I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
What You Need is the first title in Ms. James’ new contemporary romance series which focuses on the Lunds, a highly successful and very wealthy, multi-generational family. Brady Lund, workaholic CFO for their multibillion dollar corporation, is crazy for the beautiful woman he’s seen from afar in the halls of Lund Industries. After ten months of watching her without approaching her, he’s finally put in a situation to meet Lennox.
Lennox loves her job as a floating admin for Lund Industries, but she feels conflicted. There is also the tattooed and pierced part of her that misses her blue collar friends, but she does not miss being around her neglectful mother. When she starts to realize that there may be more to Brady than meets the eye, she decides to give him a chance.
What You Need is an extremely enjoyable, easy-going romance. Although there are the occasional misunderstandings that made me want to scream, the author is quick to address them rather than allow problems to linger. Kudos to that! The romance between Brady and Lennox is pretty smooth sailing and filled with passionate flames. With its Pretty Woman vibes, the story focuses on breaking down stereotypes and learning to love oneself, as well as others.
Brady and Lennox make the perfect “opposites attract” couple. I admire that they are put into situations which allow each to see the other as more than a co-worker from the office.Not that their work personas aren’t real, but rather each character is a complex, multi-faceted individual that doesn't fit neatly into a stereotype. I adore Brady's geekiness and lack of confidence. I love that Lennox isn't sure of exactly where she fits in. They are giddy and cute. And what makes the story work is how honest they really are with one another. It helps them learn more about themselves.
Overall, What You Need is a sexy, joyful romance with easily likable characters. While the story is somewhat idyllic, it’s okay and even enjoyable to escape into Brady and Lennox’s happiness. What You Need is the perfect story to read all cuddled up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. It warmed me up from the inside out.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
Review originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher.