I have been eagerly awaiting Marty Stepp's story and like the previous books in Kathy Love's Stepp Sisters trilogy, Wanting Something more was another heartfelt and humorous read.
Marty is coming home to Millbrook, Maine. It's storming out and the first person she encounters is her nemesis and most hated citizen of Millbrook, Nathaniel Peck. He once hurt and embarrassed her horribly in high school, starting what would be one of her first disappointments with the male species. She's not any happier to encounter him on the stormy night. But... something's different about him, and the more time she spends in Millbrook, getting reacquainted with the town, the more she is coming to find out that something changed the night he was attacked in his home.
For his part, Nate would love to get to know Marty. She's smart, sassy, beautiful of course, what model isn't, but beneath her jaded exterior, he senses a soul just as vulnerable and lonely as his own. He wants to prove to her, to all of Millbrook, that he has changed, that he's no longer the jackass they knew and hated. He also wants to find out who attacked him, for his own piece of mind. What will happen between these two? Well, you'll have to read to find out!
If you've read the first two stories in this trilogy, you know that missing Marty's story would be a grave mistake. Once again, Ms. Love has created a story with a very sensual thrust, while at the same time, creating a deep and abiding love. This is really a true romance at heart. And besides, who can resist a story where the heroine once detested the hero? Nate's tale is tragic, but it is what he has made of his life since that night that shows what a great man he is. I fell a bit in love with him myself. The one qualm I had was that it seemed like he had become TOO good, in order to make up for being so cruel before. He turned almost too perfect, but I suppose that isn't necessarily a bad thing in a romance story. He was still a great guy, a soft touch, and a man willing to do anything for the woman he loves.
I was very happy with the subtle nuances of this story, and especially with Marty's quest to change her own life around, to become someone she could respect. Her story is a nonstop page-turner.
You won't want to pass on this story! I guarantee it. The great thing is though, whether or not you've read the first to Stepp sisters stories, you'll still be able to understand this story quite clearly, something most romance fans will appreciate.