Release Date: May 10, 2021
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He was everything she avoided.
It’s not the first time I’ve been called a stalker.
I can’t blame Andrew Christiansen for thinking I am since we keep crossing paths, especially when I pop up in the most unexpected of places—his office.
We’re opposites in every way. Not the kind that attract.
I’ve been called a ray of sunshine. He’s been called a grumpy workaholic that needs an attitude adjustment. By me.
Somehow, we become friends, the teasing, flirting, and kissing kind. But this thing blooming between us threatens to turn this relationship from friends-to-lovers into a full-blown office romance.
That’s the least of my worries because one or two, little, okay big, secrets I’ve been keeping may turn him from the one I want into the one I can’t have.
I must start by saying that the Christiansen family is absolutely amazing. I loved Nick in Never Got Over You, and we got to meet Andrew, Cookie and Corbin as well. It was good to see Andrew again, and of course, how can we ignore Cookie, the most amazing mom on the planet! While we got to go off on holiday with Nick and Natalie in their book, The One I Want is set in New York. It’s a quirky, fun, lighthearted story about finding love in the most unexpected of places.
Andrew’s mother has given him a list of things that she believes he must do to live a full life. And while he’s doing the first thing on his list, he meets Juniper Jacobs. They are complete opposites, and yet, they are drawn to each other almost instantly. Unlike his mother, and Juni (aka Juniper), Andrew doesn’t really believe in all this destiny and fate stuff, so he’s refusing to acknowledge that maybe Juni has entered his life for a reason.
The characters are so unique and completely interesting. I loved how Juni is a free spirit, who lives every day like it’s her last. She comes from a long line of money and she’s got a good life, but Juni’s not going to take things easy. She’s going to do everything she can, including finding temp jobs to do and keep herself busy. Andrew is a billionaire CEO who doesn’t have time to have fun, he’s been trained and prepped for this job his whole life. He’s also unlike most billionaire CEOs in the sense that he’s not an a**hole or sleeping around with lots of women and just having fun with everyone he meets.
I loved all the family scenes and the love between every member of the Christiansen family. The Christiansen parents are truly the most entertaining people ever; and Nick and Andrew have a great relationship too. I think my favourite parts of the book were when the brothers were together and there were big family scenes.
While I liked the characters individually, I didn’t really enjoy the relationship. It was definitely insta-love/lust, but I didn’t feel the connection. There were some swoon moments, but on the whole, it fell a little short for me. They weren’t doing a good job of communicating a lot of the time and it seemed very physical, which felt weird when they both were starting to ‘feel things’ for each other. I feel like Andrew and Juni would have worked nicely as just friends instead of being in a relationship. I did enjoy Nick and Natalie’s relationship a lot more and I think I went into this book expecting to love Andrew and Juni too.
Thanks to S.L. Scott and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.