Just What I Needed
Book 2 in the Need You series
Author Lorelei James
Narrated by Lidia Dornet, Roger Wayne
Running time 9 hrs 23 min
Publication date Sep 13, 2016
In print from PenguinRandom house/Signet
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 . . .
Contains mature themes.
The first book in this series, WHAT YOU NEED, turned out to be an enjoyable surprise where corporate executives actually spend most of their lives working their butts off and don’t have a lot of time winging their ways to secret islands in private jets.
That’s different in the romance genre, reality and romance are not necessarily comfortable with each other.
In this book, fantasy comes a little closer to reality when two people having bad days meet up in a bar. Walker, a Viking-like contractor meets up with the talented Trinity and through a mix-up they have difficulty connecting until fate lends a hand.
As the square peg in my family, I have usually had support so it’s hard to imagine the way Trinity’s parents treated her and how they continue to undermine her work as an artist. As part of a well-to-do corporate family, Walker has always had his family’s support and he doesn’t get how she is treated either. Trinity’s friends are either great and supportive or jerks whose toxicity requires they are jettisoned.
With Walker’s support Trinity can go a lot farther than she had before, and Walker can make his mother happy as he falls for Trinity. He has always wanted to fall in love but has been irritated by his mom’s interference. In reality his mom sees he wants the happiness and contentment his brother discovered in book one.
I am amused by James’ use of Bob Ross’ painting methods: I found his love for the field inspiring, although the way I work has changed from happy little trees in my own beautiful world painting to a more traditional nethod. The more description of Thomas Kincade’s work as commercially successful is a reasonable description of the late painter’s work.
Their hook ups are hot, their relationship is not smooth, but they’re a couple worth rooting for ad the family connection is really nice. The climactic scene is a little contrived, but it moves the story along. I don’t generally like the double first-person, immediate point of view, but James and both narrators pull it off. I don;t get it in audio because the work is presented by characters and narrators alternating by chapter. When the male narrator is in charge he has to do the female voice in the chapter and vice versa. Then we’re presented with the female narrator giving voice to the female character. Because it is also in the immediate and present tense — what I like to call the head-cam tense — it’s tricky and a little awkward.
I was left fairly happy and wondering where the next book would go. Though I would prefer a third person, or omniscient narrative, I can’t wait to see where the series goes.