"A fun and promising start to a series with plenty of heart!"
Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted August 4, 2017
ALL I EVER WANTED is the first book in LuAnn McLane's
Heartthrob series. Grady Heart and Arabella York
have a tangled past with painful memories warring with
beautiful ones. Grady and Arabella's romantic past was back
when they were both teenagers and he was ridiculously
famous. Now, years later as adults, they are reunited and
struggling to make things work and give their relationship a
desperately longed-for reboot. LuAnn McLane balances the
tragic what-might-have-been, with the uplifting and romantic
present that develops between the reunited lovers.
Although the primary reason for Grady and Arabella meeting
again is for business, the old magic and love still seem to
be there. Things get hot and heavy pretty quickly, but the
emotions take quite a bit longer to sort out. LuAnn McLane
does a great job of describing what happened in the past in
order for readers to understand how both main characters can
have feelings of betrayal and righteous indignation. I like
that, whatever Grady and Arabella's problems may be,
wallowing in bitterness and recriminations isn't one of
them. While the love between them is still strong, Grady and
Arabella are sometimes their own worst enemies. Despite
their foibles, both main characters are sympathetic and
likable, and you root for them as the story progresses. Even
though Grady can belt out a ballad to make the ladies swoon,
his focus is always on Arabella, and his devotion to her and
his family make him a stellar hero. Arabella lets ghosts
from her past mess with her head, but her head and her heart
eventually align. Grady and Arabella's romance is rocky but
LuAnn McLane meshes the lighter moments with the drama.
ALL I EVER WANTED is a fun and promising start to a series
with plenty of heart. Just like in previous LuAnn McLane
books, ALL I EVER WANTED is a deeply passionate
character-driven story, with tightly-woven and intricate
relationships. I look forward to reading about how love
finds Grady's brothers in future "Heartthrob" books.
From USA TODAY bestselling author LuAnn McLane comes
the first in a brand new series featuring the sexy Heart
brothers: formerly the members of the cult-phenomenon boy
band Heartbeat, they’re all grown up and back together for
one last reunion tour….
When Grady Heart, former lead singer of the cult-phenomenon
boy band Heartbeat and eldest of the brothers, decides to
bring the group back together for a highly anticipated
reunion concert, he doesn’t expect to be met with so much
resistance from his brothers. He also doesn’t expect them to
hire his ex-girlfriend and ex-Heartbeat choreographer
Arabella York to help the band rock some new dance moves.
Back in Heartbeat’s glory days the brooding bad boy fell
hard for Arabella; the studious, stable dance teacher tamed
Grady’s wild side but her lack of trust in him eventually
drove them apart. Although their chemistry burns hotter than
ever, Grady tries to keep his relationship with Arabella
strictly professional this time around but in his heart,
he might just still long to find out what could have been.
Filled withs “McLane’s trademark devilish dialogue”
(Publishers Weekly), All I Ever Wanted is a
sexy rock ‘n’ roll romance, perfect for anyone who’s ever
loved a boy band!
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1 comment posted.
Re: A fun and promising start to a series with plenty of heart!
A very good review persuading me to read this book
especially since you mentioned humor leavening the angst.
(Kathleen Bylsma 1:00pm August 6)
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