Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: WHAT YOU NEED by Lorelei James!

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Type: Contemporary Romance, Series, Book 1, Sexy Accountant-type, Tatooed Woman, Straight-laced guy looking for a wild girl

About the Book: As the CFO of Lund Industries, Brady Lund is the poster child for responsibility. But eighty-hour workweeks leave him little time for a life. His brothers stage an intervention and drag him to a seedy nightclub... where he sees her: the buttoned-up blonde from the office who's starred in his fantasies for months. 

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

After sparks fly, Brady finds that keeping his hands off Lennox during office hours is harder than expected. Though 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 whether Brady wants her for the accomplished woman she is - or the bad girl she was. [Description from the back of the book.]

My Review: Judging by the book description, this almost sounds a little Pride & Prejudice like, right? Or maybe it's just me. But maybe that's not too far off. Brady seems like an uptight jerk to anyone that doesn't know him, and to outsiders it might certainly look like Lennox is just dating Brady for the money and fame. So the classic lover in me jumped on this book the second it was offered for review.

If I had to pick something to complain about, and this kept coming up multiple times while I was reading it - it was that Brady was too perfect. This might not seem like a major complaint, but I like my heroes to have some flaw, to feel real and genuine so I can imagine that somewhere, they might actually exist (and like their girls awkward and nerdy, sure!). But even with Brady's excuse for pushing himself so hard, it's hard to imagine a guy working 80+ hour work weeks having the time to work out enough that he's ripped, or to be so good at quite so many things. And while he was so awkward in certain situations, in similar ones, he spoke and continued a conversation with ease.

But as much as that bugged me - I loved Lennox and Brady together. And equally so, I loved Brady's family and the dynamics between them. And thank goodness for the family, because that means we get more Lund books in the future, featuring Brady's siblings, and cousins, I'm sure. It also means Brady and Lennox are likely to pop up again in the future. Yay!

So to sum up - certain people were just too perfect, enough to make them not feel as genuine. But the relationship itself was a joy to read. And I really liked the occasionally-awkward work dynamics, which added and interesting twist to the story.

Cover Lovin': Not anywhere near as sexy as Lorelei James' usual, but it's a classic style. Anyone else think it looks like "Bourbon Kings" by J.R. Ward?

Recommendation: Be prepared to add to your to-read list, Brady has a lot of family that will most likely be getting books!

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)! Loved it, couldn't put it down. Just wished some people weren't quite so perfect.

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Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~

Disclaimer: I received a free, advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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