29 Jul '13

A Nix Review – Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon (3 Stars)

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Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy blonde who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers himself as tour guide and “bodyguard.’

 

After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She’s working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.

 

Even as Travis’s troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…

FTC : I got this from NetGalley. I was not paid for the book nor do I know the author personally.
I have enjoyed the previous instalments to this series and so I picked this one up. It’s a little longer than the others and follows the tale of Travis, a lovely man with baggage, and Andie, a woman with body-image issues following a disastrous break-up.  
The main barrier between the development of Travis and Andie’s relationship is Andie herself. She isn’t looking for a relationship after her breakup (understandable) and she has an issue with the age gap between them. This is where I struggled. The character was adamant that she did not want a relationship, yet wouldn’t entertain the idea of a fling with the younger man as she saw their age gap as an issue in the long run. Her words and actions were a complete contradiction to each other.  I also struggled with how much with amount of time was spent on this as a problem.  It was obvious that Andie was attracted to him and, although she seemed to be pushing him away, I felt that she was just making him work harder for something that was inevitable. It was really quite irritating.
I really enjoyed the character of Travis. I loved the way that he knew what he wanted and wasn’t willing to give up easily. I laughed so much at some of the antics that he used to get her to notice him and at his complete lack of shame at using his natural “talents” to secure her affections. He had some baggage himself but it never seemed to stop him moving forward with his ambitions and desires;  If anything it made him work harder to get what he wanted.  I wanted him to get his HEA but, once her baggage became less of an issue, his came back to bite them on the ass.  
The chemistry between them was understated but obvious.  These books are cute, with a very mild heat, but the focus is on the romance building rather than a sexual relationship. They are an easy read, good for when you need an uncomplicated happy fix. I don’t think this one will be a reread but it was an easy story to read.

This is a book that passed the time but didn’t enthrall me. Although I loved the hero, the many issues that the heroine threw up as barricades against their HEA left me cold towards her. I will continue the series but it probably won’t be on the basis of this book. 




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