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The One That I Want by Marilyn Brant
(Mirabelle Harbor, #2)
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The summer after her beloved husband died in a car accident, Julia Meriwether Crane is still picking up the pieces of her life in Mirabelle Harbor and trying to help her ten-year-old daughter adjust to this difficult new reality.

After her best friend Sharlene—one of the well-known Michaelsen siblings—talks her into finally going out on the town again, Julia finds herself stunned to be the object of interest of several different men: The boy who’d broken her heart back in high school. The college ex she’d left behind. And most surprising of all, the movie actor she’d always fantasized about but had never met in person until now. Can one woman have more than one “great love” in the same lifetime? And, if so, how can she be sure which man that’ll be?

Sometimes the person you think will be best for you…isn’t the one you really want. THE ONE THAT I WANT, a Mirabelle Harbor story.



Book 1 in the Mirabelle Harbor series, a standalone romantic novella called TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, is also out now and it’s for sale *everywhere* for just 99-cents in celebration of the release of THE ONE THAT I WANT.

Here are the buy links for that sale-priced novella and some info on the story:

Dedicated personal trainer Chance Michaelsen falls hard for Nia Pappayiannis—his complete opposite and a member of the family that owns the Greek bakery just down the street from his gym. He considers their pastries to be the enemy of good health, but his attraction to Nia can’t be denied. In matters of the heart, would you risk it all? TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, a Mirabelle Harbor story.



Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato. Look for all of the contemporary romances in her new Mirabelle Harbor series, beginning July 2015! Visit her website:

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Heartbreaks or loss is not something people can easily cope up with. Let’s face it, it takes time. And that’s the case with Julia. Dealing with her husband’s sudden loss had her emotions locked up for a long time. She tried and tried things that would make her and her daughter happy at the very least.

Witnessing Analise’s pain was far more gut-wrenching than even dealing with my own.

Analise speaks like she is older than her age, and mature enough to try and understand her mother. She obviously knew what was going on despite the depression which is slowly sinking into her as Julia said.

Somehow I had to find a way to get her excited about life again. Even if I couldn’t quite manage the same for myself.

Julia is a grown woman, though I believe she sometimes acts young and carefree. And that’s what I liked about her, unable to let go of the world’s secrets and mysteries.

The transition between the last year of high school and the first year of anything else is always hard.

She hit the nail right there. There are things that you couldn’t just explain.
Now let’s talk about the guys. I just wished that Kristopher had better understanding of Jules’ relationship with her daughter. He started off sweet but turned out to be self-absorbed in the end.
His behavior felt less to me like passion and more like possession.

Ben on the other hand felt like a stalker to me. Plus, how can he talk to Julia about her husband like it’s a casual thing?

But Jules left me worrying how she tries to be somebody else while struggling to heal. She sometimes forgot she should be happy for herself, not for other people.

Dane at first was a jerk but turned out to be a softy too.  And Jules was right, for defending him from Kristopher involving his absurd accusations.

The characters, well the male ones were not as much likeable like Shar and Analise, gave a picture and contributed to Julia’s life story 🙂 It is within the story that showed us how much a mother’s love would go miles for her daughter, and a mother’s struggle to keep up with life and fight for something she has been withholding for a long time.


This giveaway is open INTL, so enter now! Ends Aug 13th 🙂

-One signed paperback copy of Take a Chance on Me (stand-alone romance, book 1 in the Mirabelle Harbor series),
– a Marilyn Brant t-shirt,
– specialty chocolate.

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