Audio Book Review: Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley

Posted March 16, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Book, Reviews / 14 Comments

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Audio Book Review: Whatever You Need by Barbara Longley
Whatever You Need
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden

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Series: The Haneys #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on April 11, 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

Only the gentle, tender care of this second Haney brother who thinks he’ll have to settle for being alone with drawing his superhero comics and working the family business can be the real-life hero a young, widowed single mom needs just like this generous, friendly woman with a lot of love left to give when she finally takes a chance on being hurt again can make a painfully shy, burned scarred man feel like he’s what she and her son need.  Wyatt stole my heart right along with Kayla’s.

Review

Whaterver You Need is the second book in The Haneys series.  It can be read standalone if the reader doesn’t mind the mild connection to Sam’s story in book one.

As I said, Wyatt is painfully shy- and I do mean the clinical kind who gets physically ill when his shyness is kicking in.  He is well aware that others see him as awkward, hoodie guy who can’t seem to string a sentence together and blushes like crazy.  He lives in an older, rundown apartment building that drives him nuts because of all the building code violations he sees and reports to no avail.  He’d move, but he loves the old building and he is crushing on the single mom living in the unit above his own.  An electrical fire in her apartment is the catalyst he needs to meet her and her son.  Now, if only he can get his tongue untied and he can get past the protective emotional barriers she puts up so she isn’t hurt by another man.

Kayla was a teen mom and married her high school boyfriend.  Neither of them wanted to be married.  He was in the military when he died overseas leaving her alone with their son.  She chose to make this a do-over moment.  She’s in school for dental hygienist and living in the city.  She’s got a no-man rule and wants to figure out her life before she tries that again.  But, sweet wonderful Wyatt who is great with her son throws a monkey wrench into her man rules and life plan.

I spotted this one when Carole @ Carole’s Random Life in Books reviewed it.  I was taken with her description of Wyatt and the romance between this pair.  Plus, new to me author and narrator and a Kindle Unlimited Option.  I didn’t start with book one, but chose to leap in with this one.

Wyatt was incredible.  A shy, virgin and scarred hero who is great with kids, a super handyman and electrician, loving family guy, and incredibly patient with Kayla and her issues caused by her past.  She resisted for a long time.  I get it.  It was rough on her when she got pregnant and was with her first husband and his disapproving parents.  She had a bad first experience that burned her on the inside worse than the fire that burned Wyatt on the outside.  My impatience for her to get past it was because I knew they would be good for each other and good together.  But, for all that, it was not an angsty story.  They came together as an adorable little family without even realizing it as Wyatt worked in her apartment and around the building.  She got him to go without his hood and he showed her that a second time could be amazing.  They eventually come together and he lost his shyness when the clothes came off and the sexy time ensued.

Teri Clark Linden was a great narrator for this story.  She did all the voices well and brought Whatever You Need into vivid life.  She captured tone and did the alternating POVs between Wyatt and Kayla splendidly.

All in all, I found it engaging and heartwarming.  I loved the Haney family and their friends.  The average folks and salt of the earth feeling that worked well with the mostly sweet with some sparks contemporary romance.  Definitely recommend!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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I love a shy hero. This sounds so good.

Sophia Rose
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Wyatt was fabulous. I felt for him as he really tried to reach out and it was such a struggle.

Christina Morland
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This sounds so different from most contemporary romances out there (granted, I’m not super familiar with the genre, but I like the idea of real life problems and a hero who isn’t the typical alpha male). Your review inspired me to take a chance on it! Thanks!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, the author really killed it with her everyday people and setting and a good romance and conflict without going for the usual stuff. I want to go back for the other two stories now. 🙂

Lily
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this sounds sweet and heartbreaking, lovely review

Sophia Rose
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Their pasts were definitely sad, but things really looked up when they started to try for a relationship. So sweet!

Anne - Books of My Heart
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This sounds so good. Love your review.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks! It really pays off to try some new to me authors and series with KU. 🙂 And, heed blogger recs.

Carole rae
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Awww they sounded like they needed each other

Sophia Rose
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They really did, Carole. I loved seeing them come together as a couple.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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So glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia Rose! I keep checking for the next book on audio because I have has so much fun with this family. Thanks for the shout out!

Sophia Rose
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Finding great recommends through other blogging book lovers is the best. Yes, I definitely want her story in audio. 🙂

Lola
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I really like the sound of the characters and romance in this one. I like it when unusual heroes like this one get a chance to shine. It sounds like it make sense why Kayla is a bit resistant at first as she got burned before by a bad relationship and reluctant to try again. Good to hear the narrator told the story well. I might have to see if I can find this one of the site I use for audiobooks. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I agree. It’s neat when a character is a little different and the conflict makes sense for the situation and characters.

Crossing my fingers your source has the book for you to try. 🙂