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The One You Want by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #.5
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
The last thing Kenna Starr wants to do is attend the Engagement party for her mother and the man her mother’s been having an affair with since Kenna was a child. The people of Strawberry Valley never forget a scandal and Kenna has to live down two. The first being her mother’s choice of men and the next is a teenage pregnancy. While she would change her mother’s status she would never give up her precious daughter, Norrie.
Dane Michaelson is returning to Strawberry Valley to start a new chapter of his life. However, he’s not keen on his father’s choice to marry his long-time mistress. One thing he hopes to accomplish during their farce of an engagement party is an apology to Ms. Kenna Starr his soon-to-be step-sister for harsh words said in anger years ago. Dane never counted on the powerful feelings Kenna would inspire.
Kenna can’t fight her intense attraction to Dane but his womanizer history leaves her determined to keep him at arm’s length. Dane came by his rich and charming reputation honestly. He’s set his eyes on Kenna and plans to take her to bed or else! Will these future step-siblings find everlasting love or will small town reputations keep them apart?
Gena Showalter’s first Original Heartbreakers contemporary romance The One You Want smashes the competition bringing small town romances back on to my favorites list!
I felt an immediate connection to Kenna and Dane. I was drawn to their strong feelings about their parents, family, friends and each other. I absolutely could not get enough of Kenna’s daughter Norrie. I love her to pieces! She is hysterical! She is the typical child that repeats everything she hears at the most inappropriate times. All of Ms. Showalter’s secondary characters are layered with interesting characteristics that leave the readers wanting to get to know them better. I can’t remember when I have felt so excited about a new series. I can’t wait to begin the next novel in the series.
Kenna and Dane share an explosive chemistry that left me counting down the seconds until they gave into their feelings for each other. I love the fact that Ms. Showalter manages to give the reader a full story where the characters are able to resolve their deeper issues in a novella without feeling rushed.
The One You Want gives you all the best S’s: sexy, sensitivity and supreme satisfaction!