SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
The moment I met her, I knew Frankie Zeferino was someone worth waiting for. Deadpan delivery, secret heart of gold, and a rare one-dimpled smile that makes my knees weak, Frankie has been forbidden since the day she and I became coworkers, meaning waiting has been the name of my game—besides, hockey, that is.
I’m a player on the team, she’s on staff, and as long as we work together, dating is off-limits. But patience has always been my virtue. Frankie won’t be here forever—she’s headed for bigger, better things. I just hope that when she leaves the team and I tell her how I feel, she won’t want to leave me behind, too.
I’ve had a problem at work since the day Ren Bergman joined the team: a six foot three hunk of happy with a sunshine smile. I’m a grumbly grump and his ridiculously good nature drives me nuts, but even I can’t entirely ignore that hot tamale of a ginger with icy eyes, the perfect playoff beard, and a body built for sin that he’s annoyingly modest about.
Before I got wise, I would have tripped over myself to get a guy like Ren, but with my diagnosis, I’ve learned what I am to most people in my life—a problem, not a person. Now, opening my heart to anyone, no matter how sweet, is the last thing I’m prepared to do.”
Always Only You has been sitting on my TBR for a couple of months now, and I’m glad I finally downloaded it. This book just gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling throughout.
Frankie is our autistic heroine, not something you usually find while reading romance novels but very exciting to see. The author also falls on the spectrum, which I found super interesting. Her love interest is Ren Bergman, an actual cinnamon roll. Their chemistry is there from the very start of this novel and doesn’t disappoint. While neither might look like it, they are both feel they are outcasts.
This novel has both the unexpected shared space and the forbidden romance troupe. Ren is a hockey player for the LA Kings and Frankie is their PR. As apart of their contracts they can’t co-mingle but are friendly, which leads to the unexpected co-habitation.
I loved every minute of this book and it was exactly what I needed. I think I had read too many fantasy books in a row, so this was the perfect break. I will now have to go back and read the first book in this series.