“If touching her felt like a gift from the universe, imagine what good conversation would be like.” —Piper Sheldon, The One That I Want
Piper Sheldon is one of those authors that I just know will deliver a great story to me. Her latest release for Smartypants Romance, The One That I Want, is an adaptation of Grease and not only features a fantastic female heroine, but also includes a vulnerable hero who has the knack of winning over the hardest of hearts.
Roxy Kincaid is at the point in her life where she’s trying to finally lay her past to rest in order to figure out how to be successful in her future endeavors. Her plans get rocked the minute she meets handsome and charming Aussie, Sanders Olsson, on a business trip in Denver. Not one (at least anymore) to risk herself and her heart to chance, she flees back to her home in Green Valley determined to have Sanders be a bright memory and nothing more.
Sanders is the kind of character that wears his heart on his sleeve and throws himself into whatever whim he wants with utterly reckless abandon. While he inevitably always lands on his feet, normally it’s because his best friend, Skip, is there to help him out of whatever trouble Sanders finds himself in. When Roxy disappears without a trace, Sanders finds out her location and hurdles headlong to Green Valley without second thought. Sanders struggle with wanting to woo Roxy is stymied when he realizes that he needs to restrain himself and think things through before acting. Alternatively, Roxy struggles with overthinking and restraining her instincts. I love that even the title, The One That I Want, tells you exactly that Roxy and Sanders want each other, they just need to work through their own internal struggles in order to earn each other’s trust.
Sanders and Roxy’s interactions throughout The One That I Want are as carefully crafted as a tango, and equally as sultry. With key scenes that are reminiscent of the iconic ones from Grease, The One That I Want is unique and heartfelt. Full of girl gang goodness, and swoon-worthy grand gestures that will also make you giggle, The One That I Want is easily a five-star book, and definitely worth your time to read!