My name is Kimberly and I'm the reader/reviewer behind Wit and Sin. Wit and Sin is a website that provides honest reviews and publicity. I primarily read and review Romance titles, but I also review Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult, Mystery, and Non-Fiction titles. In addition to Wit and Sin, I am a reviewer for Joyfully Reviewed (pen name: Shayna) and Romance Junkies (pen name: Lily).
It’s Only Love is both a sexy, fun romance and a sometimes-heartbreaking tale of learning to live again while dealing with an unbearable amount of grief. I applaud Marie Force for not taking the easy route in this unconventional story that starts where a lot of stories would end – with a hero and heroine who have always wanted each other finally getting together.
Ella Abbott has loved Gavin Guthrie for years, but he’s always pushed her away. When he is finally ready to take the plunge, Ella is ecstatic. This is what she’s always wanted, right? Not quite. While it’s clear that Gavin loves Ella, he’s been spiraling out of control since the death of his brother. I loved that Ms. Force showed how everyone handles grief differently and that there is no magic cure or set timeline at the end of which a person is healed. Gavin knows he’s not coping well with the death of his brother and because of this he and Ella take one step forward, two steps back for a lot of the story. It’s heartbreaking but also realistic, and what made me appreciate the story even more was that Ella was no doormat. She understands Gavin’s grief and is incredibly supportive of him, but even when it breaks her heart, she doesn’t let herself be drawn into a toxic relationship. However, for all his good intentions, Gavin seems to (unknowingly) use Ella as an emotional crutch. What troubled me about It’s Only Love is that by the end of the story I felt he was still using her as such. I really wanted to see Gavin on the road to being able to stand on his own – even as he and Ella get their happily ever after – and I don’t think we got that.
It’s Only Love isn’t all darkness; Ella and Gavin do have their lighthearted moments and the Abbott family is also on hand to add entertainment. The Abbotts are an almost frighteningly perfect family, but they are fun. How can you not like them when they’re so warm and welcoming? I’ve been reading the Green Mountain series entirely out of order, so I can safely say that It’s Only Love can be read as a standalone, so long as one doesn’t mind minor spoilers from the previous books. All the Abbott siblings make appearances, but I find myself most intrigued by Charlotte, Max, and Grayson Abbott. I’m glad we’re at least guaranteed a story for Charley in the future, because I’m looking forward to revisiting her and the rest of the Abbotts in Ain’t She Sweet.
It’s Only Love tugs on the heartstrings a lot, and even though I had some issues with the story I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Ella and Gavin’s love story is an emotionally honest one with ups and downs that make the book so engaging that I had a hard time putting it down.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.