In Review: What You Need (Need You #1) by Lorelei James

Posted April 12, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: What You Need (Need You #1) by Lorelei JamesWhat You Need by Lorelei James
Series: Need You #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Reading Challenges: 2017 Rock My TBR Reading Challenge
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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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I finally read my first Lorelei James book and… it’s love! I’ve had this book for over a year now (thanks, Berkley!) but I just never got around to reading it. (This should be my blog’s tagline, for real.) One of my besties started the series last week and talked about it so much that I decided I needed to read it, too. I’m glad I did, too, because I enjoyed it so much… so much that I might’ve started a full-on binge by diving right into the second book after finishing this one.

Between the sexy, but dorky-in-a-good-way hero, Brady, and reformed “bad girl” heroine, Lennox, it didn’t take long for me to find myself totally enamored by this book. While I do love a good workplace romance, I’m not always a huge fan of the billionaire boss and the secretary thing. But there was something special about Brady and Lennox. They stand out in a trope that I’ve found a little tiresome. I think maybe it was because Brady wasn’t the stereotypical arrogant, demanding alpha billionaire. Sure, he was hot and rich and he even had a bit of alpha in him, but he was also more relatable. I think it was the dorkiness and the fact that he was a bit unsure of himself at times. (And that he wasn’t a manwhore… reformed or otherwise.) Lennox was a great heroine, too. She was smart and sassy. I liked how she’d overcome her past and moved on to build a good life for herself.

I was addicted to the characters and their chemistry. I loved the pace at which things moved with them and how things developed. I enjoyed how Lennox helped bring Brady a bit out of his shell. He couldn’t remain all buttoned up when she was around. She couldn’t help but let a little of her “bad girl” self out with him, either. What they had was real and sexy and I was rooting them on from the very start.

I also enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about the other Lund family members who will star in books of their own in this series. I’ve already nearly finished the second book and I’m eager to start the third. The Need You series was a perfect introduction to Lorelei James as far as I can tell. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future, even beyond this series.


Please touch it first with your mouth, then with your tongue, and then sink your teeth into the curve where my shoulder meets my neck. And then start all over again.

“You asked for one kiss. I gave it to you. The next kiss is mine to take. Whenever I want.”

About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary erotic westerns and erotic romances. She lives in western South Dakota.

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2 responses to “In Review: What You Need (Need You #1) by Lorelei James

  1. I read my first Lorelei James book last week, too! It was actually the second book in this series and I really liked it. Especially the hero, Walker! Dreamy!!!!! I’m so glad you loved this, especially since this trope isn’t your favorite. I definitely plan to read this and the third book in the series very soon.

  2. I think I’ve tried reading one of her newer contemporaries and I wasn’t really feeling it. However, I’m pretty sure it was just the mood I was in at the time because everyone loves this author. Glad to see you really enjoyed it and were able to dust off one of your older books.