After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life- a new girlfriend. The problem is, he’s done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring’s sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good.
Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim’s proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.
Title: Only for You
Series: Sapphire Springs #2
Author: Barb Curtis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4 stars
Only for You continues the Sapphire Springs series with a charming love story of forever friends, one who would love to make that relationship far more than friends and one who has had his heart destroyed on national television leaving him open game for all those “I’ll heal your broken heart” females who are hounding him at the moment. For Tim, a fake relationship with his best friend sounds like the perfect solution – for Emily with the crush and the longing heart it’s going to be much harder to pretend… but for Tim, she’ll give it a shot. Neither expected the very real sparks or that one fake relationship could possibly lead to a forever love.
I had fun with Only for You. If maybe, I wanted to give Tim a good shaking and a stern talking to occasionally well, he is after all the hero and they often need a reality check, right? Watching his turn from never going to give my heart again to falling for Emily completely was an enjoyable journey for when Tim finally gives his heart to his best friend he does it knowing he’ll never be hurt again. I adored Emily. She’s always felt more for Tim than friendship and just when one of those infamous New Years Resolutions seemed like it would finally stick he comes along with a fake relationship offer. What’s a girl in love with a man who only sees a friend to do but agree and hope she can guard her heart again. Their journey to a lifetime love was sweet, engaging, and kept me hoping for that happy ending for them both.
While Emily and Tim’s story could stand on its own, I’d still recommend reading the first story in the series, Forever With You, combined they give you a really good feel for Sapphire Springs, and hopefully we’ll return again soon. If you love a sweet, friends to lovers romance then Only for You is a perfect read for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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