Book Review: Only For You by Barb Curtis

Posted July 21, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger / 9 Comments

Only for You by Barb Curtis
Only for You
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by Barb Curtis
Publication Date July 27, 2021
Published by Grand Central Publishing
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Genres: Clean & Wholesome, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Sagas, Small Town & Rural, Women
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

Return to Sapphire Springs with this heartwarming romance where a small-town bakery owner finds herself in a fake relationship with the man she's always pined after.
Will a fake relationship between two friends lead to true love?
After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life-a new girlfriend. The problem is, he's done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring's sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good.
Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years, but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim's proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.

My Review:

Only for You is the second book in Barb Curtis’s Sapphire Springs Series. This book reminded me of a Hallmark Movie, perfect setting, small town, sweet romance, and loveable characters.  It’s just the kind of book that makes you happy.  

Emily Holland runs a bakery in the idyllic town of Sapphire Springs and has a secret crush on her best friend Tim Fraser ever since high school.  Both Emily and Tim are town council members and have worked together on many town projects and festivals.  When Tim’s girlfriend goes on a reality television show, and breaks up with Tim publicly, the fans of the show swarm into Sapphire Springs, and makes life for Tim very uncomfortable. 

When Tim proposes to Emily to forge a fake romantic relationship in order to get rid of the swarm of fans that are making his life miserable, Emily cannot refuse. As they spend time faking it, they learn that something more than friendship can be real. 

The town of Sapphire Springs is full of quirky small-town characters and provides a fun backdrop to this sweet romance.  Emily and Tim are both well-developed characters with their own baggage they have to deal with in order to fall in love. 

The book is a nice quick read, without any dragging parts. The book is the second in the Sapphire Springs series and although this book is a stand-alone book, I think it’s better to read them in order as I missed some of the drama of the other characters. So, I will go back and read the first book. 

I thought the author did an excellent job of describing the town, and the other characters. I felt part of the town and the festival. 

I recommend this book to anyone interested in a small-town sweet romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  2. When I get a string of too many thrillers, I often break them up by spontaneously picking up a Hallmark movie type of story. I will have to put this series on my TBR for my next spontaneous read. It sounds so lovely 😊. Great review!

  3. Small town romance, fake relationship? I’m in! I have this one as well and plan on picking it up this weekend. Fab review, Wendy!