Great follow up book to the first one in series, "Getting What You Want". This book also had a little unexpected surprise toward the end. Great read. Can't wait to start the 3rd one in the series, "Wanting Something More".
Saying that WANTING WHAT YOU GET is one of the best romance books I've read this year doesn't mean much, since it's only January 9, 2010 - so I will go ahead and say it's one of the best I've read in two years, if not more.
~ AVAILABILITY ~
This book is very hard to find - out of print on Amazon, so only used copies are available and they start in the $20 range, PaperbackSwap.com didn't have any, neither did my local library system, and I finally resorted to buying a used copy on Amazon.co.uk (no new ones there either). It cost me a total of $16, but oh was it worth it!!
~ MY REVIEW ~
There are too many good things to say about this book and frankly, I don't want to say too much since you should just read it and see for yourself. Mason and Ellie are wonderful leading characters. They are three-dimensional, complex, and both flawed, but wholly lovable and they are --- surprisingly --- perfect for one another. I especially love books where the quiet/shy/wallflower girl gets the guy, and this is definitely that type of book.
Ellie has serious body image issues, since she's always been slightly overweight, and Love deals with this issue very well. You really see the transformation that Ellie undergoes as Mason shows her that what she expects/thinks he wants and what he actually wants are two very different things and she begins to see herself through his eyes. It's especially realistic because it's gradual, so you don't have one week of Mason telling her she's beautiful and Ellie suddenly puts aside 30-years of self-consciousness and self-doubt --- instead, as Ellie becomes more comfortable and secure with Mason and his feelings for her, she also becomes more comfortable with herself and her own body.
Mason has the extremely serious issue of alcoholism to deal with and I thought that this was well incorporated into the book. The way that it affected their relationship, his refusal to admit he has a problem, how everyone deals with it and what ends up happening and changing things around seemed, again, very realistic. The fact that the two main characters are dealing with real everyday problems instead of some evil psycho-murderer or plan-spoiler in the background trying to ruin their lives made the book that much more enjoyable since you can actually imagine all of this truly happening.
In addition to Ellie and Mason being amazing characters on their own, the relationship that develops between them is absolutely wonderful and just writing about the book in this review makes me want to pick it up and read it again. There are so many scenes between them where your heart will go seriously pitter-patter and the banter, as well as serious conversations, that take place really make their romance one of love, not just lust. There's also a lot of humor, which is a must, and the lingerie-bathroom scene had me literally laughing out loud.
~ "STEPP SISTERS" SERIES ~
1) GETTING WHAT YOU WANT - Abby and Chase
2) WANTING WHAT YOU GET - Ellie and Mason
3) WANTING SOMETHING MORE - Marty and Nate
~ BOTTOM LINE ~
If you're a romance reader, give yourself a late holiday present and somehow get your hands on a copy of this book!!! It is fabulous (*****^*) and I can't wait for the next time I read it.
The second of 3 books about the Stepp sisters. This one is about Elle, the romantic middle sister, who is short and thinks she is to fat for anyone to love. Elle especially doubts the town Mayor and the man she has always loved will notice her. I really enjoyed this romance.
I didn't enjoy this book. It was a good story, well, an okay story but for some reason, I wasn't thrilled with it. I've read one of her stories from an anthology and really liked it so I was expecting the same kind of writing here. It does discuss alcoholism and handle's it well but, I guess not what I was looking for. Luckily someone had it on their wish list so I sent it out as soon as I was finished.
These are just really sweet books. I love this Stepp sisters series. In this one, we get to hear Ellie's story, and how she deals with her body image. The storyline also deals with alcoholism, but it doesn't get preachy. I really like this author's writing style, she's very witty and funny. Her characters have a nice chemistry between them. I will definitely go on to read book 3 in this series.