Title: What the Heart Wants (Soulmate #1)
Author: Kelli McCracken
Published Date: November 26th 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Do dreams foretell the future? Are there soul connections that go deeper than love?
He can sense her emotions at any place and time. Their bond is powerful but a mystery. One thing he does know: She’s plagued his dreams for months. Maybe even longer.
Being involved with a celebrity is the last things she imagined…or wanted. Can she forget the pain from the past? Can he let go of his fears?
This book fascinated me in many ways as well as confused me at times. The romance aspect is very easy to understand: you have two people who are drawn to each other and fall in love. The paranormal aspect is very different from most paranormal romances; instead of witches, zombies or ghosts, the author uses psychic abilities for the paranormal element of this book. At first, I wasn’t sure it would work because honestly, I’ve never read a book where a person can feel another person’s soul or feel their feelings. I was very pleasantly surprised that the author really made this work for the book. It’s not just thrown into the book; she uses the theme throughout and has the main male character, Dylan, a skeptic as well until he sees the truth in his mother’s Tarot card reading.
Dylan is a rock star, so I immediately thought he would be like other rock star bad boys. He’s not. In fact he’s probably the cleanest rock star I’ve read about. That was a refreshing touch. Dylan’s not into drugs or sleeping around; he’s into his music and finding out who this woman in his dreams is. When Dylan finds her, he’s not prepared for what happens. I don’t want to give anything away, but he has this wonderful “aha” moment when Dylan realizes that everything his mother says is true: that he’s an empath and that this woman he’s dreaming about is the other half of his soul. There’s a fantastic scene between Dylan and his mother that explains so much that you seriously need to read it.
Heaven was interesting. She’s one of a set of triplets and the relationship she has with each sister is very different. It seems that she relates best to Hope. Hope is always there when Heaven needs her, whether it’s to listen, hug or tell her she’s being stupid. The relationship Heaven has with Faith on the other hand, is very ugly. It seems that Faith has so much fun in bringing Heaven down. We never find out why that is and for me that’s disappointing because I think there needed to have been some kind of huge blow up between the two. I’m hoping that in another book in this series we find out why Faith loves bringing down Heaven. I love that Heaven grows through the book. She’s had a rough past but with Hope’s encouragement, she finds that she can love again. The connection she shares with Dylan is incredibly magical and loving. You’ll enjoy watching Heaven fall in love.
So what confused me. A lot actually. It was hard to follow at times because while the point of view was written in the third person, the focus jumped around a lot; it may start with Dylan and then suddenly shift to Layne, then shift to Heaven. I had a hard time following some of the scenes. I also had a hard time figuring out why this character named Zeke was even in the story. He’s not mentioned a lot, but the three times he is mentioned it felt like it was just a filler. **There is a scene involving Zeke where he breaks into the condo Heaven and her sisters are staying. It involves him trying to rape Heaven. So if this is a trigger for you or someone you know, please do not read it.**
Layne and Faith’s relationship is also incredibly confusing. They sneak off together multiple times but you get the sense that Layne isn’t really into Faith. He also seems to have eyes for Heaven but they feel like they’re not genuine. Faith is basically rude and nasty the whole book and for me, that took away a lot from the story. She was never happy unless Heaven or Hope were upset.
The ending was alright. It ends on a happy note, but for me it didn’t give me complete closure. Sure I know how Dylan and Heaven end up, but what about some of the other issues in the book? It is a series, so perhaps book two sheds light on things.
Even though there was some confusion, I think you may enjoy the book and the others in the series. In my spare time, I may even read the rest just to see if they give me more answers to the questions I have.
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