REVIEW: What the Heart Needs by Kelli McCracken

Posted February 19, 2015 by Kris and Vik in Blog Tours, Book Love, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Jmelynn Review / 0 Comments


What the Heart Wants by Kelli McCracken

Soulmate Series

Bound by destiny, can their love survive those that would tear them apart? 
Dylan McBride thought he had it all when Heaven Lewis agreed to marry him. Yet the secrets surrounding them continue to build. Dylan’s father won’t accept his relationship with Heaven, but Dylan refuses to let his dad come between them. Even if it means giving up his life as a rock star.
His refusal brings a turn of events that may cost him Heaven’s life. The only person he can count on for help is Layne. While his best friend agrees to help, Dylan can tell Layne is keeping secrets of his own.
Among the chaos, Heaven is adjusting to her newfound abilities when she discovers they’re evolving. As if psychic powers aren’t enough to deal with, someone is making threats on her life. Threats that will unravel family secrets and put friendships to the test. All for What the Heart Needs.
“You’re lucky,” he said, his voice hitting that low, guttural tone that made her knees weak. “If we didn’t have people showing up in a couple hours, you and I wouldn’t leave this bedroom, today.” Leaning up on her toes, she brushed her lips against his, saying. “I’d say that makes me unlucky.” ~Heaven and Dylan, What the Heart Needs~

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guest review Jmelynn

hmmmmm, I think I just have a whole lot of hmmmm, lol, let me explain….

Book 1 started out slow to me, then about 1/2 through things started happening and really got me into the book. So into the book that I was seriously excited about reading this one. I’m not sure if I built it up too much or what but I think I sort of just got disappointed with this one. It wasn’t awful by far, it just couldn’t hold my attention, which is the problem I had with book 1 too.

Three twins, Heaven, Faith, and Hope went to LA for a wedding in book 1. They ended up deciding to stay longer. Heaven and Dylan had been dreaming of each other for years. To the point they had been looking for each other for years. Once they find each other and speak with Dylan’s mom, they find out they are soul mates and were separated at birth. So in the beginning of book 2 they are planning their lives together. OF course that starts with a wedding announcement. One that Heaven is completely over the top stressed out about. Dylan is trying to calm her nerves through their connection, but things really just keep happening.

There were parts about this book I really liked. The story line being one of them. I think this series, so far, has great potential to be really good. Especially with the way this book has gone and the way the next seems it will go. That whole Layne, Dylan, Heaven thing….yep could be so much intensity and drama. The thing is the characters seem to stay in their heads so much, that it makes the story seem to drag out a bit. I hate to say this, but I truly had to fight myself to not skim ahead to actual conversations. I didn’t, but it was very tempting. :/

My one last flaw was Faith and Heaven. They are complete opposites, but at the same time just as annoying. Faith has not one redeeming quality unless being a total, utter bitch counts. She’s the most selfish, self centered character I think I have ever read about in a book. She seriously thinks the world needs to revolve around her and anyone who doesn’t bow down and worship she can just slap or try to destroy their lives, all because I believe she is jealous. I think there is going to be more to her, like she will have an ability too, but may be dark or something. Anyway, whatever it may be I hate her. Then, Heaven, is soooo whiny and needy. Everyone just falls all over themselves to protect her and then if she has to take care of anything alone she automatically wishes someone was there with her or relies on Dylan. My dislike of her maybe my fault. I tend to like stronger, bossy, independent chicks and Heaven just doesn’t fit that bill for me.

SO, to sum up, I didn’t hate this book. I know I’ve said more negative than positive about it, but the story line is rather intriguing and I can’t help but wonder where everything is going to go. It’s paranormal but in a whole other light than what I’m used to reading.



REVIEW of Book 1 – What the Heart Wants

As a curator of characters, you’ll normally find Kelli McCracken sitting at her desk, working hard on her next novel. When she’s not arguing with those persistent people inside her head, you can find her hanging out on Facebook, chatting with readers about books and upcoming writing projects.

“It seems like all I ever do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s always whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I’m craving a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where sanity is optional, romance is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. Jack Daniels keeps me sane, my characters, not so much.”

Kelli lives with her husband, four children, and her German Shepherd fur baby in the Ohio Valley region in the United States. If you’d like to learn more about Kelli, please visit her on the web at
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