Release Review: It's Only Love: Marie Force

It's Only Love
Green Mountain series #5
Marie Force
Releases November 3

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The new Green Mountain Romance from the New York Times bestselling author of And I Love Her.

Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels.

It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around.

Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?

Ella Abbott is a caring, sweet, nurturing person. She is always there when her friends and family need help with any little thing. She has crushed long and hard on her sister’s brother-in-law, though she has never tried too hard to hide how she feels.

When Gavin Guthrie lost his brother, he suffered a blow that has never healed. Closer than some twins, Gavin and Caleb were always together, getting into trouble, and sharing friends. After Caleb’s death, Gavin shut himself off from their shared friends, and turned to drinking to block his pain. He fights his continued feelings for Ella, first because his brother warned him away, and then because she deserved more than he could give her.

Coming to his rescue yet again, Ella has decided she can’t keep waiting for Gavin to sort his issues out on his own. Just when she is ready to give up and move one, he makes a move and promises to turn things around to be who she deserves. But his grief still controls a large part of his life. Will Ella’s influence be enough for him to live his life again?

I love these two. This was an emotional rollercoaster, where two steps forward, one (or two) steps back was the norm. Ella wanted to be what Gavin needed to pull himself out of his darkness, but she can’t do it by herself, and he needs to figure out what is most important to him: Ella or his grief.

With as large a family as the Abbotts are, there is a lot going on in the background, especially with Max and Charley. The couples from previous books also play a large role in the action of the story, Will & Cameron, Hunter & Megan, Colton & Lucy, and Hannah & Nolan and their parents are in many of the pivotal scenes and readers get to see where each couple is on their own journey as well.

Lincoln and Elmer, as the meddling father and grandfather, are less influential in this particular couple’s story, but only because Ella and Gavin both know what they want, they just have to figure out how to get past all the hurt, something no amount of scheming can overcome. But the trail is set for their next match and these two will be up to their usual shenanigans in no time. Poor Charley. (Ok, not really poor Charley. I can't wait to get my hands on Charley's story -- Ain't She Sweet -- in April 2016!)

It’s Only Love is a fun, sweet love story that has been in the making for a long time. My heart broke every time we saw the glimpses of Gavin and Ella in the background of her siblings’ stories and I am so glad it is finally her turn. This series in general is one I know will fill me with warmth and leave me feeling content. I love this family and their general store, work ethic, and loyalty to each other above all.
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hoping to take the magic of the island and move it to the mountains with the Abbot family, purveyors of the odd and hard to find relics of a time long gone by in small-town Vermont. Hope you'll come with me to the Green Mountains! Watch for the first book in the series in early 2014!

The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home. But it isn’t until they open themselves up to love that they’ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be…

Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.

Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart

Rachel's 4.5 star review

There’s a budding romance on Butler Mountain, but in the hornets’ nest known as the Abbott family, keeping a secret is no easy feat…

Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton’s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it’s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her—especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn’t about to tell Cam she’s having a fling…with Will’s brother.

Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?
And I Love Her
Rachel's 4 star review

As the oldest of the ten Abbott siblings, Hunter prides himself on his ability to solve other people’s problems, but now he has a problem of his own—how to convince the woman of his dreams that his love is for keeps.

As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family’s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can’t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he’s the man for her.

Megan’s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister—and her job at the diner—going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter
Green Mountain short story You'll Be Mine. Will Abbott and Cameron Murphy are finally ready to tie the knot—as long as family, friends and a love-struck moose don’t get in the way.

Originally in Ask Me Why, the anthology released on July 7, 2015.

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With more than 3.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of 40 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.8 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, among other books and series, including the new Quantum Trilogy, written as M.S. Force.

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. 

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