Different Kind of Love
- Everything She Ever Wanted
Her perfectly planned life fell apart…
When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, transplant surgeon Harlow James finds herself alone at forty, without family and a career that’s falling apart at the seams. So she hits the open road and ends up in Taos, New Mexico where she hopes to find out where her life went wrong…
…or just end it all.
But when master craftsman Dax Drexel unexpectedly shows up at her doorstep, Harlow finds herself with the perfect distraction. For Dax is everything she never thought she’d want in a man – rough around the edges and way too young.
But he may also be the one man who can give her everything she’s always wanted.
Ana Simons on Ana Simons wrote:
When I read the sneak peek in September, I thought “Some romance, some naughty time… The writing style’s not bad… I’ll probably give this book a four out of five.”
I’m happy to say that Everything She Ever Wanted exceeded my expectations.
The writing style is casual, the plot is mostly what I like to call “comfortable” – familiar, nothing too suspenseful and nothing too clichéd – but with some heavy themes to differ it from the books I’d usually pick… And that’s what upped my rating for the book.
I was grabbed by how the first chapter started. I’ll warn you now: you’ll fear for the female lead even though you don’t know her yet. And that’s what I like in books – making me experience things along with the characters, making me feel for them.
Then I got to know the characters and I liked them; they are two everyday, relatable people. And even though this isn’t one of those suspenseful books that will have you on the edge of your seat, I found myself turning the pages and occasionally going through that “just one more chapter” phase when I don’t really read just one more.
The plot is simple, but entertaining, I enjoyed the characters – main and supporting, I enjoyed both points of view (Dax’s more; Harlow’s could’ve used less exclamation marks) and all in all had a good time with this book. If it was a person, I’d invite it to hang out sometime, preferably at the Pearl. You’ll find out what that is if you get the book.
Who I would recommend this book to? I’d recommend Everything She Ever Wanted to two groups of people.
The first group is those who are in a mood for experiencing the tingles one gets below the waist when they are starting something new with someone new.
The second is those who are going through a hard time. Might help you out seeing how someone else is coping.
The inability to become a mother, the awareness you’ve been lied to and cheated, an imminent messy divorce and the pressure of being a brilliant professional in a world dominated by men are definitely too much to bear. Harlow, a successful surgeon fast nearing her forties, is hurt and lost. Drowning in grief, she decides to get off the grid for a while, to collect the broken pieces of her life.
It will be in the middle of the desert in Taos, she will meet Dax, the owner of the Pearl, the property she has leased for two weeks. Problem is, he’s hot and sexy. And nice. A kindhearted man, actually. So what’s the problem?
He is twenty-seven and their age gap is under everyone’s scrutiny. Not that he cares, though: “I see men walking around with women half their age, and I don’t see anyone complaining. But turn the tables around, and suddenly, everyone’s got their panties in a twist,” he says. And he’s right.
But the pressure is really high, even if Harlow acknowledges that by his side she might have found her “home away from home” …
Everything She Ever Wanted is another wonderful story by Liz Durano. Liz is an exceptionally gifted writer, so the fact that this story is extremely well-written and that the characters very are well-developed is not surprising. The innovative, surprising element is the risk she took in portraying a heroine who’s in her forties, facing the fears and insecurities ─ and rediscovering the thrills ─ of falling in love. So rare these days. Unfortunately.
Very highly recommended read.