Series: Need You #2
Published by Signet on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Lidia Dornet, Roger Wayne
Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, 2017 New To Me Challenge
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...
I had been curious about Lorelei James’ books for awhile, so when I saw Just What I Needed available in Hoopla from my library system, I jumped on it. As a first introduction to Lorelei James, it was a good one. Just What I Needed was wonderful, and I cannot wait to read more in this series.
Just What I Needed is about artist Trinity Carlson and Walker Lund, who’s a carpenter, and part of the wealthy and successful Lund family. When Trin is feeling vulnerable and down while at a bar and a gorgeous, man-bun sporting man walks in, she makes a rash, and totally awesome decision. That gorgeous man is, of course, Walker, and right away they have a lot of chemistry.
To say that I loved Walker is to put it mildly. He is absolutely the best thing about this book. He’s big, and gorgeous, with a beard and man-bun (which normally isn’t my thing, but Walker has totally changed my opinion). He’s confident, and sweet and kind. He’s feeling a little lost lately in his family, because so many of her brothers and cousins are involved in other projects and not having a lot of time for him. Walker is not afraid of commitment which made me love him all the more. Seriously, I can’t say enough how much I loved Walker. Honestly, Walker is one of my all-time favorite heroes.
But Trinity frustrated me a lot. Although James takes time to develop her as a character, I had such a hard time relating to her. She’s an artist, and she’s a bit defensive about her chosen career. At times she’s totally confident in her ability, and at others she’s insecure. I could understand that. But it was odd how often she thought of herself as weird or different from other people. Because she didn’t feel that way. She had her issues and her flaws, like everyone, but that didn’t make her weird. She also felt just a bit too focused on her own feelings and her life, without really thinking about the bigger picture. I was so annoyed with her when she pushed Walker away.
As for the romance, I absolutely wanted Walker and Trinity to be together. It was clear they were great together, and if Trinity could get past her stupid issues, they would be sickeningly happy. I will say that while they had a unique first meeting, after that their romance was really slow going. I did like that.
Just What I Needed by Lorelei James was the perfect book to try out a new author. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series, although I can’t imagine any one else topping Walker.
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