Only You by Willa Okati

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Only You by Willa Okati
Soulmarked #2
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (90 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Lovers and best friends, the unmarked Nick and Barrett risked everything to present themselves as a bonded pair. They thought they were safe, but things are changing…

Nick and Barrett aren’t soulmates. Lovers for years, they’ve rolled the dice and taken a gamble on presenting themselves as a bonded pair. They knew the risks, but think they’re safe. They’re well over the age when soulmarks usually appear, and none of their friends or family are any the wiser.

Until now. After exposure to the incendiary reunion between his friend Ivan and Ivan’s soulmate Robbie, Nick’s soulmark has begun to emerge.

And Barrett’s hasn’t.

Faced with a devil’s choice, Nick and Barrett are forced to confront the real possibility of being driven apart—unless they can fight the animal urge to find their mates. Do they have what it takes to stand in defiance of double jeopardy, all for the sake of love?

Sometimes destiny throws a curve ball to even the happiest of lovers. Nick and Barrett technically aren’t a bonded pair. They don’t sport the matching soulmarks of such a pair but they’re best friends and have been in love since they met. Since neither of them have a mark, the pair decide to be together anyway and just pretend to the rest of the world. In a world where the only allowed relationships are those with marks, Nick and Barrett live, love, and laugh as much as they can together, all the while praying nothing changes for them. Unfortunately fate stepped in and Nick develops a soulmark on his neck. When Barrett fails to show a similar mark immediately they are devastated knowing they should part, but neither one wants to give up on their relationship, regardless of the consequences.

Only You is book two in the Soulmarked series by Willa Okati. I didn’t realize this when I got the book but it was easy enough to understand what was going on. There were certain characters and situations that I was lost without the previous information but since the focus of the book is on Nick and Barrett I could get by decently. I do think readers should start with the first book in the series and then move to this one but this definitely wasn’t one where new readers would be totally lost start to finish. That said the characters are engaging and I liked their relationship. I get the feeling there is a lot of instant love in this world of soulmarked pairs so it was nice to see a couple that built their relationship in a familiar way. Now they were faced with keeping that relationship together against the odds.

I think the story threw a few too many unnecessary tangents in to make the narration gripping. There is the set up for the third book with Daniel and the continuation of the first book with brief appearances by that couple. None of these scenes really added to the story or the main couple at all. Additionally I got the feeling that sex kind of cured a lot of the problems between the men. As long as they were having sex, life was good. There was very little communication between Nick and Barrett about how to solve their problem, instead a lot of aborted talks, sex, and deep individual thinking. I could feel their strong connection and love so I liked the ending, which seems obvious but I thought the book would go a different direction.

Overall I enjoyed reading this despite the fact that I came into the series late. I think it’s an easy read and one that fans of the author will enjoy. The writing is very typical of everything I’ve read of this author so I also think it’s a good book for those new to the author to see if they like her style. It’s not one I’d read again but I liked the side character of Daniel enough that I may check out his book next in the series.

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