Nichole Daniels has had her share of heartbreak. Two broken engagements and a single bed are proof of that. But when a blue-eyed stranger offers her a taste of her every nighttime fantasy, she’s considering putting an end to her dry spell!
Garrett Carter’s reputation as a ladies’ man…? Absolutely right. A danger to her mental health…? Definitely. The man for her…? Not on your life. Nichole has no intention of getting involved with a man known to be able to whisper almost any woman into bed! But something tells her that, when it comes to Garrett, one night will never be enough….
I actually read this book a couple of months ago when I received my NetGalley copy. I’ve since gone back and re-read it and as it was the first time, Once is Never Enough is a wonderful, sweet story – I really enjoyed this one.
Nichole’s run of luck in the romance department has been fairly substandard. Three years on from a second broken engagement, Nichole (with the urging of her friend Maeve) decides to re-enter the world of dating. At a friend’s party, she meets a guy – gorgeous, sexy and he wants her. One leads to the next, and she takes him home. Right at the worst possible moment, she learns that her mystery man is none other than Maeve’s brother Garrett (the infamous “panty whisperer”).
Garrett has been looking after his sisters since they were young, working to help raise them and give them the chances their parents would have. Now that all have flown the coop, Garrett is living his own life for the first time. He’s put himself through college, is running a construction company and doing all that he was unable to while he was pseudo-parent to his sisters (including entertaining the ladyfolk – hence the nickname).
You can see why both are reluctant to fully commit initially. Nichole has had her ego bruised by love, and Garrett is only really discovering himself. However, from almost the instant they meet, I could see that they made such an electric pairing. I really enjoyed the way in which Ms Kelly created a very real and believable tension & chemistry between them.
The way I saw it, neither Garrett or Nichole really knew how to deal with what develops of their relationship. When it comes to a head, they act out in hostility, hurting the other when the opposite is what they really want. Garrett’s concerns about committing himself again are valid. I think if I had been in the situation of raising my siblings, I would probably think the same way as he does. To some people, these may not make sense, but that doesn’t make them any less valid. What I loved about this was that Nichole understood and despite her feelings for Garrett, she chooses to walk away. Even though I felt the bone-deep hurt this causes both of them, I could understand that Nichole didn’t want to settle for being second best or to be resented down the line for being the one who caused Garrett to give up his hard-won freedom.
Good lord, that would be difficult, loving someone so much but knowing that your wishes for the future vary so wildly. Towards the end, I found myself wanting to jump in and help these two back together.
I would really love to read more about their friends and Garrett’s sisters as well, if there are any of their stories on the horizon.
Having had some misses with the Harlequin KISS line, I’ve got to say Once is Never Enough is probably one of the better of the stories I have read to date.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 18 June 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.