Early Review: What You Need by Lorelei James

What You NeedWhat You Need by Lorelei James
Book #1 in Need You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
ARC provided by Signet and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: As the CFO of Lund Industries, Brady Lund is the poster child for responsibility. But eighty hour work weeks leave him little time for a life outside his corner office. His brothers stage an intervention and drag him to a seedy night club…where he sees her, the buttoned up blonde from the secretarial pool who’s starred in his fantasies for months.

Lennox Greene is a woman with a rebellious past—which she carefully conceals beneath her conservative clothes. She knows flirting with her sexy, but aloof boss during working hours is a bad idea. So when Brady shows up at her favorite dive bar, sans his usual snappy suit, and catches her cutting loose, she throws caution aside and dares him to do the same.

After sparks fly, Brady finds keeping his hands off Lennox during office hours is harder than expected. While she makes him feel alive for the first time in years, a part of him wonders if she’s just using him to get ahead. And Lennox must figure out if Brady wants her for the accomplished woman she is—or the bad girl she was.

Angie’s Review – 3 Skulls – B-

What initially drew me to What You Need was the stunning cover – it was very The Bourbon Kings-esque, and I loved The Bourbon Kings. Lorelei James has also been on my list of authors to try for some time now, and where better to start than a series kick off?

I enjoyed both main characters – Lennox was a responsible adult who took her job seriously. Her upbringing may have been rough, but she wasn’t someone who wallowed; she worked for everything she had and didn’t feel like the world ‘owed’ her. And Brady…oh, Brady. His character was so charming. He wasn’t inexperienced in the bedroom, but flirting and wooing weren’t art forms Brady had mastered. And he wasn’t afraid to let Lennox know that. What I thought was interesting with this one was that the hero and heroine were really neck and neck when it came to insecurities about their relationship. I really appreciated the even playing field as far as that was concerned. Also, while Brady was wealthy and Lennox worked for him, that wealth and power never dominated his character or the story. And if it had, I think Lennox would have tried to kick his ass.

While I really liked the characters, I did have a few issues with the story. I feel like there were times Lennox and Brady didn’t act their age. It makes me wonder what this story would have been like if it had been New Adult with Lennox and Brady (or even just Lennox) interning at Lund Industries. I think it could have added a bit of taboo and given the story a bit more oomph. Also, people were coming out of nowhere to tell Lennox she wasn’t good enough for Brady and then were either never heard from again or suddenly changed their minds and thought she was great for Brady.

What You Need was a fast-paced, entertaining read. If you enjoy stories that are character driven where you’re guaranteed to see more of them in future series installments, this is right up your alley. After reading the synopsis for the next book, I’ll be sticking around for more!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. What You Need
2. Just What I Needed (Expected Publication: August 2nd, 2015)

Thank you to Signet and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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