Title: Forever Only Once
Series: Promise Me #1
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.
Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.
Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.
Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.
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Also available in audio & paperback
Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs
I wanted to love this book but something and I don’t know what didn’t mesh for me. It felt like there were pieces to a puzzle that were missing and I was left guessing and wanting more info on situations. Hazel is a math nerd and has had a rough past with a relationship. To the point the ex is a stage 5 clinger, stalker and has abused her. She has started her life over far away and has a small group of girl friends. They decide that they need men in their lives and make a “pact” to find a man for each one of them. Hazel, the most broken of the bunch, is the first one up. And it was at this point that I slightly lost interest.
She inadvertently meets Cross Brady…a charming and good looking guy. He is co-owner of a furniture business and is immediately attracted to Hazel. Because of this accidentally meeting he can’t get her out of his head. At the same time Hazel thinks (wayyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooo mucchhhhhh) about if she could really put herself out there for another guy again. Ugh…it bothered me all of her back and forth. Anyway, Cross has some issues with his business partner and things escalate quickly between them. For me, their issues came out of left field and Cross doesn’t really respond like he should when he finds out what his partner is doing. He is more interested in Hazel. It just didn’t flow and make sense to me. Besides that, I didn’t really feel chemistry with these two and it left me wanting more. Hopefully, others enjoy this story and are excited for this new series.
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ABOUT CARRIE ANN RYAN
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.
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