Wanted by You by Steph Nuss
Published by Bandit Publishing on February 25, 2014
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Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her, but she was the one girl who didn't beg for his attention.
He wanted her. Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you, but then she met Carter Jennings.
She wanted him.
Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.
Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.
They want each other.
But love in the city is never quite that easy.
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Wanted by You by Steph Nuss is a cute romantic story about a college friends turned lovers. I say cute because I thought it was. It was sweet and endearing and even mushy and sappy. But there were also elements of angst and I found myself tearing up a time or two.
For Carter it was love at first sight, his freshmen year at college when he finds Ellyson sitting outside a classroom. Somehow they end up only being friends for the duration of college. Carter was afraid to express his feelings to Ellyson. Ellyson is afraid to fall in love.
Several years pass before Carter and Ellyson are reunited.
I really liked all the sub-characters. I felt like Steph Nuss did a great job of letting us see everyone’s personality and she laid some great ground work for future books. I sort of felt like I was reading and episode from Friends. Everyone has a unique personality, each of them woven into their lives. Everyone plays a part. Even Carter’s sisters become important.
As we navigate the trials and tribulations of new relationships, certain emotions surface and the couple is faced with a strong dose of reality. Ellyson loses her mother at a young age to cancer and she has some real and deep rooted fears of falling in love. Carter has some baggage in the name of his mother who wants nothing but the best for her son. She makes it pretty clear that Ellyson is not it.
It’s always refreshing to read about characters that are mature. Carter and Ellyson love hard, fight hard, and make up hard. Nothing really seemed too contrived between them. Instead it all felt believable and very very sweet.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*