August 1, 2016

REVIEW: Just What I Needed (Need You #2)

Just What I Needed (Need You #2), by Lorelei James
Publish Date:
August 2, 2016
Publisher: Signet
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4 STARS

(Synopsis) 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...

Just What I Needed is the perfect book to read after you come home from a long and hard day of work. After a day like that I don't want angst and suspense and stress. I want a book that elicits swoony sighs and big smiles. I save books with a low drama factor for the hard days, and Just What I Needed fits that bill perfectly. 

Trinity Carlson is a wonderful breath of fresh air. She's quirky and awkward and spontaneous. She says whatever pops into her head, regardless of whether it's socially acceptable or not. She's artistic and insecure and totally not the typical girl that Walker Lund usually pairs up with. 

Perhaps that's why they worked so well together - opposites attract and all that. Walker is a business owner and the self-proclaimed black sheep of the Lund clan. He's an introvert and a fixer of both buildings and people. On paper, Trinity should annoy the crap out of him. No one is more shocked than he when what he starts to feel for her is anything but annoyance. 

For sure, Walker and Trinity have quite a few hurdles to overcome on their way to their HEA. First was a case of mistaken identity. After that, both of them had to come to terms with each other's family, strange work schedules, and deep-seated hangups. Since all the best HEAs don't come easily, there were definitely ups and downs, which just made their story better.

Just What I Needed was a sweet and easy read. The sexual tension between Walker and Trinity was so well done and very thick through most of the book. This isn't a very sexually explicit book, but it didn't make it any less sexy. 

I'm so glad that Lorelei James made the Lund family so large, because that brings with it the promise of many more books in the Need You series. 

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