Like You Want It by Jillian Liota _ Book Review



“Sometimes, wanting someone just isn’t enough.”

I don’t want to believe those words. Because I’ve never fallen for someone like Fin Callaghan. And I can’t imagine that this feeling isn’t enough.

To say my first interaction with Fin leaves much to be desired is an understatement. He infuriates me, barely speaks, and glares at me all the time. Not to mention he thinks I’m a mess.

It isn’t in my plans to start to like him. To fall for him. To want something more. But Fin’s past is filled with a pain that makes any kind of us impossible. He can’t seem to figure out what he wants, and truthfully, neither can I.

All I know is that I want more than what he’s willing to give.

All I should be focusing on is my family as we try to sort through the wounds left by our past mistakes. I have more than enough on my plate, have sacrificed too much to fracture my focus. I shouldn’t allow a woman to get in the way. Especially one like Carly Palmer.

She’s different. Wild. A bright burst of color in my world of black and white. Before I know it, she’s all that I want. All I can think about. But it doesn’t matter. I’ve been through betrayal that still singes my skin, eats at my soul.

I won’t allow it to happen again.


[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Like You Want It is the new release of author Jillian Liota. A love story filled with friendship, forgiveness and self acceptance.

I may not be perfect, but being me is good enough.

I really enjoyed all the characters in Like You Want It. Carly is probably the happiest character I have ever read about. She is a big ball of sunshine on a day to day basis. On the inside she is a little insecure and wishes she was enough for people, but she doesn’t take those negative feelings out on others. Fin is a big sexy ball of anger and resentment. His hot and cold interactions with Carly gave me whiplash. I mean he had legit reasons for feeling the way he did but that didn’t make it okay for him to treat her that way, so I am glad she stood up for herself. I absolutely loved Fin’s sister Susie she might have been my favorite character of all of them and I hope that the author writes her a book because she definitely deserves a good man and a happily ever after.

Sometimes being lost is okay. Sometimes getting lost leads you to something beautiful.

The story line itself was good but I felt at times it seemed to drag and get preachy. However, the sex scenes between Carly and Fin totally made up for that. The sexual chemistry and aggressive sex between them was explosive. It was great that for once in a romance book the girl was the dirty talker instead of the guy and it totally worked for Carly. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to voice it to Fin. Another thing I love about the story is how strong the female friendships in it were. Carly puts her friendship with Susie first and foremost and that’s the way real friends should be. I also really appreciated the therapy aspect to the book. Carly embraces that she see’s a therapist consistently to help her with her struggles and other characters turn to it to help them figure out what’s going on inside their heads and help them personally grow.

She’s kind and beautiful and funny and just this brightness that fills the cracks I didn’t realize I had in my chest.

Overall, Like You Want It is a sweet love story. A slow burn romance with great characters, witty banter, strong female friendships, and positive mental health representation. I am looking forward to reading more Jillian Liota books in the future.

You’re all I can think about, he whispers, placing a single kiss below my ear. The only thing on my mind, no matter where I am or what I’m doing.


I stare up into Fin’s eyes, and I know right then and there that whatever is going to happen between us is going to flay me wide open.


3.5/5 ⭐

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