What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
"Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the high school baseball team, she's immediately struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family--but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all. But when it becomes clear that baseball--not dance--is Jesse's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?"- summary from Amazon
This was such a cute read with some great emotional depth. I also loved the theater aspect of the book because theater is the best, so it's always great to see a novel that incorporates it. Maddie is a wonderfully flawed main character, and Rae really shows that throughout the book as Maddie tries to let go of the "dream classic Hollywood heartthrob" fantasy she's had in her mind for years. The slow, romantic buildup between Maddie and Jesse was so fun to read and made for an enjoyable installment in Bloomsbury's If Only series.
FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.
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