Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 5, 2017
Series: Alabama Summer #5
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Author
From New York Times bestselling author, J. Daniels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.
Riley Tennyson has made a huge mistake.
At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself.
Showing up to her brother’s wedding pissed off and newly single, Riley seeks comfort in solitude and an open bar, until the gorgeous and irresistibly charming CJ Tully makes her a better offer—a wild night with the master of smooth-talking where nothing is off limits.
Riley does what any single woman would do, and a connection is made. One neither one of them can ignore. But when she comes home to the boyfriend she no longer thought she had, Riley buries her secret and begs CJ to do the same.
Forget about each other. It was a mistake. That’s all it was… right?
Desires are hidden. Distance is kept. Until one night CJ makes the ultimate sacrifice, and Riley can no longer avoid the man she can’t stop thinking about.
Not with him sleeping down the hall…
What I need is the fifth book in the Alabama Summer series by J. Daniels. Each of the books in this series can be read as complete standalones. But they do feature couples from a group of core friends, so you might prefer to read them in order. I did not read them in order. In fact, this is the first book I have read in the series and I really enjoyed it. Perhaps not as much as the other J. Daniels books I have read, which were both 5 star reads, but I did enjoy this one a lot.
What I need is Riley and CJ’s story. I really liked both Riley and CJ. CJ is a little intense right off the bat, but trust me you will warm up to him if you don’t love him right off the bat. For fans of the other books in the series, What I need starts out with Reed’s wedding. CJ is Reed’s friend and Riley is Reed’s sister. I loved the friend’ tv show set up of this story. (We were on a break!!) At first I thought it felt a little insta love-y. I didn’t fully believe why CJ was so invested after just one day with Riley. But once Riley went back home, the whiole story felt a lot more realistic and I found myself enjoying it a lot more.
And then Riley moved in with CJ and I started loving the story! It turned into some of my favorite tropes, and it is just such a fun read. CJ is a whirlwind and Riley is so sweet. Ot is hard not to love them. Plus, I really liked Cj’s name. I don’t really know why he wouldn’t like it. I agree with Riley. It is badass.
Bottom line: I think fans of the Alabama Summer series will love this continuation. Tons of people are hopping on the Tully (CJ Tully) train, and while I was a somewhat reluctant rider at first .I ended up loving it and him. It started out a little rushed for my tastes, but once I fell more into the story, I found myself liking it more and more. This can be read as a total standalone, but if you are new to the series, i would consider starting with book one and getting to know each of the characters. Overall, this was a good read.
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