The men in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series are tough Alphas devoted to serving their country and the women who love them.
National Guardsman Aiden King has been attracted to Hannah Walters for a while, but he never made a move because of her close relationship with his best friend. But when circumstances change, Aiden is surprised when his friend gives his blessing. Problem is, there’s a reason he’s still alone after all these years, and as much as he wants her, that secret keeps him from acting on his desires.
Hannah has finally decided to wait for the kind of love you read about in books and see in movies. After her failed engagement, Aiden’s unassuming support has become a touchstone for Hannah. It soon becomes apparent that he may be exactly the kind of man she’s been looking for. But the closer they become, the more he keeps her at arm’s length.
When Aiden suggests a road trip to take Hannah’s mind off her troubles, the two of them go on a journey neither one expected. She just hopes that the final destination is them together for good.
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Aiden King has been attracted to Hannah Walters for a while but has kept his distance because she was involved with his best friend. However, they break up and his friend gives Aiden the green light to pursue Hannah. He will do just about anything for her, including make her favorite meal for her at his bar. At this point, they’re just good friends, but after Hannah offers to go with Aiden on a road trip so that he can meet his estranged mother, will things change?
Hannah has always fallen hard for men who weren’t right for her and she now plans to step back until she finds “the only one.” Her friendship with Aiden fills the gap between romances—or so she thinks until she realizes that she values him as more than a friend. Aiden is quiet and doesn’t push himself on her, which makes her a tad antsy. Most any man would jump at the chance to bed her, but Aiden does everything except make love to her. Does he have an aversion to sex? If so, why?
ONLY WITH YOU features the fourth tale of the National Guardsmen best friends in the Man Enough series by Nicole McLaughlin. Readers who have read SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU will remember Hannah as the self-centered twin who kept her sister Becca apart from Jase for years by lying about something that was supposedly said. All is well now, but the experience has Hannah stepping back to look at how she approaches love. Meanwhile, Aiden is there, another good friend to lean on. But somewhere along the way, she realizes it’s more than friendship.
Aiden’s mother gave birth to him at the age of fifteen and literally abandoned him to her mother. His grandmother wasn’t the most loving of people, but she was his relative. After she dies, Aiden goes through her papers and realizes it’s time to find his mother. When Hannah offers to go with him on a trip to where his mother lives in Wyoming, will their friendship develop into something more? But Aiden has a deep secret that is painful to discuss and it’s affected his relationships with other women. Can he open up to Hannah? I won’t go into what his secret is because it’d be a spoiler but after finally meeting his mother it’s soon revealed they share something more than a family bond.
ONLY WITH YOU is an emotional book and as it reaches its satisfying climax readers will be cheering Hannah and Aiden on. Their romance is slow to build but even you will see their future together is inevitable. Prepare to both laugh and cry as they finally fall in love on their rocky road to a happily-ever-after.
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The early copy I read of this book was my first by this author, and it was an amazing read! I have St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Publishing to thank for inviting me to read and review this one, otherwise I may not have found this terrific author. Ms. McLaughlin captivated me with her refreshing, unique, larger-than-life characters and immersed me smack in the center of their story with ease. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride.
It started innocently enough, with Hannah and Aiden being friends of friends who become friendly with each other. Aiden is in a group of National Guardsmen who make their Guard duty weekends into somewhat of a social event with good food, significant others and their friends. Hanna and Guardsman Jase have been friends since childhood, but things have gotten a little awkward since Jase started dating Hannah’s twin, Becca. Somehow, Aiden becomes a friend to Hannah and an ear for her. And boy, does he get an earful. Frequently. But that’s a part of Hannah’s personality that really made her shine and endeared her to me, her slight insecurities and her non-stop chattering. That, and the fact that she needs to be talked down from her estate sale addiction.
Aiden is big, tough, quiet and hard to read, never sharing anything personal and never using more than one word when one will do. He’s kind of had a thing for Hannah for a while, but he’s not sure where she stands on the Jase/Becca thing. Additionally, he believes he really has nothing to offer a woman. Holy wow, this is one of my favorite kinds of heroes! Lots of buried pain, long-term damage that needs healing, and one who doesn’t see himself for the amazing man he is. There were certainly bumps and potholes along the way, and it took a lot of effort, trust and vulnerability, but Aiden figured things out, and it was glorious!
I loved everything about this book! The quaint, small-town settings, the complex, endearing secondary characters, the slow-burn romance, the storyline that flowed perfectly and the heart felt, poignant, inspiring message. All of the men in the Man Enough series have won me over, and I can’t wait to read more! These books all stand alone, so you can start with Aiden and Hannah’s story and catch up with the rest.
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☆☆ This book deals with the subject of childhood sexual abuse.
When I read the blurb for Only with You, I knew that I was going to like the book. It was the blurb made me read the book. I read the blurb of a book and forget it as soon as I start reading. I have been burned by too many blurbs incorrectly summing up the story or just being horrible. I am happy to say that Only with You’s blurb lives up to the book.
While Only with You is the 4th book in the Man Enough series, it can be read as a stand-alone….for the most part. I am not going to go into my rant about how I dislike picking a book up mid-series. If you have followed my blog long enough, you know how I feel. I don’t like starting a book and not knowing what is going on. The whole Hannah/her sister/Hannah’s best friend triangle is what I am talking about. I had no clue what was going on or what the backstory was and it drove me batty. Other than that, the book can be read on its own.
I did like the finesse how the author wrote about Aiden’s secret. I did figure it out pretty early in the book. My heart hurt for him and, later in the book, his mother. I couldn’t see how Aiden’s grandmother was blind to what was going on under her roof. When he finally did tell Hannah his secret, I loved how she reacted. She reacted exactly how a person should act when being told something like that. She didn’t treat him any different either.
I liked Aiden but there were times where I wished that he would open up more to Hannah. I felt her frustration at his one-word answers. As a reader, it annoyed the heck out of me too. But, in hindsight, his reluctance to talk was understandable. It drove me (and Hannah) bat poop crazy.
While I liked Hannah, I thought that she was too indecisive about her relationship with Aiden. She did than she didn’t. Then she didn’t know then she did and then she didn’t again. All her flip-flopping around started giving me a headache. And it led Aiden on. Which wasn’t cool. I did like that she had a weakness for estate sales. It made her seem more human.
Aiden and Hannah’s first sex scene made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable because of Aiden’s reaction before, during and after sex. While justified, his reactions prevented me from enjoying that sex scene. Now the other sex scenes were super hot. Aiden and Hannah were on fire.
The romance between Aiden and Hannah was a slow burn one. There was no Instalove. They started off as friends and eased into the relationship. I loved it!!! The only thing I didn’t like was that Hannah was so flip-floppy about them being together. That drove me nuts.
The end of the book was your typical HEA. I did get a chuckle out of what happened at the very ending. That would be something that would happen to me.
An awesome emotional read that I could not put down. Aiden and Hannah have been friends for awhile. Aiden has always liked Hannah but he has some deep buried secrets that have prevented him from dating. Hannah has had a failed engagement and now wants to find her one true love that you find in the movies. As Hannah gets closer to Aiden, Aiden keeps her at arms way. Can they figure this out?
Loved this story! Loved how Hannah never gave up on Aiden, and finally Aiden realized what he wanted out of life. Loved the Kansas connection!! I must admit, I shed a few tears while reading. Highly recommend this book, even though part of a series can be read as a stand alone.