December 24, 2014

Title: Can’t Always Get What You Want
Author: Chelsey Krause
Publisher: Loveswept (Random House)
Published: January 13, 2015
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.

**I received a copy from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

3-3.5 stars What a cute, quick read. There were adorable main characters as well as great secondary ones that I had fun getting to know.

Only told from Sophie’s POV we got to see her love again, after she suffered a terrible loss years earlier. While she threw herself into her work it turned out that her career was not something that inspired her. So between her personal and professional life Sophie was due for things to shake up. As we took this journey with her we were treated to some hilarious inner dialogue. And when I say hilarious, I mean hilarious. It made me giggle out loud more than once, and I found her sense of humor fantastic.

Not only did Sophie have great internal thoughts, but her banter with Brett was almost just as entertaining. I could feel the ease they both had with each other and it was fun to watch them fall in love. Both of them felt the sparks, but both of them were a little gun shy. I was rooting for them and loved that they both couldn’t help but fall for each other.

Now, I want to talk more about the romance…the chemistry foundation was there but it never got off the ground. I’m talking about the stuff that makes my heart flutter. How they held hands, how they touched, breathed in each other’s essence. There were starts of that, but then the chapter would end or Sophie would say  we had an “epic make out session”. I am greedy! I want to know: why was it epic? tell me tell me tell me Was he holding her waist? Could he feel her pulse in her neck? Were there sparks? Yes, all of that. Sophie’s thoughts were definitely hot but then she never told us about the stuff…like kissing, and I love me some good kissing!! The sexual tension was totally there, but it could have been developed so much more.

The ending was nice but I still never even got that kiss or big scene I was hoping for all along. However, it made me very happy inside and I found Can’t Always Get What You Want a sweet and loving read.

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