It’s the classic one-night stand: Beach wedding, bridesmaid, groom’s friend. When Andrea and Damon meet, sparks fly, and they give in to the attraction. Sounds simple, but Andrea’s still getting over someone, and Damon thought he’d be hooking up with another person that night. It could still be simple, really, if they chalk it up to a weekend tryst and move on.
But one night becomes lunch the week after, and then dinner the next weekend…and before they know it, Andrea and Damon are still together, dealing with the feelings they know they might still have for other people. How hard can it be to get exactly what you want? How do you even know what it is?
***Andrea and Damon met in prequel short story WEDDING NIGHT STAND, but this book can be read as a standalone.***
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“You can’t still love him,” he whispered, still out of breath. “You can’t still love him and be perfect like this with me.”
“Is that a question?”
He shook his head. He wasn’t angry.
“I’m not saying I still love him,” I said.
“It wasn’t a question.”
The more Andrea and Damon get to know each other, the more they question the point of their arrangement. And it doesn’t take long before the feelings come into play–not the least which being love.
There’s a lot to recommend about What You Wanted. There’s a lot of room to get to know Andrea and Damon as characters; they’re not exactly likable (as evidenced by their actions) but they have great chemistry and their journey to redemption is rendered with wicked wit, especially when it comes to the mini-conflicts that threaten to tear them apart. It’s not too hard to imagine people in real life who would end up in the conundrum that these two face, but it’s hard to look away as you watch everything go to hell in a handbasket.
There were scenes that made me laugh out loud, like the moment when Andrea enters an archery range and tries her hand at shooting arrows. There’s a little bit of steam, too, but there are also moments that would leave you swooning. The spontaneous road trip that the two make toward the middle of the story is an example of that; they’re still not a couple, but the intimacy is so prevalent that you have to wonder if they’ll ever wake up to the truth about their relationship-of-sorts.
Along the way, we’re also treated to guest appearances from other characters in the Chic Manila universe: Damon lives in the apartment complex from Welcome to Envy Park, and Andrea’s sister Julie (from That Kind of Guy) is happily married to Anton. If there’s any complaint that I would have about the book, it would be the fact that the villains are demonized too early in the story; it would have been more enjoyable if their dastardliness had been revealed more slowly, so there wouldn’t be a big honking sign over their heads saying “Bad Person(s) Ahead!”
All in all, What You Wanted is an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their romances with a wicked twist of humor. It will be interesting to see what Mina comes up with next, especially if she decides to re-visit this universe again.