Saturday, August 5, 2017

REVIEW - Only with You - Kathryn Shay

TITLE - Only with You
AUTHOR - Kathryn Shay 


A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new series, To Serve and Protect, by NYT bestselling author Kathryn Shay. 

Special Agent Whitney Dwyer sees the world in black and white, much to the chagrin of her beloved cousins, the Marino brothers. Her life is terrific: the best family in the world, a varied job with mega opportunities for advancement and a fantastic friends-with-benefits lover. Beneath her tough exterior, though, lies a woman who was scarred in deep and dark ways by the horror of and accident that killed her parents. But Whitney’s life is knocked off its axis when she loses the man she now realizes she loves. To complicate matters, that man, Special Agent Max Blackwell, has made a decision he regrets immediately. Still, he and Whitney cannot come together again until she deals with what plagues her and he discovers what he truly wants out of life. 

ONLY WITH YOU is back-dropped by the bombing of a federal building, a case assigned to Whitney and Max during their personal turmoil. It also shows the inner workings of the Secret Service, as well as the danger federal agents are in. Toss in a sizzling relationship and readers won’t be able to put this book down.


“Does life give you more than you can handle? 5 stars”

If you’ve read the other two books in the Serve and Protect series you know the background of Max and Whitney. Whitney is complex hard to get a real read on. Her aunt and uncle took her in as a child and she was raised with her cousins. In a matter of speaking she had an easy childhood, but it was the time before living with the Marino’s that left a scar. Whitney only sees things in black and white, but what happens when the grey starts to seep in?

Max and Whitney have been together for years and never had an issue. Now though he wants more, he’s ten years older than her and wants to settle down and have a family of his own. Something Whitney has always been admittedly against. Max makes a mistake involving his relationship with Whitney that leaves them both wheeling. 
What happens if the blows don’t stop coming? 
Will these two-secret service agents be able stand strong and weather the storm?

I have always had a soft spot for these two and wanted them to settle down together. Shay was extremely hard on Whitney in Only with You but it felt right to me. Whitney needed these trials to figure herself out. You watch her Transform from someone that was kind of robotic (just going through the motions) to a woman who really appreciated those in her life, accepted love, and loved back. Max was incredibly stead-fast which was fitting for what he did. 

Dive into Only with You and follow these two try and find their way to true happiness. Will that happiness be together or apart? While you’re at it prepare yourself for the next in the series, I have a feeling it will be a doozy.

Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Character- 5/5
Heat- 5/5
Writing style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5

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