Saturday, June 15, 2013

REVIEW ~ Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon

Book four of the Holloway series
 
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…

REVIEW
 
I’ve been waiting for Travis’ story for a long time now, since LEAN ON ME in fact.  In the previous books, which you don’t have to read, because JUST WHAT HE WANTED is a standalone, I fell for Travis who was a secondary character.
 
It’s really HARD for me to find the words to talk about Travis.  He’s just great.  I wasn’t prepared for this story. I found it to be heartbreaking.
 
Travis Yardley is the nursery foreman and overall go-to guy for Thomas Nurseries.  He’s twenty-five-years old. He is like the younger adopted brother to Spence and Austin Thomas.  In fact, Travis looks up to Karl Thomas (Spence and Austin’s father) as the parent he never had.
 
Andie Patterson is a friend of Lila Payne from WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.  Andie is thirty-five and has just moved from Philadelphia to Holloway to manage the Mountain View Resort for Lila.
 
Unbeknownst to Travis and Andie, Lila has plans to set these two up.  If first impressions are the way to a guy’s heart, Andie immediately won Travis over when she pointed a gun at him.  But these two have issues they need to overcome in order to be together.  First off, Andie has a problem with their ten year age difference.  Her biggest problem is that she isn’t the skinny girl.  Andie is a size fourteen, twelve on a good day.  In fact, she recently lost a lot of weight, just to get down to that size.  What makes Travis so amazing is the fact that to him age doesn’t matter.  When Travis looks at Andie, he doesn’t see a woman with weight issues or an imperfect body.  He just sees a woman who turns his world upside down and who is beautiful is every sense of the word.
 
I mentioned that the story is heartbreaking....Travis has a dark past, one which no one really and truly knows about.  He’s overcome a lot and he doesn’t take the relationships he has with the Thomas family and the town of Holloway for granted.  Karl Thomas and the town of Holloway truly saved Travis.  Once you read this story and find out all the details, you will be amazed that Travis turned out to be the man that he is.
 
After everything Andie has been through in the past, she truly does need a man like Travis to let her know how special she truly is.  And like Andie, Travis needs someone who is going to do what’s best for him even when he disagrees.  JUST WHAT HE WANTED is truly the BEST book of the Holloway series.  If you haven’t read any of the books, this is the ONE to read.
 
Rating: 4.5
 
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Book Length: 130 pages
Source: Carina Press via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available only in eBook


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Books in the Holloway Series
1.  It’s Not Christmas Without You (review)
2.  Lean On Me (review)
3.  We’ll Be Home for Christmas (review)

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