She has the perfect life…and it’s a perfect lie.
Behind the careful façade, she’s struggling:
To feel like she fits in. To find her true voice.
Now, finally, she’s ready to start living her own story.
Eliza Catalano has the perfect life. So what if it actually looks nothing like the story she tells online? As a therapist, it’s part of her job to look like she has all the answers, right? But when Eliza ends up as a viral “Worst Date Ever” meme, everything in her Instagram-filtered world begins to crumble.
Enter the most obnoxiously attractive man she’s ever met, and a bet she can’t resist: if she swears off social media for six months, Beck Carter’ll teach her the wonders of surviving the “real world.” No technology, no dating apps, no pretty filters, no BS.
It seems like the perfect deal—she can lay low until her sudden infamy passes, meet some interesting new people, and maybe even curate this experience into a how I quit the online dating racket book along the way. But something about Beck’s raw honesty speaks to Eliza in ways she never expected. She knows he’s supposed to be completely hands-off…but as complex feelings grow and walls come tumbling down, rough-around-the-edges Beck may be exactly what Eliza needs to finally, truly face herself—and decide who she really wants to be.
Roni Loren is an author I’ve been wanting to read for a while and I’m so glad I finally did! Only You & No One Else was a great read full of raw emotion, depth and complexity. Its characters were compelling and relatable and so well-written. I really enjoyed getting to know Eliza and Beck, and I loved seeing Eliza’s friends, Andi and Hollyn (I’m very much looking forward to going back to read their stories too).
This story focuses on a lot of heavier topics including mental health, addiction, grief, escaping a religious cult, family death, and more. I’d recommend checking a full list of TWs beforehand. That being said, I felt the topics were handled well and allowed for realistic character growth, relationship development and story progression.
Overall, I enjoyed every minute of this story and would highly recommend this story.
Disclaimer: I received an arc from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley.
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