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Only Ever You

By: CD Reiss
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Brian Pallino
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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.

That’s crazy.

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.

©2019 by Flip City Media Inc. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 04-03-2020

Only Ever You

This one was just pure joy, it made me laugh and made me sigh and at times it made me curse, just what every romance should do. Rachel and Sebastian are neighbors as children and Rachel is Seb's protector since he was bullied. At 16 they made a contract that if they were both single by 30 they would marry each other. Now at Christmas, soon after Sebastian turns 30 and a few weeks before Rachel turns 30 their families find the contract and push them together and start to plan the wedding. Oh, what fun, such FUN.

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  • Stlbuckeye
  • 09-12-2019

Enjoyable book

Rachel and Sebastian were best friends in high school but haven’t seen each other for years. Rachel had high expectations of her life but things have not worked out as planned. They reconnect on Christmas and a fake engagement later, they really start to have more of a relationship. I enjoyed listening to this book and it is definitely worth the read.

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  • Mary McCormack
  • 05-12-2019

Honest review

LOVED the characters and storyline in this book. This takes you from the emotional highs to the emotional lows and back again. Really worth the journey.

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  • Buzy_reading
  • 21-10-2020

Fake marriage between friends

Rachel had these grand plans to become a writer, marry, and start a family. Instead she put her life on hold to take care of her mother who had breast cancer. Fourteen years later, Rachel feels like a failure in comparison to Sebastian who started out as the nerdy neighborhood boy. Sebastian found success and muscles. Rachel feels like she lost her chance to become successful. With time and distance between them neither gave much thought to each other until Christmas rolled around and both were in town. Meanwhile, as she struggles with her failures she’s reminded of a pact her and Sebastian made about marrying each other if both were still single at the age of thirty. Then there’s the possibility that her mother might be sick again. In the back of her mind she believes her mother is waiting to see Rachel marry before it’s too late. What is love? Overall: Rachel thought she would be settled by thirty. Sebastian wants Rachel to love the real him. Marriage pact out of obligation. Fake engagement to fulfill family expectations. Friends to lovers. Being a writer but with strings attached. All these elements make up for a great storyline, however when Ms. Reiss puts them all together something doesn’t fit. Rachel’s hesitations hold back my connection. Her self doubts had me questioning her abilities to progress. Sebastian seemed all to eager to please Rachel despite his own reservations. My biggest hang up was the amount of time these characters spent living separate lives. I wouldn’t say either stopped living life, yet it seemed too coincidental how Sebastian ditched his girlfriend just before seeing Rachel. I wasn’t getting a good vibe from reading Rachel’s feelings. The scenes to look forward to are those delicious sex scenes. That’s what I recognize about Ms. Reiss. Then there’s the grand gesture. Narrators: Andi Arndt is the narrator of hundreds of audiobooks in romance, bio/memoir, YA and literary fiction, and is a member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. She is the Executive Producer of Lyric Audiobooks, which produces award winning audiobooks for best selling authors. Andi Arndt’s voice has been described as "welcoming," "calm," "clear," and "sublime"—which is exactly what you want from one of the most popular and beloved romance narrators working today. Andi delivers another great performance. Brian Pallino is a highly sought-after narrator of contemporary adult and romance books. He has voiced series for multiple award-winning authors, including CD Reiss and Meredith Wild. With a versatile range, Brian is a storyteller who strives to bring books to life and move his listeners. This was my first listening experience by Brian and I must say he did an excellent job. Together Andi and Brian brought these characters to life.

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  • Angela G.
  • 08-07-2020

A romance trope about a romance trope

This was an entertaining story about a writer having issues writing for a saccharin sweetened show while her side piece pulls at her to work on it instead. But more importantly... it was a Best Friends to Lovers romance with enough of a twist to be refreshing. The writing is a little outside the norm from what I'm used to by this author which makes it even more special and enjoyable. I also liked the narrator choices as both Andi Arndt and Brian Pallino are consistently wonderful performers.

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  • HeatherRenae98
  • 07-06-2020

What a great read!

This book had everything. I found myself messaging my friend throughout the book telling her how good it was. I loved the story, narrators and characters.

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  • Reemah Alexis
  • 30-05-2020

Nerd to Swan

This is the sweet side of Reiss. It is a story of childhood friends turned lovers with a fake engagement twist thrown in. I loved how in the story there is family, friendship, love, and hope. I loved Sebastian and how he loved fierce, and was vulnerable. Rachel was working through finding herself and come to terms with her love for Sebastian. There is very low angst but a great love story. The story will have you rooting for the couple all the way through!

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  • Ap2514
  • 26-03-2020

Wonderful

This book left me with such a smile on my face. When two friends make a pact to marry each other if they find themselves 30 and single they never really thought it would happen. Well, Sebastian had hope it might happen and now fate has given him the chance he needs.

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  • Vidhi
  • 26-03-2020

Love is in the Air

This was perfect prescription for one's need for perfect romance story. I loved everything about it. There was amazing love between the characters. The narrators did amazing justice with the characters and their emotions.

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  • LexiMuse
  • 03-12-2019

Unlike other CD Reissbooks not particularly sexy

This is a sweet, tame story about 2 old childhood friends who get together as adults. The guy is wimpy as a preteen who adores his pretty neighbor and the she stands up for him against the bullies. She is less sure of herself as an adult but becomes steady and more confident when she falls in love with her old best friend. He develops into a buff, sexy millionaire and a thoughtful kind, loving guy. They eventually work through some minor drams as their relationship develops. Solid narration and a nice HEA.

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  • Mrs D Rowland
  • 22-07-2019

Beautiful story

Wow what a beautiful story. Loveable characters and a slow burn that has you rooting for the wimp turned hunk to finally get his only love. CD Reiss knows how to do gritty and dark but she also is a Queen at romance and true love. Highly recommend