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More Than Want You (Reed Family Reckoning) Paperback – April 11, 2017
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I’m Maxon Reed—real estate mogul, shark, asshole. If a deal isn’t high profile and big money, I pass. Now that I’ve found the property of a lifetime, I’m jumping. But one tenacious bastard stands between me and success—my brother. I’ll need one hell of a devious ploy to distract cynical Griff. Then fate drops a luscious redhead in my lap who’s just his type.
Sassy college senior Keeley Kent accepts my challenge to learn how to become Griff’s perfect girlfriend. But somewhere between the makeover and the witty conversation, I’m having trouble resisting her. The quirky dreamer is everything I usually don’t tolerate. But she’s beyond charming. I more than want her; I’m desperate to own her. I’m not even sure how drastic I’m willing to get to make her mine—but I’m about to find out.
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- Publisher : Shelley Bradley, LLC (April 11, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1936596407
- ISBN-13 : 978-1936596409
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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FINAL DECISION: If you allow yourself to get over Maxon being a major jerk, this book is a wonderful journey for his character. He learns what is really important in his life. His relationship with Keeley is rough and imperfect and finally wonderful.
THE STORY: Maxon Reed is a man on a mission -- to get a deal from his estranged brother. Maxon is willing to do just about anything -- including finding a woman to distract his brother. When Maxon meets Keeley Kent and there is an instant attraction between them and he knows that she is perfect for his plan. After convincing the reluctant Keeley to give his plan a change, Maxon spends weeks tutoring Keeley in exactly how to appeal to his brother. The problem is that every moment they spend together brings Maxon closer to realizing that Keeley is perfect for him. But will Maxon give up his plan of revenge in order to get the girl himself?
OPINION: I don't mind heroes who are jerks in the beginning of a romance book as long as they don't end up that way. Maxon is a world class jerk (though his brother has him beat). Intensely competitive with his estranged brother, Maxon clearly has no morals about using people (despite his belief that he does). His competition with his brother is primary -- before friends, before love, before anything and everything. The good news is that this book just throws Maxon's world into disarray. It never goes where he plans. And he ends the book a better person who is capable of love.
Keeley is almost the opposite of Maxon. Altruistic, emotional, willing to help and do anything for those she cares about. I like how she operates as Maxon's guide and conscience in many ways. While we get a bit from her point of view, the book is really about Maxon's journey (because he is the one who really needs the help). Keeley is more of a free spirit than the career driven Maxon, but she is also happier.
The relationship between Maxon and Keeley is complicated by Maxon's own inability to understand what he wants and needs and how to get there. I enjoyed seeing Maxon breaking down. He has a nasty background which doesn't excuse his behavior but makes it more understandable. The focus in this book is really on Maxon getting himself right and how his relationship with Keeley is the catalyst for that.
I enjoyed this book more as I got into it (Maxon was hard to like at first). By the end of the book, however, I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book also introduces the romance that is the subject of the second book in the series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: MORE THAN WANT YOU is the first book in the More Than Words series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
Keeley Kent is a gem. Keeley reminds me of a New Ager. Her yoga and meditation allow her to enjoy life without needing the expensive things to do it. I love the way she helps Maxon to look at life differently. He has everything money can buy, but he doesn’t appreciate his surroundings. He doesn’t enjoy the view from his window or walks on the beach or music.
Music is an integral part of Keeley’s life and the story. Every time a song is mentioned I jumped to YouTube to listen to the version in the book. Shayla does an excellent job of using music to match the mood of the scene. I highlighted every song to create a Shayla playlist.
I can’t wait to find out more about the ancillary characters. Griffin (Griff) Reed, Britta Stone, Harlow Reed, and the senior Reeds. They all must have backstories that need to get down on paper. My only complaint, something I hope happens at some point in the series, is needing to see Rob fired. I believe Max should boot him. Max needs to put him in his place stronger than he did in my opinion. Max’s father, Barclay Reed is the character you will love to hate. He is the absolute worst father ever. I mentally punched him where it hurts for Max.
Shayla Black tells a very plausible story of the rich and powerful with More Than Want You. Max's point of view reveals the story except for one chapter in Keeley's pov. There is so much jealousy that the brothers are set up to bicker and lose sight of their love for each other. The character development with a little fall back to old behavior is authentic. I love the twist at the end and the setup for book 2 of the More Than Words series, More Than Need You. More Than Want You is a must-read romance novel that is pure joy.
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“All I can think about is that beating Griff might mean losing Keeley.”
“...she’ll get that wanting her & wanting to screw my brother over don’t have to be mutually exclusive. After all, I’m not plotting to hurt her.”
But he is... so much so...
The story is told only from his point of view, & it’s a bit long to get going in the first half of the book. It’s his viewpoint, & you can’t help but think he’s egocentric, selfish... However, when we meet his father, it’s as if a switch is flipped. We can’t help but want him to be better, to do better.
This is a well written story about a man who just seems to make mistakes over & over, & we eventually want him to do well, to be better.
Maxon is everything that he is billed to be. I have to say that I didn't care for him too much in the beginning. His main goal is to be number one and he pretends to not care how he gets there But there is more to Maxon and he has to find his own road.
I loved Keeley from the very beginning. I loved her sunny personality and that her main goal was to be happy.
Maxon and Giff's father drives these brothers apart. Keeley is the exact opposite of Maxon but somehow they fit perfectly together. This series started strong and now I look forward to Griff's story.
You can't help but like Keely & the effect she has over him. You are also introduced to some other characters who will no doubt appear in future books.
Be warned their is a slight twist near the end. One I never saw coming.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.