Can't Always Get What You Want: A Novel

Can't Always Get What You Want: A Novel

by Chelsey Krause

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Fans of Jill Shalvis and Molly O’Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need.
Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones tribute-band concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.
Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.
But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.
Praise for Can’t Always Get What You Want
“[Chelsey] Krause’s debut novel will make readers laugh out loud and shed a few tears. Her storytelling ability will capture romance readers and get them excited for the author’s future titles.”Library Journal

“If you are looking for a story that will pull on all of your emotions, filled with characters you feel a strong connection to, run, do not walk to your nearest book retailer and get Can’t Always Get What You Want.”Fresh Fiction

Can’t Always Get What You Want is heart-wrenching in all the right ways. Smartly written and emotionally satisfying, this story will stick with you long after the last page.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

“A sweet, moving story about love and loss, Chelsey Krause’s debut is full of heart.”—Clodagh Murphy, author of Girl in a Spin

Can’t Always Get What You Want is a delightful mix of humor, heart, and the struggle to move on from past grief. I am definitely looking forward to more books by Chelsey Krause!”—Mary Frame, author of Imperfect Chemistry

“This is a funny, heartfelt story about moving on, a touching debut from a very promising author. Romance lovers looking for both a giggle and a cry will get what they need from Can’t Always Get What You Want.”—Stephanie Pegler, editor, Chicklit Club
“[Can’t Always Get What You Want] immediately went into my favorites pile. . . . This book completely gave me the vibe of Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I Love You.”—Hello Chick Lit

“This book will suck you in. . . . I can’t believe [Krause] is a first-time author.”—Sassy Moms Say Read Romance (five stars)

Can’t Always Get What You Want was a very emotional and beautiful story. The author really did a great job in sharing Sophie’s journey to finding love a second time around.”—Lustful Literature
“[Chelsey Krause] has definitely earned a place on my list of favorite debut authors. I will be waiting and watching when her new book comes out!”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101883624
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 394,419
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Chelsey Krause has been a nurse since 2009 and has worked in various healthcare settings, such as doctor’s offices, long-term care, acute care, and obesity management. She lives in Canada with her husband and two children. Can’t Always Get What You Want is her first novel.

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Can't Always Get What You Want 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story line and not full of cuss words and constant sex scenes. Loved it! Cannot wait for another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off good but by the middle it was so drawn out i could hardly finish it. Then the last chapter jumped ahead so much it felt like the author realized the book was dragging and decided "Id better end this quick!" Good potential but definitely wouldnt recommend this book.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance with a great story line and characters. This book will take you in and make you feel every emotion that these characters do. There were times I was gripping the reader harder than I should while getting frustrated and there were parts that puts a smile on your face. This is a book that you will enjoy just as many have! *Revived for an honest review*
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Funny emotional love
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Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Can’t Always Get What You Want is the debut title from up and coming author, Chelsey Krause. We meet Sophie Richards who is a nurse, but struggles in her career choice. She’s not a bad nurse, but you get a sense that her heart really isn’t in it. After her best friend bails on going to see a Rolling Stones tribute band, Sophie finds herself on a blind date. Sophie immediately feels a connection with Brett, but she is still heartbroken from losing the love of her life six years ago. Sophie finds herself facing the very difficult choice of whether she wants to try for happily ever after with Brett or keep her heart locked away. I always know a book is going to be outstanding when I get pulled into the story from the very first page. This book made me laugh out loud immediately, but what really makes it truly extraordinary is the way Ms. Krause creates characters the reader feels a strong connection with. As a reader, it is so important to me to really care about the characters, what they have gone through, what they are currently doing and where they are headed. Ms. Krause does an excellent job of taking the reader into Sophie’s life. Instead of putting us into information overload with all of the events that brought Sophie to where she is when we meet her, Ms. Krause takes us gradually through the process. I really enjoyed this because I got to see it through Sophie’s eyes as if I was there with her. It gave me a better understanding of what she went through and how it shaped her into the person she becomes and the person that Brett meets. Along with the many laugh out loud moments, there were many moments of tears that made me want to read more and find out what happened in Sophie’s past and how it was affecting her future. There were also moments of anger at Aaron’s mother and Dr. St. Luke. They were both very difficult and unlikable characters and I enjoyed how Sophie responded differently to both. This was such a well-written story. The author draws on her own personal nursing experience to make Sophie’s actions relevant and believable. The story moved at a very good pace, giving me time to process what was going on instead of getting lost in the details. As a fan of the Rolling Stones, I loved that each chapter is a song title and how their music plays such an important role in Sophie’s choices. I wanted to be angry at Brett for making Sophie choose. Initially, I felt he was being unfair and selfish, but this story really focuses on forgiveness so I forgave him. Sophie has to find a way to forgive herself before she could move on in her life and live the life she is meant to. Sometimes, we have to be nudged, and not in a subtle way, before our eyes are opened. My Final Verdict: If you are looking for a story that will pull on all of your emotions, filled with characters you feel a strong connection to, run, do not walk to your nearest book retailer and get this book. Not many people have the chance to find true love more than once in their lives and this story gives us a first row seat to see it happen. Kudos to Chelsey Krause for the many hours of laughter and tears. I will never look at Oreo cookies the same way again and I will be looking for more from this talented author. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Can’t Always Get What You Want from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! What a wonderful and sweet story from debut author Chelsey Krause! Can't Always Get What You Want grabs you right from the beginning and never lets go. The compelling plot is complete with laugh out loud moments, emotion, and a heroine that is truly warmhearted. Ms. Krause is a skillful storyteller and her words kept me engaged from the very first chapter. This is the story of twenty-four year old Sophie Richards. In college, Sophie met her first love, Aaron, and lost him to brain cancer before she even earned her degree. Observing the nurses while they took care of him, led to her decision to become a nurse. Sophie lost a huge part of herself when Aaron died five years ago, and as result, she has been unable to move forward, meet new people, or have a romantic relationship. Samira, Sophie's best friend from childhood who is also a nurse, remains her biggest supporter and confidant. Sophie's life finally takes a turn for the better, when Sam convinces her to take Brett Nicholson, her fiance's business partner, to an imitation Rolling Stones concert. Sophie and Brent hit it off immediately, and slowly get to know each other. Once Sophie is able to reconcile the past, she is able to find her happily ever after with Brent. This book is filled with raw emotions from all the characters. To my surprise, Ravi, Sam's dad, played a major role in Sophie's ability to let go of the past, even though he played a very minor role throughout the story. I loved how Ms. Krause moved the plot effortlessly from the past to the present, and as a result, I never felt lost or questioned the story's timeline. In addition, lots of fun and exciting subplots are going on as well. Although Sophie and Brent's relationship is interesting and fun, I found the love between Sophie and Aaron to be beyond palpable, and I will never forget the one-of-a-kind relationship they shared. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading Ms. Krause's future works. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing in this fun and deep book sparkles brighter than a vampire in sunlight. Chelsey's hilarious wit is enhanced by the emotional depth that I honestly wasn't expecting in a Chick Lit book. Lots of tears were shed over this book, both in laughter and empathy. I loved not knowing the backstory and why Sophie wasn't on the market until the story doled it out bit by bit. It was torture, but the kind that makes you stay up all night to finish reading the book.  One of my favourite scenes in the book is the very first one. It's shocking and hilarious, and showcases perfectly Chelsey's knack for putting her characters in horrifyingly awkward situations.Oh, and the hero's twist! Loved it. I promise you will have fun reading this book.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "It was never just us." Stars. Chelsey Krause shows massive talent with her debut novel, and in general Can’t Always Get What You Want was an easy-going, and entertaining if slightly underwhelming read. The writing style didn’t quite gel for me at points, and I found the constant references to her ex, as well as the non-stop comparisons between him and the new guy in her life overused and a little repetitive as the story progressed. Sophie was likeable, she reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones with some of the situations and scenario’s she finds herself in. But the story jumps between her when she was 19 and to the current day (she’s 24), and there didn’t seem to be a lot of progression of maturity in those five years. I kind of wished this had actually been split into two books, so the reader was given the full story between Sophie and Aaron 5 years previous, and then Sophie and Brett current day, as the flashbacks at points lacked a little depth and full development. ”When I look at you,” … “I see forever.” The other thing that massively annoyed me, was the constant break downs into lists of – Pros: against Cons: A) B) C) Regularly followed by 1) 2) 3) It was used far too often, and didn’t really add anything to the writing. This isn’t a bad book; the story just needed a little more content and fleshing out, rather than pretty much being reliant on the one trope. The characters were varied and interesting, there were a few laughs, a few tears, I just wanted more. I look forward to seeing where Chelsey takes her readers next. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Sometimes life’s greatest cruelty opens the door for second chances and life’s greatest gift of all, but how many are ready to take that leap of faith through the unknown to reach that gift? Chelsey Krause will weave a tale of love, loss and an opportunity for a second chance at living that will capture you from page one. Can’t Always Get What You Want is a heart-stopping journey that will, in turn have you wanting to support and hug it’s young heroine and then wanting to throttle her blindness to what is right in front of her eyes. Sophie lost the love of her life, a rebellious young man whom she thought could rope the stars. Their lives were filled with love, even when it seemed they were standing against the world, no one expected that their breaking point would be disease and a painful death. As the years go by, Sophie is lost in the past, the what ifs and might have beens, the loneliness and the fear of moving on, the guilt of surviving, when she is set up with a blind date with a man that made her feel like there could be life after her Aaron. Brett is everything a woman could want, kind, funny, non-aggressive, and successful with model-like rugged good looks. Her guilt at being attracted to him is eating her from the inside out, at the unfairness that he wasn’t Aaron. That she was being unfaithful to a man who is no longer here. Brett forces nothing on her, gives her space, has the patience of a saint, but Sophie refuses to let him know how deeply she cares for him, although he does see how the ghost of Aaron comes between them at the worst of times. How much can he take? He has been hurt before and wants a life with Sophie, but he cannot battle something or someone he cannot see or understand. What will it take for Sophie to let go of the past and learn to truly live again? Post-traumatic stress comes in many forms and no one is safe from its brutal darkness. Chelsey Krause has done a beautifully dramatic tale illustrating the ravages of the heart that barely survives the loss of a loved one. In Brett, she demonstrated the lengths to which another will go when love is involved, as well as that point that one must retreat or risk further pain. Ms. Krause will etch this tale onto your soul, one word at a time, erasure, not an option. This is truly fiction mimicking reality, as hope straddles the fine line between darkness and the brilliance of second chances at happiness and love.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a difficult one for me to review. I liked the premise of the story, the writing was descriptive and well done, the characters were interesting but I finished feeling like there was just something missing. Perhaps it was the pace of the story, it seems a little drawn out to me, but it just never had to moment where I just had to know what would happen next. It goes through the a time in the life of a young woman who is stuck in the past and is afraid to step into the future for fear of being hurt again. When she starts to fall in love again she knows she needs to change but can't quite figure out how. It's a very sweet romance and if you enjoy those stories that really dive deep into the characters day to day happenings then this may be for you.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A lovely debut novel from Chelsey Krause: her writing is comfortable and familiar, and feels like you have developed a friendship with her as you travel through the story. Her strong writing voice keeps readers engaged even with the instances of over-shared interior monologue and perseveration that stalled the plot from moving forward.  Sophie has been dragging her sorrows along for several years now, Finding some odd sort of comfort in the ‘take no chances’ approach to life, she is stalled: a job that frustrates her, guilt and sorrow and fear about taking a chance only to suffer it all again.  Something has to  give, and Sophie has to learn to adjust, deal with and move forward or be stuck forever.  Cancelled plans with her best friend lead her into meeting Brett on a blind date set up. While Sophie isn’t expecting much, the connection  that they have, and Brett’s oh so sexy smile send up sparks of hope. But, still caught in her past, we are really seeing only her side, despite Brett’s determination and consistent efforts to convince her to take a chance.  You can’t help but cheer Brett on at first, then wonder if he’s up for sainthood: patient, and non-threatening he’s engaged in a battle with a ghost for recognition and satisfaction in the relationship, one that only foreshadows a disappointing loss.  Sophie’s obsession with the loss of Aaron is understandable, but her determination to keep the past alive with her continued reviewing and comparison of their relationship to the tentative connection with Brett is doing little but holding her hostage.  And she spends far too much time inside her head overthinking: as we are privy to her interior monologue, we see every moment. While I appreciated Krause’s  efforts to give a ‘fuller’ view of her thoughts, several sections of the interior monologue were unnecessarily long and detailed, with too much repetition. She isn’t moving forward, she’s guilt ridded by feeling for Brett is somehow showing her as unfaithful to her feelings for Aaron. These are recurrent themes that showed just how stalled in life she was: and her inability to give Brett an honest accounting of her feelings leaves him with the hard choices. Should he beat his head against the brick wall of Sophie’s inability to move on, risking more  hurt or should he walk away now  I was up and down with the story – I found Krause was mostly successful in her use of first person, although not every moment of each day  needed examination, and while Sophie was repeating and circling the same issues, some of those repetitive moments could have been tightened up or removed entirely.  As a debut novel this was a rousing success, showing great promise for this author in the future.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility.