Just What I Needed by Lorelei James #Review

Just What I Needed by Lorelei James #ReviewJust What I Needed by Lorelei James

Series: Need You #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Signet on August 2, 2016
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars      four-flames

We all have bad days. You know those days when you see your ex-boyfriend with his new squeeze, your lose a job your put so much effort into or when you best friend hooks up and leaves you alone in a bar? Yeah, well, what’s a girl supposed to do? Grab the first handsome stranger that walks into the bar and kiss them silly is what Trinity Carlson does and so starts a romance story I grew to adore. That stranger happens to be Walker Lund, the black sheep of the Lund family empire.

The two hit it off and through a series of mistakes, Walker gets a wrong name and number off the hottie that rocked his world with one kiss. But fate is a fickled bitch and decides these two need to be put in each other’s path once again. This time Walker is getting a straight answer and a second chance with someone who fascinates him.

Trinity is a typical artist trying to make a living in a world that is finicky at best. Slightly ADHD, she doesn’t stick with one medium for her work. She often isolates herself when she become enthralled with a project, leaving eating and sleeping as a second thought. Walker comes in and while he doesn’t want to change her, he tries to take care of her. She pushes him away twice in the story, which pissed me off as they weren’t really totally good reasons to do this.

Walker is a construction company owner, mostly working with reviving older buildings. His family owns a huge company that is run by the family. He has been avoiding his family since his older brother found love because the matriarch of the family likes to throw women in his path.  See, while he doesn’t say it out loud, he wants to settle down with a woman he loves and make a life. Trinity does it for him and he is willing to take it slow, take care of her and be a man she can depend on. When it finally does start to pick up….

Walker was stuffing complimentary condoms into the pocket of his jeans as fast as he could manage. I would’ve been laughing my butt off, if not for the men’s room attendant gaping at him.

“Is there something I can help you with, sir?”

“Nah. I’m good. Thanks.”

“You sure you’ve got enough of those?” the attendant said testily.

I started to respond, but Walker beat me to it.

“Good point. Trin, baby, open your purse.”

Lumberjack beards and hair! Oh my, I was instantly attracted to Walker being his own man and looking the way he was most comfortable. He loves sports, but mostly because of a brother and a cousin, who play football and hockey. On the flip side, you have Trinity who is kind of isolated in her work and doesn’t know a football from a hockey puck. Her friends are eclectic and few and far between, but her passion flows in to her work.

The characters fit like puzzle pieces that were missing to create a masterpiece. I laughed, cried, and fell in love all over again with this series. Each character is unique and interesting. I want to be in the Lund family with all the love and support they offer each other.

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About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family. Visit her online at www.loreleijames.com, www.facebook.com/lorelei-james, and www.twitter.com/loreleijames.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Just read another rave review of this book. Trinity seems like a great character.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She was awesome. I loved this book.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks for the great review Shari, I saw one yesterday too and I’ve got it on my list. I didn’t know she wrote contemporary I thought she was an e-rom only author. Thanks!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She finished up the Rough Riders series and started a contemporary one called Mastered, which turned into a 4 book series. This series, started with the oldest brother Lund and this is the second book in the series. I adore it!

  • I’ve read 2 of her books and they just didn’t do it for me at all. Thanks for the great review but I think I’ll pass on this one for now.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I don’t like her Rough Riders series, but I have fallen in love with her contemporaries latley.

  • I’ve never read Lorelei James, but I’ve been curious about her books. I’ve been hearing good things about this book, and I”m so glad to hear you really enjoyed this. I am adding it to my TBR. Have you read other things by this author?

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I have read some of her Rough Riders series and I don’t care for it much. Her latest contemporaries have really caught me!