Can’t Always Get What You Want by Chelsey Krause

Posted January 12, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Can’t Always Get What You Want by Chelsey KrauseCan't Always Get What You Want by Chelsey Krause
Format: eARC
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones tribute-band concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.

I liked the synopsis of this book. I think it’s because I think everyone can identify with having a first love, the one you thought you were going to spend your life with. Some of us actually get to spend the rest of our lives with that person, but for most people it doesn’t turn out that way. I liked the idea of this book because Sophie thinks she has already found her “one” and it didn’t work out, so starting something new is hard for her, and I wanted to see how that evolved.

I think Sophie avoids fully living live after losing her first love. But one night she ends up on a blind date with Brett. Sophie and Brett have a lot in common, and they have this great kind of banter between them. It’s also just so easy between them, that you know from the beginning that the two of them just make sense together, and you want the two of them to end up together. All signs point to them being good together and getting their happily ever after.

Only its not that easy. Of course it’s not that easy. Sophie still lives in her head just a little too much, and she really holds herself back from Brett. So much so that the book really doesn’t feel like a romance so much as the journey of Sophie with romance as a secondary storyline. There is so much time spent on Sophie’s inner monologue and everyday life that it really slows the pace down of the book and I think detracts from the evolution of Brett and Sophie.

I really did understand where Brett was coming from during the course of the book. He felt like Sophie was holding back from him and living so much in the past, and she was. I easily understood when this kind of behavior hurt him, or he felt like he needed to take a step back. But Brett is literally such a good guy. He’s the kind of guy anyone would want to be with. There was more than one occasion when I wanted to take Sophie by the shoulders and shake her for not being able to see what was right in front of her eyes.

Ultimately, I think this was a decent book. The writing style was nice, I just thought that the pace of the book was just way to slow. It made the book feel so much slower than I think the length of book reflects. This was a solid first time author effort though, and I would be more than willing to read any future endeavors by the author.

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About Chelsey Krause

Chelsey is a Canadian nurse. She lives with her husband and two children.

She loves thrift shops and musty old books stores, DIY projects, and has a serious Starbucks addiction.

She has recently published her first novel with Random House.

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