Forever Only Once - Carrie Ann Ryan

Forever Only Once

By Carrie Ann Ryan

  • Release Date: 2020-06-23
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 109 Ratings


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.

Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.

Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.


  • Forever only once

    By Chicky345
    Carrie Ann Ryan is the Queen of spinoffs that keep on giving. It started with Montgomery Ink, Then we moved on to the Montgomery cousins of Colorado Springs, Then it was the Montgomery cousins of Boulder. From that we get the Promise Me series, all about Arden's brothers (Wrapped In Ink). I have been (not so) patiently waiting for this series from the moment they were introduced helping Arden at the hospital in her and Liam's book, before CAR had even announced them as an actual possibility. Let me say this one thing. CAR did not disappoint (not that she ever does). It was worth every single second of waiting. I loved how the girls decided to set each other up and get the blind dates started, I loved how Hazel & Cross actually meet without meaning to. Such a big start to this branch of the series I know that they will only get better and better.
  • The start of a really great series!

    By Lckybreader
    This book is the start of a really great series! I love Hazel and Cross. Cross is growls, bearded and so, so swoony. Hazel is a strong and independent woman with a tragic background. The Montgomery’s are very loosely in the background. There is some suspense in this book. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I absolutely love this book and was riveted to every page.
  • Exciting new series!

    By Rinsky13
    A new series with some favorite brothers. Arden’s older brothers will be the stars here and I’m loving it. We start with Cross, the oldest, and his accidental chance “date” with Hazel, the first of her group of friends to go on a blind date set up by her friends. Both of their peoples cancelled and they ended up making the most of it. While both are going through some tough times, there is a connection that they try to build on. Hazel has a brutal past that she’s trying to move forward from and trusting is hard for her. But she lets her guard down little by little with Cross. He’s going through some issues with his business and his partner, but he just can’t get Hazel off his mind. When the world comes crashing down on both of them, will they be able to make it through together? I loved their story, Hazel’s strength, and the way Cross cared so much for her. I can’t wait to read more in this series!!
  • Another great read

    By Katrina Mcmurtry
    Another great Start to a new series from Carrie Ann Ryan ! This was such a great read I love the the chemistry between these two characters Cross and Hazel. All I can say is definitely read this one! I’m excited to see what comes next!!
  • Amazing start to a new series

    By AC2BookBlog
    Hazel and Cross were everything I needed in this new series!!! I had completely forgotten that this series was going to be about the Brady men, but once I figured it out I was so excited!!! I got more of Arden, and who doesn't love Arden??? And of course we got Liam and the rest of the Brady men, a girl can't ask for much more! Hazel is so special, I love how strong she had become!!! I LOVE that she has such a close knit group of friends too! Piper checking in on her was the sweetest and totally reminded me of my friends. And then the "meet cute" between her and Cross.... I GOT STARRY EYES!!! This was THE BEST! I loved the instant attraction and instant ease between them. And Cross, oh cross, he's so dreamy! I loved how the girls joked about the bearded men who were attractive and Cross appeared out of thin air! This man is spectacular. I love that he's he oldest and his turn first of the guys. But also, he deserves it just as much as Hazel. These two were going through a lot personally throughout this book and it added the perfect amount of drama. The actual drama in this book was INTENSE, but everything else leading up to it was pretty perfect! Also, I can't not mention Chris Cross, THIS WAS GENIUS!! I laughed hysterically! As a person in the interior design industry, I loved sooo much that Cross is a furniture designer. It is such a rare craft these days and I adored this so much! This whole story was absolutely amazing. There were so many layers and boy was it spicy!!! It had everything I need and love in all of Carrie Ann's books and I'm impatiently waiting for more!
  • Wonderful start to a new series!

    By RowenaB10
    What an emotional start to a new series that will give you all the feels! Nothing makes me more happy than a romance that blossoms to so much more. Hazel’s strength and survival will have you cheering for a HEA with Cross. He makes her want more and she deserve it after what she has been through. What happens next is a journey of finding unexpected love that will melt your heart with the drama and heat level that doesn’t disappoint. I can’t wait for more of this series!
  • Lovied it! Devoured it!

    By Virna Thompson
    4.5-stars! Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan is the first book in her Promise Me series and I loved it. Hazel was so strong and yet vulnerable. She has gone through so much, but is it time to move forward? With strong friends beside her, can she open her heart to love? Cross is the oldest of five siblings. He is their protector and that is his priority. He has no time for relationships. Then he meets Hazel. They feel an instant connection and chemistry, even if they try to deny it. I loved the characters so much and just loved their journey. It was not an easy one, but I devoured it. Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan is a story about second chances, love, family and suspenseful. Carrie Ann Ryan has quickly become a one-click author to me. Her writing, characters and stories are captivating start to finish. This is a must-read! Happy reading!
  • So Heartfelt

    By Rhiltonnm
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It made me laugh and cry all at the same time. My Heart hurt for Hazel and the trauma that she had been through and I was angry with Cross's business partner Chris and the shenanigans that he was pulling. However Hazels friends are a great group of women and Cross's family is just fun as we learned when Arden met Liam. Their "meet cute" was just perfect for tow people who are struggling to trust other outside of their immediate circle. This is a read that I think you will love.
  • You always find “the one” when you aren’t looking...

    By Contessajj
    Well fleshed loveable characters drive this angsty romance with a sweet accidental meet cute. Cross doesn’t have dating on his radar, he’s happily busy with his business and looking after his brothers and sister. Hazel hasn’t been lucky with love or even much with life, when her friends talk her into a dating pact she is reluctant but willing. Told through both of their POVs we experience all of their “feels” and sexy times. I loved that a bearded, tatted, artist can fall for a sweet sexy mathematics professor. And really if the characters capture your heart you enjoy the ride so much better. Lovely read.