Anything You Want by Erin Nicholas
March 15, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
It figures the one time Sabrina Cassidy is determined to do the responsible thing, karma kicks in. After four years on the road chasing her musical dream, she’s stranded six hours from home with no money, a ruined credit history—and morning sickness.
Out of options, she swallows her legendary independent streak and calls the only person who won’t hang up on her. Luke, the man she left behind.
Marc Sterling’s first instinct is to protect his business partner and best friend from another broken heart. That means letting her think she’s talking to Luke, then finding a way to send her in the opposite direction.
When he shows up at her hotel room, there’s something in the air beside their customary insults. Sure, her rebellious attitude, smart mouth—and purple panties—still drive him crazy, but now it’s a different kind of crazy. The kind that has him driving her home instead of to the nearest airport.
And when Luke offers to solve all her problems if she’ll only say “I do”, Marc realizes he’s just crazy enough—about her—to forget whose heart he wanted to protect.
Anything You Want is a romance that is a twist of the friends to lovers theme. It is actually more an enemy to lovers book. When Sabrina walks out on Luke four years ago, in present day Marc will do anything to keep her from hurting his best friend again. But with Sabrina pregnant, things become very complicated. She is not only pregnant, but with no supportive parents nor funds. At first Marc just wants to keep her away from Luke, but their temperamental banter soon becomes flirtatious.
I really enjoyed their flirting and I felt like Marc’s progression from thinking Sabrina is a big pain in the butt to a love interest evolves nicely. I have mixed feelings about Sabrina and Luke. We are told Sabrina’s history is that she totally relies on Luke for everything. But then she acts very independent when we meet her, and self assured. Now she has had four years away from him to grow up so that could be a part of her change. When she is reunited with Luke, he immediately proposes, which I just don’t get – or I just didn’t like for his character. I felt like we never really get to know Luke, or what his motives are for falling all over himself. Why is he so obsessed with proposing to her? Especially after she has been gone for four years. I also feel more could have been done with Sabrina’s father. Maybe a little more history with him.
What I really like about this book is Marc and Sabrina together – and since they are the main couple this is a good thing. I love that they admit to each other their feelings and they accept that things are super complicated. Their interactions feel very real, and are super sexy. Hello hot sexin’ in the kitchen! I loved Marc’s frustrations with her in the beginning, and his eventual romantic feelings for her build up nicely.