Friday Favorites: A Flashback – 8/19/22

It looks like I haven’t done a Friday Favorites post involving a Lorelei James book yet. There are so many of her books that I love so I’m sure this won’t be the last time she is featured. Unfortunately, she hasn’t had a new book in a while and there is nothing listed for upcoming books, but I hold out hope that she’ll start publishing again some day. In the meantime, she has a lot of great stories for readers who are new to her writing, or for fans to re-read.

The book I’m featuring today for my Flashback post is actually the second in its series. While the first book in the series, What You Need, wasn’t a 5-star read, it was still a good book. The series as a whole is wonderful so it wouldn’t hurt to read that one first if you’re interested.

You can find my original post here from March 29, 2017. As always with these posts, the following review is only edited for grammar, spelling, and formatting. And again, I cannot adequately put content warnings since it’s been a while since I read these books.

Just What I Needed
by Lorelei James
Release Date:  August 2, 2016
Publisher:  Berkley Books
Book #2 in the Need You series
Number of pages:  368
Mass Market Paperback
Source:  Warren Public Library
Contemporary Romance
Ages 16 and up
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 am so glad I was right in my review for What You Need.  Lorelei James was true to form and has picked up steam in the second book of this series.  In fact, she’s going full steam ahead.  I loved this story!

Trinity is so darn cute.  She captured my attention and my heart from the beginning.  As for Walker, he was my favorite family member from the first book so he already had a place in my heart.  The two of them together…fireworks!  From the moment they kissed it was obvious they should be together.

Words fail me when trying to convey how much I adore Walker.  Sure he’s tall, handsome, and sexy.  But he’s also sweet, caring, intuitive, and attentive.  He is always there for everyone in his family and circle of friends, even when they take him for granted.  Even when Trinity is upset with Walker she still notices when he’s not being appreciated by his family and makes sure they all know it.  These two are so good for each other it’s incredible.

Every time Trinity would seem to start spiraling Walker would not only keep her grounded but also not judge her for her idiosyncrasies.  Trinity was so good, once she realized how in her own head she had been in the beginning, at letting Walker relax and share his life.  All the things his family takes for granted and never ask about, Trinity is there curious and really caring.

Although there were aspects of the climax I could guess at, I really wasn’t sure how it would all come together.  The author surpassed my expectations.  Not only was I on the edge of my seat with all that was converging on Trinity at once, I got so angry and could feel Walker’s rage.  I love when a book can pull such strong emotions from me.

5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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1 Response to Friday Favorites: A Flashback – 8/19/22

  1. I loved this book and series when I read it.

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