Type: Contemporary Romance
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Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels.
It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around. Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?
This is a heartwarming series that I have enjoyed from the beginning. I love the Abbott family and the small town atmosphere that surrounds the Green Mountains of New England.
Gavin has had problems moving on since his brother’s death seven years ago. He lives through his day to day routine but recent developments have caused him to spiral down beyond the help of his friends and family. His brother’s wife remarried and his brother’s dog passed away, the last remaining things that he could actually touch and remember, are gone. Now he seems to be reaching out for help to the one person that has stuck by him all these years, but is it too late?
Ella has been in love with Gavin for years, yet because he has continually pushed her away she has managed to steer clear of the hurt by staying away from him. That is until one night he makes a desperate phone call and she can’t turn him away. As they work through his issues he tries to convince her that he is ready to make a change and he wants her in his life, but she is battle scarred and is taking things one day at a time.
Another emotional story in this series, through the tears and the laughter the ride is a roller coaster of heartache and warmth. This family is a kick and I have enjoyed watching many of the siblings find their true loves with the help of several meddling old men that you can’t help but love.
I am excited to see Ella and Gavin’s story come to life, we have watched them tip toe around their feelings for several years and I like how Gavin finally came to realize what life is really about. He needed to come to terms with several people in his life as well as circumstances that were beyond his control before he could finally make some decisions about moving forward. I wanted to kick him around a few times in the past and thought he hurt Ella too many times to be redeemed, but he groveled enough by the end and the story.
This is the fifth in the series and although this is a tight knit community and a large family, it can easily be read as a standalone, the author recaps the stories of previous characters to keep a new reader in the loop. I need to say that this was not my favorite of the series; however I still enjoyed Ella and Gavin’s story, maybe it was because they were super sweet together, almost too much. Yet there were some hot scenes between them and the passion felt real, just too sappy at times.
I love the Abbott family, the siblings and their new loves round out this large ensemble of fun characters. It seems the meddling old codgers are back at it and I enjoyed the family camaraderie now as much as in the past stories. I will continue to read about this fascinating family with all their drama, laughter and fun until the end.
I give It’s Only Love by Marie Force 3.75 stars!