The One That I Want by Marilyn Brant
(Mirabelle Harbor, #2)
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The summer after her beloved husband died in a car accident, Julia Meriwether Crane is still picking up the pieces of her life in Mirabelle Harbor and trying to help her ten-year-old daughter adjust to this difficult new reality.
After her best friend Sharlene—one of the well-known Michaelsen siblings—talks her into finally going out on the town again, Julia finds herself stunned to be the object of interest of several different men: The boy who’d broken her heart back in high school. The college ex she’d left behind. And most surprising of all, the movie actor she’d always fantasized about but had never met in person until now. Can one woman have more than one “great love” in the same lifetime? And, if so, how can she be sure which man that’ll be?
Sometimes the person you think will be best for you…isn’t the one you really want. THE ONE THAT I WANT, a Mirabelle Harbor story.
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
3.5 “number 49202” stars
The One That I Want is a good story, but I must say that I had a hard time getting attached to this story. To be honest, I almost gave up on it, but something was telling me to stick it out. And I’m happy I did. The second half of Julia’s story was good. A tad bit predictable, but still good.
“You’re a puzzle to me in a number of ways, but you’re not trouble, Julia Merriwether Crane.”
What makes me hate to have to say all this, is that the writing and the flow of this story is GREAT!! I loved this author’s writing style, just not all of this story. And don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, just wasn’t wowed by it. Yes, I am rambling!! LOL!! I honestly thought I was starting a love square kind of story, which really excited this drama lover. And maybe that fueled my disappointment a little.
“I’m told getting into cars with strange men is dangerous.”
But, enough about that!! Let me tell you how much I enjoyed Dane’s character. I enjoyed his honesty, his patience, and his compassion. And I wanted to grab Julia by the shoulders and shake her a few times! Thank goodness she had such a smart daughter and awesome friends, otherwise she would have been a hot mess. Although, she still was at times. As for those other two guys…take a hike fellas!!! They never had a chance in my mind.
“It’s a gift. Never let it go.”
This is a sweet second chance love story that even though I didn’t give it 4 or 5 stars, I still recommend you give a chance. Different strokes for different folks, right?!? 😉
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME (Book 1)
Book 1 in the Mirabelle Harbor series, a standalone romantic novella called TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, is also out now and it’s for sale *everywhere* for just 99-cents in celebration of the release of THE ONE THAT I WANT.
Here are the buy links for that sale-priced novella and some info on the story:
Dedicated personal trainer Chance Michaelsen falls hard for Nia Pappayiannis—his complete opposite and a member of the family that owns the Greek bakery just down the street from his gym. He considers their pastries to be the enemy of good health, but his attraction to Nia can’t be denied. In matters of the heart, would you risk it all? TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, a Mirabelle Harbor story.
Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato. Look for all of the contemporary romances in her new Mirabelle Harbor series, beginning July 2015! Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com