Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Want You (The Garner Brothers #2) by Stacy Finz

"You were the one I wanted, but I never thought I could have you." - TJ Garner

Want You
Series: The Garner Brothers #2
Author: Stacy Finz
Publisher: Zebra
Published: February 27, 2018
Source: Publisher

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The smart and sexy Garner brothers have turned Glory Junction into California’s hottest extreme sports town—and a thrilling adventure of the heart is always part of the deal...

The savvy CEO behind his family’s outdoor sporting empire, TJ Garner has his choice of women. But the only one he wants is way out of bounds. Deb Bennett has been his brother Win’s on and off girl since they were teenagers. And Deb’s still waiting for Win to quit fooling around and realize she’s The One...

Deb carves the ski slopes and rides the rapids like a champion—it’s getting her every day life in order that’s the real challenge. When she turns to Win’s big brother for financial advice, TJ spontaneously offers the hard-working waitress an executive job at Garner Adventure. To Deb’s surprise, the job is a blast—and so is working for TJ. She always knew he was a heartthrob, just like all the Garners, but he’s charming and attentive too. Of course, given the choice between him and Win there’s no contest—or is there?

As someone who is a bit of a mood reader, I'm a firm believer that there is a perfect time for every book. If I want something a bit sexy, I'll search through my Kindle until I find one that fits. If I don't know what I'm feeling, I'll search for a book cover and/or description for one that piques my interest. This is kind of what happened while I was reading Want You by Stacy Finz. I loved the first book in Stacy's The Garner Brothers series and I was excited to pick up book 2. However, it wasn't grabbing my attention. I kept reading in hopes I'll start loving it until I finally set it aside for a good month to move onto other books. Fast forward to last week when I had a bit of free time and I thought, for better or worse, it was time to finish the book. I was ready to give it 3 stars and move on. So I picked it up again with just over half of the book left... I could not put it down! It was perfect timing because I ended up loving the last half of Deb and TJ's story.

While I loved Deb from the start, it took me a long time to warm up to TJ. I loved that he's had feelings for Deb since they were kids, but never could act on them since Deb was always linked to his brother. When it looks like Deb and Win are finally over for good, TJ slowly started to make his intentions known. He spontaneously gives Deb a job that she's not qualified for at all just to help her out. That part of him I adored. I wished he had moved a bit faster, but I understand why he was as cautious when laying his heart on the table. Deb knows that she's in over her head with her new career, but she doesn't let that stop her and she's willing to work hard to figure things out. By the end of the book, I loved both Deb and TJ. Things were not easy for them, but when they were finally on the same page it was all good.

Once I got past the roadblock, I enjoyed Want You. The first half of the book moved a bit slow for me, but that could be because I wasn't in the mood to read it or we simply weren't connecting. Once I picked it up again, I loved the last bit of the book. I'm glad I didn't give up on it. I enjoyed Stacy's writing style. I love the setting! And the characters are lovable. I'm excited for Win and Darcy's story. Both characters deserve to find happiness, especially after all of the shit Win went through throughout this one. Poor guy!

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

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