‘You’re the One That I Want’: To End with Perfect Romance


YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT STORY | After running from the family he loves and the woman he treats callously, Owen Christiansen searches for peace. His search leads him to Alaska where he works as part of a fishing crew. The first mate, Scotty, intrigues Owen in a way no woman has before. She’s tough as nails and can do any job she expects her men to accomplish. When a storm throws Scotty overboard, Owen doesn’t think. He acts. Lying injured in a raft without hope of rescue, Owen confesses his feelings to Scotty and proposes marriage. But when the pair is rescued, things quickly become complicated.

‘You're the One That I Want’: To End with Perfect Romance. Reviewing the sixth and final Christiansen series novel from Susan May Warren. © Rissi JC

Not long after this, Casper, Owen’s brother arrives with the ultimatum that he needs to come home; and then a murder in Deep Haven puts the entire family on edge…

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REVIEW | Given the cascade of events that led up to this novel, I was sure that when the time came for Owen’s story I wasn’t going to have any loyalty or much of an inclination to read this novel. This was further reinforced after reading Always on My Mind, which was brother Casper’s story. I felt like because of some of the choices Owen makes and the eventual pairing of Casper and Raina, the woman who shares something with Owen, there would be no way to coax a redeemable story out of this character.

“I love you. I’m so completely in love with you. …you may not want you, but I do.” – Susan May Warren

As is the case time after time, the novels that I have a so-so feeling for when going into them are usually the stories that touch my heart the most. Such can be said for You’re the One that I Want. In some instances, the book is a little bit too soapy for its own good and yet, I’m not going to let anything of the sort “bother” me because this novel was, is breathtaking. As each page flows effortlessly by, it reminds me why the contemporary genre ranks as my favorite. This story is nearly impossible to put down. So many of the worries or questions I have about this story go away as the romance sweeps you up in its splendor. This also doesn’t speak of the redemption and poignant reunions of this book.

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Owen’s transformation is genuine and very organic. I appreciate Scotty’s presence and her as a character because she isn’t only ideal for Owen, she’s a perfect match in every way. The love she has for Owen is one of the most swoon-worthy, deep and abiding that I’ve read (in a while). She isn’t a fussy character, which is perhaps why she’s easy to relate to. I especially respect the lack of drama (from her perspective) as regards Owen. She knows where she stands with him and because of this, their story is all the sweeter.

Gently coaxing best out of everyone, the skilled pen of Susan May Warren has again struck romance gold in You’re the One that I Want. A story of abiding love, family and faith, and redemption, Owen Christiansen’s journey proves that God can work even the most hardened of heart back to clay. If there had to be an ending to this series, Susan penned a masterpiece of one in this, the conclusion to the familial series readers have come to love so very much. ♥

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Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Source: Publisher – thank you!
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Christiansen Family – Book 6
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


    1. I can't wait to read what you think, Heidi. It was fabulous. And you're welcome. I'm super excited to discover what Susan writes next. Sounds like she's going back to her "suspense" roots, which will be fun. :)

  1. Yay, yay, yay!!! So glad you loved this one. I know the last one was so/so for you, so this is a good thing. I have the eARC and need to read it. Soon.

    1. This one blew me away, Tressa; it was really beautiful and I don't think fans could have asked Susan to write a better ending. The pages of this one flew effortlessly by and I'm really happy with how this beloved series ended. I wish you very happy reading! Cannot wait to read your thoughts. :)

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