The One That I Want – Book Review & Giveaway!

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The One That I Want by Marilyn Brant (Mirabelle Harbor, #2)
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The One That I Want by Marilyn BrantSynopsis:

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.

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As so clearly often mentioned on this blog, I love a good cheesy romance novel. Realistic of not I’m always looking for a quick and easy read, especially when a vacation is involved. I was lucky enough to have a copy of The One That I Want just before we left for our vacation to Vegas (more on that later) and it was the perfect book to kick off vacation with.

As our flight took off I started reading & finished just before we landed. It took me just around 3 hours to read the book cover to cover.

Cheesy – Yes
Realistic – Not Really
Worth a Read – Yup

I loved how incredibly easy this book was to read. There were a good deal of characters mentioned throughout the book but I didn’t find myself trying to remember them all. They all had very distinct parts and those that were important were easy to remember.

Julia was written as a character that you could easily fall in love with instead of a character you want to scream at through the whole book. Maybe it had something to do with her innocence and her back story but she was never in a position that I wound up mad at her about. It was easy to want to take her side.

Even when Dane ran off, you felt for Julia as she was just trying to be careful. Throwing a grieving widow & young girl into the spotlight is not something that you want to do without caring.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great, quick read. I have not read the first book in the Mirabelle Harbor series but I look forward to going back and picking it up.

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.

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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 BrantMarilyn 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:

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Comments (0)

  1. This sounds like a good escape-type book. I like the sounds of this Julia character already, too! Glad you liked it, Kristin!

  2. Kristin,
    Oh, YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and I love that you were able to read the whole thing on your flight ;). Hope you had a great time in Vegas, too! Thanks so much for reading & reviewing my latest novel!

    1. I really did enjoy it! It was the perfect book to kick off vacation with! Thank you for writing it 🙂

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