Wednesday, April 12, 2017

seriously romantic: all i want is you by candace havens

hawke vance and amy powell know about step-siblings. between the two of them their parents have so many marriages you need more than two hands to count them all. when hawke comes across amy skinny-dipping at the family compound, he's horrified to realize that she's his latest stepsister. especially since there is nothing brotherly about his reaction to her.

amy only took her new stepfather up on his offer to stay at the family home because 1) he assured her it was empty and 2) the physical therapist who could help her rehabilitate her knee injury was based in the area. when she meets her new stepbrother, she is aghast to discover that he thinks she is an opportunist. she would leave except she has another stepbrother who needs her help.

when hawke realizes she needs $50,000 in cash he offers to help out out, in exchange he needs her to marry him. he doesn't explain that the marriage will give him control over the family business, something his father has continued to endanger with each of his many marriages. given his track record he's not too keen on risking his and his siblings' livelihood on this latest marriage working out.

all i want is you is a novella, and the short format doesn't really do the story any favors. it would have been nice to see amy and hawke's relationship more fully realized, it would have also been better to see more of their relationship with their respective parents and their families. because everything has to happen so quickly i felt like we missed out on some real opportunities to show us how amy and hawke felt about one another than just having the author tell us that they were so in love and so confused by misunderstanding and miscommunication.

but i'm always game for a fake relationship turns into real feelings story, so even though all i want is you isn't perfect, it still hits my sweet spot for romance tropes. and really i think my biggest quibbles with the story would have been avoided had this been a full-length novel, rather than a novella.

**all i want is you will publish on april 17, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.

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