Carter Jennings comes from a very wealthy family in Texas and his parents want nothing more than for him to stay in Houston to work for the family oil business, but Carter has other plans – he packs up and moves to New York for college. He has no problems attracting girls, but on the first day he sees the most beautiful redhead, and he doesn’t wait for her to notice him.
Ellyson Evans is the nice, smart girl that keeps to her self. She’s never really been a partier, and growing up with a basketball player turned ESPN sports anchor for a father, she’s not a girly girl either. She’s immediately attracted to Carter, the gorgeous, muscular guy who sat by her on the first day of class, but she knew he was a player just by looking at him. He could get any girl he wanted, he’d never go for her.
That first day was the beginning of Carter and Elly’s friendship. For 4 years they were BFFs, always together, and despite each of them having feelings for each other, neither acted on those feelings for fear of ruining that perfect friendship. After graduation, Carter is forced to move back to Texas and Elly is heartbroken. They tried to keep in touch, but life tends to get in the way sometimes.
Fast forward 5 years, Carter is finally moving back to New York. He was offered a job teaching at NYU and he knew this was his chance to get back where he belonged, and with any luck, back to Elly. Elly, now a psychologist with her own practice, never got over Carter either. Due to fate, and some common friends, Carter and Elly are reunited and it’s like time stands still. After all this time, both have grown and they both know what they want…they won’t miss the chance again, but with the past Elly has had, she has trouble truly letting love in. Can Elly put her lifelong fears aside and take the next step with Carter? Will they finally get their second chance at love and happily ever after, or will she push him away?
I think I’ve found a new favorite author in Steph Nuss, and a new book boyfriend in Carter Jennings! I loved everything about this book, from the references to oldies music, to the fun and supportive group of friends, and especially Carter’s Patrick Swayze moves. Wanted By You is a beautiful story of love and second chances, and it brought tears to my eyes – a definite sign of a great book. I can’t wait to read more in this series and see who gets their chance to find love in the city next!