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What He Wants

(Baxter Boys #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Cassidy Kimbell’s privileged life disappeared the night Torque lied to save her life. Now a lawyer and child advocate, she spends each day working off the debt she feel she owes, sacrificing her own comfort and relationships. No matter what she does, it will never atone for what happened that night.

A ten-year prison stint for a crime he didn’t commit threw a major wrench i
Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published December 22nd 2018 by Jessie Gussman
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Ramla Zareen Ahmad
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary-rom
5 STARS= Excellent= Immensely Enjoyable= I loved it...!

I loved, loved, loved the book. It's definitely my favourite of all this author's published works so far. Awesome writing. Such depth and emotions. I cried, I laughed, and I swooned. Superb characterisation. I loved Torque. I loved Cassidy. I appreciated their vulnerabilities, their strengths, their struggles, and their growth. I loved them as individuals and how they were together. The connection between them was strong and true. I was tota
Fiction Aficionado
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this author’s writing style, but pretty much everything about the plot was either unrealistic or far too convenient. The heroine starts out as a single mum who’s adopted an 8yo foster child and is now fostering said child’s toddler twin siblings (after lying to the case worker about having a boyfriend/prospective husband in the picture). Not only is she a single mum but she’s working tirelessly as a public defender because she refuses to touch her trust fund (in punishment for the hero ...more
Iris Darshi
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved this lights hearted touching story. Loves Torque for his sacrifice, Cassidy for her kindness... it was funny, heart warming and lovely. Author's writing brings characters to life and the scenes are vivid, made me feel, cry, laugh and fall in love. I couldn't put it down. Thank you Jessie! ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Review with spoilers)

Nice clean romance. I loved it.

Ten years ago, Torque sacrificed himself for Cassidy, the girl he liked. He took responsibility for the accident she caused to protect her from going to jail. He had dreams. He wanted a better life, to show her father that he could be worthy of her, for his work. But he left everything behind because he wanted to take care of her. She would have a hard time in jail. He, on the other hand, was used to the hard blows of life. If he could keep he
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great book. This is book one in the Baxter Boys series and it starts off the series with a bang. In this book we meet Cassie and Torque. These two characters have a past and that past has cost Torque ten years of his life in prison. While Torque is serving out his sentence, Cassie becomes a lawyer and advocate for kids. Neither one of these characters are the same as they were ten years ago and now Torque is released from prison. What happens when their paths cross again? A second ch ...more
Vicki or Dennis Johnson
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very touching story. This is not an everything is "rosy" type of story, but instead the author has dealt with some real life issues that are felt by some in our society. The author has developed very good characters that make the reader glide into the story from the early pages. What follows is a story of sorrow, redemption, forgiveness, grace, and a love with no earthly bounds or limits. I would highly recommend this book. Although this is the first book in a series, it is definitely ...more
Janet Graham
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Defeats Circumstance
This is the most wonderful romance that I have read in ages! It has everything that makes a love story complete; self-sacrifice, hard work by men and women, strong moral character, devotion and deep love. The plot is excellent and well developed. The characters are honest and real. Even the 'bad guys' are real people and not just caricatures. I loved all of the book, there was not one spot that came of as either 'preachy' or unrealistic. I have read several books by this
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; series, but stand alone read
more of a 3.5 for me as a reader (I rate conservatively). Strong characterizations, lovely chemistry, gorgeous romance, and heartfelt back story. J.G. is now a favorite author of mine. I will look forward to reading anything she writes. I read her other series first, and this is much stronger characterizations and writing in this series. Perfect escape reads for me!
She has a way to get you in the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and worries of all her ma
Krista Harstine
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book!

Great book. First I read from the author and will def read more of her books. Read this really quick
Rachel Dunk
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I feel incredibly passionate about what I just read, so I’m not holding back on my opinion. Proceed with caution.

Our two main characters are Cassidy and Torque. Their background is as follows: when Cassidy was nineteen and Torque was seventeen they had a short fling that was apparently true love. Cassidy drove Torque’s truck (I think it was a manual so she couldn’t drive it?) and she crashed it and murdered an older man. Torque was in love with her, so he took the fall for it and served ten year
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A beautiful story of self-donating love!

Torque is a trailer park kid with most of the associated stereotypes that involves. He meets rich kid Cassidy in the woods one afternoon while she's escaping from her miserable home life. They begin meeting there & spending time together regularly. One day, Cassidy gets upset, does something stupid, and accidentally kills a man in the process. Torque
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WHAT HE WANTS is a story of love and sacrifice. It is also about a couple who seem fated for each other, despite the obstacles put in their way. Torque and Cassidy are products of two very different backgrounds. Torque comes a loving but poor family. Cassidy comes from a rich family who spoiled and indulged her, but provided little in the way of love and support. Torque sacrificed ten years of his life to prison in order to protect Cassidy, who had really committed the crime. He served his sente ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I absolutely fell in love with this ARC I received. Torque has recently been released from prison after he served ten years for a vehicular homicide sentence he didn't do. Torque's didn't expect his teenage crush Cassidy to be there to pick him up or that she would be his sponsor. Torque struggles with self pity and believes he will never be good enough for Cassidy. Torque is such a good hearted, sweet, caring and loyal, yet stubborn man who needs to prove he can make it on his own. Cassid ...more
Debbie DiFiore
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was wonderful

Books like these don't come around very often and I am so glad I found it. Very clean, sweet romance between an ex-con and a lawyer. They were falling in love when he was 17 and she was 19 when she took his truck for a spin and not another car. The man was killed but Torque took the blame for it and was sentenced to 10 years and he served every one of them. The sentence was way too harsh for the charge and he wasn't even an adult. I think her Father had something to do with tha
Sonya Wasden
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a wonderful story. I was a huge fan of Torque from the very beginning and his willingness to sacrifice everything for someone he loves even if the feelings are reciprocated. He serves 10 years for a crime he didn't commit and when he gets out he has nothing and has to start from scratch with a prison record. But, there are people in his corner cheering for his success.

One of those, is Cassidy Kimball. She is the reason Torque went to prison and the woman he loves. Cassidy has made maj
Ballet in AK
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Baxter Boy’s Sacrifice by Jessie Gussman (5 stars)

*I highly recommend reading the novella prologue before reading the book (I believe you can find it free at the end of the book-at least it’s free at the end of this book in the boxed-set version...)

This was such a wonderful love story! Torque made a sacrifice for the girl he loved and paid the price for her mistake. 10 years in prison even though he was only 17. (The mystery is never solved as to why his sentence was so harsh and why he was
Yvonne Cruz
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are times that as an avid reader you come across a book that you know you’ll remember for a long time. This is one of those.
The story of Torque Baxter and Cassidy Kimball started over 10 years ago. They met in HS and the attraction was immediate. She was a couple of years older, from a wealthy family , while he was from the wrong side of the tracks and a talented mechanic. But one night changed their lives forever. Sacrifices were made for love , sending an innocent young man to jail for 1
Faith Lane
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I was blessed with a audiobook from the SUPER sweet author. Definitely 5 stars and I’m totally gonna need to get a ebook version!

Cassidy Kimbell is gorgeous. Every mans dream. She is a lawyer, a parent to adopted son and foster parent to his twin sisters. But, not everything is perfect for her. She cannot get approved to adopt the twins without a father figure. Problem with that? The only man she could even think about was Torque Baxter. The man that took her place in prison
Nicole Normand
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the author; this is my honest review.
-Fun (and sad at the same time) clean read about a second chance romance that Torque & Cassidy didn't know they both had. No drama. The love and tenderness between them is palpable.
-Delightful end. Not surprising after reading the next-to-last chapter but wow, ends with a bang. Then the epilogue brings you to the next book.
-The quilting bee touched me immensely. I too received quilts for my children and our bed when we were missionaries
Marie Bourgery
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cassidy caused the accident that put Torque in prison. She has been punishing herself ever since by modeling to pay for law school instead of taking money from her parents and living in a rundown area. I was surprised that the foster agency would let her keep her adoptive son’s twin sisters at her apartment. She had a trust fund that could have given them better accommodations. It isn’t until she the agency wants to take them away that she starts to look for a new place. They also won’t let her ...more
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cassidy and Torque had different upbringings. She is a heiress and he comes from the wrong side of the track raised with a dysfunctional family. When Cassidy makes a catastrophic mistake, he takes the blame which lands him in prison. How do you repay someone who risked his lively hood for you. It's been ten years and now he's out. Can they pick up where they left off, will he still have the same feelings. Torque only wants to know that one thing from Cassidy will she put it all together to know ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet read

Cassidy and Torque have a very sweet, interesting read. Cassidy adopted one kid and fostered twins while Torque was in jail. She is a single mom who works all the time and lives in a rough neighborhood. The adoption agency says find a partner or she is going to lose the twins. She wants to keep her family together but doesn't think the adoption agency will accept Torque as a parent due to his record. The story follows Cassidy and Torque as he navigates life after prison and she tries t
Dorothy Beer
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Baxter Boy's Sacrifice

Torque had shoved Cassidy out of his truck and told her leave after the accident. He spent ten years behind bars for vehicular manslaughter. Cassidy refused any help from her wealthy parents and did occasional modelling jobs to covwr her expenses. Gratuating from law school she went to work as a public defender. Then adopting 8 year old Jamal and fostering his twun baby sisters. After serving his full sentence, he and Cassidy soon realize they love each other. Many obst
SJ Garrison
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved Cassidy and Torque's story. Torque was a master mechanic on diesel engine even at a young age, and was planning his future when he got charged for killing a man in a car accident. Cassidy waited for him to get out of prison and they finally let their feelings for each other be known. I loved the characters in this book. The old men in the garage, we're a hoot. And the quilting ladies were precious. I laughed and fussed out loud while reading this book. If you like clean stories with second ...more
Phylis Carpenter
Torque Baxter served ten years for vehicular homicide for an accident he did not commit. Today he is being released from jail and thinks his brother Tough is going to be meeting him and picking him up. Tough has a small garage that he is going to let Torque help him while he looks for a job, he wants to be a diesel mechanic.

However when he gets out and looks for his brother he finds Cassidy waiting for him. He doesn't want anything to do with her since she is the reason he spent time in prison
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One night changed everything…
I was so captivated by this romance novel with the intense and vivid action that I couldn’t put it down! I loved it and wanted to keep listening… Cassidy and Torque compose this wonderful story of forgiveness through suffering and sacrifice. I love that it’s clean and, at the same time, is very sensual. What He Wants whet my appetite to read more of this author’s books, and I look forward to the next book in the series!
I received an audio copy from the author; I was
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and so will you

A story full of grit and determination on the part of both Torque and Cassidy. This a love story like no other. What would you do for love? Well Torque went to prison for a crime he didn’t commit for the girl he loved and Cassidy went without her life of privilege because of him taking the fall for her. 10 years on can they get back what had only just started and be a family to 3 kids along the way. You do not want to miss reading this series.
Tamy Fitzpatrick
Enjoyable Story. Warning: Semi-Spoiler Alert

This was an enjoyable, well-written story with a feel good ending. Even though there were a number of typos (I might have given it 4 1/2 stars if that were an option), it did not detract from the quality of the story itself. The characters were likable, the dialogue was clever/humorous, and the plot was believable. I kept expecting the plot to get unrealistic and the logic to take leaps, but, even though I got my happily ever after, the story was writt
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
He took the fall for her 10 years ago and now e’s free. She’s spent 10 years trying to get her life together and make amends. While they play around their feelings for each other and the situation she finds herself in they both find each other. This was my first read from this author and I enjoyed the clean read. I really enjoyed this couple and how they may have fought to keep the kids foremost they also remained true to each other.
Misty Goan
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking rollercoaster journey that is a beautifully written romance story. It includes sacrifice, forgiveness, guilt, suffering, humor, love and lots of ups and downs. A engaging story that had me on the edge of my seat with complex, well developed, beautiful characters with great chemistry. I am happy to follow this journey of two complex characters from opposite social status struggle to have a second chance and feel worthy of the other. I voluntarily reviewed this ARC. 
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