Series: The Original Heartbreakers, #0.5
Publisher: Harlequin, March 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers—about sexy bad boys each meeting their match—with a special prequel novella!
In small-town Oklahoma, reputation is everything, and Kenna Starr will do anything to overcome hers. The supposed bad girl is determined to walk the straight and narrow, a seemingly impossible task when Tall, Dark and Sexy shows up…
Rich and powerful, Dane Michaelson is every woman's dream. When he returns to Strawberry Valley after a sixteen-year absence, he is unprepared for the redheaded girl he's never been able to forget. She's all woman now—and he's never wanted anyone more. But to have her, he'll have to break through her defenses… and surrender his own.
* First published in the 2014 anthology, All For You.
As this is the first book I’ve marked DNF in a while, I feel it’s only fair to state that The One You Want is the first book in The Original Heartbreakers series I’ve read.
That being said, from the first page, it was borderline ridiculous. We meet Kenna Starr (I couldn’t stop thinking about how it sounded like a stripper name) as she walks into a society party. Her worries about how she’s wearing the same outfit as the wait staff (she normally works with them) wasn’t too bad, but her constant Twitter references in her head drove me insane. I couldn’t get to know her from all the chatter in her brain, a constant trait throughout the novella (well, as far as I got).
Her romantic hero, Dane Michaelson, is an asshole. He won’t let anyone touch him without his permission (yanks his arm back from his date when she tries to) and god forbid you touch his face. I didn’t stick around long enough to see what that was all about. He’s degrading, judgmental, and has few to little redeeming qualities (again, DNF). In the first scene, he displayed his disgust for his date by deciding he was dumping her because she tried to touch his face. Oh yeah. There’s a winner.
There were so many elements in Showalter’s novella that just didn’t make sense, but were thrown in for pop culture effect. I finally threw in the towel when she revealed (for the second time) that she was packing a giant, double-edged sword just in case of zombie attack. Seriously. Where did that come from? Are we Walking Dead addicts? Because there’s no previous reference – just a random conversation with her roommate about how the zombie apocalypse is coming.
Honestly, this was a waste of the $2.99 I spent to buy the ebook. I might try a full novel of Showalter’s but The One You Want was just a disaster.