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The One You Want

(The Original Heartbreakers #0.5)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,425 ratings  ·  360 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers—about sexy bad boys each meeting their match—with a special prequel novella!

In small-town Oklahoma, reputation is everything, and Kenna Starr will do anything to overcome hers. The supposed bad girl is determined to walk the straight and narrow, a seemingly impossible task when Tall, Dar
ebook, 109 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Harlequin (first published December 30th 2014)
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In small-town Oklahoma, reputation is everything, and Kenna Starr will do anything to overcome hers. The supposed bad girl is determined to walk the straight and narrow, a seemingly impossible task when Tall, Dark and Sexy shows up…
Rich and powerful, Dane Michaelson is every woman's dream. When he returns to Strawberry Valley after a sixteen-year absence, he is unprepared for the redheaded girl he's never been able to forg
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The One You Want is book #0.5 in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. Perhaps it is because I read these out of order and had already met Kenna and gotten to know her, or maybe just because this series is so awesome, I loved this book.

Kenna Starr’s mother has been having an affair with Dane Michaelson’s father for years. The affair is why the Michaelson’s left Strawberry Valley. But now Dane’s father has finally gotten a divorce and has moved back to Strawberry Valley to be wit
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok

2.5 stars

Dear paranormal romance authors:
Pick a book, take notes, and then write your story.

Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, #6) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2) by Lisa Kleypas See Jane Score (Chinooks Hockey Team, #2) by Rachel Gibson Tangled (Tangled, #1) by Emma Chase On the Island (On the Island, #1) by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Until then, please for the love of good writing, don't publish.
Gena Showalter introduces us to Strawberry Valley,a town in Oklahoma where everyone knows about each other.In the proluge novella "The One You Want" we meet single mum Kenna Starr who becomes the step-sister of the rich tycoon Dane Michaelson.Both are still hurt from their parents betrayal to their families,which makes it harder for them to see the blossoming love between each other.

Kenna Starr is a admirable heroine.She refused to dwell on past mistakes and was ready to move on and find happine

The new contemporary series from Gena Showalter kicks off with this little novella. Kenna Starr and Dane Michaelson has a complicated history. The last time they saw each other sixteen years ago thirteen year old Dane had spewed some pretty hateful things to seven year old Kenna when it became knowledge that their very married parents were having an affair with one another. And now after all these years they are tying the knot which means Kenna and Dane will be step siblings.

Both have changed a

Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Did not finish, very disappointed.

Essential elements of the story don't make sense. Main character is hated by small town citizens due to her mother's bad behavior and her own sexual assault in high school. This hatred does not effect her ability to collect tips working as a waitress, or her hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher.

Rich playboy who moved out of small town is universally loved for being rich despite not investing in hometown, moving back, or treating local citizens like a
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

I love Gena Showalter. I love her so much guys. She's an amazing author and just an awesome person. THE ORIGINAL HEARTBREAKERS is her first contemporary series, something new for her and, as always, she owned it!

THE ONE YOU WANT is a novella, a prequel to the first book of the series. I really liked it, it's short so don't expect something deep and profound because the romance happens very fast but, still, it was a very nice novella and it did its job: now I definitely want to read the rest of
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
The One You Want is a novella in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. It introduces us to Strawberry Valley and several of the townsfolk and new residences.

I really enjoyed this novella more then I expected too. I can’t wait to continue into the series.

Kenna is a hard working single mother who has had to deal with town gossip and labels that aren’t true.

Dane used to live in Strawberry Valley, but his family left and now he’s back and boy has he grown up, in all the best ways.

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jun 09, 2015 marked it as own-need-to-read
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers—beginning with a ruthless businessman about to break his own rules—in this special prequel novella!

Rich, powerful and utterly untamable, Dane Michaelson is every woman's darkest fantasy. When he returns to his hometown to witness his father's upcoming nuptials, he is unprepared for the redheaded beauty
Almost the entire plot of this book is ranted about below so avoid because SPOILERS abound!!!!!!!!!

This was my first time reading this book though I met Dane,Kenna and Norrie in book 1 and adored their relationship.... I should've read forward and not back .This is a novella so the length of the book contributed to my hatred(too harsh????) my slight dislike of it because really some things needed fleshing out and this author just threw in a bunch of stuff that contributed to the hotmessiness of
I was excited about a bad girl trying to walk the straight and narrow, but Kenna turned out to be a small-town girl who made a mistake and is just trying to make the best of it. Of course, in a small-town she is indeed classified as the bad girl, after all she got pregnant as a teen and had a child. Kenna is a working hard as a waitress to provide for her daughter and barely making ends meet. I liked her. She is putting herself through school and keeping her head down.

This is a second chance rom
The One you Want by Gena Showalter is a 2015 Harlequin publication.

I snapped this one up for free in the kindle store without even reading the synopsis. I couldn't believe there was a book by this mega popular author for free!

Well, it would seem this is a novella, one of those prequels which is designed to launch a new series. I was curious since this is most definitely not the genre most people know this author from. No paranormal elements here. This is contemporary romance featuring rich bad
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
2.5 Stars
Sweet, a bit disjointed, somewhat cheesie and kinda all over the place. Left feeling.... meh.
Claire Robinson
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
...I want you back in my arms...
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked it.... but it was all a bit meh.

2.5 stars

This the prequel to The Original Heartbreakers series, a short, sweet and sexy story about a struggling country girl with a selfish bitch of a mother, great friends, a sassy attitude and an underserved bad reputation. Kenna Starr (yes, I kid you not, that is her name) has no real life to speak of, but she is swept off her feet by the return to town of gorgeous, wealthy, highly successful, “I don’t do relationships” manwhore, Dane.

There’s a lot of
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Take one playboy with money, a hot body and a revolving door to his bedroom with a strong dislike of children and add one single mother and you have a troubled romance. it gets more twisted, his father had an affair with her mother breaking his parents marriage and now they are all together for their marriage, so they'll be step sister and brother. Yippeee. LOL
This was a great little romance. The woman was not a weak little woman she was opinionated, independent , and not willing to drop her exp
Jan 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: released-in-2015
This is FREE right now in the US!!!!
Mar 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I usually love Gena Showalter books but this one I thought it was over the top and slightly ridiculous. It kinda seems that someone else wrote it.

I know that I won’t be continuing with the series.
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Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The One You Want is a prequel to Gena's new contemporary series, The Heartbreakers. I have to say that I'm more of a PNR girl but since it's a Gena Showalter story, I of course, HAD to read it! And I'm so glad that I did!

This was an amazing story! It's a story of love, hope and forgiveness. Kenna Starr has been paying for her mother's affair with a married man since she was a child. Between that and getting pregnant at a young age the townspeople were convinced that she would grow up to be just
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Gena Showalter always represented erotic paranormal to me. She introduced me to that genre and always held me captive. A Mainstream Romance? OK, I'll bite and see what she has to offer. Well, I guess I will jump on the band wagon and just say that Gena Showalter can just write … paranormal, mainstream romance, probably anything she wants.

Characters that have backbone, a little sass, pride and lots of love to share. A woman with character tha
3.75 stars.

Cute, fun, some good banter. Annoying family members, crazy roommates. Dane knows how to woo a woman once he sets his mind to it!!

Debra Johnson
The One You Want by Gena Showalter
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
2.75 Stars

A sweet, funny, little romance.

Even though that is not really my 'Cup of Tea', I did enjoy it.

It's a very quick read. There were some editing problems & the end seemed a bit rushed & gooey to me.

But all in all, if you like sweet romances with some definite humor & the prince saving the day kind of thing....
This is the book for you.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
It really devastates me to give this book 2 Stars. I love, love, love Gena Showalter but this book almost seemed to be written by someone else. I love Norrie and West but was ambivalent about everyone else. I thought that Dane was a total ass who didn't deserve anyone! That said, because I love Showalter, I will attempt the next book in the series. I really hope the characters are more developed and interesting.
3.5 to 4 Stars... This was a sweet novella with some unexpected humor that pulled me further into the story and connected me with the characters... There was actually enough material that this could have been a full length novel, but since it was a novella the issues got resolved a bit quicker that I would have liked... That being said, it hooked me into wanting to continue the series and see the other characters get their HEA:)
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I haven't kept up with Showalter's books but after reading this novella, I think I definitely need to go back and give her books another try. The humour was spot on here and I really liked both the hero and heroine in this story.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
It wasn't as I had expected it to be but I still enjoyed it!
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Kenna and Dane's bittersweet childhood history together made for an interesting reunion 15 years later. Some of the nitty-gritty details impressed me because they were so unique to this story.

I liked Kenna a lot, and felt like her character was the stronger of the two. Dane's character was all over the place for me. I know he had his reasons for feeling the way he did, on paper. But I don't think there was enough time to fully unpack his character, making his motivations more physical than emot
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick novella to begin a new series by this author. Although I enjoy this author's writing style, I found that things in this particular book happened kinda fast for my taste. The conflict resolution was almost instantaneous. I would have preferred to see how the main characters worked through some of their issues. The supporting character - West - was on the page and then it seems he just faded to black and then popped back up out of nowhere. With all of that said, I am looking forwa ...more
Tiffany Ehrob
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the One you want very much so. I enjoyed getting to know Kenna and her story. I could really relate to her story as it's sad that one mistake defined who she was but she didn't let that define her. She lived her life on her terms and that's what I loved most about Kenna.
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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