Igh school hottie Mason for years Mason is divorced and is now the mayor f the small town where they grew up He is an alcoholic who is in denial They start a relationship which is eventually sabotaged by his drinkingWell written with well developed characters Good dialog good pacing All around a joy to read Many years have passed since high school but librarian Ellie Stepp is still the short dumpy ugly Stepp sister at least in her Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays own mind So when her formernly crush Mason starts to get interested in her it s like a dream come true But there s a dark side to Ellie s fairy tale not nly is Mason wary f committing to her but it becomes increasingly clear that his biggest commitment is to alcoholThis was a very good very readable contemporary romance Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession one that s realistic without being too painfully gritty It skirted close to the edgef genuinely scary for me a few times because Mason does some freaky things that are undoubtedly The Paper Wife on the how to tell if your lover is an abusive fruitcake list like breaking into Ellie s house And Ellie is such a humble and giving character I was afraid Mason would walk allver her and she would always be shortchanged in their relationship She shows that she can be strong when it counts though and they end n a satisfyingly eual footing I couldn t get past the fact that Ellie and Mason have such little self respect for themselves AND each therEllie has been painfully shy and insecure her whole life She s the short chubby librarian in town and feels completely insignificant She can t fathom why a hottie like Mason would be interested in her even when he tells her numerous times how attracted he is to her how much he wants her likes her etc I confess I have little patience with virgin wallflower heroines to begin with so maybe I m being too harsh We, the People: Of Earth Elders on Ellie but it annoyed me that the author didn t give her even the tiniest smidgenf self esteem Mason comes from a prestigious wealthy family and has sidled up the ranks to town Mayor He wants Ellie Bad So when she comes asking to support funding for the library instead Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of a new football field he agrees if she will sleep with him Tactlessness aside this may not have been a big deal if Ellie was that kindf girl But she s not She s awkward shy Ellie who agrees to the proposal because she feels Mason is throwing her a bone and she d be a fool to pass it up This infuriated meTurns مترو out Mason was drunk when he made Ellie thatffer Did I mention he has a drinking problem Yep Mason s got his wn insecurities that he drowns with alcohol He s also in denial that he has a problem Oh and Mason doesn t want anyone to know they are a couple because he can t give her anything than sex Thus begins the pattern f M E s affair having a great time together when he is sober and him treating her like shit when he is drunk threatening to end the relationship then always coming back the next day spouting a lameass apology and wanting sex Meanwhile Ellie just sits back and lets him walk all The Windy Season over her Good lord woman grow a backbone Please Mason you know you re being an asshole DO something about itThey break up and she finally does realize she deserves better than his constant douchebaggery when she becomes pregnant How convenient Let s not deal withur problems and work them Oldies but Goodies out let s throw in a plot ploy Wait it gets better When Mason finally admits to himselfmg I am a bastard AND an alcoholic he seeks help via counseling and Ellie A Month of Sundays overhears his confessionf love through the Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel overhead speaker Because again let s not talk face to face like adults ridiculous convenient loopholes are so much easierClearly I have issues with this book I didn t like the way Mason had to treat Ellie like crap inrder for him to come to terms with his addiction More infuriating was how Ellie LET his behavior towards her slide because she was too timid to know better I get that their problems are not uncommon that people are unhappy and life can be sucky most Beneath the Jolly Roger of the time that relationships like this exist If the author leftut contrived plot ploys and brought about their HEA in a dignified manner I would have had a lot respect for the story As it is I hated it Sorry Saying that Wanting What You Get is Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise onef the best romance books I ve read this year doesn t mean much since it s nly January 9 2010 so I will go ahead and say it s ne Pig of the best I ve read in two years if not AVAILABILITYThis book is very hard to findut Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of printn so nly used copies are available and they start in the 20 range PaperbackSwapcom didn t have any neither did my local library system and I finally resorted to buying a used copy n couk no new Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, ones there either It cost me a totalf 16 but They Also Serve oh was it worth itMY REVIEWThere are too many good things to say about this book and frankly I don t want to say too much since you should just read it and see for yourself Mason and Ellie are wonderful leading characters They are three dimensional complex and both flawed but wholly lovable and they are surprisingly perfect forne another I especially love books where the uietshywallflower girl gets the guy and this is definitely that type f bookEllie has serious body image issues since she s always been slightly verwe. 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3 12 starsThis is the second book in the Stepp Sisters trilogy Ellie is the middle sister who is short and a little round in the middle She really doesn t have any self esteem at all She doesn t think any man would be interested in her After her sister Abby s wedding book 1 heroine her new brother in law s best friend and her secret forever crush Mason Sweet finds himself fascinated by Ellie He can t stop thinking about her but he doesn t think he is the right man for her She is sweet and innocent and the town librarian He is a divorced bitter about love looking for a good time mayor I enjoyed this story Although it is a little contrite and predictable Both characters are flawed and the self deprecation could be verwhelming sometimes even though it seems true to life I am looking forward to reading the last installment in the trilogy Ellie is the frumpy sister she s always battled with her weight she dresses to conceal herself though she isn t bese she is just curvy and very self conscious about her appearance As the town librarian Ellie was able to make a life for herself in the small town that she and her sisters grew up in and were picked n all through school because f being poor different Mason was the golden child f the town From ne Large Catechism of Martin Luther of the richest families he married becomes mayor and found himself divorced because he never measured up to what his wife wantedut Junior Jolt of him causing him to drink a little too much At Chase and Abby s wedding he finds himself strangely attracted to Ellie she is nothing like his type but he cannot control his attraction When the library funding is in trouble she pleads for Mason to help and he suggests that if she sleeps with himbut Mason finds he cannot do this to Abby but Abby insists telling him she has always wanted him But Mason knows Abby is the girl a guy keeps and doesn t think he is right for her but at the same time she is what keeps him going day to day While I did not like this as much as the first in the trilogy I still found myself wanting to turn page after page and loved the characters and the story line I forced myself to finish this book I just felt that it portrayed the diseasef alcholism as easily curable It also infuriated me that Mason kept driving while intoxicated and that Ellie didn t stop him Ceux de la posie vcue or call someoner whatever Then we find ut that his past DUI was totally swept under the rug WTHeck Okay you are the MAYOR f the town and get a DUI and it is hidden from everyone Maybe his DUI was a misdemeanor and not a felony so that makes it kay But blaming his DUI n the fact that he was depressed after his divorce even though he admits that he didn t really love his ex wifeEllie was a total twit at 30 and a librarian she should have a better head Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty on her shoulders Her constant indecision and lackf self esteem got tireless: old uick She s always loved Mason and when the library is in trouble she approaches him for help because he is the mayor after all and he tells her he will help her if she sleeps with him What I expected her to smack him a goodne but she didn t Of course Mason was supposedly drunk when he asked her that and regretted it the next day so that makes it all Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 okay because he asked her that when he was drunk It took Ellie FOR EV AH to figureut Mason had a drinking problem then she keeps second guessing herself Oh and Ginny the town crier knows everything there is to know about anything Except she never knew her boss the mayor got a DUI How does that happen when she herself admits she knows everything that goes Toque de Veludo on Of course eventually Mason realizes he is an ass and an alcoholic after he learns that he got Ellie pregnant so he goes to AA for 6 months and the town embraces him for it in fact let s make him the town hero After that the town keeps him as mayor the library is saved him and Ellie marry and even Mason s strained relationship with his dad is fixed HEATotal wall thrower for me clich i stopped reading after he said he wouldnly help her if she slept with him But I will stay sober not nly for myself but for her tooI m going to file this book under my inspiring shelf because I love the way how the hero who s an alcoholic learns how to vercome his addictionLook we all have addictions in Kaleidoscope our life Some are just dangerous than thethers I have a book addiction and it s perfectly safe except for my wallet while The Four Racketeers others have it with alcohol cigarettes and abusive people I know that to beat it you have to accept that you have a problem and want to stop it yourselfShe asked me if I would get help If I loved her enough to get help Mason said his voice low and filled with pain Such a simple uestion with such a simple answerI love how this story ends It made me love how the characters have real life problems insteadf superficial nes The way it was portrayed that alcoholism which may not be easy to defeat is still doable is perfect and it touched my stone cold heart A wonderful book about realistic people with realistic problems The heroine Ellie is a shy librarian Why are librarians always shy Seriously is no ne else ever shy Perhaps a veterinarian s assistant Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters or a dispersing clerk But I digress Anyhoo she is a nice woman who has had a crushn the Chunky and unpopular in high school Ellie Stepp was Smithereens often the bruntf hurtful remarks and The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness other cruel behavior Now a librarian in the very town where she had such a miserable adolescence Ellie has resigned herself to beingverweight and single But Elli.
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Ight and Love deals with this issue very well You really see the transformation that Ellie undergoes as Mason shows her that what she expectsthinks he wants and what he actually wants are two very different things and she begins to see herself through his eyes It s especially realistic because it s gradual so you don t have Dark Diversions one weekf Mason telling her she s beautiful and Ellie suddenly puts aside 30 years Lili a un chagrin d'amour of self consciousness and self doubt instead as Ellie becomes comfortable and secure with Mason and his feelings for her she also becomes comfortable with herself and herwn bodyMason has the extremely serious issue Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of alcoholism to deal with and I thought that this was well incorporated into the book The way that it affected their relationship his refusal to admit he has a problem how everyone deals with it and what ends up happening and changing things around seemed again very realistic The fact that the two main characters are dealing with real everyday problems insteadf some evil psycho murderer Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds or plan spoiler in the background trying to ruin their lives made the book that much enjoyable since you can actually imagine allf this truly happeningIn addition to Ellie and Mason being amazing characters n their wn the relationship that develops between them is absolutely wonderful and just writing about the book in this review makes me want to pick it up and read it again There are so many scenes between them where your heart will go seriously pitter patter and the banter as well as serious conversations that take place really make their romance ne f love not just lust There s also a lot Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance of humor which is a must and the lingerie bathroom scene had me literally laughingut loudSTEPP SISTERS SERIES 1 Getting What You Want Abby and Chase 2 Wanting What You Get Ellie and Mason 3 Wanting Something More Marty and NateBOTTOM LINEIf you re a romance reader give yourself a late holiday present and somehow get your hands n a copy f this book It is fabulous and I can t wait for the next time I read it With the exception Love! 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Compassion! of the first 30% and last 10% this book was dangerously approaching a 2 star rating The premise sounded great and I love seeing the shywallflower type landing the unattainable male I was actually excited to read about Mason and Ellie as they played pivotal roles in the first book Getting What You Want Partsf this actually reminded me Scream of Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas where we saw the socially awkward and shy wallflower Evie land the notorious philanderer and ladies man Sebastian St Vincent Difference is Evie had much stronger convictions and never let Sebastian walk allver herin Kumiko and the Dragon other words she had a backboneSo Ellie Stepp is the town librarian While her sisters Abbie and Marty left Millbrook after high school for ambitious ventures she stayed back to care for her now deceased grandmother Living in the same house she grew up in Ellie is the shy and reserved Stepp sister She s also always loved Mason Sweet the town s mayor since forever He was the golden boy in school popular gorgeous and smart Her sister Abbie is getting married to chase they had their story in the first bookf this series and as luck would have it Ellie is to be Abbie s maiden Probabilities on the Heisenberg Group: Limit Theorems and Brownian Motion of honor to Chase s best man Mason This wedding changes everything for Ellie Firstff it appears Mason is flirting with her and insinuating some seductive ideas for the two The Purpose of Creation of them But Ellie refuses to makef what Mason is saying because hey he couldn t actuallywant her could heAnyways a proposition is made and accepted between these two and while things are electric between them Mason is suffering He has a drinking problem that he denies and it soon becomes the debilitating factor in his relationship with Ellie I think the author portrayed his addiction well Mason s constant justification for drinking is a hallmark sign f abuse and his denial was f course hurting everyone around him My problem with this book lies in two things firstly Mason wanted to keep his relationship with Ellie a secret He did have valid reasons AT FIRST but soon things became uite intense with them Throughout this I felt Ellie was a doormat She kept letting Mason get his way and never said a damn thing although it hurt her having to lie to those around her She was so weak and timid at times it pissed me ff The second thing was Mason s back and forth with telling people about him and Ellie One minute he s about to tell the world the next he s refusing to be seen together argh MAKE UP YOUR MINDOnly at about 90% in did Ellie finally grow a pair and tell Mason to eff ff FINALLY WOMAN Mind you I did feel for Mason and his denial He also wouldn t admit to himself how deeply he felt for Ellie which nly compounded his problems When he finally does hit rock bottom he does so in a very sad and resigned manner That scene where he finally admits to himself he has a problem and admits how much he cares for the ne woman that actually mattered killed me The ending was awesome and the epilogue was perfect which saved this book for me So it was sweet and I loved how Mason really came around but it wasn t as good as the first book Looking forward to the last book in this series about Marty Stepp. And big blue eyes Unfortunately both A Good Indian Wife of them start this new relationship with enough baggage for several couples Becausef the secretive nature f Mason's courtship Ellie's already low self esteem hits rock bottom and Mason drowns his sorrows in alcohol.
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