interactions of both Rachel and Sebastian’s families.
Only Ever You is more about character growth and rediscovering the person you are when life has knocked you down, reclaiming the fighting spirit in order to make your dreams come true. It is never too late to be the person you want to be. Only Ever You also re-enforces the belief that everything happens for a reason leading you to where you should be and the person you should be with 😍