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The new Green Mountain Romance from the New York Times bestselling author of And I Love Her. Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him,The new Green Mountain Romance from the New York Times bestselling author of And I Love Her. Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels. It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around. Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?...

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It's Only Love Reviews

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-05-05 03:13

    4.5 StarsI’ve been getting little bits of Ella and Gavin’s ups and downs from the previous Green Mountain books, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting their book. All the pain Gavin felt when he lost his brother comes back in full force when Caleb’s widow marries again. That grief threatens to swallow Gavin, but one person makes it fade into the background: Ella Abbott. Gavin feels alive whenever Ella is around, but he feels like he has nothing emotional to give to her. Unrequited love is usually a painful longing, but a love that stops and starts, letting you get your hopes up and then dashing them all away is another kind of torture all together! Gavin and Ella have had a few encounters, and one included a passionate kiss that ruined Ella for any other man: But then he’d kissed her—and not the way she’d dreamed for all the years she’d been thinking about him. No, this kiss had been rough and untamed and powerful, the single most incendiary kiss she’d ever received from anyone.Her heart can hardly take any more and Ella has finally decided to give up on any future with Gavin until she receives a late night phone call. Loving someone from afar, especially if they have emotional wounds, can be heartbreaking! When Ella and Gavin decide to give their relationship a try, Ella is over the moon with happiness. So much so that she’s afraid if things go south she’ll never be able to love again. Ella makes Gavin want a chance at happiness, and his feelings for her are about ten times more powerful than he ever dreamed possible. Their romance was a long time coming so when they finally got together it was explosive! Marie Force writes some wickedly hot scenes!I was overjoyed for Ella and Gavin, but I also worried about the inevitable bumps in the road to come, and there were some, but nothing so serious it could keep these two apart. I was emotional and teary while reading the last 25% of the story, and I’m not even sure why, because their conflicts never seemed insurmountable. I think I just felt Ella’s emotions so keenly; her overwhelming happiness at finally being with Gavin, and the crushing pain at the thought of not being able to work things out. Marie Force made Ella and Gavin come alive for me, and I loved that their romance touched me so much! Of course, I was thrilled to get glimpses of the previous couples in the Green Mountain series. The quaint town of Butler, Vermont makes small town living sound very appealing, and the large Abbott family makes me wish I had a bigger family growing up. The siblings and parents rallied around Ella and Gavin, gave their support and advice, all eager for their happiness. I adored Gavin and Ella’s romance! It’s one of my favorites of the Green Mountain series to date!A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-21 05:20

    Let me start by saying I love this series. It has always brought a smile to my face. I hate to admit I was underwhelmed by Gavin and Ella's story. It took a lot for me to finish this book. So many times I wanted to throw in the towel but powered through hoping for something (anything) with substance to happen. This series is always light hearted with laugh out loud moments mixed with plenty of steam. This felt like rainbows and unicorns type story, just packed with endless sex and borderline cheesy dialog. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh but I can't find any other way to describe it. This book was missing the usual light hearted humor. I had wanted so much more from the story considering the subject matter was a big heavier, more along the lines of Hannah and Nolan's story. Gavin's issues seemed skimmed over a bit and wrapped up a bit too quickly.It's always a bad sign when skimming comes into play. I got to the point where I was skimming just to find out what's happening with Max and Charlotte's respective storylines. Not to mention anything involving Fred the moose.We can't all love every single book in a series and I'm still looking forward to Charlotte's story.

  • Jo
    2019-04-22 09:19

    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. I’ve been waiting for Ella and Gavin’s book since I Want to Hold Your Hand. Gavin has not been the same since his brother, Caleb’s, death in Iraq. They were very close, and since he lost Caleb, Gavin has been unable to cope with his loss. The only light in his life is Ella Abbott. But he doesn’t think he’s good enough for Ella, he doesn’t want to drag her down with his demons, so he tells her that there can’t be anything between them.Now circumstances throws them together again, and because Gavin is so tired of fighting his feelings for Ella, he gives in to their attraction. And now he has to hope that Ella’s love can bring him back to life, and heal his broken heart.I’m asking myself if this is real, if I really get to kiss Ella Abbott any time I want to. I’m wondering how I got lucky enough to have someone like you care so much about someone like me.”She curled her hands around his wrists and felt his pulse hammering under her fingers. “What does that mean? Someone like you? What’s wrong with you?”“Everything,” Gavin said softly. “Every freaking thing is wrong with me, but for the first time in a long-ass time, I want to make what’s wrong about me right. For you.” Ella has been in love with Gavin for as long as she can remember. No matter how hard she has tried to put him out of her mind and heart, there is just no other man for her. And because she loves him, she refuses to allow him give in to his demons, and she tries everything she can to fight for him and for them.This book was so very sweet. I loved Ella and Gavin, and their romance made my heart melt. I loved how Ella fought for Gavin, and I loved how Gavin wanted to better, to overcome his darkness, so that he can be with Ella.This is one of my favorite series’, and I always love how each book makes me feel. There’s just something about small towns, the closeness of family and the people who lives there. And the Abbott family is a family I would love to be part of.A wonderful addition to this series, and I’m so looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait for Charley and Tyler’s book.My reviews for the rest of the books in this series:1. All you need is love2. I want to hold your hand3. I saw her standing there4. And I love her

  • Aly is so frigging bored
    2019-05-08 07:52

    It really made me cry.

  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2019-04-21 02:57

    1.5 Stars rounded up...Although the writing is sound, there was nothing in this book I could recommend. I persevered and through stops and starts and some heaving skimming I managed to get to the end.I found Gavin too much of a mess to support even though I felt sorry for his situation. I wasn't enchanted by Ella either. Their romance was under inspiring. Maybe too much of their story showed up in prior books in the series, but their book was what I refer to as rinse and repeat. Gavin is constantly saying he's not good enough for her. Gavin hears or feels something and pushes Ella away, Ella takes him back, they have sex. Repeat, repeat, repeat. It seemed like every character from prior books had to make an appearance and if you haven't read or if it's been a long time since you've read the prior books, there are a lot of names to underdeveloped characters that don't mean anything and don't add to a lackluster story.I was bored the entire book. I'm just glad it's over. Maybe I should have rounded down to 1 star...

  • Mandy
    2019-04-20 02:18

    4.5 ridiculously romantic stars.Ok, so this is Ella and Gavin and I've been wanting to read their story for sooooo very long. Lo and behold this review copy showed up in my mailbox and I immediately moved my review schedule a bit so I could go ahead and read it. These two are so gone for each other from the very beginning and truthfully, their attraction has been simmering for months. The only thing stopping them was the spectre of Gavin's brother's death and it's strangling hold it has on Gavin.Gavin FINALLY takes his foot off of the proverbial brake and lets sweet but strong Ella into his heart and oh what a ride is. If you're not a fan of sweet and sultry kisses, overflowing attraction, interfering but well-meaning family members and emotional sexy times, then this book is not for you. ;)Toss in a little Charley, Max, cousin Grayson, Fred the Moose, and you've got another heart-stoppingly romantic addition to the Green Mountain series. Copy for review provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Jess
    2019-05-11 01:57

    This ended up really not being my taste. The romance was WAY too mushy and sappy. Imagine that scene between the hero and heroine talking on the phone doing the "you hang up first." "no, you first." "ok, I'm hanging up now..." "you're still on the line!" GAH. Seriously, the story nearly lost me when that exact scene floated through the story. There really isn't much about this story that I liked, save for the scenes between the siblings. I'm also slightly interested in Max's story, the youngest son, but otherwise this romance was a dud.I'm sad with the direction this series is going in. I miss the spark that books 1-3 had. I enjoyed those stories so much it really feels like books 4 and 5 are part of a completely different series. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the next book losing some of the over the top sappiness and goes back to what made me love the series in the first place, solid characters, sweet romance and a plot away from the romance that kept my attention.

  • Susan
    2019-05-08 09:07

    It's always great to revisit all my old friends in Green Mountain and IT'S ONLY LOVE is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. You will get wonderful updates on all the residents and the Abbott family. It was nice to see the whole Abbott family rally around Ella and Gavin and give them the support they needed. While they want Ella to be happy they constantly warn her to be careful. My heart really broke for the youngest Abbott sibling, Max. I hope he gets his story soon and I'm excited to see where Marie Force takes him. IT'S ONLY LOVE will have you laughing and crying at the same time. I was cheering for Ella and Gavin to get it all together and finally be happy the whole time I was reading. How does Marie Force keep making me fall in love with this family over and over again? It's her perfect writing and descriptions that pull at your heart and never let you go.

  • Vi~Inkvotary
    2019-05-10 04:16

    3.5 stars. I don't know what to say. A nice but too dark novel where I missed the charm of the first books a lot....

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-05-06 08:14

    Piper's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4.5 starsHow does one begin a review when you have such admiration for the author. Marie Force never disappointments me. I know I am going to get a well written story with all the wonderful thing that make for a great romance. It’s Only Love was no exception.It’s Only Love is the fifth book in the Green Mountain Series. It’s Only Love is Ella Abbott and Gavin Guthrie’s story. This love story was one the best books I have read this year. I not only connected with Ella and Gavin, but with the whole story. Have you ever been reading a story and realize that you are connecting so deeply to the characters and what they are going through, well that happened for me with It’s Only Love.Ella Abbott has been in love with Gavin Guthrie for as long as she can remember. Gavin has lost the most important person in life and even though Ella shares his grief, Gavin can not let himself bring Ella into his dark life. Gavin has been struggling since the death of his brother. But, once he sees Ella is the light to balance his dark, these two pick each other up and realize that together they can face the darkest of times.I honestly don’t know if I have the words to describe how much I loved this book, or how much this book touched my heart. Ella and Gavin’s story is wonderful, sad, laugh out loud, and for me, just the right amount of that sappy love that makes your heart swoon. For me it was the perfect love story.In It’s Only Love we get to catch up with the whole Abbott clan. My heart broke for Max. I can’t wait to see what Marie has in store for the youngest Abbott. We get to spend a little more time with Wade and Landon Abbott, and of course I want to know more about these two! Coming up next in the series will be Charley Abbott. All I can say is Lincoln and Elmer have their work cut out for them.If you’re looking for a wonderful romance that touches your heart and your soul be sure to check out It’s Only Love, as well as the rest of Green Mountain series.Happy Reading!Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Debra Presley
    2019-04-25 08:07

    This book is a continuation of a series called The Green Mountain series. The series is based on the huge family in Vermont known as the Abbots. Each book belongs to one of the many children in the Abbot family. Usually with the help of the fun loving grandfather and father and sometime the local moose Fred, the children find their one true love. This story is about Ella and Gavin. Gavin was so torn up about his brothers death that he was spiraling out of control. He was so broken, drowning himself in alcohol and bar fights. Pushing away everyone who loves him. Especially Ella. Ella has loved Gavin for a long time. When she finally gets up the nerve to do something about it, he rejects her. This breaks her heart. When she finally decides to give up on him, she gets a phone call that brings her world colliding with his again. Finally Gavin decides he wants to give up all the bad stuff and let Ella heal him. But is he strong enough to really let go? This couple goes through so many ups and downs but when Gavin finally realizes he can't live without her anymore he pulls out all the stops to make her his!!

  • Laura
    2019-05-11 08:02

    Ella Abbott has been in love with Gavin Guthrie for years, but it was always one sided. Gavin was too grief stricken since the death of his brother overseas while in the military to take a chance with her. She was ready to let go for good when she got the call to come pick him up in a bar where he was causing trouble. She was his in case of emergency in his phone which shocked her. Her rescuing him once again woke him up to the fact that he did love her and was ready to begin a relationship with her. I really enjoyed this installment. Ella was someone I was rooting for in previous books, so it was great to really get to know her in this one. Gavin too. It was a relief that Gavin came to his sense early on, since we've already seen him pushing her away in previous books. Touching base with the rest of the Abbotts is also why I continue this series. What a fun, loveable family they are. We also get to meet a few more members of the family, who will be the focus of future books and I can't wait. Highly recommend this series.

  • Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
    2019-04-22 06:13

    4.5 starsI loved Ella Abbott and Gavin Guthrie's story! #lovetheGreenMoutainseriesFull review to comeMs Force did an amazing job portraying life altering grief that touches your soul

  • Ann
    2019-05-15 06:12

    Chalk this one up to another great read. My only wish is that Ella would have held out on Gavin until he agreed to get some grief counseling. But all's well that ends well in this small Vermont town. And how about that cousin Gray? Hmmm...can't wait for his story. Happy Reading!

  • Marty
    2019-04-24 02:53

    I've been looking forward to this book for a long time but I ended up being really disappointed. I need some kind of storyline in my books, not only endless sex scenes. I was sooo bored it took me weeks to finish this one.

  • Marulett
    2019-04-24 04:05

    A gazillion stars, absolutely LOVED this book!! It´s my fave in the series (I think I say that about every book of it)

  • Sylvia Hübsch
    2019-05-08 04:10

    Nicht so toll wie die Vorgänger aber immer noch gut

    2019-04-28 05:16’s Only LoveGreen Mountain, Book #5By Marie ForceISBN# : 9780425275504 to you by OBS Reviewer jerjenSynopsis: The new Green Mountain Romance from the New York Times bestselling author of And I Love Her.Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels.It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around.Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?Review:Ella has loved Gavin for as long as she can remember. Seems like she loved him even when she was a child. But she has been the little sister and Gavin did not seem to know of her feelings for him. And the way that he has acted made Ella think that he did not feel the same way. He has pushed her away and rebuffed her feelings for so long that Ella knows there is no future with him. But her head and her heart are not on the same page and she knows that she will never feel like this for any other man. She will have to continue to love him from afar.Gavin is in a very dark place in his life. He has never fully recovered from the death of his brother. He cannot seem to let go of his feelings of anger and guilt. And when his brother’s dog, Homer, passes away, he sinks even deeper into the darkness. He begins to drink heavily and fight with everyone and becomes a person he does not like nor recognize. He has an epiphany of sorts when he sees Ella again; he realizes that his life does not seem so dark whenever he is with her. He realizes he needs her in his life to pull him back into the land of the living. He also knows that it is not fair to her but she is his lifeline. He convinces her of this fact, and although she is afraid to trust him completely with her heart, she knows she cannot deny him anything.Ella and Gavin are both flawed and both bring baggage into the relationship. But they are characters that you can cheer for and care about and hope that they can make a relationship work. I felt like a little too much time was spent on letting the reader know how crazy they were for each other and their prior feelings, but that is just me. Other readers may enjoy reading about this page after page, but I felt it got a little too repetitive. I would have liked more time spent on seeing them living in the present, going on dates and things that normal couples would do.Ella has a large family and whenever they get together there is a lot of bickering and bantering going on. They tease each other mercilessly but they also love each other fiercely. They have each other’s back and would do whatever is needed to help and protect those they love. I love this family portrayal and hope that most families are like this in real life. I enjoyed reading about all the family interactions.I really enjoyed the fact that Ella’s father and grandfather were meddlesome and trying to control the lives of their loved ones. Usually it is the females in the family that do this, a mother, an aunt, or a sister. The fact that it was two male characters is quite unusual and I loved it. I could have read more about their shenanigans.Another thing that I enjoyed is the inspirational sayings that begin each chapter. They are thought-provoking and apply to many areas in our life. I thought this was a great addition to the book.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written adult contemporary romance. There is a lot of steaminess in this book so I do not feel it would be appropriate for a young adult. This is the second book that I have read in this series and I enjoyed them both.**OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review**

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-10 03:08

    3.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:’s Only Love is both a sexy, fun romance and a sometimes-heartbreaking tale of learning to live again while dealing with an unbearable amount of grief. I applaud Marie Force for not taking the easy route in this unconventional story that starts where a lot of stories would end – with a hero and heroine who have always wanted each other finally getting together.Ella Abbott has loved Gavin Guthrie for years, but he’s always pushed her away. When he is finally ready to take the plunge, Ella is ecstatic. This is what she’s always wanted, right? Not quite. While it’s clear that Gavin loves Ella, he’s been spiraling out of control since the death of his brother. I loved that Ms. Force showed how everyone handles grief differently and that there is no magic cure or set timeline at the end of which a person is healed. Gavin knows he’s not coping well with the death of his brother and because of this he and Ella take one step forward, two steps back for a lot of the story. It’s heartbreaking but also realistic, and what made me appreciate the story even more was that Ella was no doormat. She understands Gavin’s grief and is incredibly supportive of him, but even when it breaks her heart, she doesn’t let herself be drawn into a toxic relationship. However, for all his good intentions, Gavin seems to (unknowingly) use Ella as an emotional crutch. What troubled me about It’s Only Love is that by the end of the story I felt he was still using her as such. I really wanted to see Gavin on the road to being able to stand on his own – even as he and Ella get their happily ever after – and I don’t think we got that.It’s Only Love isn’t all darkness; Ella and Gavin do have their lighthearted moments and the Abbott family is also on hand to add entertainment. The Abbotts are an almost frighteningly perfect family, but they are fun. How can you not like them when they’re so warm and welcoming? I’ve been reading the Green Mountain series entirely out of order, so I can safely say that It’s Only Love can be read as a standalone, so long as one doesn’t mind minor spoilers from the previous books. All the Abbott siblings make appearances, but I find myself most intrigued by Charlotte, Max, and Grayson Abbott. I’m glad we’re at least guaranteed a story for Charley in the future, because I’m looking forward to revisiting her and the rest of the Abbotts in Ain’t She Sweet.It’s Only Love tugs on the heartstrings a lot, and even though I had some issues with the story I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Ella and Gavin’s love story is an emotionally honest one with ups and downs that make the book so engaging that I had a hard time putting it down.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
    2019-05-11 02:07

    3.5 Sweet stars! Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin GroupThere's just something sweet about this series.  I absolutely love all of the Abbotts.  From the beginning of the series we know dear, sweet Ella has been smitten with her brother-in-law's brother, Gavin.  But poor Gavin, has his demons after the loss of his brother Caleb. Ella is the logical, rational one in the family.  She's also the one with the biggest heart.  And her heart knows it wants Gavin Guthrie, but Gavin isn't on the same page.  Ella's just about to give up on the man, when an unexpected call changes everything.After finally admitting that he needs Ella to breathe, he finally gives in.  However, he can't fully give in as he's scared if Ella sees the whole picture she won't want him."Just because I've pushed you away doesn't mean I haven't wanted to pull you closer, El."Ella wants Gavin more than anything but knows she has to be careful to guard her heart."May I ask something that might be extremely unfair in light of the mixed signals I've sent you for far too long?"Immediately Gavin and Ella,  jump feet first but the Abbott's are worried about Ella and all of Gavin's baggage."You've gotten involved with a complicated man. A good man.  A man I respect.  I ache for what he's lost, but I love you far too much to watch you be hurt by that good complicated man.  I just hope you're being careful to protect your heart."The relationship seemed quick, but since it had been building for awhile it made sense.  As much as we love Ella and Gavin together it's hard to fully get a picture of their emotions as they seem to have more sex then deal with the actuality of what's going on between them.  There was still loads of substance but they used sex has a way to not deal with the truth.  Because of this it was hard to get completely engaged with them. Did I like this book? Yes, it was cute, but I didn't fall in love with it.  As I liked the idea of the story more than the actual story at times.  Did I like Ella and Gavin together? Yes, but I wanted more from them then just sex and not fully communicating.  Will I continue with this series?  Absolutely. 

  • 78sunny
    2019-05-13 05:01

    4,5 von 5 SternenIch liebe diese Reihe. Die Abbott Familie ist einfach großartig. Jede einzelne Schwester und jeder Bruder sind individuell, so dass jeder Teil der Reihe genug Abwechslung bietet. Dazu kommt noch das ganze Beiwerk wie die unglaublich sympathischen Eltern und der Großvater und natürlich eine Menge guter Freunde. In diesem Band ging es um Ella und Gavin. Beide kannte man bereits aus den vorherigen Bänden und man wusste dass es in diese Richtung gehen wird. Gavin wollte es ja nicht so, da er nach dem Tod von Caleb (seinem Bruder und Ehemann von Ellas Schwester Hanna) einfach nicht mehr richtig mit dem Leben klar kam. Am Anfang dieses Bandes war es auch noch so, aber dann liess er sich doch schnell auf Ella ein - für meinen Geschmack zu schnell. Ein weiterer kleiner Kritikpunkt von mir, hat mit dem Erotikanteil zu tun. Im Vergleich mit den anderen Bänden war es mir hier zu viele Bettgeschichten. Ein paar vereinzelte finde ich schön, aber hier hatte ich das Gefühl, dass die Dialoge zwischen den Beiden wegen der vielen Bettszenen ein wenig auf der Strecke blieben. Trotzdem war das wieder alles richtig emotional und hat mich mitgerissen. Ich freue mich schon auf den nächsten Band.

  • Patrizia
    2019-05-09 04:52

    3.5 ⭐️

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-29 08:01

    Original Post:IT’S ONLY LOVE by Marie Force: Like Hitting a Moose I have been mad for this series until this book; I loved all of it, especially the modern take on the big family — cool, realistic and quirky people. But this was not Marie Force’s best effort in this series. And, I am really sad about that. It’s like hitting a moose — my car may not be totaled but nothing will be the same.Above, in Force’s blurb, you read “Gavin Guthrie is spiraling.” And he is. Gavin has issues that require counseling, and probably AA.Falling in love is not the answer to his problems. Ella is not the person who will keep him out of the dark. Only he will have to ability to do that. This character has had love and support written into his life all around. His issues with fighting and alcohol require a professional, not a beautiful bed mate.It is a fairy tale filled with the dreams of every woman or man who has loved a person spiraling down into deep, deep trouble. There needs to be more to Gavin’s recovery than finding love.Ella may be heart broken to be without this guy, but believing one epiphany is going to solve his problems is just not how it works.Maybe he is going to go get help after they hook up? I don’t believe that is the case. It seems like it’s a case on “one and done.”SPOILERS (view spoiler)[There was a point of law in the book that I had to do some research on: whether a private company can fire someone for something they said as a private citizen. It turns out that it is a grey area of employment law. And, while what I read was not conclusive, and one article seemed to contradict the next, I learned some important things.1. The right to free speech only matters when we have the government trying to infringe upon it.2. When working for a private company, you may essentially be fired for any thing you say, any time and any place.Your company may have to fire you in a crafty fashion but they can probably get away with it. The only issue here is if the company has set forth a set of rules and standards for human resources.So, you’re at a party and you say to another guest, “I think this war is stupid.”The other guest’s brother died in the war, and s/he takes offense at your statement, he pops you in the nose and tells his friend who is in HR at your company. The company’s CEO also had a family member hurt in the war. They fire you and tell you they are doing so because they don’t want someone who thinks like you do working for them.My first thought was that this is illegal, but as I say above, turns out it may not be. In some states political speech, especially outside of work hours is protected. Of course, the employer can also fire you because they don’t feel you are working out, or they have decided to cut staff, without giving specifics. Unless they have an established system for review and dismissal outside of a probationary period. It seems to me the Abbotts, being stalwart and upstanding, would have such a system in place. And, that they would recognize an opinion about war, however stupidly delivered, would constitute political speech and that said speech would not damage the business of the company (the courts are all over the map on that). The behaviors didn’t match who I thought these characters were.So, basically, this story was a disappointment for me. It my opinion it was unrealistic in the relationship and Ella was tripping down a primrose path with a cliff of sorrows waiting ahead. At least friends and family try to tell her this is trouble with a capital T. That she will, inevitably fail to listen to the warnings makes her less likableAnd, the legal issue kind of eclipsed everything else for me: aside from it’s legality, it completely changed my view of the Abbotts. I would have thought that regardless of their personal opinion these characters would stand up for someone to have the right to a different opinion. Not everyone believes the recent war was a good idea, and some feel it unnecessarily put our troops in harms way. It was not hate speech and didn’t imply anything negative about our troops. I respect that our trops carry on in their duties regardless of my, or their, personal beliefs. They are the folks who keep us safe.Gavin is angry at the time because his sister-in-law is remarrying and his late brother’s dog died. The guy in the bar who said something insensitive was unaware that Gavin’s feelings were once again raw. In firing the insensitive lout, the Abbots make the employee responsible for Gavin’s behavior. This is so not the case. They are no longer on my list of ideal families. (hide spoiler)]I will probably give the next book a shot, but I don’t feel the same way about Lincoln and Molly and their brood of children.

  • Laurel
    2019-05-07 05:06

    Really enjoyed this romantic novel. Loved following the characters through this next book in the series.

  • Ellie
    2019-05-07 07:54

    It’s Only Love, Green Mountain #5, by Marie ForceGrade: CElla Abbott has always know that Gavin Guthrie is the man for her and she has spent a good portion of her life loving him without him having any idea. The past few months have changed that and Gavin has not only become aware of Ella’s feelings but he has started playing hot and cold with her. With kisses one minute and declarations of never having a future together Ella gives up. One night a phone call comes and Ella has to rescue Gavin one more time and Ella sees that no matter what Gavin says he does have feelings for her and she refuses to let him walk away. Gavin Guthrie lost his brother seven years earlier to an accident while he was serving a tour in Iraq and no matter how hard he tries gavin can’t get over it. Ella is everything Gavin dreams of and he knows that there is no way he can ever promise her a future together. Gavin has been keeping Ella at arms length but his walls are crumbling and he can’t fight his feelings for her anymore. Even with everyone telling him not to hurt her Gavin knows it’s a possibility and he might be unable to stop from breaking both of their hearts. Like most Green Mountain/Abbott family junkies I have been waiting for Gavin and Ella’s book for what seems like forever. Watching these two dance around each other has been fun and at the same time heartbreaking. Ella is awesome and I liked her from the beginning of the series and same with Gavin when we met him in Hannah’s book. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen between these two but I was actually disappointed at what we got.I found this book to be very predictable and it because of that it wasn’t very fun to read. I felt like I could have skipped over chapters and known what would happen next, who would apologize and how things would turn out. It was just boring. There were also some very sappy parts that were just too over the top for me. i think the one thing that saved me liking this book was seeing the other Abbotts from previous books and the set up for Charley’s book next. I really enjoy this series and am super excited for the next installment. I am still sad that Ella and Gavin we so predictably boring since I was so excited for them. hopefully Charley being the spitfire she is will bring back some of the magic from the first books.

  • Julie
    2019-04-21 01:53

    Can you imagine the torture of loving someone and then not having that love returned? For Ella Abbott - that is the realization she is dealing with. For most of her life, Ella has harbored feelings for Gavin. Though there were a couple of ‘encounters’ that sent Ella reeling, it was the rejection she constantly had thrown her way by Gavin that hurt the deepest. After one last rejection, Ella decided that her heart just couldn’t take another jolt. Any chance at finding love with Gavin was lost. Then a phone call in the middle of the night changed things. Ella finds herself coming to rescue Gavin from ‘trouble’. What she didn’t expect was for Gavin to finally stop fighting their attraction. Was the damage already too deep? Ella decides to give love a try. Gavin is still running from the demons that surround him about his brother’s death. The feelings of inadequacy ruling his heart. Will he throw it all away in the romance department? Can Gavin finally let go and be the man that Ella needs? It’s Only Love is full of sweet kisses and a feel good romance. Gavin and Ella have fought their shot at finding love so many times. Excuse after excuse has been made. When the chance finally presents itself, the two decide to stop fighting it and let love in. As with any romance, love is never easy. While this was quite the ‘feel good’ romance, it was also a little too good to be true. With Gavin’s damaged past - I would have loved to have read more about the push/pull that it takes to find happiness. Don’t worry about unfinished endings….this novel gives you all the romance you can pack in between the pages. I loved the small town life that was described in this story. Each family member adding another layer to subsequent story plots. All in all, I enjoyed this story and look forward to more from Green Mountain.

  • Becca
    2019-04-26 10:19

    Oh I have been waiting for Ella and Gavin's story and it did not disappoint!Ella Abbott has been in love with Gavin Guthrie for a long time but timing has never been on her side. Ella has quietly stood off to the side being a friend to Gavin when needed knowing one day, hopefully, his eyes would stay open long enough to see how much she truly loves him.Gavin's brother was killed during a deployment and since then, his life has been on a downward spiral of drunken fights and a depression he just can fight his way out of. But after Ella is called to come and rescue him, once again - Ella can no longer stand by and let Gavin throw everything away. It's time for tough love and she socks it to him hard.Gavin loves Ella too but he knows that she deserves better. Better than the sad man he's become since his brother's death. Ella is the perfect woman for him, the only thing is he knows he can't live up to being the man that Ella thinks she knows lies beneath his faux exterior. This was a much more emotional read than your typical Green Mountain Novel. Although at times, my heart was breaking for both Ella and Gavin, you know deep down they are made for each other. With the help of their families they are able to face the demons of the past - whether they are ready or not. But will it be enough. Is love really enough to pull a person out of their personal hell?I loved this book hard. I can't wait for more from the Abbott Family!

  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    2019-04-28 07:58

    Review to come at The Book Nympho: really enjoy this series with its big family, romance and small town setting. The couple in this book have known each other most of their lives. Ella has always loved Gavin. He is older and has been less than available to her. Both of them have their own stubborn views and that’s what stands in the way of their being a couple. It would be kind of ridiculous but we all need to have our beliefs and values. Even if they are WRONG. Really that is not my gripe, it is when they try to tell themselves how to feel. A person can’t change how they feel, only their actions and reactions can be controlled. At one point, Ella tries to tell herself she won’t love Gavin. Yeah, right.There’s a bit of funny. There are the previous book characters I already know and love showing up. There are two upcoming prospective couples with some little plots here. Also, Ella and Gavin have sex early and they have sex often. There is some silly mushiness too.So other than the stupid views, which change rather dramatically at some points, It’s Only Love is a good, comfort read. It’s easy and fun to read. Thanksgiving happens during the story and there’s some great food, too.Books in the series:All You Need is LoveI Want to Hold Your HandI Saw Her Standing ThereAnd I Love HerYou’ll Be Mine

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-14 06:00

    Marie Force once again tears out my heart in this latest installment to the Green Mountain series.Gavin broke my heart throughout the book. He just couldn’t come to terms with the loss of his brother, harboring insurmountable guilt. He’s on a self-destructive path that will only end in heartache for everyone.Ella has been in love with Gavin since forever. To watch the man you love go through what Gavin is going through, it’s the toughest thing she’s ever had to do. Should she keep hanging onto a man who “can’t” love her or move on to someone who can? I absolutely loved the book. Ella is certainly in a tough spot but she has an unshakeable inner strength that I admire. She knows her value and despite her love for Gavin, she will accept nothing less than everything. I also loved that we get to see more of the Abbott family. There are so many wonderful, exciting and hilarious scenes. And it’s not a Green Mountain book unless Fred the Moose makes a cameo. IT’S ONLY LOVE is not as gut wrenching and heartbreaking as Hannah’s book, but it’s certainly no walk in the park either. I highly recommend this and any book in the Green Mountain series. If you love a large and boisterous family full of laughter and love, then this is the series for you.***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

  • Jackie Wright
    2019-05-05 03:10

    5 Star ReviewWe have been given titbits in previous books about how Ella and Gavin feel for each other now its time for them to get their own story......Gavin is full of pain and is finding it hard to move on after his brother Caleb's widow remarries and then the final straw that broke the camels back was Caleb's dog dying. He starts spending his time drinking and often fighting in local bars .......Ella has always loved Gavin but he has turned his back on her to many times. She gets a call to pick him up from a bar one night and she lets her guard down but has Gavin changed or is he willing to move on with life or will he keep running away and leaving Ella heartbroken...Ella and Gavin's story is sad but at times I laughed out loud she is the light whilst he is the dark.....As always the rest of The Abbott clan make an appearance as well as Fred the Moose and I loved how we saw there run up to the holiday season.Marie Force gives us another great story from The Green Mountains