Title: Just What I Needed
Trinity Carlson might be having the worst day ever. And that was before she started drinking in a dive bar, right across from her ex and his new girlfriend. So when she finally decides enough is enough, she grabs hold of a hot, blond stranger and gives him the kiss of his life.
Walker Lund never expected that a chance at love would hit him right on the mouth. Since the moment his brother decided to settle down, Walker has been dodging his family’s hopes that he’ll do the same. He’s never been interested in following in anyone’s footsteps. But when he discovers his sexy assailant has given him a fake name and number he suddenly finds himself in the mood for a little hot pursuit.
Author: Lorelei James
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unbreak My Heart, Hang Tough, Dirty Deeds, All You Need
Series: Need You
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: All You Need
Published by Signet Source: Author, Publisher
Published: August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romance
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The second installment in Lorelei James’s Need You series is as well written as all of her other books. From the opening scene, we get tons of insight into the personalities of both Walker and Trinity with a really charming introduction. Their first moments together are unique, funny and make for a great “how’d you two meet” story.
There are so many layers to this story. Interestingly, neither shares who they really are with the other. They both fear their family connections will negatively affect the other’s impression of them. You can guess how well that goes over.
Walker and Trinity are complex, interesting and a bit damaged. Walker is so good at dealing with Trinity’s artistic personality. He’s caring and giving even when what she needs is time alone to work. More than once, Walker puts a stop to things, when Trinity wouldn’t have, because he knows she has a project to finish. What guy does that? Only a guy with Walker’s character and sensitivity. James does a great job at creating a man who’s sweet and in-touch with his woman’s feelings but remains strong and independent.
Trinity isn’t as damaged as she thinks but her father and stepmother did a real job on her ego. She comes from a family of means who’ve neglected to give her any emotional support. She’s continued this in her adult life by choosing friends where treat her much the same. Even her chosen profession offers too much opportunity of negative feedback. Part of coming into herself is learning when to discard people who treat her poorly. Walker comes from a family that’s both affluent and loving but he gets lost in the shuffle among the many overachieving siblings and cousins. The two quickly find they can give each other the love and support each needs but in typical real-life fashion, they have to first deal with issues that threaten to destroy their fresh relationship.
Their chemistry is off the charts hot from the first meeting but they don’t jump into bed too quickly. It was refreshing that they took time to get to know each other though it’s not really a conscious decision they make. The suspense and build up are really sexy.
I think there are a lot or Trinitys out there and far too few Walkers. That’s what love about romance novels is the belief that there is a great partner out there for each of us. James always gives us a happily ending after wringing our emotions dry getting to it!