- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mill Creek Press
- Audible.com Release Date: October 13, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0149E7XLQ
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Only for Him: Volume 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Plot: Grayson has a difficult situation at home - an abusive father who brings home women every night typically leading to drunken bouts of physical abuse. He hates all women but idolizes Emma. So he decides (rather suddenly) it is time to deflower her since she's about to go away to college. She has a crush on him and they have unprotected sex. Cue a few years in the future and both lives have taken turns for the worse.
At only 70 pages, this is an hour read, tops. Within that hour, they go from wanting each other to talk of BJs, erections, and being naked. In about 25 pages (!). The parents of our virgin are, of course, blissfully stupid that perhaps the son who has done every girl in the school along with his callous, cold, swearing, vulgar, 'nail anything that moves' best friend from the broken home is a fine candidate to be trusted and left alone with their innocent daughter. But hey, she loves him, so it's ok.
We're given almost no background information on Emma despite her being a POV for half the book. Other than swearing a lot, having no clue about what she wants, and possibly liking photography, there's nothing else to really say about her. I wasn't invested in her at all and therefore had no idea why I was supposed to appreciate Grayson's interest in her. Author Harber wrote the guys well but seriously must hate women. The misogyny in here is pronounced.
All the slut shaming (literally EVERY single female in the story, including the older sister of our virgin, is just out to screw guys) is rampant. Seriously - when our hero Grayson is hanging out with a girl, he just pushes her away when he sees Emma - and upon Emma saying she's jealous of the cheerleader, he replies, "She's a slut."
Most of the book was crude like that - and manages to get even cruder (cue girls working for money at a Gentleman's Club) by the end. What I thought from the blurb was a story about redemption and healing, perhaps high school romance, is instead "life sucks, then you get screwed." Literally. The next part of this story carries on with their adult life after leaving a random cliffhanger.
Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher. Quotes above may change before publication.
Though this book was very, very short – by my standards – it was jam-packed with hard-hitting issues and emotions. The book moves quickly and I found the beginning to be a little jarring, as the scenes and timelines switch so frequently. It was immediately obvious the reasoning behind the swift timeline, I only wish I’d had a little more time to settle into the roller coaster that was the beginning of Emma and Grayson’s story.
I loved the dynamic between Emma and Grayson. The balance they brought to one another, particularly the peace Emma gave Grayson when he so desperately needed it, was lovely. The juxtaposition of nearly every aspect of their live gave an interesting dynamic to their coupling. I particularly enjoyed the softness Emma was able to see and bring out in Grayson’s normally hard persona.
Cristin Harber wrote a hard-hitting beginning to her Only series in Only for Him. When I first started the book, I was unsure of the writing but I because to engrossed with Emma and Grayson’s story I was no longer concerned with it. I believe with a little time and devotion Ms. Harber won’t leave me even a brief moment to question her writing and it will quickly be on par with the stories she tells.
This book does leave off with a cliffhanger, but I would highly recommend reading it. Cristen Harber works her magic of developing unforgettable characters. I will immediately be one-clicking the next book in this series!
PS. Jeffrey Kafer and Xe Sands only enhanced Cristin's brilliance as an author with their narration of this story!