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- Publication Date: June 26, 2013
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About the Author
A Chicago native, Donna now lives in beautiful Northeast Wisconsinwith her husband and children. She's an avid gardener and home-canner, as wellas an admitted reality TV junkie. Her passion to read is only exceeded by herpassion to write, so when she's not doing the wife and mother thing, you canusually find her sitting at the computer, creating exciting, memorablecharacters, fresh new worlds, and always happily-ever-afters.
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The hero, Mike Andrews, returns to his hometown of Green Bay, to bury his recently dead abusive father, and sell the house he grew up in - both he hasn't seen in the 8 years since he abruptly left town. His plan is to get in and out without running into the girl that broke his heart all those years ago nor any of brothers especially the hot tempered Garrett.
The "misunderstanding" (to put it mildly) that broke up the couple in high school is believable and has enough "evidence" presented to both Mike, Sara and Garrett that it is credible to each of them, even 8 years later. But once Mike comes back and finds himself in his unchanged teenage-self's bedroom he starts to wonder.
Ethan, the seven year old son, is written quite believably as well. Some authors tend to write children a little too precocious, too young for their age, or to old. Ethan strikes the right chord of youthful, boyish enthusiasm and innocence.
The tricky part, the introduction of Ethan to the father he has never known. Even in real life a situation like this is a "crap shoot", regarding how everyone is going to take, handle and process this information. So one can't truly say, "oh that was completely unbelievable", because there's a 50/50 chance that it would have panned out that way in the real world.
The secondary storyline involves the "bad guy". I feel this implementation is kind of ingenious, because it takes two tried and true conventions of keeping couples apart, ties them together in a neat package and has it delivered by another "couple killer", the hot headed older brother/father figure.
The novel is well balanced, not too much time spent on "the secret", or "the tormented make-up", or "the dangerous situation". Each is covered, I feel, just enough; each has their own "punctuations". The sex is light and sweet and not at all heavy-handed. In fact she could have given us a little more, I mean being separated for 8 years ... there's a lot of time to make up for!
There is quite a bit of the novel spent on "Family Time" between Mike, Sara and Ethan, which some man complain as being boring, however, I feel it serves the purpose of: a.) showing Sara starting to trust Mike again and realizing she never truly stopped loving him, b.) allowing Sara to see Mike as being a loving and devoted father despite having grown up with an abusive father, and finally c.) showing Mike what a fantastic son he has and realizing how much he has missed and wanting to not waste anymore precious time.
Donna Marie Rogers did a fantastic job with "There's Only Been You", especially as a springboard onto a Jamison Family Series. I recommend this novel for the reader that prefers a little sex with their story. Definitely, a nice, light, sweet, read. I will be following the Jamison clan , I am a sucker for a series. - Charlene @ www.lightningcitybookreviews.com
Summary: There’s Only Been You
Malicious lies, drugs and a videotape are the reasons young lovers Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews have spent the last eight years apart, each believing the other betrayed them. Sara has no clue where Mike's been all these years, but she knows where she's been busy raising their son. Two weeks after he accused her of cheating and disappeared from her life, Sara discovered she was something she never expected to be, an unwed pregnant teenager. But with the love and support of her annoyingly alpha-male family, she's managed to make a good life for herself and her young son. She even owns her own business, Sara's Bakery, which she's built into a thriving success. Sure, she works too hard and her social life is nonexistent, but for the most part, she is content. Until the day Detective Mike Andrews walks into her bakery and back into her life.....
I don’t remember where I got the free copy of this book, but I’m so thankful for getting this book. I’ve read other books by Donna Marie Rogers and have enjoyed them; this book is the start of a series, which like each of her other books have been worth the read.
The plot and character development is complex and supremely done. The editing is superbly done, which makes the flow makes it all that much enjoyable to read.
Would you recommend this book to others? YES
Would you read other books written by this Author? YES
Is this book a Novel or Novella? Novel
Is this book priced correctly? YES
I loved Sara's family and Mike. I felt that Sara, though after finding out the cause of the misunderstanding between herself and Mike 8 years ago, seemed to wanted to remind Mike at every opportunity that it was his fault why they both were not together or a family unit.
Though this was a quick read, with a little suspense at the end which gave the story a little pep, the author could've made it shorter by cutting out a bit of Sara's whining.
All in all it was an okay read.
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It was the shilly-shallying that started to irritate me in just the first few chapters - now she wants him, oh god he's so gorgeous, then she's furious with him, then she wants him again, then she's furious again, he kisses her, oh god she wants him to kiss her again, then she pushes him away and blames him for not being around for the son she never told him he had, how dare he call himself a father?! Then she has the most incredible (and minutely-described) intense sex with him, then she screams "Don't you dare touch me!" at him, then she wants to be his wife, then her chest constricts with doubt and bad feeling because he's not actually asking her to marry him in those precise words, then they make love, then she doesn't know she can trust him with her heart...
As for him - now he's hot for her, then he's racked with guilt and self-disgust, then he's hot for her again, then he's angry that she could have so little faith in him, then he wants her, then he wants her to be his wife, but he doesn't actually use the words Will You Marry Me but doesn't understand she doesn't infer that from his voiced hope they will make a home together as a family etc. etc. etc.
I agree with another reviewer who pointed out that he had more cause to believe in her betrayal because he'd seen visual proof, while all she had was an unsubstantiated claim. Fair enough she didn't know where he got to after he left, but if she was so blissfully in love with him to start with (he was the love of her life, she was the love of his life), why didn't she try harder to find him other than asking his father, and on what does she base that continual and deeply-embedded fear/belief that he'd be as abusive to her son as his father had been, when she'd witnessed first-hand how the abuse had affected the son all his life?
Then there's the relationship with her eldest, hothead brother - to me that felt more than a little creepy, including the brother being jealous of the father of his nephew because the brother had been taking care of his sister and nephew for the past eight years...
And all the language... I got really fed up with the endless repetitions of 'the little s***', 'the bastard' and much worse.
Lots of sex-description, lots of thoughts whirling around in the two main characters' heads, lots of 'wanting to take her into his arms' and similar, but not a lot of tempo in the storyline, or actual storyline that couldn't have been compressed in about three chapters.
I noticed an inconsistency as well, when at the end of one chapter Mike speeds out to the hospital to prevent a probable murder, but the start of the next chapter (which is, as it were, the next moment), he's at the family home - no mention of the vital hospital visit at that point. Of course I might have missed details in the skipping of pages/chapters, earlier than halfway through I no longer felt compelled to read every page.
There was a lot of eye-rolling before I started skipping chapters. Don't know that I actually want to spend time finishing the book - this was a freebie and I certainly won't be downloading any more, freebie or not.
I liked Sara's determination and strength. Having so many male relatives and after her heartache she could have been quite a downtrodden character but she took everything in her stride. Some reviewers have said they couldn't connect with her which I can understand as we don't get much insight into her personality. Mike was a nice guy who thought he'd been made a fool of. He put up a front of anger and dislike when he really wanted to be near Sara again, even if his head couldn't understand why.
The Jamieson brothers were an interesting bunch and I would have loved more from them. Her brother Garrett's book is next so he stole the majority of the scenes. Although I liked Nicky best.
The plot line was interesting and the truth was revealed at a good pace. Just when the relationship issues were getting resolved there were some action scenes which were very well written.
A few things were left unresolved for me but they may be tied into the next book.
Overall a great read and I'd consider buying more from this author.
This has to be a keeper to be read again and again.
It is the first in the series, followed by a novella - Foolish pride (book 1.5) which completes Danny's story and overlaps this book, the second in the series is Meant to be - Garret's story which is equally gripping and unbelievably has as much if not more drama, with Ethan again in the thick of it!