by Kathy Love

May 2004
ISBN: 0-821-77612-6
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Mass Market Paperback

Abigail is headed back to her hometown, Millbrook, Maine. She hasnít been back home since she left for college fifteen years earlier. The only reason she is headed back now, is because of a research grant at Rand Laboratories on genetics. Abby isnít the same girl she was then or so she hopes not. She isnít the ďugly Stepp sisterĒ anymore or at least she hopes not. But she still has all the hurt feelings and emotions from her school days. She also seems to still have a crush on the same guy from school as well, Chase Jordan.

Chase canít believe that Abby is the same way now as when she was back in school still thinking that she is too good to talk to him or anyone else. Chase believes he received the cold shoulder from her, but what he didnít know was about her crush on him and its effects still linger. Chase is no longer the townsí bad boy. He owns his own construction company now. Only Chase is hiding a secret from everyone in the town and he doesnít want anyone to know. Well, anyone besides Summer his once girlfriend.

It takes Abby and Chase a little while to open up to each other about their past and the trauma of high school. But do they open completely or are they still hiding secrets from each other? Of course, a little boy and a dog cause their icebreaker. It is amazing what a little mud will do to someone.

Of course things are not smooth sailing for either one of them. There is Summer who wants Chase all to herself and her son, Willie, and she will stop at nothing to get her way. Chase must learn to live with his secret. Abby must learn to let go of the hurt from high school and realize that people change as they get older and not always the bullying type.

Getting What You Want is a great story. We have someone who gets to live out her crush on the bad boy in town who isnít so bad anymore, well, except where it counts. And we get to see this crush blossom into love for both Abby and Chase. It is hard to believe that Abby thought she would get Chase out of her system by having him as her boy-toy, while she was in town for six months. This is a wonderful start to the Stepp trilogy. I will be on the lookout for Ellieís story.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Pam.

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