Book Review: What I Need

WINFrom New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.

At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.

Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer―a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.

Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.

Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?

Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.

Not with him sleeping down the hall…

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“You can forget about me in that way all you want, or you can try and  convince yourself that’s what you’re doing but I’m telling you now, Riley, I am not forgetting you. I got a taste of something I want more of and a taste like that, babe, there’s no forgetting.”

Oh. My. Gosh.
I don’t have all the adequate words to tell you how very thoroughly I am in love with CJ Tully. I’ve seen glimpses of him throughout the rest of the Alabama Summer series, but … his own book … I fell in love before I was even 20% in. Every woman deserves a man who loves her like CJ loves Riley, seriously.

At the beginning of their story, I was genuinely upset at Riley. She had this sorry excuse for a man as her partner, finally gets the gumption to let him go, and then she runs right back to him. WHY, RILEY, WHY?!?! But as I continued to learn more about Riley, I found I absolutely identified with her. There was a point when she’s explaining herself that I felt absolutely gutted. “‘I didn’t know there was different, okay?’ CJ blinks. His eyes soften and his lips press together. He looks regretful. I sigh and look down at the bend in my knee. ‘I loved what I had and what he gave me. But it was all I knew,’ I explain. ‘I didn’t know there was different, and when you don’t have different to compare to, you don’t question what you have. You don’t know better until you’re with better.‘” This was exactly every thought I’d ever had from my dating failures.

After watching these two dance around their attraction, sort through the muck in their heads, and finally watching them make that connection … it was nothing short of beauty. J. Daniels always has a way of unexpectedly getting straight to my heart. This happened with Hit the Spot as well. I always know the story will be great, but I’m always caught off guard when it wrenches out my heart and then puts it back together again.

Awesome story. Amazing series. CJ Tully is the bees knees. Go read it right now.

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