The One I Want
Nancy Warren
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The One I Want
Nancy Warren
320 pages
May 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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In Nancy Warren's newest contemporary romance, which is loosely linked to British Bad Boys, she pairs a spoiled little rich girl from England with a Texan cop-turned-landlord. After dumping a string of fiancés, Chloe flees to Texas to open up a business doing the only thing she appears to be good at: breaking up relationships. It's not that she's malicious about breaking up couples – to the contrary, Chloe only breaks up couples who can't find the heart, or the words, to do it themselves. She moves into a house owned by her neighbor and landlord, Matthew.

Matthew is a retired cop who has taken up flipping houses. He's also dating a woman who is nothing but sunshine and light – so why does he say, with dread, "we're probably getting married one day?" Chloe, along with everyone else, can see that Matthew and his girlfriend aren't right for each other, but Matthew is a little harder to convince. In fact, his girlfriend ends up hiring Chloe to let Matt down easy. Can Chloe breakup the couple without trying to keep Matt for herself?

Despite the cover Brava gave this book, it's more of a romantic comedy than the cover models lead one to believe. That said, however, the comedic aspect of the book never really reaches laugh-out-loud proportions. Instead, the humor is mildly chuckle-worthy. Also, a timing inconsistency in the plot gave me pause: near the beginning of the story, Chloe agrees to take on an assignment to break up a couple, but the client insists that the break up must happen within two weeks. Fast forward to nearly the end of the book - two months have passed, and the breakup still hasn't happened. Even in extending the plot to take place over two months, the romance between Matthew and Chloe is somewhat rushed. Matthew is dating his girlfriend throughout much of the book, so it's hard to believe that Chloe and Matt could fall in love with each other so quickly. Warren spends so much time developing the romance between two of the secondary characters that I ended up caring about them more than I did about Matt and Chloe.

Overall, isn't Nancy Warren's best effort. My favorite book by her remains Turn Left at Sanity, which was incidentally the first book I read by her. I keep hoping that her future books will live up to Turn Left, but so far they haven't, and The One I Want does nothing to break the mold.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Jilian Vallade, 2008

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