Enjoy What You Always Wanted and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!
Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the high school baseball team, she's immediately struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his familybut a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all. But when it becomes clear that baseballnot danceis Jesse's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?
About the Author
Kristin Rae is the author of If Only line title Wish You Were Italian and was born and raised in Texas though her accent would suggest otherwise. She's addicted to books, music, movies, crafty things, and chocolate. A former figure skating coach, LEGO merchandiser, and photographer, she's now happy to create stories while pretending to ignore the carton of gelato in the freezer. Kristin lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, daughter, and their two boxers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw this one popping up along the blogosphere and at the time I needed a light, fluffy romance so I grabbed it up as soon as I could. And this book gave me exactly what I was looking for. There's flirting, romance, drama, and laughing. All that you need in great chick-lit. Maddie has just moved to Texas and she is NOT excited about it. She has no friends and she's sure the house they've moved into is about to fall in. But things get more interesting as she meets her neighbors from across the street. Then she meets Jesse who is super cute and awesome, but not exactly what she was looking for. But what happens when they both think outside the [theater] box? I loved the theater aspect. I'm a huge theater geek and even appeared in some plays in college. But my love for them was nothing like Maddie's. To be honest, sshe seemed a bit much at times. More like annoying really. She wanted everyone to conform to her standards, but she didn't think to maybe compromise and mold to theirs. It just seemed that she was trying to change the entire world to do what she wanted and that never works. Coming from someone who's tried, all it does is get annoying. As for Maddie, I found her to be annoying and selfish. She was always crying when things didn't go her way and sometimes I just wanted him to say "Ok Maddie, time for you to stop crying." She was like a kid throwing a tantrum when she didn't get her way. Then there's Jesse. I was so happy when he said those things to her. I know how hard it is to make someone think the way you want them to. It doesn't work and she needed to understand that. But the romance was really cute. I liked the accidents that happened between them along the way. The meet cute and the dates with other people made this a contemporary romance more of a rom com and I couldn't have liked that more. There was so much to swoon about and then right after there was so much to laugh about. Rae did a really good job on the balance. I really enjoyed the light, fluffy, atmosphere of this book. It was just what I needed at the time. "If Only" this could happen every time I read! Real rating was 3.5 but I rounded up!
4.5 stars! Ahhhh!! This was SO ADORABLE!! I went into What You Always Wanted with my expectations pretty high. I mean, I adored Wish You Were Italian last year, and the anticipation to get my hands on Kirstin Rae's second book was pretty torturous. And yay, this one was just as adorable as I had hoped!! Maddie is obsessed with classic movies. Like REALLY obsessed... to the point where she compares every guy in her life to Gene Kelly. He is utter perfection in her eyes, and no other guy seems to match up. Maddie meets Jesse, the boy next door, and as she starts spending more time with him, the star baseball player and part of the popular clan followed by girls at all times, Maddie finds herself drawn to his good looks, fun personality and charm. Though sports are totally NOT her thing, Maddie finds out that Jesse also dances in his spare time, and this causes Maddie to reconsider him. Could he be the guy for her? The amount of adorable moments in this book was unquantifiable. I loved basically everything about it!! It wasn't only swoons and silliness though... there are also valuable lessons to be learned here. Maddie, herself, realizes that just because someone is good at something doesn't mean that they're destined to do that for the rest of their life, which is such an important lesson to learn. It's personally a very important lesson to me, and I'm so happy to see it addressed so beautifully in this story. Another home-run for Kristin RAe!! (Hehe, see what I did there? ;) ) If you like fluffy books filled with tons of cute moments that bounce off the pages and force you to smile constantly, Kristin Rae is an author you won't want to miss. Now I need MORE, Kristin!! PLEASE!! This was such a perfect cleanse for me to read between two much more serious books. It's also a perfect Saturday, sitting out in the sun, relaxing with a nice cold beverage type of read. So grab a copy of this book, sit back, relax, and enjoy this ride full of cuteness! (Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy!)
Another captivating read from Kristin Rae! A sweet story with some life lessons for any young girl...life doesn't always go the way you think it will. And that's not always a bad thing. Embrace the differences other people have and you never know who just might be the perfect person.