Only Ever You

Only Ever You

by CD Reiss


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503905290
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 287,469
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestselling author. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God, but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, Reiss moved to Hollywood, California, to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere—but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

Reiss is frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut, which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. Text cdreiss to 77948 to get a notification whenever she has a new release.

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Only Ever You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
JoannaDursi 8 months ago
Rachel & Sebastian are perfection! I loved all the little unique twists put on their marriage pact story. OEU had me smiling, laughing & rooting for these two the entire time.
Rachael_Leissner 8 months ago
I have read all types of novels from CD Reiss. Those packed with suspense, lust and raw emotion; those that take a dark path you aren’t sure what to expect from but enjoy immensely; and those that are just pure romance that leave you with butterflies. Not knowing what to expect out of Only Ever You, I went in blind and devoured it! I loved not knowing what this was about or what to expect from it. The friends to lovers is one of the most close to my heart types of Romances you can read. It’s the type of romance that could truly happen to you and has happened to me, which always adds a bit of nostalgia throughout my read. In Only Ever You we see Rachel turning 30, not living the exact life she had mapped out, but pretty darn close. She was just missing a few things that she had planned to execute with her best friend Sebastian, if life didn’t go as expected. The wedding pact they made when they were young and naïve is brought back into play and as things begin to develop, they must see if they can develop feelings for each other. Can this thing work with them? This book touches on many subjects including bullying and the way CD Reiss incorporated that into the story line was heart-breaking and also healing as you see their story develop over the years. This book gave me all the feels. I love a good romance that isn’t overly complicated every once and a while and CD Reiss delivered!
A233G 11 months ago
Gosh, I'm not really sure where to start. This was the first book that I have read by CD Reiss. Only Ever You was a cute little story about friends becoming lovers. I felt like the book was long but I don't think anything could have been left out. I loved how Seb and Rachel did get their happily ever after!
CrystalKL 12 months ago
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read a copy of Only Ever You. This was a nice easy read. I really didn't connect with the characters as much as I would've like to. I didn't love this but didn't hate it.
ACody89 More than 1 year ago
I really loved everything about this book. CD Reiss really has this way about her with her writing, it's magnificent. This book talks about some very real problems in today's society, but she writes about it in the best ways! These two were underdogs who completely rose up! Now, let's talk about Rachel and Sebastian. I ADORE these two sooo much. One of my favorite parts was how close they were growing up. Seeing Rachel defend Seb was so adorable and so admirable! Then on the flip side, I was really sad that they didn't keep in touch about adults. BUT, this is a big but, it made them seeing each other as adults THAT MUCH BETTER. The reaction that they each had, internally, toward each other was hysterical! Seb wasn't the nerdy kid who got bullied anymore, he was HOT HOT HOT! Everything from the transformation to their marriage pact, I GOT SO SUCKED IN! These two were just so great about the whole thing. I loved how they were going along with this crazy wedding scheme, but at the same time they were really starting a relationship. There was the perfect amount of pure, true romance, the perfect amount of sexy, teasing moments and the perfect amount of drama. It's like at trifecta of awesome. And there were sooo many layers. Layers to the story, layers to who Seb and Rachel were, and layers to their new lives. Then we add in people like the parents and Seb's sister. It was just so great! I LOVE secondary characters and the family in the story were so perfect for that. I even loved the relationships with their friends. There really wasn't a stone unturned here. Each person had their own unique and developed personality, even if you only saw them for a few sentences here and there. I cannot recommend this book enough!!
rc1836 More than 1 year ago
Sweet and sexy Only Ever You is a departure from CD Reiss’ more intense books. However I enjoyed the slow burn 2nd chance friends to lovers romance. In their youth Sebastian and Rachel had a unique friendship. Through many twist and turns that friendship grows into a real HEA. I thought the back stories about their work, friends and family rounded out the book. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
A sweet summer getaway! When they were in high school, Rachel and Sebastian made a pact ... if they weren't married and in a relationship when they turned 30, they would marry each other. They haven't seen each other since, so when Rachel sees Sebastian he is certainly not the skinny nerd she protected in school. Sebastian has become a rich hunk with muscles and it makes Rachel feel like a failure. Sebastian is still in love with Rachel all these years later and she is just as beautiful as ever. But can he convince her that they should go through with the pact. Who wouldn't fall in love with Sebastian ... a hunk without an ego! Even though Rachel was fighting it ... I could feel the electricity between these two. This was a cute romance with a little bit of steam. I received an early copy courtesy of Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Michele-G More than 1 year ago
4 "happily ever after" stars.... Well, I must say that was a little bit of a surprise. Only Ever You was a sweet friends to lovers book. Sebastian and Rachel had been friends since they were young. When they were sixteen, they made a pact and drew up a marriage contract that would go into effect if they were still unmarried at age 30. As the book begins, Sebastian and Rachel are both now thirty years old and their parents want for them to follow through with their marriage contract. The storyline progresses with how they decides to proceed with their future. They are so perfectly matched but don't necessarily realize it. Sebastian has loved Rachel for as long as he can remember. Rachel is afraid to love again because she's been hurt so much. She knows she's definitely attracted to Sebastian but they both overthink things and get in their own way in trying to make a relationship work. I really did enjoy Only Ever You. CD Reiss did give the reader a few surprises in this read. I won't elaborate on those because I don't want to spoil anything. Along with the couple finding love, they "found" themselves in this book. At the beginning of this story, neither of them was really doing what they had dreamed of as a career. Sebastian was making a lot of money but it wasn't fulfilling him and Rachel wasn't making money at her job nor was she happy. By finding one another again, it reminded them each of what their true dreams were. Overall, it was a light-hearted, feel good read where the couple had some great chemistry and a lot of love. I have to say the epilogue put the biggest smile on my face. I love an HEA and this book delivered in spades. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down. Two friends make a contract to get married at 30 if both are single. Get ready to read their wild ride to marriage and possible love. This book has lots of feels the good and the sad. Rachel goes through some hard times but Sebastian keeps her head up. There are lots of moments between Rachel and Sebastian that will melt your heart. I loved the journey these two took as a couple and each on their own. This was a great read.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I just love a good friends to lovers romance that is full of heart and that is just what this is. I love the concept of this story too, keeping to that friends/lovers trope so well. Rachel and Sebastian are such good characters and their chemistry is undeniable. I love me a sexy nerd! I loved watching their friendship morph into so much more. There is a really good cast of supporting characters in this book which only adds to the story. I really enjoyed this book.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
This was pretty tame for C.D. Reiss. It was more of a light read but with some heavy subjects still. It was a balance that was pulled off well. At first I thought this might be a little too tame, but then you get pieces here and there that would jump out and pull at you. I liked those little bits of surprise. It had a way of making me care more about Rachel and Sebastian. These two seemed almost flipped. Sebastian had characteristic you usually see in a heroine and vice versa for Rachel. I would normally say that wouldn't be for me, and yet it worked. It made their story unique in a common theme. I'm a sucker for a good ending and this ended in a perfect way. We got to see an epilogue a few years later and it was beautiful.
KSwanson More than 1 year ago
Although this is a pretty mild story in comparison to other works I've read by C.D. Reiss - I really enjoyed it. Only Ever You was a sweet, heartwarming story of friendship and love. I enjoyed the characters, plot and low-angst level of this story. I really like that there wasn't a lot of unnecessary drama added in that wasn't beneficial for the storyline - everything flowed well and kept me engaged from the first scene in the Principals office to the last page of the book. If you're looking for a light and sweet read - I recommend this one.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
When Rachel and Sebastian were young they made a deal with one another, if neither of them had found their happily ever after by age thirty then they would create one together... starting with a walk down the aisle. Well now they have both hit thirty, with no marriage or blissful future in sight. And now their family has caught wind of their little deal, so they are dealing with incessant urging from them to consider it. But they can't possibly go through with a deal they made as children... or can they? Only Ever You was my first experience with Ms. Reiss's work and I have to say it impressed on many fronts, what a charming first read! The story line was a very inventive take on the friends to lovers premise, and proved to be quite entertaining and good on the heart. There was a smoldering and intense chemistry brewing between Rachel and Sebastian that helped keep things consistently hot and steamy. And their meddling families not only brought drama to the pages, but also bits of humor too... gotta love families! If you like light-hearted romances that'll tug on the heartstrings, and bring a few blushes, then I highly suggest you give Only Ever You a chance, you won't be disappointed with what you find between it's pages! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, via NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Donatelli More than 1 year ago
Maybe all the stars were aligned just right or it was my time to fall for the writings of C.D. Reiss, or perhaps it was just pure luck. No matter how it happened, doesn’t matter because Only Ever You was a joy to read. Only Ever You is the first book by this author that I have read, and I have many of her books on my TBR shelf… why have I waited so long??? Only Ever You is a friends to lovers book, that is well written with engaging characters. What made this book a bit different from other books in similar tropes is the role reversal of the two main characters. Their dialogue is crisp, and sometimes sweet but also mature with a side is of cheekiness. Rachel is the protector of Sebbie, who was a total geek and was bullied all through high school. They were best friends who made a pact. They would get married at age thirty if they were both single. Well, it's Christmas time, and they are both home, thirty years old and single. That's when the story takes off. Rachel and Sebastian expect each other to be the same as they were in high school, but of course, that is not the case. It's fun to watch the two of them navigate the feelings they once had for each other versus the feelings they now have for each other. I loved the chemistry the two had together; they took their time and worked through some challenging issues together. Throughout the book, there were a few tricky situations, some romantic times, and a few laugh out loud moments and some oh no that did not just happen moments, all of which keep me turning the pages. However, most importantly, these two always came back to each other in one way or another. I felt that Ms. Reiss captured a real sense of belonging with the addition of Rachel and Sebastian's family members. These characters were authentic, relatable, entertaining, and most importantly, they were always supportive of Rachel and Sebastian. I liked that the author gave us a fantastic epilogue that took us about six years into the future. Only Ever You is a feel good, fun summer read, and I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to reading more books by C.D. Reiss. ***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
SaraOxo More than 1 year ago
Only Ever You by C.D. Reiss a five-star read that will make you see stars. This was such a great read, I haven’t read anything by her before, but have just added a bunch of novels to my tbr pile as I enjoyed this one so much. This was a full story, it just kept getting better and better. I loved how Rachel and Sebastian grow with the story, it gave me such heart watching Sebastian go from Dweeb to Dude…..(said with a bit of drool down my chin). The romance was real and believable, it had a great down to earth ness about it. I must say being a Capricorn my heart did break a teeny tiny bit.
TeriLynReviews- More than 1 year ago
I really this enjoyed this light romance from C.D. Reiss for whom I know typically does darker stories of love. This one was fun. It encompasses several tropes of the genre and does so in a uniquely engaging way through the toggling back and forth between the cynicism of the heroine and the effervescence of the hero. Only Ever You is part friends-to-lovers, part time hop, part fake marriage, part teenage marriage pact, part meddling families. There are several themes throughout the book that touch on the heavy making it more real and poignant but the lightness of this story makes it enjoyable, fast paced, and charming. Sebastian Barton and Rachel Rendell were quick friends when the Rendells moved in across the street as teenagers. Rachel protected the sensitive, unassuming Sebastian and was his only friend. He held a torch for her throughout their friendship unbeknownst to Rachel. The two lost touch after college and plans that were made, as they often do, went awry and their lives were completely different then how they envisioned them going. Fast forward to years later and their thrust back into each others path remembering the aforementioned marriage pact and how it could benefit their lives now. C.D. Reiss utilizes her signature style of writing in Only Ever You. Her flow of story telling grabs your attention from the onset and keeps you in tune to her characters throughout. She encompasses feeling vulnerable, emotional, light-hearted, cynical, and overwhelmed so well with her writing. This is a great, easy, romantic read with a great story of friendship and growth with a killer epilogue too.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of author C.D. Reiss, I jumped at the chance to read her latest novel, Only Ever You. The premise of the book grabbed me! How cute is a childhood marriage pact!?! I started reading assuming that Only Ever You was a romantic comedy, but found it was more serious than it was funny. Rachel was a driven teenager with big plans, and she was confident she would not need a back-up plan for her professional or personal aspirations. However, one left turn lead to another–as it usually does, and while the message is clear to the reader, it takes a lot of existential angst on Rachel’s part for her to see that she can’t force the path that she is meant to take. The more she does, the less true-to-herself she becomes. Re-enter Sebastian, the nerdy neighbor who Rachel befriended and championed throughout their childhood. Sebastian is now gorgeous and successful. This character is charming, sincere and down-to-earth. Time and again, Sebastian proves he is a romantic with a big heart. In adulthood, Rachel and his roles have essentially reversed. It was easy to be charmed by Sebastian, and it was hard for me to like Rachel. Rachel came off more self-indulgent and whiney than empathetic. I wanted to like her more than I found that I could. That said, I did enjoy the chemistry and banter between the two main characters. Additionally, their parent’s create some humorous situations that I loved. Only Ever You has a great premise and plot points, I just didn’t care for the focus on the details of Rachel’s profession. I had hoped for a fun, breezy read with a little romance. Only Ever You is more women’s literature than romantic comedy. There is a mature, realistic romance between two friends who find, after some soul searching, that they are truly in love. A good read with a lovely epilogue.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Rachel and Sebastian are proof that good things come to those who wait. Love was never on the agenda for these BFFs. He was the nerd she told all her secrets to. She was his protector. The dream girl that seemed to be far beyond his reach. Then life got in the way and dreams fell by the wayside, until fate step in. A long ago promise and a rekindled friendship has two broken hearts rethinking their previous point of view. Only Ever You is real life. Not always pretty, far from a fantasy, but precious all the same. Reiss creates a new kind of fairytale. It's called reality.