The One You Want by Gena Showalter

March 21st, 2016 Kimberly Review 44 Comments

21st Mar
The One You Want by Gena Showalter
The One You Want
by Gena Showalter
Published by: Recorded Books
Narrator: Savannah Richards
Length: 4 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
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Rating: One StarOne StarHalf a Star
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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.

Audiobook ROMANCE SEXY Small-town

The One You Want by Gena Showalter is book 0.5 in the Original Heartbreakers series. I listened to the story narrated by Savannah Richards. I loved the small-town setting and concept, but The One You Want felt too over the top and ended up falling short for me.

I was excited about a bad girl trying to walk the straight and narrow, but Kenna turned out to be a small-town girl who made a mistake and is just trying to make the best of it. Of course, in a small-town she is indeed classified as the bad girl, after all she got pregnant as a teen and had a child. Kenna is a working hard as a waitress to provide for her daughter and barely making ends meet. I liked her. She is putting herself through school and keeping her head down.

This is a second chance romance that begins when Dane Michaelson, “Mister, Talk, Dark and Sexy” *rolls eyes * returns to town sixteen years later. He always had a crush on Kenna but they had a falling out. Seeing her again awakens those feelings. Of course, he has rules about dating and he does not date woman with children. However, he seems to forget that every time she is around.

Sounds sweet right? I liked Kenna, but Dane to be blunt was an ass. Every time he opened his mouth, I thought Kenna should have punched him and she does resist him somewhat, but eventually a slow-building romance develops with plenty of heat. They are further thrown together because her Mom and his father are marrying. Did I doubt Dane’s feeling for Kenna? Nope and I even appreciated his growth but couldn’t swallow the fact that Kenna who is working so hard to clear up her tarnished name would have allowed anything to happen.

We do meet some secondary characters in The One You Want who will be in the series, and I really like West. Now why couldn’t Kenna like him? Kenna’s roommates and daughter were lovely and for a novella, this was fully developed. I just found it over the top at times and not wholly believable.

Savannah Richards handled the narration well, but the way it was written with characters saying one thing and then holding inner dialogue was a tad confusing at times on audio.

The One You Want was a cute and predictable romance that I am sure would offer the perfect evening escape for some.

Listen to an Audio sample of : The One You Want

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined. Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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44 Responses to “The One You Want by Gena Showalter”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have no issue with romance for her, it just didn’t seem probable that she would tolerate him or take the risks she did 🙁

  1. Melanie Simmons

    Sorry this one didn’t work out for you. The only books I’ve read from Gena Showalter are the Lords of the Underworld. Those were very hit or miss for me. I can handle a jerk hero sometimes, but they have to have something redeemable about them. If I want to punch them in the face every time they talk, I can’t deal with it. Hope you have better luck with the next one.

  2. kindlemom1

    There is a good ass and a bad ass LOL! Sounds like he was one that just couldn’t recover from it. Sorry this wasn’t a better read with a more lovable hero.

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  3. Mary Kirkland

    I haven’t read any of her books except for the Lords of the Underworld series and I loved those. But we aren’t always gonna like the book we pick up, it happens.

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  4. Leona

    Great review! I’m really looking forward to this series because Gena Showalter = awesome lol. I hope the first book in this series irons out some of the issues you found with THE ONE YOU WANT.

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  5. Katherine

    Ugh I don’t like the sound of Dane. As someone who was a single mother at one point I can’t imagine anyone with a child being willing to date someone who has a rule against dating someone with a child even if he’s willing to “overlook it”. Yeah I think not. I do like the sound of everything else but I have a feeling Dane would make me furious. I do want to try a book from this author but this doesn’t sound like the book. Maybe West will get his own book?

  6. Dani Chapman

    Ehhh… Maybe that is why I don’t seem to want to pick it up. Great review as always! 🙂

  7. Lover Of Romance

    I had an okay time with this novella…but not my favorite. And the other books in the series are so much better. It seemed too rushed for me even for a novella.

  8. Braine Talk Supe

    I hate it when authors let their heroines fall for shit like this. Like this is the reason why this lady’s, for example, life is in limbo because of assholes like this dude. And you make her fall for another one again?! If this romance is real, I wouldn’t be surprised if this two broke up after a year or so.

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