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What the Heart Wants

(Soulmate #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,527 ratings  ·  276 reviews
A recurrent dream. A fated encounter. A destiny neither can deny.

Heaven Lewis needs a break—from college, from relationships, from her life. After arriving in L.A., her vacation plans are thwarted by chaos. Encountering a celebrity wasn't on her to-do list. Neither is dating him. But the more time they spend together, the more his soul speaks to hers.

Dylan McBride is despe
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published November 26th 2011 by Twin Flames Press
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From the good reviews this book received I had high hopes for this story. What I ended up with, however, was a confusing, inconsistant, tedious, disjointed, sweet but very long-winded story. To be honest, this book didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I did love the book's hero, Dylan, though. I felt he was a wonderfully fleshed out character with a lot of charm. Other than that, and the little splash of steam, there wasn't much about this story I connect with or enjoyed. I guess
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Warning you may need a cold shower after reading this book.
This book is for those who love a real romance story. Your blood will pump, your heart will soar and you will shed a tear.
Dylan and Heaven were both born 21 years ago on the same day. They have been in each others dreams since they were children. They are soulmates and are deeply connected to each other, though they have never met.
All Dylan dreams of is one day finding the girl who who fills his soul and has his heart aching. Heaven can
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A recurrent dream. A fated encounter. A destiny neither can deny.

Heaven Lewis needs a break—from college, from relationships, from her life. After arriving in L.A., her vacation plans are thwarted by chaos. Encountering a celebrity wasn't on her to-do list. Neither is dating him. But the more time they spend together, the more his soul speaks to hers.

Dylan McBride is desperate to find the girl haunting his dreams. When he meets Heaven, her presence call
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm at work right this second exhausted because I had to stay up till I was done reading this book. Every time I put it away and tried to get some sleep all I could think about was Dylan (sigh). This book was seriously fantastic, in 2011 Fifty Shades Darker was my favorite book of the year (and I read a lot of books before making that decision), but if Ms. McCracken keeps up this kind of story with the 2nd book in the "Soulmate" series Fifty may have some serious competition. I was a tad ticked ...more
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
Okay so this book is so different from anything else I've ever read. I had no idea when I started what I was going to get to read.

The book starts with Heaven flying out to L.A. with her two sisters, who just happen to be triplets, (I'm actually thinking this could be significant later) to meet up with her best friend. She can sense something is up with Chelsea, but she has a few secrets of her own too. See, Heaven has been having dreams about this guy. When she wakes up from each dream, they ar
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was left feeling like I needed to cool down quite a bit!!! I blushed and swooned over Dylan and Heaven's relationship and was constantly pleading that they would just get it on!!! I did find it a little slow to start but once I reached halfway...BOOM! I could't put it down!! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be swept up in pure romance with a touch of paranormal. But be warned, you will need some ice to cool down your senses!!! HOT HOT HOT! ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book by the author which I thought was amazing! This book has it all drama, friendship, relationships and some really hot scenes. The characters were very relateable and you felt for them. There are some unanswered questions at the end that I hope get answered. The love between the characters was amazing and something everyone wants. But amazingly the author didn't make it mushy and fake like I know I've read plenty of times. So all in all this book was amazing and is a must read ...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
3.5 stars.

Ok, so it wasn't too bad, but it wasn't great either. I kinda found the whole, "I've had dreams about you all my life, we're soulmates" thing a bit cheesey. The whole book was all about this special connection the two main characters had. It became repetitive, every chapter sstarted to sound similar. Plus, it left me with so many unanswered questions. Why was Layne acting weird? What was the story behind Heaven and her ex? Zeke was a creep, yes, but what gave Heaven the impression he w
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 What a beautiful book! I was struggling to put it down to get some things done around the house. This was so sweet and when all the pieces came together wow! I loved how their bond was described and the reason behind all of it. Of course at the end there are questions that are not answered and then there was the Mick issue that was never discussed. Of course now we know that there is trouble up ahead for Heaven and Dylan in the next book thanks to the last page. I want more now..
Caitlin Audet
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wow!!!! Talk about a beautiful book that took my breath away so many times. I also met my new book boyfriend. A swoon worthy, sexy guy named Dylan McBride who knows just the right words and the right moves. A loving romance with a touch of paranormal and this book was totally amazing and I am so in love with this book. I seriously can't wait til book two comes out I definitely need more. Especially of Dylan lol. Everyone NEEDS to read this book you will not be disappointed
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very sweet romance between Heaven and Dylan. The ending blew my mind! Who was it? What's going to happen next? Ms. McCracken better get to cracking on the second book because I'm left by too many unanswered questions! I really enjoyed the soulmate concept she developed. Without giving away they are one connected couple!
• Lisa •
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was an ok read for me there were bits that I loved and bits that I didn't really connect with, the story seemed to drag out for the first two thirds then it was rushed at the end. The connection between the two main characters was good. All in all just ok not really my cup of tea.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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So I guess I'm a little biased when I say this book is amazing because I love soul-mates. It's absolutely my favorite think to read about. However, thinking about it, I have to say that even if you aren't a die-hard fan for soul-mates you will still find this book great.
Dylan is a rockstar and he has been dreaming of a girl that he calls his angel, but he pretty much convinced himself that she can't be real. Heaven has been dreaming of a boy with espresso eyes and
‘True warm and fuzzy, sigh worthy romance,’ the kind you won’t admit you’ve dreamed of, pretty much describes What the Heart Wants by Kelli McCracken. I mean, seriously, even the author’s name sounds all soft and romantic heroine-like! Imagine two people, who have never met, both wanting that special love that happens only once. Now, imagine them each dreaming of the other for years, yes, years and then one day, fate brings them together, face to face and only one of them KNOWS without a doubt t ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I came across a preview of What the Heart Wants a few months ago. From the very first line the story got my attention. I couldn't wait for the story to come out. I was not disappointed by the story. I got the story from Kelli McCraken for free for an honest review. I loved What The Heart Wants and can't wait for the second book. I couldn't put this book down, it was like watching a movie that you get sucked into and don't want it to end.
I love the concept of soulmates and how Kelli McCraken dev
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing

MUST READ !!!!!!

Heaven (OMG love that name) is in L.A. for the weekend to attend her bestfriends wedding along with her sisters Faith,and Hope who also happen to be her triplets and during the wedding recital she meets,Dylan who she instantly feels connected to and feels like she knows him from somewhere

But what Heaven doesn't know is that Dylan feels the same way and that the first time Dylan saw Heaven he instantly knew that she is the girl of his dream literally the girl of his dreams.
Dylan h
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What the Heart Wants is a beautiful story about a soul deep connection between two people that was forged through dreams. I love romance and the notion that there is one person that your soul reaches out too. Heaven has been dreaming of a dark haired boy embracing her under a weeping willow tree for the past six months. The dreams are so real and so romantic she compares every guy she meets to her dream guy. Dylan has been dreaming of a beautiful girl under the same tree and recognizes her insta ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My heart did melt when he cried for her.

I love the sexy cover.<3
I love the fitting title.<3
I love the alternating POV.<3
I love the interesting plot.<3
I love the intriguing characters.<3
I love the uniqueness of this book.<3
I love books with soul-mate themes. <3
and mostly, I love what Dylan and Heaven have.<3

Just LOVE the whole package. I <3 this novel. b(*o*)d

Now that I think about it, I only read a few books with guys who really cried hard for their other half. All of
Rachel Olson
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kelli McCracken starts her Soulmate Series with a BANG! What the Heart Wants is an amazing modern day love story that every girl/woman will enjoy. It has realistic drama points to keep your heart pounding and moments of apprehension to keep you reading for the calming point.

I love the tarot card twist. Not many writers take the standpoint of Fate through Tarot, and I myself don't necessarily believe in Tarot reading, but I LOVE the concept and the road that Kelli went down with it.

Do you believe
Wow....I don't really know how to express how much I liked this book. Dylan and Heaven's story is wonderful. I enjoyed the fact that their relationship grew over time (once they met)...need to read to understand that comment:) I know this states that it is a paranormal love story, but I didn't think the paranormal aspect overpowered the love story at all. It just enhanced it. I enjoyed this paranormal aspect because it is something I haven't read before. I am kind of sick of reading about Vampir ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Normally I am the one who has a problem with love at first sight but in this instance I was convinced. I liked the circumstances that had dylan and heaven drawn to each other. The way it played out was great.
I still had questions in parts of the story that the author hinted at secrets in the lives of some of the characters. Those secrets weren't revealed in this book but I think we will find out in the next one. I know I want answers so I will be coming back for more.
I thought this was a great
I liked this book, i thought story and how the main characters met was interesting.
There wasnt much of the paranormal aspect of being soul mates, which i think is a really cool topic especially how this author explains it, so that was a bit disapointing but otherwise it was a good book.
I also wanted to find out more about her sisters relationships especially Faith and Laynes, hopefully there is a next book as the end was kinda of creepy but intriguing.
Megan Siegel
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow is what I can say about this book. From every page turn, Kelli McCracken has you on the edge of your seat and really thinking. I fell in love with the characters and could picture everything that was happening. It was an easy and fast read. I couldn't put it down and the ending made me wanting more from the story. I'm looking forward to Book 2 in the Soulmate Series!
I loved this book!!!!! I could not get enough of Dylan and Heaven...and their undeniable passion they had for each other.....

Fate, destiny or higher power. Call it what you will, but What the Heart Wants is exactly all of that, wrapped up in a beautiful tale that will frustrate you, warm you up and make maybe squeeze a tear out here and there.

Dylan McBride has been dreaming about the same woman for the past six months. Whenever the dream is about to end, and she fades away like an apparition, he feels the tug on his soul, like she's taking a part of him with her. The dreams wouldn't be so bad if he could at least get
Kim Person
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Often times I come by a book simply from searching key words in Amazon! Well I found this one a long time ago quite by mistake! BEST.MISTAKE.EVER!!!! I swear once you start reading this one you WON'T be able to put it down! This is one of those books that made me........

Dylan & Heaven were born 21 years ago on the same day ~ What they didn't know 21 years later is who the other one was! Meeting up in dreams that felt beyond real they both knew thier "soulmate" was out there! But how does one
Anna Banana
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think What the Heart Wants is a really cute story. I especially love the whole idea of soul mates and there being one person out there for everyone.

Heaven is really nice but I hate when they make the main character too perfect. Does she have to be the most beautiful, kindest girl ever? And does every guy have to want to be with her? I don't know, but I just like to relate to the protagonist and if I feel like I can't relate to them at all it makes it hard for me to like them. Basically, it wou
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I never realized before Twilight that I was interested in paranormal romance. Actually, I wouldn't have even known that it was an entire genre of story that went beyond Vampires and Werewolves. This book takes the idea of soulmates and pushes us to think about it in another way.

Heaven is one of three sisters, fraternal triplets, but neither of her sisters can see into her soul like the man of her dreams...literally the man she has been dreaming about. While she can't remember exactly what he lo
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Do dreams foretell the future? Are there soul connections that go deeper than love?

He can sense her emotions at any place and time. Their bond is powerful but a mystery. One thing he does know: She's plagued his dreams for months. Maybe even longer.

Being involved with a celebrity is the last things she imagined...or wanted. Can she forget the pain from the past? Can he let go of his fears?

I expected a lot from this book, as it was recommended to me by a Goodreads friend who likes the same genres
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Kelli McCracken is an author of rock star-themed contemporary and paranormal romance. She loves penning a good, sexy story that stirs emotions and tantalizes the senses. Most days you'll find Kelli knee-deep in chocolate bars, coffee, and kooky characters.

When she’s not writing, chatting with readers, or plotting her next story, Kelli loves to read, listen to music, and most of all, spend time wit

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