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Getting What You Want Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2004
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Abby and her two sisters were very badly bullied at high school, so much so that as soon as Abby graduated she left for college vowing never to return. But then a great job opportunity arises and Abby can't resist but the good job is back in her hometown. Abby had made a great career for herself as a scientist. She returns home and is staying with her younger sister the towns local librarian. It's not long before Abby runs into local bad boy Chase, Abby's high school crush.
While I quite liked this it didn't live up to my expectations it's very cliched with characters who are stereotypes, for instance Abby is the bespectacled scruffy geek now transformed into a beauty. Chase is the archetypical bad boy. Chase's prior love interest is portrayed as the typical dumb blond. I thought initially that Chase seemed a little dense he didn't get why Abby was standoffish, he was up close and personal when she was being bullied but he was annoyed with her when she wasn't friendly to their old high school classmates. She had to explain it to him before he got it like I said he was dense. Abby was okay but I didn't like how she would mess about with Chase even though she had a boyfriend, of course the boyfriend was totally an unlikeable character so that made it alright. Apart from that the plot was very predictable and lagged quite a bit, the sex scenes were rather uninspiring
Abby Stepp has returned home for the first time since she graduated high school. Millbrook, Maine holds nothing but painful memories for Abby. She and her sisters were tormented by the popular kids, laughed at and ridiculed at every turn. But, she's back thanks to work and now she's not the geeky brainy, Stepp sister. She's grown and changed and has a boyfriend...well, Nelson's a comfort in any event, a fulfilling job, and the love of her sisters. She doesn't need anything else. So why is it when she catches a glimpse of bad boy Chase Jordan for the first time in fifteen years does her heart speed up? Thinking there is no way in the world this man will remember the girl she once had been...she's shocked when Chase does remember her. What can this mean?
Chase Jordan used to be the popular guy in the class. He's made something of his life and he thinks he's happy...or at least mildly content until he sees Abby Stepp. She haunts him and no matter what he tries he can't stay away from her. They are not right for each other. She has a deep wounds from her past and he did play a part in the hurt she experienced. Still they can't stay away from each other. Does this relationship have a chance of surviving? Will Abby put her past to rest and grab a chance of happiness?
Ms. Love tackles the concept of how are past truly shape the adults we become. This was a very entertaining and enjoyable read. This read will pull on all of your emotions but leave you truly satisfied by the final page. Ms. Love is an incredible talent and one I highly recommend.
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I particularly liked that Chase was far from perfect. It made him more real. And I liked how the author showcased how Abby's adult life was affected (and still is) by her experiences in high school and how she learns to finally overcome her insecurities.
Overall this was a very enjoyable book.
Note on Kindle version: I was disappointed by the number of typos and misspellings in the kindle edition. The publisher could definitely have done a much better job. There were sometimes a "l" at the end of words where it didn't belong (for example, Steppl instead of Stepp, hippol instead of hippo) and other typos that were annoying. That said, they didn't impede on my reading or comprehension. It more astounded me than anything, that something with that many stupid typing errors would get out to the public.
The chemistry between the two characters is very high, both in the friendship aspect and the sexual tension aspect. The characters are flawed people who are just trying to live their lives. The dialogue between all the characters is not too cutesy and there is very little content that seems extraneous.
Fun, fast read with enough angst and happy ever after for everyone.
This is one of those books that everyone who's ever been to high school can relate to. High school is such a difficult time. Clicks, out of place teens, popular students, geeks, athletes, labels...yuck. This book dives right into these tough memories as the smart, geeky, valedectorian Abby Stepp returns to Millbrook, Maine to do some research and is living next to her high school crush (the popular badboy)!
Abby has a lot of forgiving to do. She was poorly treated in high school and has many hard and hurt feelings surrounding her treatment. Chase also has difficult memories and regrets his behavior from high school. The question is "can he get Abby to forgive and forget".
I loved this book. It was deeply sensual but emotional as well. Both Abby and Chase have work to do...accepting themselves for who they are and learning how to love each other and themselves. I found myself devouring this book with a silly grin on my face the whole time. Chase is such a gentleman and a GENTLE MAN. He is the stuff dreams are made of, and when Abby's dream comes true, I for one was cheering on the sidelines.
Read this one!