There's Only Been You by Donna Marie Rogers
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Full (260 pages)
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Sweet Pea
Malicious lies, drugs and a videotape are the reasons young lovers Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews have spent the last eight years apart, each believing the other betrayed them. Sara has no clue where Mike's been all these years, but she knows where she's been busy raising their son. Two weeks after he accused her of cheating and disappeared from her life, Sara discovered she was something she never expected to be, an unwed pregnant teenager. But with the love and support of her annoyingly alpha-male family, she's managed to make a good life for herself and her young son. She even owns her own business, Sara's Bakery, which she's built into a thriving success. Sure, she works too hard and her social life is nonexistent, but for the most part, she is content. Until the day Detective Mike Andrews walks into her bakery and back into her life.....
Mike Andrews left Green Bay with his life in upheaval, determined never to look back. But as closed off as he's become over the eight bitter years since his departure, even he can't ignore the death of his father. His homecoming doesn't settle at all well with Sara Jamison, his former flame. Through a complicated web of misunderstandings, their relationship shattered and he left too soon to find out that she was carrying his child. With the help of her protective brothers, she will do anything to ensure that her son, Ethan, stays away from the father he never knew, hoping Mike will do his business in Green Bay and go. But fate intervenes when Mike picks apart the web of lies that destroyed the love he and Sara shared and, when a dangerous man starts to get too close to the woman who never let go of his heart, Mike can't leave Green Bay until he's sure he has uncovered the whole truth and her safety is secure.
A well-thought-out story with an all-too-appropriate title, There's Only Been You has enough twists and turns to throw readers for a wild ride, but authoress Donna Marie Rogers does an excellent job of making it flow and keeps us turning pages one right after the other with her effortless prose and heartfelt characters. Though I would've loved to have seen Mike and Sara come together much sooner in the beginning, the main characters grab at the heart from the get-go. This is a story of forgiveness and as Mike and Sara learn to forgive each other, Ms. Rogers inspires us to forgive them, too. The relationship between Mike and Ethan is beautifully done as is the understanding between Sara and her brothers. I enjoyed my time with the brothers and never wanted to leave the Jamison house. Garrett was particularly enjoyable.
There's something for everyone in There's Only Been You—a classic tale of love and reunion, more than enough heat to warm those winter nights, a deep healing theme, and catchy elements of action and suspense. All in all, a touching, engrossing story I couldn't quite get enough of. I look forward to reading more Donna Marie Rogers soon!