Only the Positive (Only You #1) by Elle Thorpe
Released: September 20, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Elle Thorpe
Reviewed by Keyrsten
I made a mistake that might have ruined someone’s life. I’ve moved to Sydney to avoid the glares and the questions from the people back home, but there’s one thing I can’t run from—the guilt and pain that follows me relentlessly. All I can do is dull it with alcohol and casual sex. But then my new boss, Mr Dark and Delicious, deserted me, mid kiss, with my skirt hiked up and my shirt discarded on the alley floor. I should hate him―him and the secrets he’s keeping. But I can’t stay away. Because the pain and guilt he’s hiding mirror my own.
All she wanted was one night. That, I could do. I’m the king of casual. Love them and leave them, before they leave me. With chemistry off the scale, we couldn’t even make it home, both of us too impatient, ripping each other’s clothes off in the alleyway outside the bar. Then my phone buzzed, and one text message stopped everything. I couldn’t think. Couldn’t breathe. All I could do was run. I’m toxic, but I can’t tell her why. I can’t bear the look of horror I know would cross her face. But I also don’t know how to keep something so life altering from the woman I’m falling for. Not when I need her just to survive it.
Reese and Low meet at a time in their life when they both are in need of someone to lean on. They start off flirty and the sexual tension is palatable, but both of them are using each other as distractions. Low was used to being the cocky playboy who only was down for one night stands, but then he found himself continually pulling away whenever he and Reese would get close to developing a physical connection. His reluctance leads to them developing more of a emotional relationship instead of a physical one. What started out as a potential one night stand turns into a close friendship and then turns again into budding relationship. The physical tension that is present is electric and full of passion, but their quiet moments relying on each other emotionally is what really brings them together. Those moments become their most important moments together.
This story was quite the emotional roller coaster, but I was damn pleased to be able to experience all the twists and turns of it. At the beginning of the book they are two broken people trying to keep themselves afloat any way they can, even using sex and alcohol as a distraction to numb themselves. Elle's writing brought their heart wrenching stories to life and really pulled me into feeling everything that our main characters were feeling. The guilt. The confusion. The hurt. The shame. The emotional exhaustion. Everything was felt. It was the type of writing that makes you feel it all and revel in the vulnerability of it.
At the beginning of our story Reese and Low are dealing with so much brokenness that they are unsure if they will ever be able to piece themselves back together. They didn't want to find love. They didn't want to burden anyone with their darkness. Whether they wanted it or not, love found them. They learned that sometimes in sharing our darkness and our pain, we are able to piece ourselves back together with the love and hopeful pieces of the other person. They needed to feel in all so that they could move past it, and they needed to do it together. Not alone.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.